• It already happened

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriages, Paul Greenberg (Commentary, July 1) expresses a wish that “a new Dietrich Bonhoeffer will arise to stir us.” Like Pastor Bonhoeffer, I am a Lutheran, and I admire Bonhoeffer’s stand against the evils of the Nazi regime. Like other members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), I support same-sex marriage. I’m aware that the evils of the Nazi regime included the persecution, imprisonment and killing of gay men; whereas Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear yellow stars, gay men were forced to wear pink triangles. Bearing in mind these points, I assert that the appropriation of Bonhoeffer by opponents of same-sex marriage who imagine

  • In defense of Renewable Fuel Standard

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Regarding “Federal ethanol mandate becoming regulatory farce” (Our Views, June 30): Calling the Renewable Fuel Standard a farce is an unfair assessment. It’s true that fracking has impacted the domestic energy picture but it’s only temporary. The IEA projects the Middle East as “the major source of future supply growth,” long after the U.S. shale oil boom has run its course by the mid-2020s. What then? Slamming the door on renewables means we import more oil from the Middle East and with that comes higher gas prices and the increased risk of military involvement overseas. We need to expand domestic renewable, climate-friendly sources. The RFS helps us do that by spurring investment in fuel research and development and

  • Who's responsible for bringing country to this point?

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    You believe marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. No problem, right? The problem arose when states refused to stop there and put it to a vote of the people. The people refused to allow gays and lesbians to have their civil rights as citizens and noncitizens are allowed. The people refused to allow gays and lesbians to have civil unions. Enter the Supreme Court, which proclaimed that gays and lesbians have the right to marry.

  • Fuel standard hurts families

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman editorial board hit the nail on the head with “Federal ethanol mandate becoming a regulatory farce” (Our Views, June 30). Not only is the Renewable Fuel Standard a poster child for “government dysfunction,” it has real-world implications regarding rising food commodity prices. Since 2005, when the RFS was enacted, food price inflation has outpaced general inflation, which is leading to higher prices for restaurants, suppliers, diners and everyone in America’s food chain. Pricewaterhousecoopers estimates that the RFS costs chain restaurants more than $3.2 billion every year because of the federal requirement to burn corn for fuel rather than using it for food.

  • Undereducated lawmaker

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Regarding, “Lawmakers want OSSAA to fall under state Education Department” (Sports, July 2): I agree that a "private" unaccountable board with so much power over our schools and kids needs public oversight. However, Rep. Bobby Cleveland is woefully undereducated when it concerns the law, U.S. history, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and, sadly, the Bible. Whether he agrees or not, the law and multiple court cases make clear that public entities like schools cannot offer public prayer over public address systems. Students can organize their own prayer groups, but the school can’t. While the Pilgrims, and later the Puritans, were coming to America to set up their theocratic City on a Hill, most colonists were looking for land and

  • Far-reaching consequences to state legislation

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    In a span of nine days, the Legislature introduced and passed a law that will hike workers’ compensation insurance premiums nearly $40 million annually. House Bill 2238 was an effort to help fill the state budget shortfall. However, the hastily drawn measure has far-reaching consequences for businesses and state agencies. Earlier, insurance carriers, and larger companies that cover injured workers under a guaranteed Own Risk program, were ordered to pay nearly $65 million into the Multiple Injury Trust Fund, which provides weekly checks for 2,400 of the state’s most disabled injured workers.

  • A matter of deep concern

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

      Regarding “Roberts did the right thing in voting to save ACA” (Commentary, June 28): Clearly, the section in the Affordable Care Act stating subsidies are to be administered by the IRS using “exchanges established by the state” is what the legislative branch intended, and should have been upheld regardless of consequences. It should be a matter of deep concern to all Americans when our highest court usurps the legislative function by trying to "do the right thing" rather than rule on the letter of the law.

  • Thanks for trying, Ed Shadid

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Kudos to Ed Shadid for trying to save the Union Bus Station building. As a teenager attending Northeast High in the mid 1950s, I and my friends often had after-school activities that meant we missed the school bus back home to Spencer. We would take a city bus to Union Bus Station, catching an MKO bus to our homes. We enjoyed being a part of the “big city” during our wait times at the station. The building has seen better times but that is no reason to demolish it. I think it could be renovated and used for something else. A quote in The Oklahoman, attributed to architect James Loftis, said the building “is not singular or important from an architectural standpoint.” That’s his opinion, not a fact. Too many of Oklahoma

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Ten Commandments are ingrained in our culture

  • Leaver monument there

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    I visited Oklahoma recently to see the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum. It was heartbreaking. You could feel the pain from that time as you walked through the museum. The one constant you felt was the comfort that was given by the churches and pastors. Faith and the people are what held the community together during that time. To say now that the Ten Commandments are unconstitutional is almost a slap in the face to God for the help He has given His people. Stand for what is right and leave the Ten Commandments as they are.

