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  • Why not a two-tier health system?

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    I propose a two-tier health care system. Both systems would have medical doctors and osteopathic doctors performing the care. They would have the same medical degrees and expertise. Patients could choose the doctors they wanted. The differences are outlined below: Tier 1 would continue in roughly the same high-cost, litigious system we have today. Tier 2 would be a new system of medical care. Patients of these doctors would agree not to sue their doctors. Hospitals could make a choice to cater to Tier 2 doctors and also become a part of the Tier 2 system. These hospitals could also require a waiver to be signed by the patient, who would agree not to sue the hospital, for any reason. Tier 2 doctors and hospitals would

  • Nation's laws need to be enforced

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    It’s appalling that Barack Obama believes he can “act alone” regarding the border crisis. He thinks he can just do whatever he pleases, blowing off what the American people are saying. His power, like the power of Congress, is granted by the people. And when the branches of government don’t protect the interests of legal citizens, I begin to question whether we should institute the words in the Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and

  • Why don't we use other states' education standards?

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    I see that we’re going to have more committees to find out what kind of education standards Oklahoma children need. Of course this will take more money and time while leaders try to figure out why we’re at close to the bottom of the education ladder. And we all know the state Board of Education will yell for more money. Here’s an idea: Since there are 50 states and most of them are doing better educating their children than Oklahoma is, why don’t we just use the standards they use? If Oklahoma teachers and the state board think it might be too tough to use the top states’ standards for our students, perhaps we could use the middle range. That way, Oklahoma teachers wouldn’t have to work as hard.

  • A good place to start

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The future of civilization rests with the lessons we impart to our children. Today’s lesson is that “degeneracy” is just a label used by superstitious church people, “morality” is what homophobes preach and “traditional families” — well, they’re just racist! Of course, this is the worst of lessons, but it’s the one being taught. It’s the teaching of promiscuity, selfishness, irresponsibility, feminism and cultural Marxism. No society ever achieved greatness in its culture, peace amongst its populace, nor safety for its children, by following such tenets. The misguided parents who enroll their children in the Oklahoma Alliance Academy will be doing their part to spread the ills of multiculturalism, communism

  • Taking guns to school in the 1970s

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Nary a word Regarding “State lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus” (News, July 29): One of the perks of turning 16 in the 1970s was taking guns to school so we could hunt before and after school. Teachers and the administration saw these guns in the rear windows of our trucks every day. Nary a word was said, probably because we used them for hunting. The arguments being made against allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is the equivalent of saying guns play the same role in school shootings that cameras do in child pornography. I know that those who are against guns on campus are way too intelligent to believe that.

  • The more things change ...

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    The radical excesses of the 1960s have left a sour residue. Some examples include shouting obscenities at combat troops returning from Vietnam, burning American flags and law books, throwing feces at police and urinating in university hallways. An especially bizarre example was a bank robbery in which the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst became a willing participant with a paramilitary nut bag group calling themselves The Symbionese Liberation Army. The manifesto for this internecine warfare was set forth in 1962, in The Port Huron Statement. The author was Tom Hayden, sometime husband to noted patriot Jane Fonda, and founder of Students for a Democratic Society.

  • Shame on Jesse Ventura

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura just won a $1.8 million judgment in a defamation lawsuit brought against the estate of a former Navy SEAL. What would make Ventura sue an American hero? He certainly doesn’t need the money. Nor does he need the publicity of winning a court case against the widow of this American hero. I can’t believe that any sane American would do such a thing. I would be too ashamed to do so. Now that Ventura has won the case, I urge him to request the court not to require that the money actually be paid. I hope all Americans will speak loud and clear to Jesse, asking him to request that the court not require a single penny be paid by the widow.

  • Easy drive to either corner of state

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Regarding “What's your bucket list of things to do in Oklahoma?” (News, July 26): State Highway 3 stretches from Tom in the southeast corner of Oklahoma to near Kenton in the northwest corner of the Panhandle. My friends and I did the first half, staying at Beavers Bend Park a couple of years ago. We completed our trip this year, staying at the Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast in Kenton. We had no idea how interesting the Kenton area was until we got there, took a guided tour and explored the neighboring areas ourselves. Starting from Oklahoma City, it’s an easy drive to either corner of the state.

  • It's not fair for some OKC schools to get more money than other schools

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    In response to Tina Bowman (Your Views, July 26): As a veteran teacher, I watch many gifted kids drift through school unchallenged and sympathize with Bowman’s concern for what’s best for her children. That said, all schools would benefit from the advantages that charter/enterprise schools enjoy such as stable, involved parents; motivated students ready and willing to learn; and being free of many of the regulations, both state and federal, which stifle so much of public education and suck up huge amounts of time and money that could be better spent and which have led to the top-heavy school administrations public education suffers from.

  • Send illegals to 'barracks' in D.C.

