• Jari Askins is an excellent choice for job

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Regarding the letter from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rall (Your Views, April 11): It doesn’t take a parent to know when children aren’t cared for and protected as they should be. It also doesn’t take a parent to manage limited resources and implement a mandated plan to ensure the safety and well-being of our state’s youngest citizens. I can’t imagine a better choice than Jari Askins, who has committed her life in service to our state and has the leadership skills to pull off this monumental task. As an aside, please don’t assume I am a Democrat because I’m not.

  • Comdemn the cause of the bombing

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing is Sunday. We are commending those who captured Timothy McVeigh, as expressed in “Ex-FBI special agent credits higher power for his part in bombing case” (News, April 13). In addition to the museum and memorial of those who died on that day, we inadvertently memorialize the perpetrator. Unfortunately this is the accolade he wanted. What is unfortunate is that we don't seem to remember what motivated McVeigh, and who was ultimately responsible. Remember the Branch Dividian compound near Waco, Texas? They had broken no laws, however Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the compound be invaded by law enforcement, resulting in a fire that killed adults and children. McVeigh admitted that his

  • David Boren's logic is hard to understand

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Charles Krauthammer (Commentary, April 10) states that the result of this nuclear deal with Iran ensures that country’s nuclear armament with the resultant arms races of other countries in the region. David Boren (Point of View, April 10), on the other hand, hopes everyone plays nice and all will be well. Current sanctions have caused Iran economic discomfort to be sure, but haven’t seemed to change its demeanor one iota or its drive for the bomb. So now we’re to give Iran a few billion dollars and ask them to be a good neighbor? It’s difficult to understand the logic of Boren’s belief.

  • Welcome legislation for palliative care

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Most everyone’s life will be touched by cancer in some way during his or her lifetime. In Oklahoma, an estimated 19,280 people will hear the words “You have cancer” this year alone. As a two-time cancer survivor, I’ve experienced how the mental and physical side effects of treatment can take a toll on quality of life. As doctors focus on the cancer treatment itself, comfort and concerns such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath and anxiety are often overlooked. Cancer patients deserve access to team-based care that treats the whole patient, not just the disease. This is where palliative care can help.

  • Fewer laws are needed

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    George Will (Commentary, April 9) was on the mark. Not only is the public overloaded with criminal and regulatory laws, it’s just as overloaded with civil laws and regulations. Don't we have it backward when we elect our representatives based on their promises of new laws? Shouldn’t the paradigm be “Elect the guy or gal who promises to repeal laws and regulations, not burden us with more”? People complain that we have too many lawyers. New laws require lawyers to interpret them, draft documents to comply with them or to avoid their deleterious effects or unintended consequences, or enforce them in the courts. I’m a lawyer. I appreciated all those new laws before they made it possible for me to retire. Now I worry about

  • Don't 'poke the bear' by allowing oil and gas industry to frack

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    An expert at a town hall meeting in March said a massive earthquake in Oklahoma was inevitable due to the type and location of the fault, as if because the fault already exists, that lets the oil and gas industry off the hook for the earthquakes they’re causing. That is like saying if you walk in bear country you should be prepared to be attacked by a bear. If you walk in bear country, you should be smart enough not to intentionally aggravate the bear! Poking the bear is exactly what we’re doing by allowing the oil and gas industry to frack and then pressure inject millions of gallons of poisoned water into the ground. Oceans and salt lakes are 97.6 percent of the earth’s total water volume. Only 2.4 percent is drinkable

  • David Boren's rose-colored glasses

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    In saying we (the United States) should be hopeful about a treaty limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment program, David Boren (Point of View, April 10) is looking through rose-colored glasses. Iran is polarized by the Quran. So dictated, Iran is not to be trusted by the Western world. Iran is also noted for breaking treaties. The “we” Boren refers to are in a war of ideologies. You don’t kill ideologies with bullets. You use sanctions, which were the only thing that brought Iran to the treaty negotiating table. Keep sanctions in place, even increase them, and then be hopeful.

  • GOP legislators shut the door on home folks

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Residents of Oklahoma’s municipalities had best sit up and take notice. House Bill 2178 revokes the zoning rights of every municipality in the state — rights that have been guaranteed by state law for the last 80 years. The bill says no municipality may “prohibit or ban any oil and gas operations.” There are a few allowances for “fencing” and “setbacks,” but the gist is clear: Oil companies can drill for petroleum, employ fracture stimulation, and pool and inject wastewater in any town or city in the state, regardless of zoning laws. If this bill is passed and signed by the governor, it would privilege drilling construction over flood control, watershed protection, residential zoning, potable water, commercial zoning and

  • The idea it's this deal or war is ridiculous

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Regarding “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10): David Boren should stick to the fine job he does as University of Oklahoma president and leave the pontificating of liberal talking points to the pundits. No one is calling for war against Iran. The idea that it’s this deal or war is ridiculous. This deal won’t reduce nuclear weapons but will start an arms race like no one has seen in the Middle East. The sanctions have been working and will continue to work. Boren’s assertion that George W. Bush went to war with Iraq by himself is not factual. The U.S. was joined by Britain, Australia and Poland. Thirty-six more countries joined in the aftermath. To blame the deficit on these wars also is

  • Hope isn't foreign policy

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    David Boren’s “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10) is naive at best. He offers no facts to give any credence to his hope. He merely states history when America held a position of power, along with his personal resume on how he contributed to, for instance, Ronald Reagan’s success. All Boren need do is read Charles Krauthammer’s column printed the same day. Krauthammer will educate him that hope is not foreign policy. We’re being played, and President Obama is a willing accomplice. Hope is nothing without faith, and caution is good. But when dealing with a terrorist nation such as Iran, only distrust and power are prudent on our part.

