• We must avoid the road to anarchy

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    On the wrong road Regarding George Wills’ “A practice that is now a plague” (Commentary, Dec. 11): I take exception to the conclusion that the death of Eric Garner was a result of selling illegal cigarettes. His death and the deaths of many recent high-profile individuals at the hands of police officers have not been the result of the crime they committed, or might have been suspected of committing, but for resisting arrest and/or being noncompliant with the police officers instructions. If we get to the point in this country where we minimize resisting arrest and noncompliance with an officer’s instructions, then we are on the road to anarchy. Individuals in this country have an obligation to comply with police

  • Eliminate tax on labor

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Those of us who worked on State Question 640 looked forward to a time when we’d not be taxed on labor. Republicans promised us smaller state government and the elimination of the personal income tax. They have had years to accomplish this, but things seem to stay the same. Taxpayers migrate to states where labor isn’t taxed. We don’t need job incentives; we need to eliminate the income tax. Other states have proven that no income tax is the greatest incentive available. Campaign donations come from people who rely on tax credits and other incentives that legislators favor. The taxing of personal income takes money from families so legislators can grow the size of government.

  • Kudos to school board for taking action to protect American Indian students

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Regarding “School board votes to remove Capitol Hill’s Redskins nickname” (News, Dec. 9): A poster in my office area features sports pennants with names such as “Washington Redskins.” The other teams featured are the “New York Fighting Jews,” the “San Antonio Latinos,” the “Chicago Blacks” and the “San Francisco Orientals.” The Redskins may be the only one of these teams that really exists, but is it any less offensive than the others? The term “redskin” has despicable origins in the days of Indian bounty hunting in the 1600s and 1700s. Bounties under a dollar were paid for Indian children, women and men, dead or alive. For ease of commerce, few live Indians were delivered to the marketplace; the trade

  • It's heart-warming to see families adopt homeless cats or dogs

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    As a volunteer at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, it’s been heart-warming to see the number of families who have come to the shelter to adopt a homeless cat or dog during this holiday season. Donations of pet toys, canned and dry pet food, and blankets and bedding have increased as well. As the shelter strives to become a “no kill” facility in which every adoptable pet goes into the adoption program, the hope is that citizens will continue to come to the shelter when they want to add a new pet to their family.

  • Nation is losing services of modern-day Cicero

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    This nation will soon lose the gallant and thoughtful services of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. He will be remembered as a statesman who was always interested in the next generation and one who vainly tried to uphold the republican principles of good government that help guard against the excesses or tyranny of factions. Coburn continuously ferreted out those proposals and conditions that didn’t promote the general welfare of the entire country. He understood and practiced the once powerful idea that republican principles are not the force of government used to conform all its citizens into one common mold with the same opinions and interests. Coburn is a modern-day Cicero, virtuous and direct, but ultimately overwhelmed by self-serving

  • Oklahoma City police officers deserve our thanks

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    With all the attention given recently on the bad things police officers do, perhaps it’s time for a different perspective. Two of my sons are Oklahoma City police officers. Most of what they do at work is focused on helping people and serving the community. Officers maintain the laws and civil order. They change flat tires, do welfare checks, deal with domestic disputes and check on homes and businesses with burglar alarms going off. They deal with drug addicts, child abusers, alcoholics, prostitutes and sexual predators. Officers ticket people going 50 miles per hour through a school zone. They stop and shoot baskets with teenage boys who need a good role model. They take shoplifters to jail and look for lost senior adults,

  • 'Redskin' nickname is offensive, degrading

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): My mother and both of her parents were American Indians. They did not have red skin. I’m part Indian (Citizen Potawatomi). I don’t have red skin. In my 81 years, I’ve never seen or heard of a single person of any race who had red skin. The word “redskin” is a racial slur, originally used to insult and degrade native people, even as they were being slaughtered and herded like cattle from their homelands into government reservations, which were nothing more than prison camps. Out of respect to Native Americans, “redskin” needs to stop being used.

  • Capitol Hill Numb Skulls?

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): Capitol Hill High School should be renamed Capitol Hill Numb Skulls in honor of a school board that voted to remove the Redskins name. I’m Irish.

  • 'Stupid voters' know what's best for us

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare, called American voters “stupid.” Gruber was just verbalizing what Barack Obama and his other advisers have thought from the inception of this administration. They’ve always thought that they were intellectually superior to the voters. They, not “we stupid voters,” know what’s best for us.

  • Borrowing is not always bad

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Regarding “For liberals, ‘sustainability’ a hot topic — in some cases” (Our Views, Nov. 30): When the federal deficit or debt is debated, conservatives generally suggest that it’s always a bad thing under all conditions. This is wrong. Businesses borrow all the time, because they’ll make even more than they borrow in the long run. Of course we can’t go the way of Greece or Spain, by borrowing to pay routine operating expenses. This can work in the short run, such as time of war, but it can’t be sustained forever. On the other hand, borrowing to invest in the country, such as for roads or education, provides a definite advantage to the country. The money spent will be returned many times over. The important

  • Why did Sen. Feinstein have torture broadcast?

