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  • Don't let IRS, Obama administration investigate themselves

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    We don't allow common criminals to investigate themselves to find and/or destroy incriminating evidence about crimes that could potentially send them to prison. So why do we allow the IRS and the Obama administration to investigate themselves to find and/or destroy incriminating emails about crimes that could potentially send them to prison? Accused criminals should never be allowed to investigate themselves, period. Mark R.

  • No conscience monopoly

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    No conscience monopoly Regarding “Cummings takes the lieutenant governor’s race to small towns” (Tulsa World, July 27): I applaud Cathy Cummings’ effort to live on minimum wage for one week. However, the wife and I lived on minimum wage for my years in college and beyond. We realized that those jobs were just stepping stones to prove our abilities, in order to return to school and better our lives. While a modest increase in the minimum wage may be needed, a jump to the $10 to $15 range proposed by Democrats would rain havoc on the economy and douse individual achievement. It would cost more jobs in an economy already pegged to the ground by Democratic fiscal and energy policies.

  • Hopeful signs from young people

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Regarding Leonard Pitts’ “Selfies in Auschwitz and why it’s wrong” (Commentary, July 27): The inappropriate behavior of people in sacred places can be appalling and does reflect a lack of knowledge and of sensitivity. Unfortunately the behavior isn’t limited to the young and inexperienced; however, once in a while hopeful signs emerge that we can prepare for or demand appropriate respect when dictated by circumstances. A few years ago my wife and I were visiting Arlington National Cemetery when a bus containing young teenagers unloaded. As they walked toward the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, they were talking and laughing. They arrived as the changing of the guard began, and a remarkable transition occurred.

  • Climate disruption puts our weather on steroids

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Every night on the news, extreme weather events are the top stories. Droughts, floods, wildfires, etc., are now daily concerns. Climate disruption is putting our weather systems on steroids. What we’re seeing now will become the new normal if we don’t act. As a person who suffers from COPD, the issues related to air quality like ozone warning days are concerning. These issues are related to the excessive pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. It only seems logical to seek out and promote safer ways to provide the power we need to the keep the lights on, especially when we live in a state blessed with abundant wind energy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will help us head in that direction.

  • Failing to secure our borders

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Dale Wares (Your Views, July 27) is off base in saying that the reaction to being forced to house illegal immigrant minors in this state isn’t in line with the “Oklahoma Standard.” Oklahoma was founded by a mix of people who originally came to this country the right way, the legal way. When America turned its back on the people of South Vietnam, abandoning them to their fate, Oklahomans welcomed them to Camp Gruber and over the years assimilated them into our society, to our betterment. The Central American kids aren’t refugees in the purist sense of the word. They’re people taking advantage of failed government policies to enter this country for a number of reasons, few of which really have anything to do with crime and

  • Let teachers fix problem in education

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Get out of the way! In response to David Read (Your Views, July 25): Real educators aren’t the ones writing all of the “failed modern-day education programs.” People with education in “education” are involved, but most of them have never done any real teaching. They’re simply educated in “education.” They’re writing these programs with the help of legislators, agencies and corporate sponsors who also have no real experience in education. If you take the time to talk to those of us who are actually in the classroom, you’ll find that we, too, want to get back to the basics of teaching our subject matter. Yes, more money for salaries would be nice.

  • Epworth Villa is a fine organizatio

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Regarding “Epworth Villa seeks bankruptcy after ruling” (News, July 19): The $15.1 million judgment against Epworth Villa is like burning down a house to get rid of a mouse. There seemed to be no concern as to how it would affect the hundreds of elderly residents and fine employees. Epworth Villa is a fine organization dedicated to its hundreds of residents. The judgment appears to be an effort to destroy Epworth Villa rather than deliver appropriate justice. This is a good example of why it’s important to be able to appeal to a higher court, where it’s hoped that a more reasonable judgment will be made.

  • Is it time to dismantle NATO commitments?

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The European myth that history began with Auschwitz rests on the post-World War II desire for a continental common identity that would preclude such future horrors. This common identity is based on the idea that there could be no peace in a Europe reconstituted on the basis of national sovereignty. This thinking held to the idea that to enjoy prosperity and social progress, European states needed to form a single entity for collective security and sacrifice their individual national sovereignty. All their outmoded national ideas had been knocked flat, giving them the opportunity to build something new, without borders, something wholly contemporary.

  • Send the illegal immigrants back home

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Vesta Edwards (Your Views, July 19) focuses on how to help illegal immigrants. That’s weakness! Taking on more water isn’t the best thing when a ship is unstable. What we need to do in this state is to shore up Oklahoma for Oklahomans. What the federal government is doing is the equivalent of sending all of the kids in the neighborhood over to your house so that you can take care of them while the so-called adults go play. That’s immature and blatantly irresponsible. The U.S. is in an economic crisis. Our freedom is under fire. There’s no need for any discussion on “global” issues. What we need to do in Oklahoma is what we can do for Oklahoma citizens. A cancer cell mutates by trying to penetrate the cell membrane of a

  • The cost of compassion

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    It’s easy to be compassionate at a distance. Many quote both the Old Testament and the New Testament about being kind to strangers in our midst. Usually, they expect the federal government to take care of all the problems and expenses. A careful reading of the Bible will show that compassion is stressed as much as an individual trait as it is a collective one. Why don’t the people who are on their compassionate soapboxes show their feelings on this matter by taking one or more of the immigrant children into their homes or, at least, volunteer at a church or charitable organization that’s housing and feeding them? Perhaps a check or cash donation would be in order. Compassion should be shown as much in doing as in

  • Immigration policy invites anarchy

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    In response to Cole Herndon (Your Views July 21): So now we’re going to bribe foreign nations to keep their own citizens within their borders? After a while, wouldn’t that become extortion? After all, if we would then cut their aid, they could threaten to send us more illegal immigrant children. When we refuse to police and keep our own borders secure, we’ve given up the sovereignty of this nation. There is a legal process for immigration. I know because I used it to bring my wife here legally. I have friends who’ve done the same. Whenever we allow illegal immigrants to break the law with impunity, we’re saying that this is a nation without laws and we have anarchy.

