• Who's glorified by Ten Commandments monument

    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    How many people on both sides of the Ten Commandments monument issue have actually seen this monument? There was a picture in The Oklahoman on July 8 and I invite everyone to take a look. I was surprised that the words documenting the donor were as prominent as the words being memorialized on the monument. So I ask you, who is glorified by this monument? I contend that God is not glorified; the cause of Christ is not advanced; liberty is called into question and debate; and now there is even division between the branches of Oklahoma government with the governor and attorney general refusing to obey the law.  The citizens of Oklahoma are not edified by this monument. I propose that the law concerning the monument be obeyed and the

  • Stand up to dictators of the judiciary

    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

      Congratulations to Gov. Mary Fallin for refusing to honor the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on the Ten Commandments. Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas has done the same concerning clergy protection under the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage mandate. I have always wondered what would happen if the executive or legislative branches of government would just ignore the judicial. What’s the court going to do to enforce any ruling? It’s possible that this is what the Framers had in mind when creating three co-equal branches and the principle of checks and balances. The executive can be impeached by the legislative. Legislative and executive have to stand before the people in elections.

  • Rep. Mike Ritze is wrong with his initiative to keep monument

    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    State Rep. Mike Ritze was wrong initially, and remains so, with his efforts to establish the Ten Commandments monument on state land, land that belongs to all the people, not just self-centered, prideful Christians full of misplaced hubris. Our state forefathers knew what they were doing when they constructed our constitution so written as to prevent the establishment of a state church. They knew how damaging a theocracy would be. Ritze needs reminding that the Native American spirituality isn’t at all the same as an established religion. The Legislature is accustomed to making decisions based on long-held beliefs and prejudice, but the Oklahoma Constitution is quite clear on this issue and the state Supreme Court could not have made

  • Why stop there on judicial awards caps?

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

      Regarding “Case offers example of sound lawsuit reform” (Our Views, July 9): Isn’t it great that the unfortunate man who lost his arm got his bills paid (in reality, his workers’ compensation carrier gets reimbursed), the money he would have earned had he not been injured, and $350,000 for his arm, less fees and litigation costs. I doubt anyone on The Oklahoman’s editorial staff would sell his arm for that. For years you have bemoaned abusive judicial power when it overturns hundreds of years of legal tradition, but you love legislative enactments reversing centuries of common law and arbitrarily assigning a maximum award.

  • Get the HPV vaccine

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Summer is a great time to take steps to prevent cancer by receiving the HPV vaccine. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is known to cause many types of cancers and genital warts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 14 million new HPV infections every year, with 27,000 HPV-related cancers  diagnosed each year. Infection occurs by skin-to-skin contact. Unlike the flu, HPV doesn’t make one appear sick, so it’s difficult to know when you get it. The HPV vaccine is available for girls and boys starting at age 11. It is impossible to predict who will be infected with HPV. Therefore, prevention is key. HPV vaccination rates remain abysmally low even though the vaccine is safe and effective.

  • Place camera in classrooms to monitor students

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Candid camera Regarding the as-yet undefined “student code of conduct” in Oklahoma City Public Schools: Instead of putting all of the responsibility on the teachers, this might be a way to put responsibility on the parents. I propose a classroom camera mounted above the teacher’s desk and aimed at the students. By using a “panic button” and random image sampling by the administration, most instances of unacceptable behavior could be documented and used to confront parents and appropriate agencies. It would certainly be a way to track and document troubled students who continually act out, and would make for better “interventions,” without putting teachers on yet another front line where they already are, every day.

  • Bill of Rights weren't intended to be optional

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    When the right to bear arms is perceived to be an infringed upon by some proposed policy, rule or law, zealots come out of the woodwork, waving the Constitution and chanting, “Second Amendment, Second Amendment.” That’s their right, but when the separation of church and state (the First Amendment) is involved, the zealotry turns to advocating for ignoring that particular provision. This is at the root of the hoopla over religious monuments on government property, prayer in government-supported schools, etc. Lest we forget, government cannot pass any laws based on religion, nor can it endorse, sanction or represent any particular religion.

  • 'We won't take this anymore'

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Someone needs to explain how a state like California can ignore U.S. law by allowing a sanctuary city like San Francisco, where a young lady was murdered recently by an illegal immigrant, while the U.S. Supreme Court says states can’t decide on gay marriage or Obamacare. My state can’t decide its own destiny with a vote of the people on social issues, but California can make their own laws with the full cooperation of our federal government. This administration and the Supreme Court picks their favorite flavor of the week if it advances their liberal agenda, at the expense of hardworking true Americans, and the Republicans in Congress stand by and let it happen.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court got it right

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    With regard to the silly conflict about the Ten Commandments, I would like to share quotes from some of our forefathers. Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, part of common law,” and “In every land and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty.” John Adams: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” Thomas Paine: “All national institutions of church whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish appear to me no other ten human inventions to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit.” James Madison: “Religion and government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together.” It seems to me the Oklahoma

  • Confederate flag is a cryptogram for hate

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Every time I see an American flag waving in the breeze, I get a lump in my throat. Its symbolic power reminds me of who we are as Americans. Countless Americans have died under that flag all over the world to honor and preserve freedom, justice and liberty for all. Thousands died under the Confederate battle flag but for very different reasons. Paying homage to fallen war veterans and ancestors is an honorable thing. However, there is no honor in displaying on any state capital the symbol of a cause that perpetuated the right of states to enslave an entire race of people and exalted the philosophy of white supremacy.

