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  • Use runoff to our benefit, not our detriment.

    Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The heavy rain we experienced on the morning of June 23 and the subsequent flash flooding in some areas brought to mind an idea I had a few years ago. We should consider a recovery system for rainwater that would then be pumped back into our dwindling lakes. Basically, Oklahoma County has a north-to-south topographical setting from Edmond to the Oklahoma/North Canadian River. A series of collection pits could be built with pumps and a piping system to send the rainwater back to one of the city lakes. The water could be managed in such a way that the river would still be supplied water for downstream requirements. Runoff is a natural resource. Let’s use it to our benefit, not our detriment. John Boswell Sr.

  • Will IRS scandal become another Watergate?

    Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Does the federal government have anyone who will step up and become a national hero? The storyline from the Obama administration smells like a carp in the North Canadian River. It's beyond embarrassing to say so many IRS emails have been lost due to a hard drive crash on a selected computer. Surely someone connected to the missing IRS emails is aware of what’s happened. We just need the first one; others will follow. As this process moves slowly forward, we will eventually find emails leading directly into the White House. It will be like Watergate: all-day hearings and great drama.

  • VA scandal has been onging since at least the 1970s

    Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    bipartisan scandal Regarding “VA is challenged on handling of whistleblower charges” (Associated Press, June 24): How much is enough? This scandal has been ongoing and bipartisan since at least the 1970s. Whistleblowers have always been slammed and harassed at the VA. Vets have always been ignored, warehoused and denied through at least the Vietnam War era. Forget firing the VA officials. They should be prosecuted for fraud, imprisoned and have every bit of their ill-gotten gains confiscated. As a very aggravated and somewhat radical veteran, I could make an argument that these self-centered jerks have committed treason by negatively impacting our volunteer military and thus affecting our national security.

  • Moore police action wasn't a game

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Paul Holliday (Your Views, June 25) made some inappropriate, snide remarks concerning Moore police officers, calling them “thugs with badges” and “so–called peace officers” and “rogue.” Holliday suggests they should have their badges taken away and never be allowed to serve as police officers. Holliday bases this rant on a video that thousands of us have seen. I saw it, too, but I saw it differently than Holliday. It appeared to me that Luis Rodriguez was resisting arrest. Does Holliday think these officers should have played patty-cake with Rodriguez? If my memory serves correctly, Rodriguez died because of a health problem, not as a result of the actions of the officers involved.

  • Bill protects property rights

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    “Problem of abandoned property needs a solution” (Our Views, June 17) criticized Oklahoma House Bill 2620, which prohibits vacant property registration/fees. I know of elderly people on otherwise fixed incomes who have a few rental houses. They can easily have a couple of leases expire at the same time, which would leave them with multiple vacancies, repairs that require time to accumulate funds with which to do those repairs, time to complete them and time for marketing. So cities like Oklahoma City pass an ordinance to kick them in the teeth while they’re down by charging a stiff recurring fee of $285 on their well-kept properties. Many other similar scenarios exist.

  • The Great Divider at work

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    If I were intent on “fundamentally transforming our nation,” what would I do? I would pit one race against another. I would put those who don’t have against those who do. I would foster envy and promise to fix whatever ills are perceived to be the cause. I would take from those who have and give to those who don’t. I would create chaos and cynicism by disregarding the laws that I took an oath to enforce and by ignoring the Constitution that I swore to uphold. I would demonize those with whom I disagree (rather than engage in a dialogue of ideas). I would deny responsibility for the adverse consequences of events I caused and/or lie about what I did or did not do and why I did it or didn't do it.

  • Congress abdicates responsibility

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The Founding Fathers were wise to create three branches of government to ensure a checks-and-balances system. For some reason, we no longer rely on this system. President Barack Obama has repeatedly used his pen and phone, most recently with the release of five terrorists from Gitmo without congressional approval. I don’t understand why members of Congress have abdicated their responsibility and allowed the president to assume the role of all three branches of government.

  • Savage and remorseless actions

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Regarding “How lethal injection system went wrong” (Tulsa World, June 22): After reading the horrific details of the murder of Stephanie Neiman, I’ve concluded that any suffering Clayton Derrell Lockett may have experienced during his execution is rendered irrelevant by the savage and remorseless nature of his actions. The process went wrong and that should be addressed; executions should be conducted predictably and properly. But to use an archaic phrase, I don’t give a tinker’s damn how much pain or discomfort Lockett may have endured. Back in the day, when a horse broke its leg, it was shot. Lockett didn’t deserve that much mercy.

  • Oklahoma road trip could have been worse

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Beverly Gealow (Your Views, June 21) complained about the condition of Oklahoma’s roads. Give us a break, Beverly! You should have seen our roads before we filled in the ruts them Easterners made with their covered wagons. If you ever change your mind and come this way again from your home in Iowa (and I hope you will), give me a call and I’ll treat you to a made-in-Oklahoma beer and Indian taco.

  • Immigrant kids require our sympathy and our assistance

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Regarding “Fallin faults ‘lax policy’ in children’s immigration” (News, June 21): Gov. Mary Fallin appears to have forgotten U.S. history. These kids require our sympathy and our assistance, something we’ve furnished refugees before. Recall the thousands of Vietnamese refugees of the late 1970s who were settled in many camps and reserve military posts. In May 1981, I was assigned to organize a refugee camp in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. We were then inundated by many thousands of Cuban refugees, treating more than 1,000 patients a day while performing an equal number of entrance physicals. Most of these Cubans weren’t political refugees but the result of Castro emptying out prisons, hospitals and TB sanitariums.