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    So the flood of illegals crossing our southern border is taxing the ability of U.S. military installations to house them. Do we have other underused facilities that could be used? As a matter of fact, we do have some very plush quarters that are largely unoccupied most of the time. When the illegals arrive here, send them on up to those “barracks.” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., has plenty of room to accommodate several score of Hondurans, Guatemalans and El Salvadorans. Likewise, the Senate gymnasium is a cavernous facility that could host, oh, probably hundreds. Our congressional friends have excellent facilities. All of the above have world-class chefs to provide first-class nutrition for our guests so that

  • Gridlock after gridlock

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    What ever happened to moderation? Moderate thinking should exist in all manner of one’s life, whether in lifestyle, deportment, religion and/or politics. A temperate Democrat, Republican, independent, Libertarian or whatever is more likely to arrive at solutions in a civil manner than are the hard-nosed radicals found in all political parties. A hard-line stance on many issues has created gridlock after gridlock. The Founding Fathers could sit down, deliberate and eventually iron out differences to better serve Americans. If present-day leaders had been alive back then, this nation may never have gotten started! Our only hope to continue as the world power is to reject the one-way radical thinking that exists today.

  • Parental help essential in education

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Regarding “Neu set to tackle major OKC district challenges” (Our Views, July 27): The absolute help from parents is essential or none of these improvements will make a dent. Both parents must be involved in order for the children to respect teachers and school authorities. Parents must work with the children at home daily to ensure they’re keeping up. They must attend teacher-parent conferences. New programs and personnel can’t make up for absentee parents.

  • 'Peaceful' Muslims do little to curtail terrorism

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    I agree with Richard H. Irish (Your Views, July 27). The so-called peaceful Muslims do little to curtail terrorism. They don’t speak out enough in condemnation of terrorism. This includes the national and local Council on American-Islamic Relations. While we’re continually told that we need to be more tolerant, where’s the Muslim tolerance for Christians? We’re also told that only about 10 percent of Muslims are extremists, but that number needs to be put into context. There are more than a billion Muslims in the world. If 10 percent of them are extremists, that’s at least 100 million people. Thomas G.

  • Insanely low forecast for electric rate increases

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The EPA has said that electricity rates would increase by 10.3 percent by 2020 largely due to its forced dismantling of coal generation plants. A 10 percent increase is only 1.5 percent per year, which doesn't even keep up with present inflation. It seems insane to say with confidence that electricity rates will increase by only 10.3 percent in six years. I’d bet that the forecasters aren’t even considering how much more demand there will be for natural gas for electricity generation and hugely increased use of natural gas in trucks and cars between now and 2020. Electricity has to really skyrocket at some point after we destroy our coal plants, never to use coal generation again.

  • Why not the state Capitol?

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Regarding “State lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus” (News, July 29): Some legislators are again trying to pass a law allowing students, faculty and staff to bring guns onto college campuses for “personal protection.” This is in spite of the fact that nearly all campuses in Oklahoma have either armed police officers or armed security personnel on staff and on duty whenever the campus is open. Before legislators pass a law to allow guns on college campuses, I challenge them to first allow the public to carry guns into the state Capitol. When I go to the Capitol, I must go through a metal detector. My belongings are screened by an X-ray machine.

  • Too much risk with guns on campuses

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Regarding “State lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus” (News, July 29): It’s hard to imagine packing my college-age student with all the essentials they will need for their nine months on campus. Sheets, bed coverings, toiletries — and a gun. And where exactly will the gun be stored so the students who were unable to acquire a weapon can’t have access to it? What parent wants to face the prospect of guns on campus? For some teens and students, this is their first exposure to freedom away from the daily supervision of their parents. Sometimes the best judgment isn’t practiced; too many late nights, too much alcohol, trying to impress their peers and the freedom they’re not used to handling.

  • Plane crashes not comparable

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Jack Milavic (Your Views, June 27) wrote that the shootdown of Iran Air flight 655 by the USS Vincennes in 1988 should somehow preclude U.S. objections to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. This couldn’t be more wrong. The Vincennes was in active combat and taking fire at the time of the accident. Just 12 months earlier, the USS Stark had suffered an air attack in the same waters. Subsequently, the rules of engagement of self-defense had stiffened. Flight 655 had left 29 minutes late and should have already been in Dubai at the time of the accident. Thus, as an “unknown aircraft,” it got 11 warnings from the Vincennes, three of which were on commercial bandwidth. A nearby ship also tried to warn Iran Air

  • Scripture quoted out of context

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Regarding “Popular ministry offers church service in unconventional setting” (News, July 20): I appreciate the report about the church under the bridge, but a passage of Scripture was quoted out of context, appearing to say something it doesn’t say. Matthew 18:20 isn’t speaking about the “presence” of God among those who gather to worship. To understand this passage we must begin at verse 15. It’s an instruction regarding resolution of conflict. God requires that a matter be verified by two or three witnesses. When two or three gather to do this, God is “with them” — they have His approval. This was taught to Israel in Deuteronomy 17. Scripture instructs us that God is an infinite, omnipresent Spirit. However, He is

  • 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.

  • 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.