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Your Views

  • President Obama downplays tragedy

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    I am not surprised at the lack of sincerity in the comments made by the president regarding the murder and wounding of Marines in Tennessee. The least he could have done was offer condolences and expressed some sympathy for the families of these servicemen and women. I wonder why he would become...

  • Easing the need for food stamps

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

     Easing the need If our goal is to reduce the number of people receiving food stamps or at least reduce the amount of food stamps provided, it’s easily accomplished. Raise the minimum wage. The vast majority of adults receiving food stamps work. Of course, merely raising the minimum wage...

  • Killing of Marines is sickening tragedy

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The killing of four Marines in Tennessee makes me want to vomit. Our military personnel are not allowed to carry loaded weapons in any facility located within the United States unless they’re part of a security detail. Thursday it became apparent this is a flawed restriction. If we can’t trust...

  • Support state Sen. Rob Standridge's call for Article V convention

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    In “It’s time to restore balance of power” (Point of View, July 10), Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, calls for an Article V convention of the states to restore a balance of power between the runaway federal government and the states. Standridge argues for term limits for federal officials among...

  • Why is change needed for $10

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Regarding “$10 bill change rankles descendant of Alexander Hamilton” (Associated Press, July 12): After all these years, why are some bureaucrats so determined to make changes in the portraits on U.S. currency? Much talk has centered on altering either the 10 or the 20. Doug Hamilton, the...

  • Time to ante up

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The signers of our Declaration of Independence did more than declare themselves, they dedicated themselves — putting their lives and fortunes on the line for the position they championed.  I’m calling upon Americans to petition Congress and the executive branch who vote to support the...

  • Giants steps toward improved relations with Iran

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Obama administration and other major powers have persuaded Iran to subject itself to the most thorough inspection regime ever imposed on any country. Iran will be dismantling vast portions of its nuclear energy program. Those who oppose the deal seem to be locked inside a box that...

  • Will gays continue to bully churches?

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma’s Episcopal leader discusses denomination’s gay marriage vote” (News, July 12): Now that these churches are willing to perform these unions, will gays and lesbians seek them out or will they continue to bully churches that won’t perform them? Also, will Christians who want to...