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  • The real hypocrisy on ID laws

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Regarding “REAL ID law may complicate travel for Oklahoma driver’s license holders” (News, Sep. 14): I find it amusing that state Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner, is accusing some of being hypocritical because they’re against the federal law concerning enhanced driver’s licenses and for the voter ID requirement. I won’t say I’m against enhanced identification practices for driver’s licenses, as they’re an almost universal form of identification. However, it seems hypocritical that those who clamor for more compliance to federal laws to enhance our main form of identification can conversely clamor that we don’t need to protect the sacred right of voting by ensuring the legality of the voter.

  • NFL players are being singled out

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    If we’re going to demand that the NFL punish players who punch their dates, or beat their children, shouldn't we also demand that all employers punish their employees for the same behavior, and without regard to gender? Bob Kellogg Edmond

  • Military response to ISIS threat justified

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    We recently memorialized another 9/11. The 2001 attack caused the death of nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens and required that we respond with military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The beheading of two journalists is just as much reason for a military response. Whether the response to ISIS is called a war, police action or anything else, ISIS should know that its attack on America won’t go without significant consequence.

  • If America hasn't learned from its failed military missions, our future looks bleak

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    The philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If America hasn’t learned from its failed missions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that military might can’t and won’t install democracy, then our future looks bleak indeed. We’ve sent soldiers into harm’s way in nearly every decade since World War II, expending thousands of lives and millions from our treasury. We’ve tarnished our reputation as a nation of peace. Now we again hear the futile and ominous drumbeat of war in the Middle East. Who will stand up and speak out against this lunacy? Historical events are the result of man-made decisions, not just the whimsical hand of some arbitrary and

  • Nation was founded on religious tolerance

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    In response to Ron Powell (Your Views, Sep. 12): Ever since the horrific events of 9/11, innocent Muslims in this country have been victimized, persecuted, brutalized and shunned for some bad apples. Powell wrote that Muslim groups need to start demanding apologies from their “brethren.” Islamic terrorists misinterpret and twist the true teachings of their faith. I don’t see any Christian groups standing up and apologizing for the Westboro Baptist Church. This great nation was founded on religious tolerance. It’s guaranteed in the First Amendment. Powell should become a better patriot and accept all Americans no matter what their faith is. That is truly the American way. Lauren Riepl, Oklahoma City Westboro Baptist

  • Adrian Peterson has seen the light

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    How much must a person suffer to be corrected for his mistakes? Adrian Peterson has admitted his mistakes with his sons. Peterson was raised with a switch used on him. I was raised with a razor strop. I used the strop on one of my daughters only once and decided it was too rash of a punishment for her or my other daughters. However, the threat of that punishment was a deterrent for them for the rest of their growing up. I believe Peterson has seen the light and that he won’t do the same thing again if the threat of banishment from the league is hung over his head. Let the courts, not the do-gooders who condemn him before a trial, decide if he needs more corrective action.

  • Tennessee fans treated as honored guests at OU game

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    My wife and I drove from Knoxville to Norman to attend the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma football game last Saturday. Although we were disappointed with the outcome of the game, we had a great time. We stayed with friends who were wonderful hosts. The folks we met in and around the stadium could not have been nicer. As we strolled around the campus decked out from head to toe in our orange attire, we were treated with respect — as if we really were honored guests. On numerous occasions throughout the afternoon and evening, we were approached by Oklahoma fans who welcomed us and wished us well. We were even offered food and drink by some of the Oklahoma tailgaters. We sat among a group of Oklahoma fans in the stadium; they too were very

  • The world owes inmates nothing

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I continue to read articles about female inmates in correctional facilities and how their children are affected. When women have children, their choices affect them. Many reforms could help corrections. Ultimately, though, people must realize that there are consequences to their choices. There is a need to ensure the children of inmates have a way to break the cycle, but offenders shouldn’t just get their hands slapped and sent on their way just because they’re female. Fathers are just as important in the life of a child. Maybe we need a better visitation situation to keep them more involved with the children.

  • No unicorns, no God

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I’ve been amused at the hysterical overreaction of Christians to the upcoming “black mass” at Civic Center Music Hall. The vast majority of Oklahomans are adherents of the Christian superstition, but sheer numbers don’t prove a logical argument. A thing exists if it can be measured and tested under controlled conditions. The same logic that enables us to know without doubt that pink unicorns don’t exist also disproves the existence of God, Satan and all heavenly or infernal hosts. Once a thing has been measured and tested, the results must be repeatable by any and all who make the attempt. Penicillin will treat an infection in any part of the world at any time. The patient doesn’t even have to have faith in medicine the

  • Rigged system is wrong

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Sept. 13) quoted the idea from an old socialist that the Democratic Party had adopted a socialist platform in the guise of liberalism. We have socialism here, but Democrats and Republicans together have created the largest form of it. At the state Capitol and in Washington, D.C., both parties have engineered a way to create phenomenal tax giveaways for the wealthy and the well-connected. This bipartisan cooperation helps bail out corporations from bad gambles, gigantic business losses, outrageous stock and mortgage scams and other actions that would be criminal if committed by small-business people without power. These losses are paid for by taxpayers, with the “criminals” hardly being stigmatized, let

