• Stop signs are not a suggestion

    Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Is stopping for stop signs still a law or has it changed to a suggestion? I see on the news about all the money spent for DUI enforcement. I think you could buy several new police cars monthly, with a couple of officers, assigned to monitor stop signs. Might not get your picture in the paper, but it could save lots of auto repairs. Maybe even a life.

  • Governing by force

    Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Imagine a Bedlam football game in which the refs assess some penalties in the first half and both teams accept them. But in the second half, both teams ignore the referees. An OU player grabs the facemask of an OSU player. OSU objects — it’s against the rules. OU says it’s not against the rules. An OSU player punches an OU guy. Things get ugly. They have a violent brawl and the game ends with no winners, only losers. Our political system also has a rule book. It’s called the Constitution, which says the legislative branch is to write laws consistent with constitutional principles. The executive branch is to enforce and carry out those laws as written. The federal courts are to referee, deciding which laws and actions agree

  • Oklahoma needs to make children a priority

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Oklahomans should quit talking about what a great state this is to raise a family and start taking steps to improve the lives of children here. Oklahomans do a poor job of taking care of children. Perhaps that’s not the case for those fortunate children growing up in financially stable homes. But far too many poor and vulnerable children face hardships that can and must be dealt with. Oklahoma is in the midst of a federal lawsuit because we’ve not investigated child abuse and neglect cases in a timely manner. We've not even come close to increasing the number of foster homes needed and the number agreed to in the lawsuit settlement. Also, we recently learned that the state has one of the highest rates of child homelessness in

  • Obama has declared himself a dictator

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration policy reversed his own statements that he lacked the power to make such a sweeping change without Congress. This was similar to his broken promises about Obamacare. Obama just declared himself dictator of the United States of America by issuing an unconstitutional, lawless and imperial amnesty proclamation, which he has no authority or power to issue. The only thing to stop such an unconstitutional act is for Congress to make certain that the program isn’t financed by tax dollars.

  • Abortion is cloaked in secrecy because it's ugly

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Julie Burkhart (Your Views, Nov. 17) would like a place of honor for abortionists, the selfless souls interested only in seeing that the death of a baby is carried out in a safe and legal manner. Such a high calling! Surely all correctly thinking people would be proud to say, “I hope my child grows up to be an abortionist!” But that doesn’t happen and Burkhart should be honest enough to look beyond the legal niceties and face the truth of what she defends. Look at the “tools of the trade.” Look at the destruction, at the horrors of what’s unthinkingly called a medical “need.” Let’s use plain language to call abortion what it is: the death of a unique, living human being. Abortion is cloaked in secrecy

  • Dr. Burns is no hero

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Julie Burkhart (Your Views, Nov. 17) lauded Dr. Larry Burns and other abortionists as “heroes” who “simply ensure that those abortions are safe for the women who need them.” If so, why did Burns refuse to follow the new state law requiring that he or another abortionist present on his staff have hospital admitting privileges in case of emergency needs for their patients? A state judge ruled Burns had ample time to comply. The other state abortion providers have complied. Is Burns above the laws of Oklahoma? He claimed he was providing 44 percent of Oklahoma abortions. If so, he could easily afford to hire a qualified on-premises physician, but he instead chose to endanger his patients. Burns is no hero.

  • A legislative enemy

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Roadblocks to getting initiative petitions on the ballot in Oklahoma are proof that government of the people, by the people and for the people is a legislative enemy. Corporations and special interests have paid lobbyists who can dog legislators and committee chairs. Party and personal re-election contributions of a few thousand dollars can result in invitations to lobbyists to write legislation, with no record of promises made or granted. People who work can’t hang around the Capitol to badger or donate to legislators and committee heads. Initiatives “by the people” are only possible if the people can raise a hundred thousand dollars and beat a time clock. “For the people” is obliterated by this reality.

  • Net neutrality is serious issue

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    “The president’s misplaced priorities, outdated fixes” (Our Views, Nov. 16) implies that the Obama administration’s interest in preserving “net neutrality” is “fiddling while Rome burns.” Not true. Net neutrality is a serious issue with serious consequences for all Americans. The Internet is as ubiquitous as electricity. We pay for it and expect reliable service. Net neutrality opponents would change this model to make Internet access a “pay to play” proposition. The more you pay, the better your access and bandwidth will be; the less you pay, the less reliable your service.

  • Wind energy harms Oklahoma families

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    In response to Susan Sloan (Your Views, Nov. 7): Far from making Oklahoma “the envy of many other states,” wind energy harms Oklahoma families. First, wind energy isn’t “affordable” as Sloan claims. The federal handout for wind developers, known as the Production Tax Credit (PTC), doesn’t “drive down the cost of wind” energy. Instead, it merely hides the cost. In fact, electricity generated from wind energy remains 125 percent more expensive than natural gas and 90 percent more expensive than coal. After failing to show that wind is cost competitive, Sloan then contradicts herself. She admits that not having the PTC would spell “the demise” of industrial wind power.

  • State delegation works to fix problem

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Hope Pjesky’s argument in “Protectionist policy will cost consumers” (Point of View, Nov. 19), calling on Congress to amend the country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef and pork muscle cuts, is absolutely correct. The United States mustn’t cheat on the trade rules that the U.S. wrote and convinced our trading partners to adopt. For good reasons, Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, especially House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, is working to fix this problem. The challenge is urgent. By the middle of next year, America’s two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico, could be authorized to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.

  • Is tribal gaming worth the cost in human terms?

