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  • Our priorities are messed up

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Why do people get so upset about a person who is executed for a crime and suffers during the execution? Why don't they get more upset when an innocent baby is aborted and what it feels? Our priorities are messed up. Heaven help this nation.

  • We should learn from Asian-Americans

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    At the end of the Vietnam War, a huge number of Asian immigrants came to this country. They came here needing to learn to speak, read and write a new language. They overcame this obstacle and are now outperforming every other race. They have the highest high school graduation rate (88 percent) and the highest average family income. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average family income of Asians is $68,636, followed by non-Hispanic whites ($57,009), Hispanics ($39,005) and blacks ($33,321). How did they achieve these results? The answer must be that they have a strong work ethic and place great importance on education. Congratulations to Asian-Americans for their achievements.

  • Girl Scouting makes a lasting impression

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Oklahoma needs all girls to reach their full potential. Lessons learned in Girl Scouting help girls contribute more to their communities and the state’s workforce. Scouting leaders want to reach more girls than ever before. To do that, we need more volunteers. According to the Oklahoma Women’s Foundation, Oklahoma is the second overall worst state for women. Consider the following: Approximately one in six Oklahoma women is a victim of domestic violence. Women in Oklahoma earn only 75 cents for every dollar men earn. Nearly 20 percent of Oklahoma girls never graduate from high school.

  • Drop the charges against Joe Mixon

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Regarding the charges filed against Joe Mixon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said, “…now we don’t have to talk about who the initial aggressor was. Was there gross injury? And there was. And was that against public morals? And I believe that any time you punch a girl with that much force, even when she had hit you first, that it would be against public morals.” Amelia Molitor threw the first blow in an altercation with Mixon, but Mashburn gives her a free pass because she’s “a girl.” Equal rights come with equal responsibilities. If a woman (not “a girl”) starts a fight, she should face the consequences. Grossly injured? Molitor had broken facial bones, but she should have expected that, when

  • Invoking the 13th Amendment

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Barack Obama speaks reverently of Islam’s Quran, calling it “holy,” but he ignores the rights of Christian business owners in his ongoing contempt for religious liberties. As state bans on gay marriage fall like autumn leaves, activists use that as propaganda, claiming that America's attitude on gay marriage is changing. It isn’t. In states where same-gender unions have been legalized, Christian business owners have been bullied for refusing to provide goods and services for gay weddings. Some business owners have had death threats and have been coerced with threats of lawsuits, which for a small business could be devastating. Christian florists, cake bakers and photographers have refused to participate in gay weddings.

  • 'Unspeakable horrors' no longer shielded

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    U.S. journalist James Foley’s public execution shows there are no longer “unspeakable horrors” from which we can attempt to shield our eyes or in some other way hide. The horrors today are presented to us on all our favorite forms of media: TV news, newspaper front pages, smartphones, iPads, etc. We no longer have to actually walk down to the castle green to join the revelers gathered around the scaffold or executioner’s block as in “Merry Olde” (medieval) England, where executions were actually designed to be a public spectacle. “We” are much more civilized now, or we maybe thought we were. It seems several centuries of time and truly amazing technology have not in fact made us better.

  • We're paying for what we've forgotten

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Some of us seem to always intentionally overlook the primary causes of what happened in Ferguson, Mo. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and many others seem determined to blame the police for something that parents have failed to do, which is teach their children to respect authority, beginning at home, church, school and society at large. Our guide is political correctness rather than the Bible. We’ve long forgotten that the Constitution, the greatest ever, is based on biblical principles. The basic reason that crime is so prevalent is that marriage between a man and woman is no longer sanctioned for bringing children into the world.

  • OU's suspension rather radical

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma football program has suspended Joe Mixon for a year. Is it not rather radical to suspend someone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime or pleaded guilty to a wrongdoing? As I understand it, Mixon is accused of hitting someone who hit him first. It makes no difference whether he hit a woman or a man. He was assaulted then he reacted from the blow he got. He was assaulted by a person who was drinking and maybe not in control of her senses. But to react to being struck by another is certainly permissible, one would think. The only issue I see here is that he should have stayed around and waited until the police arrived and talked with them about the confrontation.

  • CBD needs to be legalized in Oklahoma

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Cannabidiol (CBD) may help control seizures in some children. CBD is a nonintoxicating, refined whole plant product of a special marijuana species. It’s low in THC, the intoxicating component of marijuana, but CBD is illegal in Oklahoma. State law needs to be changed, as 16 states already have. The incidence of children with a current diagnosis of a seizure disorder is conservatively about 6.3 per 1,000 in the U.S., or about 5,900 in Oklahoma. With available medications, about half derive real benefit — with many suffering side effects, which can be severe.

  • Two state questions to save money

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Two state questions The state’s tax credit programs not only need scrutiny but mandatory oversight and justification. Not pie-in-the-sky stats but cold hard facts and figures to justify their existence. My solution to this and another monumental waste of money (517 state school superintendents) are two state questions. The governor and the legislators will never deal with these problems unless they’re forced by a vote of the people to do so. We need brighter minds than mine to write the state questions, but a general outline would be that the tax credits must have a financial benefit to the state, a maximum time limit (with an option for renewal if it's working) and an oversight group.