  • Sen. Tom Coburn is a statesman

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    I’ll be sorry to see Tom Coburn leave the U.S. Senate. I hope Oklahomans elect a person to take his place who will exhibit the characteristics of statesmanship that Coburn, R-Muskogee, has used in Washington. I’m not really optimistic about that because statesmanship isn’t very popular either in Washington, D.C., or in Oklahoma. What is popular in both places is extreme party loyalty. Neither side is concerned about the people who elected them. The final goal of most members of legislative bodies is re-election. They do and say whatever is needed to get the votes needed to stay in the Legislature until they can retire on their fat pensions and perks. Service in our legislatures was never meant to be the basis of a career.

  • State needs to consolidate school districts

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    While on vacation in my native Pennsylvania, I read a newspaper article reporting on teacher contract negotiations in a local school district. The starting pay for a new teacher was slightly more than $50,000 and the highest pay for the most experienced teacher with a Ph.D. was $101,000. An interesting aspect to these negotiations is that the same complaints regarding poor student performance from those taxpayers are identical to comments I read in The Oklahoman. The article went on to reveal that a house in the district with a value of $50,000 will pay property taxes of $2,587.

  • U.S. Export-Import Bank can't fail

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    America has been the leading global supplier of oilfield products for more than 100 years. I lead the artificial lift business for GE Oil & Gas, headquartered in Oklahoma City with approximately 650 employees. There is strong overseas interest in our products; last year we exported about 70 percent of them. Selling our products globally allows us to create jobs here and throughout the U.S. and provides business for our suppliers, many of whom are small/medium-sized companies. Our ability to compete globally is under threat in Washington. There is debate around the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which provides financing to international buyers of American-made products.

  • Prohibit all political contributions and advertising

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    George Will (Commentary, Sept. 11) opposes any limits on spending on political speech. The problem with that is obvious: It lets wealthy people and entities monopolize the debate. Similarly, political contributions need to be limited because they can border on bribery. Allowing them again gives rich people more clout. Why not only allow written communication with public officials that would be required to be put online for anyone to see what input is being made and to allow anyone else to respond? If the official had questions, he or she could pose them in writing, again for anyone to see, along with the response. I’d like to see all political contributions and advertising prohibited.

  • Let Americans decide if they want big money to control elections

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    George Will (Commentary, Sept. 11) brands 48 U.S. Senate Democrats as “real extremists.” The following is the proposed amendment related to the Bill of Rights: “To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence

  • Scotland will always be British

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    “U.K. leaders fear Scottish indepen-dence” (Associated Press, Sept. 11) states that “Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility.” For Scotland to break from Britain would require a cataclysmic shift of the earth’s tectonic plates, since Britain is an island that’s divided into the three countries of Scotland, England and Wales, Scotland has always been and will always be British, whether or not it withdraws from the U.K. “British” does not mean the same thing as “English.

  • Kudos to Rep. Bennett for not backing down

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Kudos to state Rep. John Bennett for correctly stating the goal of Islam. We need more elected officials who will shake off the fear of not being politically correct and state what the evidence clearly shows. Those who make the analogy of Bennett’s statement to the KKK and the antics of Westboro Baptist Church are blinded to the truth. Both these groups have been condemned by Christians and non-Christians alike. They have been shouted down by liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. Have you heard such condemnation coming from Muslims as to the terrorist activities of so called “radical Islam?” Islam isn’t a religion, it’s an ideology that when in power forms its own government.

  • Hardly a fringe element

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Although Chris Moore and Russ Florence (Your Views, Sept. 10) admit that state Rep. John Bennett’s reading of Islamic scripture is indeed accurate, they criticize Bennett for his stance on the issue of Muslim extremism. That criticism disregards the fact that Bennett refers to verses in the Quran that Muslim radicals (not Bennett himself) take out of context to willfully misinterpret, in order to somehow justify their terrorism. Bennett’s effort to highlight the severe danger presented by Muslim extremists doesn’t constitute his twisting of passages, as Florence claims. Merely sounding an alarm about a house on fire is not the moral, ethical, or legal equivalent of initially committing arson.

  • Oklahomans are genuine, compassionate

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After leaving the Army, I came to Oklahoma in 1956 to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa. I was immediately caught by the warmth and friendliness of the “Okies” as compared to my native Ohio, and ended up staying. Now that I'm an octogenarian with congestive heart failure and a host of other problems, I not only am grateful to your wonderful medical facilities but to the people of what is now the Oklahoma Heart Hospital. Going back past my triple coronary bypass in 1991, they are the reason I'm still here at all.

  • Lower gas prices, please

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Oil imports are down and U.S. oil companies want to end the ban on exporting our oil, according to a recent article in The Oklahoman. Great.