• Trump will give our country back to us

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Once again the politicians and self-interest groups are getting nervous. Donald Trump has hit their space and they have unleashed their dogs. Trump is voicing everything most of us are saying in the privacy of our own minds and with a few trusted friends. But Trump isn’t afraid to make our thoughts public. You see, he cannot be bought. Trump is doing and saying what every politician in D.C. ought to be doing and saying but don’t because they’re too scared of losing their financial backing. If he wins, he won’t play the Washington games and won’t be afraid to rock the boat. Trump will talk big and make the changes we all want. This is a threat to the Old Boys Club. He will be the only politician not owned by big money and not

  • Mixed message in Oklahoma education

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

      Regarding “Student ‘proficiency rates inflated by low standards” (Our Views, July 21): Many Oklahomans have suggested all high school graduates should be prepared for college. Some have suggested students shouldn’t be allowed to graduate if they don’t pass required tests. They suggest higher requirements for a test score of “proficient” would improve outcomes for low-income children. We have two standards to measure our children academically. One is set by the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability, which is appointed by the governor. It determines what test score qualifies as proficient.

  • Added perspective to proficiency rates

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Regarding “Student ‘proficiency’ rates inflated by low standards” (Our Views, July 21): I would invite you to consider three points regarding the 2015 National Center for Education Statistics report that ranked state “proficiency standards” (i.e., cut-scores for “proficient”) based on state test data from 2013: The report compared only the rigor proficiency standards between the states by equating each to the National Assessment of Educational Progress scale. The report did not compare the rigor of proficiency standards with overall student achievement in the states. The rigor of a state’s proficiency standard has little to do with the overall achievement in the state.

  • Our Republican leaders need to grow up

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Like that of many other elected Republican leaders in the majority, Kevin Calvey’s reaction (Point of View, July 22) to recent state Supreme Court decisions they disagree with is childish and irresponsible.

  • Oklahoma County jail study was a farce

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The seven-month study by prominent local politicians and government employees of the situation with the Oklahoma County jail was clearly a farce. Like big-spending politicians everywhere, their only solution is a tax to pay for a new jail.

  • Thoughts on low voter turnout

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Regarding “Survey results may augment push to boost voter turnout” (Our Views, July 22): State Sen. David Holt’s efforts to make voter participation in elections easier are laudable. As one of his constituents, I’m supportive of measures he’s been able to pass. However, I believe the dismal voter turnout rate in Oklahoma and nationwide isn’t due to inordinate difficulties in the voting process so much as a growing lack of interest on the part of those eligible to vote. The Oklahoman’s editorial cites a U.S. Census Bureau survey of registered voters who didn’t cast a ballot in the 2014 elections. Seventy percent of those individuals gave a reason that indicated a lack of motivation, rather than obstacles in the process,

  • Choice to end life not always irrational

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s thoughtful editorial on assisted suicide (Our Views, July 20) rests on an implicit assumption that a decision to end one’s life is essentially irrational. Suppose an elderly person has a modest amount of net worth, and wants those resources to benefit a grandchild, instead of being expended on declining health. Ending one’s life is a rational way to do that. What is being sought is a humane way of doing it, with the assistance of a skilled and willing physician. I think this is a personal right. Some may say that life is God-given, and suicide is thus a sin. For such believers, act accordingly. But for those who believe otherwise, they should also have the right to act accordingly.

  • New database needed for illegal immigrants

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    “California killing stirs needed debate over ‘sanctuary cities’” (Our Views, July 14) addresses the unacceptable state of our immigration policies. Giving sanctuary to the oppressed is an integral part of the generosity of the American society. However, this gift shouldn’t be extended to lawbreakers. The killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly by a Mexican who had been deported five times, illustrates this point. There are more than 200 state and local jurisdictions that officially ignore the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for detention of illegals. As stated in the editorial, immigration should be solely a federal matter because it involves international borders.

  • Bob Stoops' unthinkable, unexplainable, foolish decision

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    In “Revival Act” (Commentary, July 18), Jenni Carlson hit it on the head with her observation that “the play that changed it all” in Bedlam 2014 was the unthinkable, unexplainable, yes foolish, call by Bob Stoops to punt to arguably the fastest runner in the U.S.! That one call had a totally positive effect on Mike Gundy and the OSU program, and a totally negative effect on Stoops and the Sooner program. Witness the performance of both teams in the ensuing bowl games. I believe the last two games of the 2014 season left a pall over the entire Sooner nation. I’m an OU grad and held season football tickets for the last 30-plus consecutive years. I didn’t renew for the 2015 season.

