• 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Criminal justice just prevail

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

     For criminal justice Regarding “An opportunity to make a difference” (News, July 17): President Obama says, “These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different from the mistakes I made and a lot of you guys made.” And he says society — you and me — could have done more to keep them out of trouble. He also commuted the sentences of 46 “nonviolent” drug offenders. Mercy and justice are not exclusionary terms, or should we burn the entire criminal justice system? Also, there’s no such thing as a “nonviolent” drug dealer. Watch just one episode of “Intervention” looking for the nonviolence. Ask any narcotics officer. Ask any parent who lost a son or daughter to drug death or drug

  • 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.

  • President Obama downplays tragedy

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    I am not surprised at the lack of sincerity in the comments made by the president regarding the murder and wounding of Marines in Tennessee. The least he could have done was offer condolences and expressed some sympathy for the families of these servicemen and women. I wonder why he would become personally involved in the deaths of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and the other young men who have been shot and killed. I would think the least he could have done would be to mention the Marines’ names, thank them for their service to the nation and express some genuine compassion. After all, he is their commander in chief. All lives matter.

  • Easing the need for food stamps

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

     Easing the need If our goal is to reduce the number of people receiving food stamps or at least reduce the amount of food stamps provided, it’s easily accomplished. Raise the minimum wage. The vast majority of adults receiving food stamps work. Of course, merely raising the minimum wage won’t increase the standard of living for these people. Most of their increased income will be offset by reduced food stamp benefits. The same is true for child care subsidies. Food stamps and child care subsidies are wage supports for businesses, not welfare for working-aged adults and their children. Casting aspersions for political gain on people who depend on food stamps is baseless.

  • Killing of Marines is sickening tragedy

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The killing of four Marines in Tennessee makes me want to vomit. Our military personnel are not allowed to carry loaded weapons in any facility located within the United States unless they’re part of a security detail. Thursday it became apparent this is a flawed restriction. If we can’t trust our military to have loaded weapons wherever they may be, then who can we trust? I guarantee that if our Marines would have had weapons, there would have been a rapid and effective response.

  • Support state Sen. Rob Standridge's call for Article V convention

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    In “It’s time to restore balance of power” (Point of View, July 10), Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, calls for an Article V convention of the states to restore a balance of power between the runaway federal government and the states. Standridge argues for term limits for federal officials among other proposed amendments to the Constitution. Term limits for federal officials would no doubt apply to members of the U.S. House and Senate. Few ideas at this time could be more popular among the U.S. electorate. Many frustrated voters agree with the comment by prominent term-limits advocate Richard Davies: “Politicians in government should be changed regularly, like diapers, and for the same reason.

  • Why is change needed for $10

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Regarding “$10 bill change rankles descendant of Alexander Hamilton” (Associated Press, July 12): After all these years, why are some bureaucrats so determined to make changes in the portraits on U.S. currency? Much talk has centered on altering either the 10 or the 20. Doug Hamilton, the five-greats grandson of the man behind America’s banking system, is rightly upset. To bounce Andrew Jackson, founder of today’s Democratic Party, from the 20 also makes no sense. A better candidate for revision is U.S. Grant on the $50 bill. Hamilton and Jackson helped build America; Grant only destroyed everything in his path.

  • Time to ante up

    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The signers of our Declaration of Independence did more than declare themselves, they dedicated themselves — putting their lives and fortunes on the line for the position they championed.  I’m calling upon Americans to petition Congress and the executive branch who vote to support the Iranian nuclear weapons deal to put their fortunes (net worth, pension income, etc.) on the line as a good-faith gesture. If in 15 or so years Iran develops nuclear weapons, those who vote to support this deal would forfeit their fortunes. The stakes are too high for politics as usual. If you’re going to buy it, be willing to pay for it if it turns out to be a bad deal. This would demonstrate you really stand behind your confidence in

  • Giants steps toward improved relations with Iran

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Obama administration and other major powers have persuaded Iran to subject itself to the most thorough inspection regime ever imposed on any country. Iran will be dismantling vast portions of its nuclear energy program. Those who oppose the deal seem to be locked inside a box that depends upon military violence to achieve our nation’s objectives. Bombing Iran or going to war won’t rein in the bad behavior of the Iranian regime. Richard Nixon reached meaningful deals with China. Ronald Reagan made deals with the Soviet Union. Many will oppose this deal simply because Obama is the primary architect of it. The United States will still have the option of military action in the event that Iran develops nuclear weapons or

  • Will gays continue to bully churches?

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma’s Episcopal leader discusses denomination’s gay marriage vote” (News, July 12): Now that these churches are willing to perform these unions, will gays and lesbians seek them out or will they continue to bully churches that won’t perform them? Also, will Christians who want to keep their businesses thriving and support their families be able to live their lives without intimidation and fear of being sued? Dolores LaPoma, Edmond  




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