  • Amnesty with open borders is a recipe for disaster

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    I take issue with Michael Gerson (Commentary, June 19) for insinuating that tea party-minded people are wrong for not embracing immigration reform. Gerson also said the Republican Party needs to embrace it in order to win elections. Gerson’s views show the disconnect between the establishment, ruling class Republicans and the party’s actual base. The problem for me is that this immigration “reform” they speak of involves amnesty and nothing else. There is no plan for closing the borders or anything else that might fall under the category of “reform.” As long as the borders are a virtual free-for-all, I don’t support any type of legalization.

  • The GI Bill, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has been a real blessing

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    The 70th anniversary of the GI Bill has arrived. In light of the recent negative news about the Department of Veterans Affairs, I’d like to share the story of how the GI Bill has changed my life. When I joined the Army in April 2002, I was a high school dropout. After three tours in Iraq, and after getting an honorable discharge in 2009, I realized that if I wanted a real future I would need to go to school. To be honest, I was more horrified of school than I was of combat! I enrolled at Oklahoma City Community College and soon realized that in comparison to my deployments, it was a real blessing to be able to study. In 2013, after maintaining good grades and moving to OU, I was selected to become a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

  • Everyone involved with MAPS deserves huge thanks

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    I live 100 miles from Oklahoma City, but I’m proud to say everyone involved with MAPS deserves a huge thanks, from Mayor Mick Cornett to all those involved in the planning, the contractors who bid these jobs and the workers who sweat building a beautiful new city. Thanks also to the citizens for supporting MAPS. Every dollar was well spent! Also, thanks are due to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s players and staff for bringing the state into the national spotlight. Kevin Durant and many of the players have done so much for our community and our kids.

  • Thugs with badges took pride in their actions

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Regarding “No charges in Moore theater death” (News, June 21): Justice in this case has fallen far short. Although Luis Rodriguez could have made some different decisions in regard to following the instructions from law enforcement, the fact is that he ended up dead. He was not wanted for a crime, but the rogue officers took this to a level that should never have happened. It also looked on the video that a couple of these thugs with badges took pride in their actions. It looked like a pack of dogs on this poor man. I’m confident each one of these so-called peace officers’ day of reckoning will come back full circle. At a minimum, all of these individuals should have their badges taken away and never be allowed to serve as

  • We're headed toward the end of a cliff

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    In “Obama keeping his promise with new rules” (Point of View, June 18), Scott Powell is critical of the new environmental standards proposed by the administration as simply being more big government without regard to the economic consequences. The EPA regulations call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Powell fails to mention the economic and human costs of extreme weather events that result from a significant rise in global temperatures. Carbon dioxide is the leading heat-trapping gas causing atmospheric warming and climate change. In regard to carbon dioxide emissions, we’re headed toward the edge of a cliff. The time for action is now.

  • Liberals seek distinction by tearing down

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    What motivates elitist liberals to do what they do? The most usual reason given has been that it makes them feel good. As an example, they would aggressively support a 3,912-page bill guaranteeing support and respect for puppies and wildflowers. Buried deep within it will be a provision calling for a tax on individuals earning more than some arbitrary amount, with the proceeds dedicated to the creation of a Puppy and Wildflower Authority. Elitist liberals are rarely concerned with this sort of collateral damage and routinely go about celebrating their successful advocacy with festive dinners and fundraising.

  • Oklahoma wind is new generation's cash crop

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its intent to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Thanks to Oklahoma’s robust and growing wind power portfolio, the wind industry is prepared to meet the carbon goals while energizing the economy and providing critical jobs. Oklahoma wind avoids nearly 6 million metric tons of carbon a year, nearly 10 percent of equivalent power sector emissions. But that’s not all. More than $6 billion has been invested in Oklahoma wind from 2003 to 2012, energizing more than 4,000 total jobs, including manufacturing and support industries. For farmers and ranchers hosting wind turbines on their land, lease payments total more than $22 million a year.

  • Deadly days of summer

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    The summer months are the most dangerous for teen drivers. According to the National Safety Council, more than 1,000 people die in car crashes involving teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the 100 deadliest days on the road for teens. Although summer is a deadly time for teen drivers, safe driving should be a priority all the time. As an insurance agency owner, I know firsthand the dangers that lurk for new and experienced drivers alike. During the school year, I hosted an “X the TXT” event at Norman High School to urge students to pledge not to text and drive. More than half of the students I talked to admitted to partaking in this dangerous behavior.

  • Oklahoma needs to eliminate wasteful and duplicate expenditures

    Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    At a time when the state can’t adequately fund some core services, Oklahoma has a number of well-documented wasteful and duplicate expenditures. State Treasurer Ken Miller has noted that we have seven pension plans for state employees; six of them have their own boards, staff, offices, consultants and investment managers. Consolidation under a single administration would save the taxpayers $15 million a year. Attorney General Scott Pruitt has said that another $10 million a year could be saved if all state agencies, officers, boards and commissions would use the attorneys of his office who work for $75 to $85 an hour, rather than hiring their own outside attorneys with fees of up to $300 an hour. State Rep.

  • Making a true connection at a small school

    Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Regarding the closing of small schools, I’d like to offer a firsthand opinion. I’m a science teacher of 14 years. I taught at Bokoshe schools for 13 years. I currently teach at Wilburton. I agree that larger schools offer more classes. However, the current focus of education is math, reading and science, as well it should be. Other options in classes are great, but they don’t address the current so-called crisis in education. At a smaller school, there is a connection between the students and the staff that isn’t found at larger schools. The teachers have the students in class for more than just a year. A bond develops. Without that connection, education suffers.