  • Not meeting the 'Oklahoma Standard' with refugee children

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and Gov. Mary Fallin have condemned the housing of immigrant children at Fort Sill. This is egregious. Starting with the response to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the tornadoes that hit Moore in 1999, 2003 and 2013, Oklahoma politicians cite what’s been called the “Oklahoma Standard,” meaning that we step up in times of crisis and help our fellow citizens. I’m proud of that characteristic. How is it that we ignore this standard when the proposed recipients of our care and compassion are refugees fleeing violence in their home countries? In the immediate future, they need shelter and food.

  • Whose problem is it?

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Yameen Khalil (Point of View, July 19) implored Americans to “fight against the ideology of fear and hatred that this so-called ‘Islamic’ group (ISIS) promotes.” He then goes on to mention the old adage that only a minority of Muslims follow these “extreme” beliefs while the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. With all due respect to Khalil, what about the worldwide Muslim celebrations over the destruction of the twin towers or the successful attack on our Benghazi diplomatic offices, to name but a few? I failed to note even one expression of support for America or animosity toward these “Muslim extremists.

  • Remembering U.S. downing of Iranian airliner in 1988

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Ron Burkard (Your Views, July 23) correctly cited valid concerns regarding shooting down civilian airlines. At the same time, I’m reminded of a civilian aircraft shot down by the U.S. Navy on July 3, 1988. Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by the USS Vincennes while maneuvering in Iran’s territorial waters. Some 290 people, including 66 children, lost their lives. So before we point our fingers at others, we should pause and reflect on our arrogance and unapologetic stupidity. Jack A. Milavic, Edmond Flight 655 was en route from Tehran to Dubai when it was shot down by the U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser. The crew apparently misidentified Flight 655 as a military aircraft. The U.S. government acknowledged

  • What Bible do these local religious leaders use?

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Regarding “What local religious leaders said” (News, July 19): I was disturbed to learn that two of the five local religious leaders interviewed were pleased by the ruling of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriages is illegal. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Timothy Blodgett, senior pastor of Connecting Point Presbyterian Church, were very positive about the ruling. What Bible do they use? God’s word, which hasn’t changed, doesn’t condone any homosexual activity and certainly doesn’t condone same-sex marriages.

  • James Garner was a fine actor

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Oklahoma native son James Garner was a fine actor on stage, screen and television. I enjoyed the “Maverick” TV series and in particular the 1959 episode “The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill” in which popular singer Peggy King co-starred. A solid actor who was at his best in virtually any role, be it Western (“Maverick”) or detective (“The Rockford Files”), whether comedy or drama, James Garner did it all. He will be missed. Herb Stark, Mooresville, N.C. Garner, from Norman, died July 19 in his Los Angeles-area home.

  • A classic case of injustice

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Regarding “Oklahoma City retirement home files for bankruptcy relief after $15.1 million judgment” (News, July 19): What’s amazing about this story is the fact that the Hicks still live at Epworth Villa. If the abuse and neglect was that bad, why would they remain there? Looks like maybe their attorney saw the potential for a little green. This is no more than a classic case of injustice. I do believe the Hicks should be compensated for the injury. However, $15.1 million is excessive — perhaps by as much as $15 million. It was not the beliefs and practices of this facility that she suffered abuse. It was the acts of a single individual. It’s also sad to think a business related to health care would have to train its

  • Learning at a higher level

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Regarding “Oklahoma City school board decision to reject enterprise school contracts frustrates parents” (News, July 22): I’d like for board members to see things from the viewpoint of a parent of two Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School students. Both of my kids are of above- average intelligence. Most people would say that they have things easy when it comes to education. The problem is, these are the students who need to be challenged. Schools tend to spend the majority of their time, effort and money on kids who are on the lower end of the spectrum.

  • Let's get back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Regarding “Barresi says new standards will take some time, study” (News, July 18): I guess I’m an old dinosaur, but it seems to me we had a pretty good education system during the first 60-odd years of the 20th century. After all, those graduates went on to create and develop the richest, most advanced and most charitable nation the world has ever known. I don’t understand the difficulty in giving children a good education. Teaching techniques are a little different due to advances in technology, but two plus two still equals four, math formulas haven't changed much, English is still English, the U.S. and world history curriculum has been rewritten but is still teachable.

  • Political food fight

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Angie Tagtow, a self-styled “environmental nutrition consultant,” was recently appointed executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. One of her first major projects will be overseeing the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), whose work can be seen on nutrition information labels found on the back of every package of food sold in America. Unfortunately, Tagtow has a generous interpretation of the scope of “nutrition policy.” She will further radicalize this year’s DGAC. The committee is already stacked with a homogenous group of career academics with minimal experience working in the real world of food science.