• Rep. John Bennett is a modern-day Paul Revere

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Like Paul Revere State Rep. John Bennett is a modern-day Paul Revere who proclaims, “The Muslims are coming!” Bennett is correct, as America (like France, England and Belgium) is a destination for thousands of Muslims. Some of them want Sharia law to change America. Sharia is the law in many Islamic countries where women are treated as property owned by men. So, my thanks go to Bennett, R-Sallisaw, for sounding the alarm about Sharia and the Islamic mission to control the world. Read “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.” It’s a New York Times bestseller by Robert Spencer. Then decide for yourself what Islam is all about. To make a long story short, their mission is to rule the world through Sharia law and

  • Christian worldview actually matches reality

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Reality doesn’t agree with Michael Barnett (Your Views, Jan. 21) when he says that religion is “a means by which dominant and deviant personalities impose their ways of thinking upon the masses” and “is responsible for most of the world’s problems.” What about Hitler and the Nazis, or Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, Chairman Mao and Pol Pot? Those individuals certainly were “dominant and deviant personalities.” As a result of pushing their nonreligious ideologies, millions of innocent people died. What about abortion? An estimated 57.5 million children have been killed in the United States alone since 1973. Count the number of abortions in China over the past four decades and the total number of human lives lost is nearly

  • I'll take 'religion'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In response to Michael Barnett (Your Views, Jan. 21): A practical definition of religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe.” Therefore, atheism is a religion whose adherents “believe” there’s no “First Cause” or God. Certainly Nietzsche would support Barnett’s contention that other religions create “myths” about life’s meaning. But the logical conclusion for the atheist is that, if the “Big Bang” theory is correct, then we are nuclear “waste” and there can’t be any rational meaning to life other than the meaning I determine or society determines for me. This then means that only power can prove what’s right as Chairman Mao eloquently stated when he said

  • Notice the irony in State of Union address

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama said one thing that summarizes his “State of the Presidency.” He said he’d do what his oath of office demands that he to do. He would continue to do what he thinks is best for America. Anyone notice the irony here? Unfortunately, his oath of office says nothing about him doing whatever he thinks is best. It says a lot about supporting and defending the Constitution, obeying the laws faithfully, and defending Americans from enemies both foreign and domestic. His interpretation of the job description is flawed.

  • How will two years of free college work?

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Barack Obama has come up with the brilliant idea of giving everybody two free years of college education. I wonder why those 43 previous presidents didn’t think of that. They were probably busy trying to figure out how to protect this country or something like that. I’m still not sure how this is going to work. Will the professors agree to serve for free? I’m sure the book companies will jump at the chance to provide free textbooks. Also, I hope the four-year colleges don’t hear about this plan because they’ll want to get in on it. Surely four years of free college is better than two years of free college. Actually I really don’t care how it will work because I have 18 grandkids.

  • Forced grade retention is bad policy

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Regarding “Bill would ignore breaches of existing state reading law” (Our Views, Jan. 22): By allowing children who have low scores on the third-grade reading test this exemption to forced retention, elected officials effectively allow knowledgeable aggressive parents to assure their children will be promoted to the fourth grade. School leaders can’t afford the political repercussions of doing otherwise. Forced retention creates problems that have no benefits. Many published, peer-reviewed studies show forced grade retention has detrimental effects. It’s proven bad policy! Why do we discredit unsuccessful reading students at this time in their life? Oklahoma has used the failed Florida model for several years.

  • Janet Barresi is correct that teachers aren't prepared

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma public school students continue to perform poorly compared to other states” (News, Jan. 8): As a retired teacher with more than 40 years of experience, I was at first offended by former state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi’s statement that teachers aren’t prepared. Then I began to reflect on the classes of today compared with when I began to teach. Barresi is correct. Teachers aren’t prepared to teach students who are disruptive, disobedient and disrespectful, who require time to correct and take time away from the lesson and from the students who do want to learn. They aren’t prepared to teach students who are unmotivated, who stay up watching television or work two or three jobs to pay for

  • Leonard Pitts gets it wrong

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Pitts gets it wrong Regarding Leonard Pitts Jr.’s “Pope gets it wrong on freedom of expression” (Commentary, Jan. 18): Probably everyone agrees that we have freedom of speech and should always have this freedom. However, if common sense and respect for our fellow man were uppermost in our minds, it could be a peaceful world and we would still have our freedom of speech. I long for the day when we give it a try.

  • Pointing arrows is very offensive

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    What’s next? I’ve been following the coverage about removing the Redskins name for Capitol Hill High School’s mascot. The cost could run an estimated $250,000. I wonder if the school district will ask alumni to chip in on the cost, as they did on the improvements around the school. Now to the next phase of changes. Would it be possible to remove the Indian from our car tags with the word “Native America” and also the statue atop the state Capitol? I find pointing arrows to be very offensive. Can’t we just be Americans and Oklahomans? Beverly Oliver Kelly, Oklahoma City Kelly is a 1952 graduate of Capitol Hill High School.

  • Federal government needs extreme makeover

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The federal government has become a hoarder. It hoards power and taxes and fees. There will never be enough money nor power and the federal government just keeps expanding and grabbing with no true accountability of where our hard-earned money is spent or how inefficient their bureaucracies have become. It’s time to strip the federal government to the bare bones! Get rid of all the agencies and departments except for constitutionally mandated powers and return the power to the states where abuse can be more easily ferreted out. Let’s repeal the federal income tax and let each state pay a “state federal income tax” to be used to pay for the few powers the Constitution mandates.

