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Your Views

  • Supreme Court's decision outrageous

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Regarding “Hobby Lobby wins high court battle” (News, July 1): What an outrageous decision! By a 5-4 vote (all men on the majority side), the U.S. Supreme Court just told the owners of closely held corporations that their First Amendment rights outweigh the First Amendment rights of their...

  • Living, laughing and loving in freedom

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    This July Fourth, let’s reaffirm our love for America and for God. This country owes its greatness to God. Fly the Stars and Stripes with pride! These words in the Pledge of Allegiance speak strongly: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We need to...

  • Not above the law

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    In response to Paul Holliday (Your Views, June 25): If Luis Rodriguez hadn’t resisted the attempts of police officers to subdue him, he would still be alive! He seemed to think he was above the law, as many others do today. Are police officers supposed to risk their lives trying to guess if a...

  • What about Harry Reid?

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    What about Harry? Women rights advocate Kate Kelly was excommunicated by the Church of Latter-day Saints for the “public advocacy of positions that oppose church teaching.” Following this reasoning, one would think the same step would be taken against a Mormon of much higher profile who...

  • A groundswell's beginning in U.S. once again

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Independence Day is approaching. We will be celebrating the date when 13 American colonies declared, “We’ve had it. We can’t take it anymore.” We too often ignore the history of what brought loyal British subjects on this continent to rebel against King George III and his parliament. The...

  • Need to comply with police officer's request

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    In response to Paul Holliday (Your Views, June 25): It amazes me that when law enforcement officers try to do their duty and the person they’re questioning decides he doesn’t want to comply and then gets hurt, it’s always the officers’ fault. If Luis Rodriguez would have complied with...

  • Unpredictable, regrettable action

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Paul Holliday (Your Views, June 25) wrote that the arrest of Luis Rodriguez outside a Moore theater “looked like a pack of dogs on this poor man.” The truth is that the police probably were expressing relief that they could finally start their investigation into what they were sent there...

  • Academic success is linked to student health

    Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Regarding “School nurse reductions cause parents to worry” (McClatchy-Tribune, June 24): Academic success is strongly linked to student health. The typical student attending primary and secondary public schools in Oklahoma today brings a plethora of acute and chronic health conditions such...