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  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Don't let IRS, Obama administration investigate themselves

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    We don't allow common criminals to investigate themselves to find and/or destroy incriminating evidence about crimes that could potentially send them to prison. So why do we allow the IRS and the Obama administration to investigate themselves to find and/or destroy incriminating emails about crimes that could potentially send them to prison? Accused criminals should never be allowed to investigate themselves, period. Mark R.

  • 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.

  • No conscience monopoly

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    No conscience monopoly Regarding “Cummings takes the lieutenant governor’s race to small towns” (Tulsa World, July 27): I applaud Cathy Cummings’ effort to live on minimum wage for one week. However, the wife and I lived on minimum wage for my years in college and beyond. We realized that those jobs were just stepping stones to prove our abilities, in order to return to school and better our lives. While a modest increase in the minimum wage may be needed, a jump to the $10 to $15 range proposed by Democrats would rain havoc on the economy and douse individual achievement. It would cost more jobs in an economy already pegged to the ground by Democratic fiscal and energy policies.

  • Failing to secure our borders

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Dale Wares (Your Views, July 27) is off base in saying that the reaction to being forced to house illegal immigrant minors in this state isn’t in line with the “Oklahoma Standard.” Oklahoma was founded by a mix of people who originally came to this country the right way, the legal way. When America turned its back on the people of South Vietnam, abandoning them to their fate, Oklahomans welcomed them to Camp Gruber and over the years assimilated them into our society, to our betterment. The Central American kids aren’t refugees in the purist sense of the word. They’re people taking advantage of failed government policies to enter this country for a number of reasons, few of which really have anything to do with crime and

  • Let teachers fix problem in education

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Get out of the way! In response to David Read (Your Views, July 25): Real educators aren’t the ones writing all of the “failed modern-day education programs.” People with education in “education” are involved, but most of them have never done any real teaching. They’re simply educated in “education.” They’re writing these programs with the help of legislators, agencies and corporate sponsors who also have no real experience in education. If you take the time to talk to those of us who are actually in the classroom, you’ll find that we, too, want to get back to the basics of teaching our subject matter. Yes, more money for salaries would be nice.

  • Is it time to dismantle NATO commitments?

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The European myth that history began with Auschwitz rests on the post-World War II desire for a continental common identity that would preclude such future horrors. This common identity is based on the idea that there could be no peace in a Europe reconstituted on the basis of national sovereignty. This thinking held to the idea that to enjoy prosperity and social progress, European states needed to form a single entity for collective security and sacrifice their individual national sovereignty. All their outmoded national ideas had been knocked flat, giving them the opportunity to build something new, without borders, something wholly contemporary.

  • Epworth Villa is a fine organizatio

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Regarding “Epworth Villa seeks bankruptcy after ruling” (News, July 19): The $15.1 million judgment against Epworth Villa is like burning down a house to get rid of a mouse. There seemed to be no concern as to how it would affect the hundreds of elderly residents and fine employees. Epworth Villa is a fine organization dedicated to its hundreds of residents. The judgment appears to be an effort to destroy Epworth Villa rather than deliver appropriate justice. This is a good example of why it’s important to be able to appeal to a higher court, where it’s hoped that a more reasonable judgment will be made.

  • The cost of compassion

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    It’s easy to be compassionate at a distance. Many quote both the Old Testament and the New Testament about being kind to strangers in our midst. Usually, they expect the federal government to take care of all the problems and expenses. A careful reading of the Bible will show that compassion is stressed as much as an individual trait as it is a collective one. Why don’t the people who are on their compassionate soapboxes show their feelings on this matter by taking one or more of the immigrant children into their homes or, at least, volunteer at a church or charitable organization that’s housing and feeding them? Perhaps a check or cash donation would be in order. Compassion should be shown as much in doing as in

  • Send the illegal immigrants back home

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Vesta Edwards (Your Views, July 19) focuses on how to help illegal immigrants. That’s weakness! Taking on more water isn’t the best thing when a ship is unstable. What we need to do in this state is to shore up Oklahoma for Oklahomans. What the federal government is doing is the equivalent of sending all of the kids in the neighborhood over to your house so that you can take care of them while the so-called adults go play. That’s immature and blatantly irresponsible. The U.S. is in an economic crisis. Our freedom is under fire. There’s no need for any discussion on “global” issues. What we need to do in Oklahoma is what we can do for Oklahoma citizens. A cancer cell mutates by trying to penetrate the cell membrane of a

  • Immigration policy invites anarchy

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    In response to Cole Herndon (Your Views July 21): So now we’re going to bribe foreign nations to keep their own citizens within their borders? After a while, wouldn’t that become extortion? After all, if we would then cut their aid, they could threaten to send us more illegal immigrant children. When we refuse to police and keep our own borders secure, we’ve given up the sovereignty of this nation. There is a legal process for immigration. I know because I used it to bring my wife here legally. I have friends who’ve done the same. Whenever we allow illegal immigrants to break the law with impunity, we’re saying that this is a nation without laws and we have anarchy.

  • Not meeting the 'Oklahoma Standard' with refugee children

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and Gov. Mary Fallin have condemned the housing of immigrant children at Fort Sill. This is egregious. Starting with the response to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the tornadoes that hit Moore in 1999, 2003 and 2013, Oklahoma politicians cite what’s been called the “Oklahoma Standard,” meaning that we step up in times of crisis and help our fellow citizens. I’m proud of that characteristic. How is it that we ignore this standard when the proposed recipients of our care and compassion are refugees fleeing violence in their home countries? In the immediate future, they need shelter and food.