  • U.S. Supreme Court is not supreme

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    In terms of Christian humanism, the U.S. Supreme Court is not supreme. According to Wikipedia, “Christian humanism emphasizes Jesus as the incarnate fusing of humanity with the divine — humanity in the image of God — especially as manifested in the sublime, creative achievements of Western civilization.” As secularism and humanism appeal to the present generation, growing resistance to the claims of Christian theology render humanity rudderless. Integrity, sexual morality, individual responsibility, humility and the importance of freedom fade. Man sees himself superior to thoughts of creative order. The results are seen in the role of families, social behavior, economics, government, business and even in religious institutions.

  • Laudable effort to raise funds for scholarships

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma State Regent Turpen raises $500,000 in scholarships for students” (News, July 5): I have gained much respect for Mike Turpen after reading of his efforts to raise scholarship funds. As a student, I can say that support and aid will always be helpful and much appreciated. There is already so much to be grateful for with the privilege of attending a college in the state of Oklahoma, one of the most educationally affordable states in the nation. However, there is still the growing dark cloud of debt in the distance as we approach our goal of graduation. The idea of reverse scholarships opens up new ways of possible solutions toward student debt.

  • Easy solution to Ten Commandments monument issue

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Regarding “Fallin calls for Ten Commandments monument to remain at Capitol” (News, July 8): The state should sell to a private citizen the 10 square feet of property where the monument resides.

  • Keep Confederate flag in history books, museums

    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    What exactly does the Confederate flag stand for? It was first used as a national flag to represent the Confederate States of America and is now seen by some people as “Southern pride and heritage.” However this “Southern pride” has become the symbol of hate and discrimination. Today, this flag has a completely different meaning than it did during the Civil War. To many, the flag stands for white supremacy. Knowing this helps us realize the problems of racism and also lets us know that we need to do whatever possible to put a stop to it. The flying of this flag basically encourages modern-day acts of racism. As Americans we support change and, most importantly, equality. This flag opposes what we stand for.

  • Do something that will have a lasting effect

    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Who believes that removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s federal building is going to change anything, anywhere? It’s time we get a grip. It’s called history. You aren’t going to change it no matter how hard you try. If you want your 15 minutes of fame, do something that will have an impact. Help stop child abuse, make sure no kids go to bed hungry. Foster a puppy. These are the things that will have a lasting effect on the world. Sharon M.

  • Term limits on Supreme Court justices are not the answer

    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Much as I am disenchanted by three of the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions (Obamacare, the Texas license plate issue, granting civil marriage status to same-sex couples), I cannot agree with Jim Dixon’s cry (Your Views, July 3) for term limits of Supreme Court justices. All nine were appointed by duly and properly elected presidents, and confirmed by duly and properly elected U.S. senators. I don’t believe in term limits. Once an individual is elected, he or she should be able to be re-elected as long as a majority of his or her constituents are satisfied with their service.

  • Expand Medicaid in Oklahoma

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Nearly 90,000 Oklahomans are insured under the Affordable Care Act. Confident that President Obama’s marketplace insurance plan is here to stay, another 90,000 Oklahomans are eligible to participate. While wages continue to be stagnant, more working Oklahomans at least have the security now of insurance protection. We should all be grateful for that; however, we still fail to protect thousands of low-income Oklahomans by our refusal to accept Medicaid expansion. It’s time to reconsider expansion for the estimated 125,000 Oklahomans who would be eligible. Some studies show that Medicaid expansion would save money for residents and the state budget. Let’s not let our ideologies get in the way of moving forward. Let’s simply find

  • Why were Muslims allowed to host dinner at state Capitol?

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Muslims used our state Capitol second-floor rotunda to host an iftar dinner on June 25. This is the evening meal when Muslims conclude their daily fasting. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in the Ten Commandants case that the state constitution law doesn’t allow the use of public property to make a religious expression. Why were Muslims permitted to host a dinner in the Capitol, as that is a religious expression? I encourage our legislators to make sure such religious activities don’t take place at our state Capitol. Muslims have mosques they can use for their religious purposes. V.

  • 'Curbside Chronicle' an interesting publication

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

      I recently purchased “The Curbside Chronicle,” the magazine sold by the homeless in Oklahoma City. It is the most interesting and informative magazine I’ve read in a long time. I’m sorry I just paid the $2 suggested donation. I hope people will buy it when they see someone selling it on the corner.

  • Leave the state constitution alone

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court was exactly correct in requiring removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds. The monument is a manifestly unconstitutional projection of a sectarian religious statement on state property. An act of the Legislature designating the monument as having a nonreligious historical purpose doesn’t make it so. It’s an artificial distinction designed to circumvent the intent of Oklahoma’s constitution. The framers of the constitution, anticipating legislative shenanigans, also prohibited indirect appropriation of public money or property for the benefit of a system of religion specifically to prevent circumvention of Article II, Section 5.




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