  • Retired OHP troopers are forgotten by Legislature

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    This past year saw Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers receive a well-deserved pay raise. A problem arises with retired members, who don’t receive an increase in benefits when those raises occur. I retired from the OHP in 2006 after 27 years of service. Since then I haven’t received a pay raise, and am now eligible to receive food stamps here in Florida. While I haven’t accepted due to personal pride, I believe it’s ludicrous that such a situation exists. It seems that each year, bills are introduced in the Legislature to address this problem, but apparently they have little support. I write to ask citizens to please contact their legislators to change the law that has allowed this to occur. Maj. Jerry L. Simpson (Ret.),

  • Concealed carry is better

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Regarding “Open-carry push is having counterproductive impact” (Our Views, July 19): The old adage says a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Paraphrase that by saying a gun in hand (when needed) is better than one left in the glove box of your car. Such wisdom was made clear by the mass shooting at the Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, in 1991. I don’t say the presence of a licensed gun- carrying/patron would or could have lessened the number of deaths or prevented the ill-intended mass shooting. However, a licensed marksman might also have nailed the ill-intended mass shooter! As to open carry versus concealed, the latter is the better of the two concepts, concealment being a military stratagem of not letting

  • Background checks won't work

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I agree with Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22) regarding the need to address unstable individuals who have taken to mass murder. Background checks, however, would not stop unstable individuals from obtaining firearms. Just because a person is unstable doesn’t mean they’re stupid. They could still find black market sources for firearms, high-capacity magazines and other weapons. A solution that doesn’t involve “stable individuals” (the majority of persons) existed prior to the 1960s. In that decade, state legislatures and governors began dismantling mental hospitals. Mental patients were placed back into the community. Prior to that decade mental patients would be secured in a hospital, and receive the

  • Use of firearm is last resort

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I am retired Navy and a proud member of the National Rifle Association. Lowell Adams’ charges against the NRA (Your Views, July 22) are spurious and untrue. The NRA stresses responsibility and safety. The use of a firearm is a last resort to which we turn to protect ourselves and our homes. Many older people in my area would have no chance of protecting themselves against a home invasion without a firearm.

  • A flawed belief in gun control

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Apparently Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22) doesn’t understand the difference between a right and a privilege. He attempted to compare the privilege of driving a car with the right of owning a gun for self-defense. The right of owning a gun is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. It’s an inalienable right, meaning it can’t be taken away, because it allows a free citizen to protect his life with that gun. Driving a car is not a right, thus it can be limited by the state. Adams also stated the National Rifle Association “consistently blocked” any efforts at “sensible restrictions” of the right to own a gun. NRA was behind the passage of the 1998 National Instant Background Checks, which occurs when a

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Incidents all happened in gun-free zones

  • Lankford seems to have no real empathy except for his agenda

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “Lankford gives emotional speech about abortion video” (News, July 17): Sen. James Lankford was particularly annoyed at his committee’s discussion of animal rights earlier in the day. One of the issues discussed was the terrible pain, fear and suffering of horses during the slaughter process. Animal rights issues and abortion issues have nothing to do with each other. Discussing one would not diminish the other. Sen. Lankford seems to have no real empathy for anything but his own agenda.

  • Good luck with that

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I must disagree with Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22). He stated that owning and driving a car is a right, but it’s actually a privilege. He said the right to own a handgun had been established by the Supreme Court. Our right to keep and bear arms was established by the framers of the Constitution. The majority of places where mass killings are carried out are “gun-free” zones. He implied his home and surroundings are a gun-free zone. I say good luck with that.

  • Can you say hypocrit?

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “District gears up for Capitol Hill uniform auction” (News, July 19): What’s wrong with this picture? The Oklahoma City Public School district thinks it’s not OK for Capitol Hill High School to continue to use the Redskins as a mascot, but that it is OK to make money off it? Can you say hypocrite? Ron Hendricks, Oklahoma City

  • Story is reminder of importance of every human being

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Thanks to Ken Raymond for his poignant story, “Goodbye to my redneck kin” (YourLife, July 20). What a beautifully and lovingly written reminder of the importance of every human being.

  • Enough is enough; gun violence must stop

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Enough is enough The constitutionality of an individual right to own a handgun has clearly been established by the Supreme Court, but the critical problem of gun violence as a real threat to our society hasn’t been solved nor properly addressed. The shootings in Newtown, Charleston, Chattanooga and other places where innocent people have become senseless victims should have resulted in real and meaningful legislation to protect society. The perpetrators have often been unstable young men with troubled histories. Some of the steps needed to keep weapons out of the hands of such individuals are known. Most of us acknowledge our individual right to own and drive a car.




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