  • Try switching names of teams to “Blackskins,” “Brownskins” or even “Whiteskins”

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Stewart Terbush (Your Views, Jan. 14.) cited military equipment being given names such as Tomahawk, Apache, Kiowa Warrior and Lakota, plus the use of the code name “Geronimo” for the mission to find Osama bin Laden. Terbush seems unable to distinguish between proper names and mascot names. Any group of people can be warriors, braves, chiefs or chieftains. But terms such as “savages” and “redskins” offend some of us. Although apparently not all of us. I have a suggestion. Try switching names for athletic teams to “Blackskins” or “Brownskins” or even “Whiteskins” and see how long they last.

  • Be more sensitive to people of faith

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    While I don’t condone the violence in Paris, the people of the free world should consider how people of faith feel when their god or his representatives are being mocked or caricatured or otherwise held up to ridicule in the popular media. This must feel like a knife in their hearts. Perhaps the world at large should consider some boundaries in this area — a show of respect, if you will. We don’t ridicule disabled people or babies and children who might be somewhat homely. Perhaps the lesson here is to be a little more sensitive to people of faith. It couldn’t hurt. And in case you’re wondering, I’m neither a Muslim nor a Christian.

  • Wind energy company shows contempt for Osage County tallgrass prairie

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Tulsa has filed suit against the Italian wind energy giant Enel. The court was asked to order Enel to tear down illegal wind turbines constructed on more than 8,000 acres of pristine Osage County tallgrass prairie. The Osage Tribe, Osage County cattlemen, the Nature Conservancy and others have felt the contempt this massive international company has for those who oppose them. These groups have been vocal in protesting the building of an industrial wind refinery on the largest unspoiled piece of native prairie remaining in the U.S. I took photos of Enel crushing tons of limestone for the gigantic turbine foundations. This action is illegal because the Osage Nation owns the subsurface of all of Osage

  • Pastors show wrong focus with hoodies event

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Regarding “Congregations show support for hoodies” (News, Jan. 20): The Rev. Semaj Vanzant is quoted as saying, “We wear hoodies to say we will not tolerate external judgment.” Nearly every night on TV news programs, we see photos of hooded criminals robbing banks, food markets, gas stations. Perhaps the pastors who organized the “Wear-A-Hoodie-To-Church” event should spend more time working with black youth and teaching them that God doesn’t approve of stealing. Pastors should have more interest in pleasing God than in encouraging the wearing of suspicious clothing.

  • Serious mistakes made in death at McClain County jail

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Regarding “McClain County inmate’s death prompts lawsuit” (News Jan. 18): I read with shock and amazement about the wrongful death suit involving Kory Wilson after he was denied insulin for hyperglycemia resulting from his Type I diabetes. As a health care provider, it was immediately obvious to me what serious mistakes were made in this case. Even someone with no health background should have been able to recognize, and more than likely prevent, this tragic outcome from a blood sugar level that exceeded 800. How could anyone decide that only water was necessary to treat this excessive blood sugar? After Wilson’s family members communicated with the jail the inmate’s medical need for daily insulin, immediate action should

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    HBOT works “Oklahoma veterans with brain injuries seek out hyperbaric treatments” (News, Jan. 18) reported that “Department of Defense experts and others say no strong evidence exists” for veterans’ improvements from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Yet brain scans have been published from studies showing substantial improvements after treatment. My health and my wife’s health improved significantly after fewer than 20 HBOT treatments. HBOT isn’t a placebo but an effective treatment. In addition I’ve seen many improvements even in a short time doing HBOT “dives” with others.

  • Kudos to wet-noodle spines for caving on Redskins issue

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Bouquets of skunk cabbage to the people who spend their time and energy poring through our culture searching for things by which to be offended. Eliminating the Redskins mascot at Capitol Hill High School is another victory for them. Kudos also to the wet-noodle spines of those who cave to such foolishness. No offense can be found in the word “redskins” and certainly no more than is found in “Sooners,” which once referred to cheaters who illegally entered the Unassigned Lands before the starting gun signaled the beginning of the Land Run in 1889.

  • Will state name be changed next?

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    State name next? I feel sorry for the students and alumni of Capitol Hill High School because a few people didn’t like the school mascot name of Redskins. I’m part Cherokee and I see nothing wrong with it. I hope these people never find out the origin of the name “Oklahoma.” They may want to change that too.

  • Muslims to face backlash in Western civilizations

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    If I were an Episcopalian and members of my church were killing innocent people in the name of my religion, I’d try to expose and eliminate them or quit that group. While we hear that most Muslims cherish life and are peaceful, why do good ones not rise up against the brutal, murderous ones? I’m not advocating this, but I predict a backlash in the Western civilizations against Muslims in general. Even though unjustified, I had Iranian friends who feared for their safety in Oklahoma when radicals in Iran held U.S. embassy personnel hostage back in their home country.

  • Pope believes in concept of 'love thy enemy'

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Regarding Leonard Pitts Jr.’s “Pope gets it wrong on freedom of expression” (Commentary, Jan. 18): While the pope must be and is politically aware, he’s not obligated to be politically correct. The pope comes from the strongly held belief, taught in Scripture and Christian tradition, to love thy neighbor. This includes not maliciously ridiculing your neighbor in public or those your neighbor may hold in high regard. It’s also known as “love thy enemy.” Pitts goes on to explain that free people instinctively rebel at being told what they can’t do. Oops! There’s those pesky Ten Commandments again! Not to mention common sense and self-restraint.




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