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Why oh why? Why did we need to air the national dirty laundry by having a U.S. Senate speech on torture broadcast worldwide? I’m sure that Dianne Feinstein must have some compelling reasons that she felt made this event necessary. Will she be able to convey those reasons in a comforting manner to the next of kin of the people who are murdered as a result of her actions? Perhaps the survivors and relatives will fully understand how logical her actions were. Somehow, the logic of restating unpleasant known facts escapes me.

  • Gruber's testimony a waste of time

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber must think we’re are still stupid if he thinks we believe his testimony before the a U.S. House committee. He could have saved a lot of time by simply taking the Fifth instead of giving all his nonanswers to most of the questions.

  • A victory is a victory

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Only one major college football team made it through the 2014 season without a loss. Yet the committee chosen to determine playoff spots was unable to realize that “undefeated” means no losses. Florida State should have been in the No. 1 position; for the rest of the field, teams with one loss would be considered. A victory is a victory, whether by one point or 100 points. A loss is a loss, whether by one point or 100 points. Lately we’ve heard a lot about a man named Gruber who said that in order to pass the Affordable Care Act, Democrats in Congress relied on the stupidity of the American people. It seems that the 12 members of the playoff selection committee relied on that same stupidity when they placed two teams with one

  • Consolidation would create more money for teacher salaries

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Once again I’m hearing the call for teacher pay raises. I support raises for teachers, but there’s already more than enough money to increase pay without additional money being earmarked for education. Public education already gets approximately 50 percent of the state budget. So how do teachers get raises without appropriating more money? The answer is to create efficiencies within the public school system and direct the savings to the classroom, including raises for teachers. This can be done by consolidating the more than 500 school districts into a reasonable number, such as 100. We have superintendents in districts with 16 teachers and 246 students making more than $140,000 per year.

  • MAPS' streetcar system is absurd waste of money

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    I’ve seen a lot of positives from the efforts of the MAPS program. The plan to build a streetcar system isn’t one of them. We’re going to spend money to tear up streets to place the tracks, money to add the infrastructure to place overhead cables to run the things and send money overseas to buy the cars. Who will it serve? The residents of downtown and the folks who must work there. Millions of dollars have been spent in the sector for the benefits of a minority of the residents. The streetcar system is an absurd waste of tax money. Gary Baker, Oklahoma City The streetcar system was part of package of capital expenditures approved by voters with passage of MAPS 3 in 2009.

  • Media's double standard with environmental lobby

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Regarding “Attorney general denies ‘secretive alliance’” (News, Dec. 9): The interesting thing about the New York Times article describing cooperation between Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the oil industry is that in one short paragraph it was recognized that the environmental lobby has the same relationship with a federal agency. Why are people not investigating this environmental alliance with the U.S.

  • Use American Indian advertising funds to complete cultural center

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Every time I see an American Indian tribe’s TV commercial espousing how great the tribe is but (unlike other commercials) not selling anything, I’m reminded of the funding needs of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

  • Paving over the truth on school program

    Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Paving over the truth George Will’s “Another case for term limits” (Commentary, Dec. 4) unfairly classifies the Safe Routes to School Program as a wasteful use of federal funds distributed by entrenched incumbents that should be term limited. Regardless of how you feel about term limits, this couldn’t be further from the truth on several fronts. First, the program no longer gets dedicated federal funding. It’s been consolidated under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that allows individual states to set their own transportation spending priorities. Also, like it or not, this nation is in the grips of a full-blown obesity epidemic. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the past 30 years.

  • We will remain Proud Redskins!

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): With all the pressing needs of the school system as pointed out by the new superintendent, one would think that school board members would have more important matters to tend to than stripping one of the district’s oldest high schools of 88 years of proud tradition. It’s ironic that this measure was taken to appease one activist teacher and a dozen or so students, none of whom are involved with Capitol Hill. Also mentioned as part of their reasoning was ambiguous guidelines regarding sensitivity issues currently being pushed by the politically correct administration in Washington.

  • Mature response is the real answer

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): I want to compliment Juanita Freeman, a full-blooded American Indian, for saying that she’s not offended by the name “Redskins.” Why should she be offended? Freeman asked. “I am mature enough in today’s time to understand that names that were created in my past ... do not have any effect toward me.” Her choice of the word “mature” says it all. Too bad so many people today, many of them extremely well educated, don’t have the maturity of this young lady. It’s only offensive if your mindset is spring-loaded to the “I’m a victim” politically correct way of thinking! Grow up! Offense is only there if that's