  • Spot on analysis of 'Right to Farm' bill

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Adam Price (Point of View, April 8) was spot on with his analysis of the harmful HJR 1012, the “Right to Farm” bill. This bill only aims to protect big industrial farms and foreign corporations that own farmland in Oklahoma by allowing them to virtually operate without regulation or restriction. It doesn't protect the family farmer. These megafarms are notorious for water and air pollution, animal abuse and unclean conditions. Price recommends that “what we desperately need is legislation that encourages a more humane, just and sustainable system of agriculture.” I couldn’t have said it better. We have Oklahoma farmers who do amazing work and who are motivated to keep our land healthy.

  • Oppose HJR 1012 or pay a high price

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Thank you for publishing the two opinion articles on House Joint Resolution 1012, commonly known as the “Right to Farm” bill (Points of View, April 8). Those who oppose HJR 1012 hit the nail on the head when they point out that the bill would allow large foreign corporations to destroy and pollute Oklahoma land with impunity. Don’t let the Farm Bureau confuse you — this bill doesn’t support Oklahomans. This bill would put the interests of big industries over Oklahoma citizens, including small family farmers. Contrary to what those corporations and the trade groups that represent them might have you believe, they don’t care about farming heritage, animal welfare or protection of the environment.

  • Protect farms from government-destructive policies and agencies

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Does Adam Price (Point of View, April 8) actually believe a government Socialist-type system of farming will work? All a person has to do is look at the government-run farming systems of North Korea, Zimbabwe and the old Soviet Union. There is no way these can or could feed their people. Going back to doing farming like we used to would mean U.S. farmers would only produce enough to feed their family and maybe 50 others. Today with our modern farming methods, one U.S. farmer produces enough to feed his family and more than 200 others, which includes those in Socialist nations who can’t produce enough because of their government system. Our farms have to be protected from government-destructive policies and agencies such as the

  • Mullahs won't change

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Regarding “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10): After carpet bombing an entire fraternity for the stupidity of a few, now OU President David Boren believes we should play pitty-pat with an evil, sociopathic Iran. All the flowery speeches that he, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry can give won’t change the minds of the mullahs who are intent on destroying everyone who’s in disagreement with their religious views. Perhaps Boren should have tried a reasonable approach with the fraternity and reserved the carpet bombing for Iran.

  • Senseless actions by U.S. government

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The U.S. government is spending taxpayer money supporting Saudi-backed Sunnis killing Iran-backed Houthi at the same time the government supports lifting Iranian sanctions. Shouldn’t taxpayer money promote domestic energy independence rather than Middle East skirmishes? Iran needing nuclear power for energy is senseless. Lifting sanctions clears the path build to a nuclear bomb, and makes domestic energy independence even more critical.

  • Nuclear agreement might be the best we can hope for

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The recent agreement with Iran outlining limiting its nuclear program might well be all we can hope for. Verification of Iran adhering to protocols limiting its nuclear program is a strong part of the proposed agreement. Short-sighted Republican senators somehow fail to understand that sanctions were only to bring Iran to the conference table; they are not limiting or stopping Iran's nuclear program. If there’s no agreement, or if sanctions are increased per Republican proposals, then Iran will finish its nuclear weapon program. Nothing but an agreement will stop progress toward an Iranian nuclear weapon. The U.N. would monitor and inspect to help assure compliance. Fool proof? No, but we can never achieve that, especially without an

  • I'm thoroughly confused about nation's pending doom

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Regarding “Use Article V powers to address U.S. debt” (Point of View, April 3): I’m now thoroughly confused about what pending doom threatens our nation most. Rep. Gary Banz predicts that the national debt is our greatest threat, while his colleague Rep. Sally Kern fears homosexuality will be our demise. U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe tells me the “global warming conspiracy” is our biggest threat. Sen. James Lankford takes the shotgun approach and warns that not only should I be concerned about the crushing national debt, but also that rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are threatening our nation too.

  • Freedom is not free

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Regarding “Perry to receive state’s first Purple Heart City designation (Tulsa World, April 4): It was with great pride, honor and heart that our family attended the ceremony in Perry. There were many Purple Heart recipients, Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma, military, city and state representatives in attendance. Perry was recognized for its large number of veterans, many of those awarded the Purple Heart for combat wounds and injuries. The city of Perry and the Purple Heart Trail Program presented the first posthumous Purple Heart medal to the mother of Army Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, a 2005 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.

  • Some worthy of redemption, others not?

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Regarding basketball coach Dave Bliss being hired by Southwest Christian University: So this is the same Southwest Christian University that suspended a gay honor student for marrying her partner? I guess lying about and defaming one of your murdered basketball players is worthy of redemption, whereas making a lifelong commitment to someone you love is not.

  • Jari Askins is odd choice for new DHS post

    Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Regarding “Askins an excellent pick to assist with DHS efforts” (Our Views, April 9): It seems odd to us that Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Jari Askins to a $170,000-a-year job to do child welfare work, considering Askins has raised no children. No doubt she is a nice person, is qualified in the legal field and it’s good to be bipartisan, as Fallin defeated Askins in the 2010 governor's race. But there probably are a lot of people with actual experience in child welfare who could be better for this taxpayer-supported position. Mr. and Mrs.




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