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Your Views

  • Investigation of IRS is lacking

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    What would happen if you learned that the local police chief had been arresting people who disagreed with his political views and then used these arrests to help identify other friends and relatives who also disagreed with him? Would we allow the police chief to investigate himself? Allow him to...

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commision's actions encouraging

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is considering dozens of cases to provide small phone companies taxpayer subsidies for lost revenue. I’ve been monitoring this issue for several months and am pleased the commission hasn’t yet approved any reimbursements. Taxpayers should be encouraged that...

  • Whale of a deal

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    “On wildlife protection, green energy gets a pass” (Our Views, Aug. 26) analyzed the double standard reaction by environmentalists to the thousands of birds killed every year in the U.S. by wind turbines and solar power towers. The editorial said, “By contrast, the oil industry has been taken to...

  • Widen the debate on Oklahoma education

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education’s decision to revoke Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver will undoubtedly rekindle debates about Oklahoma’s public education system. If this debate continues to be primarily couched in the manner of education’s administration — whether standards of education...

  • Marijuana prohibition costly to Oklahoma

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Many Oklahomans must not know the cost of enforcing marijuana prohibition. If they did know, pot would be legal. According to the ACLU, the state of Oklahoma spends $3.6 billion per year in an attempt to stop something that grows naturally. If that same amount were applied to public education,...

  • Nothing fair about tax

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    In response to James M. Bennett (Your Views, Aug. 29): I agree that corporations shouldn’t be taxed. Their customers pay the tax embedded in the cost of products. So the consumers pay the tax and corporations are a pass-through. Fair Tax creator Neal Boortz says no one should ever have to pay a...

  • Murder of journalists should serve as wakeup call

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto reportedly said he hoped the raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941 had not awakened a “sleeping giant.” My prayer is that the horrific murder by ISIS of two American journalists will again awaken the sleeping giant, and these barbaric creatures will be cut down. Every...

  • Parents to blame for Noble brouhaha

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    I’ve read with interest news coverage of the brouhaha over the Noble school superintendent’s attempt to enforce a pre-existing dress code. Some of the specific accusations thrown against her are ludicrous. Perhaps there had been prior addresses of this issue or perhaps the degree of violation of...