  • Don't tax Burger King at all!

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The best government response to the tax “inversion” of Burger King with Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc., to reduce U.S. taxes, is the opposite of what you might think. Rather than club BK over the head with yet more tax avoidance rules, don’t tax BK at all! Wouldn’t this deplete Washington’s coffers? Actually not. Understand that no profitable business eats taxes. BK collects money and writes checks to Uncle Sam. But the tax on the burger is passed to the customer. Why change? Taxing BK taxes productivity. Taxing the customer taxes consumption — but the customer would have the same purchasing power. Tim Hortons would re-domicile to the U.S. Will it work? Research says yes.

  • Real voyage of discovery

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Leonard Pitts’ point (Commentary, Aug. 23) about education in the classroom regarding race issues is a valid one. I took a graduate class at OU in my early 40s. We talked extensively about racial issues. In the class were blacks and whites, Asians from several countries and Hispanics. The professor talked about something she called “The Us vs. Them Mentality.” That means “Us” are good and “Them” are not. It was used by the English in regard to the Irish. It was used by whites in regard to blacks. It was used by Hitler in regard to the Jews. Once we see a group of “Them” as less valid, it’s easy to disregard them.

  • Being a woman isn't enough

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    An accident of birth should neither qualify nor disqualify anyone from anything. When public office requires valuable experience, a record of achievement and high moral character, no amount of superficial symbolism can make up for the lack of leadership talent. We’ve learned, to our peril, that being black isn’t enough. Hillary Clinton will soon learn that being a woman isn’t enough. Mother Teresa was a woman, but so was Lizzy Borden.

  • Non-hyphenated person ruled automatically guilty

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A non-hyphenated ethnic person shoots a hyphenated ethnic person, so the non-hyphenated person is automatically guilty. No need for a trial, facts or evidence. Am I the only who sees this taking place in Ferguson, Mo.

  • Driving away teachers will cost Oklahoma

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    An Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey found an alarming shortage of 800 certified teachers in Oklahoma classrooms. More than half the districts responding to the survey are requesting emergency certification for teachers outside their certification areas; about half of the districts intend to use substitutes in place of full-time teachers. Since 2008, according to the Oklahoma Policy Institute, state education funding has fallen by $213 million while enrollment has grown by 40,000 students. State funding per student has been cut by 22 percent, adjusted for inflation — the steepest cuts in the nation, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Teachers can cross the line in any direction and make more

  • A new model for education?

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A better way Regarding Michael Gerson’s “Rand Paul’s bogus outreach” (Commentary, Aug. 20): Perhaps one way for Republicans to reach out to the African-American community, while helping the white and Hispanic communities as well, would be to adopt an educational concept employed by many other countries. It involves six to nine years of general education for all, followed by a career path choice of either continuing education aimed at preparation for college or specific vocational/technical training mixed with real, paid work (even at a trainee pay scale).

  • Kudos for OU's swift and strong response

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Kudos to University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and President David Boren for a swift and strong response to one of their star recruit’s wholly inappropriate off-field behavior. Rather than taking the unjustified traditional approach of “Let’s wait and see if he’s convicted,” they agreed that the alleged barbaric and criminal behavior of national top recruit Joe Mixon warranted suspension from the football team and removal from the team's roster. Violence against women in this country by men, typically much larger and stronger, must stop.

  • A laughable excuse for hitting a woman

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    My thanks to Steven E. Morris (Your Views, Aug. 20) for holding the door and giving up a parking space for women. We all know that these two things are the ultimate way to show respect. I was taught that these are polite actions to do for anyone, regardless of gender. It’s unfortunate that Joe Mixon didn’t use better judgment himself. His actions have disappointed a lot of people, but to use the “reflex” excuse is laughable. Most of us can only speculate on the video of Mixon and the woman he’s accused of hitting. But we do know that Amelia Molitor suffered serious injuries. We also know that Joe Mixon is more than 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He had a choice that night — strike Molitor or simply walk away.

  • The most racist, political federal agency in U.S. history

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    The current U.S. Department of Justice is the most racist and political federal agency in the history of this country. It started its tenure by refusing to prosecute the New Black Panther thugs who intimidated voters in Pennsylvania in the previous national election, although the case had been readied for court by the previous Department of Justice. Since then, Justice has failed to fully and effectively investigate anything that would reflect poorly on this administration: the Fast and Furious gun running fiasco, the IRS targeting of conservatives, the NSA eavesdropping scandal, etc. Yet on two occasions the department has interfered in what should have been local issues: the Trayvon Martin shooting and now the Michael Brown

  • Being bilingual has profound effect

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Reading “Language debate one of many issues dividing Americans” (Our Views, Aug. 18) led me to recall an article I read in the March 17, 2012, issue of the New York Times Sunday Review titled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter.” The article begins, “Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.