• 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.

  • 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

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Give people a say on downtown Oklahoma City development

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Our city has a big choice coming up and we the people will not be asked our opinion. No citywide vote is being discussed, and yet Oklahoma City likely will give a $142 million gift to a private builder. Talk about government picking winners! When Ford Center upgrades were sought in 2008, the cost was $120 million and there was a public vote. The Stage Center site is downtown’s singularly prime piece of land, a site made even more valuable because of massive amounts of public money invested around it at Myriad Gardens, Chesapeake Arena, the future convention center and John Rex Elementary. This wonderful city of over 600 square miles has so many needs. Pouring precious tax dollars into an already booming downtown makes zero

  • Keep immigration reform simple and fair

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Immigration reform is needed now. It should include border security to keep out those who attempt to enter the United States illegally by arresting and deporting them and an abolition of the quota system and establishment of a legal means of immigration leading to permanent citizenship for those who complete an application, pay a fee (perhaps $1,000), pass a background check, learn English and U.S. civics, and obey all laws before the permanent residency status is eligible for approval (perhaps five years). During that time, they must work, pay taxes, pay into Social Security and not be eligible for any welfare benefits. Drivers must have a legal driver’s license and insurance.

  • Pipeline companies leave land in great shape

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Come back soon Atlas Pipeline Co. of Tulsa recently crossed two miles of our ranch located in Johnston County. Atlas cleared the top soil, installed a line, replaced the top soil and replanted grass, leaving our ranch improved and a better place for cattle and wildlife. Sub-contractors were on the ranch for many weeks and were always careful to follow contract guidelines and to establish a good relationship with us. The complete 40-mile pipeline cost about $80 million and was a financial benefit to many landowners and businesses in Johnston, Bryan, Carter, Marshall and Pontotoc counties. Embridge, Linn, Midstream and Chesapeake have installed pipelines on our property in Beckham County and have always left the land in great

  • Lower fuel prices good for average Oklahomans

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Regarding “Lower oil prices could harm state’s economy” (Business, Dec. 3): Economists Chad Wilkerson and Dan Rickman fear that lower oil prices will harm Oklahoma’s economy. Pardon me if I don’t shed a tear. If lower energy prices are good for the economic growth of the country as a whole, then it’s logical that lower energy prices would be good for Oklahoma too. Average Oklahomans will now have a few extra dollars to spend elsewhere in the Oklahoma economy; other businesses will profit too. The last time oil was under $70 a barrel, the price of gasoline was under $1.75 a gallon.