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    “Tribal gaming law hits 10-year mark” (Tulsa World, Nov. 18) refers to the long-term vision of the architects of State Question 712 that 10 years ago authorized tribal gaming in Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is quoted as saying that “had this not passed, the state of Oklahoma I’m not sure would have come out of the recession.” The article mentions the tens of thousands of new jobs and economic activity “increasing by billions of dollars” as a result of SQ 712. The Oklahoman’s fine series on addiction addressed the damage to countless Oklahoma individuals and families caused by addiction to gambling. We frequently read of respected citizens who become out of control and lose everything by

  • A sign of efficiency in education

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Per-pupil spending cuts are a good thing. They signify efficiency in the Oklahoma public school system. I go to a private school called The Academy of Classical Christian Studies for only $4,000 per year. At this school, I’ve been given a much better education than public school students get, so I’m proof that a school can be highly efficient with a low amount of money. The current amount of per-pupil spending is about $9,000 in Oklahoma, below the average of $11,000 nationally. This means that “low” per-pupil spending isn’t a problem: Schools can thrive without spending more than $11,000 per student.

  • Real energy strategy for America is needed

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    The climate is changing, but not in the manner declared by President Obama or those who worship at the global warming temple. Arctic ice has expanded dramatically, the Pacific Ocean is cooling and Northern Hemisphere temperature readings are trending lower. We’ll be getting cooler for a period of decades before the natural cycle switches back to a warming period. We need not rush into bad deals with China that put us in a position of economic disadvantage. What we do need is a real energy strategy for America. How can we leverage our plentiful resources to reduce pollution from coal, petroleum and natural gas? How do we integrate hydrogen into our thinking and planning? Solar and wind have a place, but scale puts them as small

  • State Republicans are short on solutions

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    “Filling the skills gap: CareerTech ramps up training programs to meet workplace needs” (News, Nov. 14) is yet another story about the need for millions of dollars in funding for another state entity. This seems to be a near weekly occurrence. The week before it was higher education requesting millions more. This time it’s CareerTech. It has been common education, prisons, the DHS, state pension funds, etc. The list goes on and on, but our current leaders know only two phrases: cut taxes and cut spending. Something doesn’t compute. How can state officials come up with the funds to even scratch the surface of everything needed? The current majority party is always way short on solutions, but I wish them luck.

  • Obama's cited shortcomings are difficult to reconcile

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Nov. 14) wrote that the Obama administration’s shortcomings in previous years might be predictive of poor performance over the next two years. However, the shortcomings Jones cited are difficult to reconcile. The economy has actually grown since 2009 — the Dow doubled, unemployment is almost half, with 56 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, the federal deficit decreased from 9.8 percent to 2.8 percent as a percentage of GDP, housing starts have doubled and U.S. automakers on the verge of bankruptcy in 2009 are profitable again. According to Bloomberg Reports, the United States will continue becoming the world’s largest oil producer ahead of Saudi Arabia.

  • Doctors who do abortions are heroes

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    “When the issue is abortion, plain English discouraged” (Our Views, Nov. 11) questions why Dr. Larry Burns isn’t referred to as an abortionist. That’s hardly a neutral term. It’s most commonly used by people who commit and sanction acts of terrorism against abortion clinics and doctors. The term is used to imply that doctors who provide safe, legal abortions aren’t real physicians. Burns is a doctor of osteopathy. He’s risked his life to provide necessary medical care to the women of Oklahoma for many years. We should use “plain” straightforward language to discuss abortion services. Here’s a start: Without access to safe abortion care, women die. This happened before abortion was legal in this country.

  • Community foundations make a difference

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    More than 700 community foundations across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of community foundations. That’s 100 years of community foundations working together with local and state partners to address change in areas such as education, disaster preparedness, wellness and access to health care. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In 1969, John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick invited other community leaders to join them in creating a public charity where anyone in the community could make a difference through a charitable gift. In the past 45 years, we’ve worked with thousands of donors who have helped to make a real difference in central Oklahoma.

  • Better days are ahead for country

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Americans woke up to a huge upset the morning of Nov. 5. Business-friendly Republicans, beginning in January, will stop the country’s slide toward socialism. Barack Obama’s plan for America will cease to take shape. His goofy appointments of unqualified lightweights into some of the highest offices in the land will slow to a crawl when the Democratic majority is eliminated in the Senate. The United States has slipped during the last six years, but America for the next two years will have a more even balance of power. My father told everyone who would listen, “America is much better off when Congress is controlled by a different political party than the executive branch.” Roger L.

  • Unilateral disarmament of economic weapons

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s historic trade agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gases at an increased rate of 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025, while China sets a target of stopping its increase by 2030, has the effect of disarming America in the competitive battle of world economies. U.S. industry will be significantly stifled while China’s will be free to expand and grow. This is unilateral disarmament where we promise to get rid of our economic weapons while they agree to stop building their weapons. This is another example of the danger this president is to the country. Congress must not permit this.

  • Keystone XL pipeline is a lose-lose proposition

    Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    “Keystone should be near top of GOP to-do list” (Our Views, Nov. 10) states that building the Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs, would be good for the economy and good for the American people. The pipeline would reduce the amount of oil carried by rail and therefore reduce possible accidents and environmental damage. Keystone would not create many permanent jobs. The estimated number of jobs temporarily created varies, but all sources agree that only half the jobs would be local and after two years an estimated 35 permanent jobs would be left to operate the pumping stations. Would Keystone be good for the U.S.