  • Courageous move

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The seven members of the state Supreme Court who joined in the decision to declare unconstitutional the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Capitol should be recognized for their courage. It took guts for seven elected judges to follow the clear mandate of Article II, Section 5 of the state constitution, knowing they would face reactions ranging from disappointment or skepticism to anger from probably a majority of Oklahomans. But the law is the law. We must live by the rule of law and remember that our constitutions, federal and state, are written to protect the rights of minorities as well as the majority. It’s good to know that some of our public officials are aware of those facts.

  • I am not ashamed!

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Regarding the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds: I agree in part with Brady Henderson, legal director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, who said, “it isn’t the government’s business to tell us what is right or wrong choices when it comes to faith.” I would like to remind him that the Ten Commandments didn’t come from the government but from the hand of God. Could it be that we don’t like to be reminded of our sins? After all, the Ten Commandments call us to be accountable for them. Our very rules of law are based on these words from God Himself.

  • Don’t blame the state Supreme Court

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

      Removing the Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds forces dormant Christians to wake up. But before there’s a call to action, there needs to be recognition of reality. The court’s hands were tied. When one looks to the insipid language — “benefit” any “system of religion” — of the state’s constitution, it’s easy to see why the ruling was inevitable. Article II, Section 5 is an embarrassment because in it is a wall erected over 100 years ago against any recognition or celebration of God’s role in Oklahoma’s founding. This article the state Supreme Court used as its guide disallows any other entity or moral code to be recognized, including God, ahead of the state. To declare it ignorant

  • Trampling on an institution

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

      U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts noted that there was no real judicial or constitutional foundation for the court’s decision to legalize gay marriage. Yet the effect of the decision is to impose on all 50 states this new legal definition of marriage, including those states where a majority of the citizens had declared their opposition to any attempt to redefine the institution of marriage. For many of us, the decision changes nothing. Marriage will continue to be what it has always been, the sacred union of two persons, one man and one woman, in the bonds of holy matrimony. The biblical foundation for traditional marriage is stated in several places in Scripture. God’s plan was for a close and enduring

  • Term limits needed for Supreme Court justices

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    On July 4, 2010, you published my letter regarding the need for term limits for the Supreme Court.  After the two decisions from the court last week, I again suggest that term limits need to be enacted for justices of the Supreme Court. It seems they no longer view the court as a third branch of the government but as an extension of the executive branch.

  • Border security is critical

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

      All of us are saddened by the recent passing of Bob Barry Jr. due to a senseless tragedy. The driver who made the U-turn that claimed Barry’s life had been “voluntarily returned” to Mexico three times since 2010. Extra security protecting our borders is more critical than ever. With the presidential election coming up next year, I urge everyone to study the candidates to see where they stand on this issue. Stephen C.

  • A smokescreen for ridicule

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Regarding “For officials, things to name before ‘I do’ is new dilemma” (Our Views, June 28): This editorial about the evolving legal nomenclature for gay spouses concludes, “Better to choose adjectives as you would screen unwelcome visitors such as ‘Thing One’ and ‘Thing Two.’” This analogy, which follows a satire of improvised legal terms such as “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2,” is a smokescreen for ridicule. Forty years ago, my wife chose to keep her surname when we married. She and I have never been addressed as “Mr. and Mrs.” but by our full names. That isn’t an issue. Our marriage license doesn’t say “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” nor does it mention sexes. It has only two blanks, one for each of our names.

  • Troubling symbols

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Troubling symbols The Confederate flag symbolizes an important chapter in American history and is flown beneath the flags of some Southern states. As a symbol of the War Between the States, the question arises, due to recent events, whether its public display by state governments is appropriate. It’s often argued to be a memorial for those who died fighting for the Confederacy.

  • No more tears from Gov. Fallin

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is still law, perhaps our governor can stop crying her crocodile tears over the 18,000 Oklahomans who will be disenfranchised from health insurance if Insure Oklahoma goes away, since she apparently didn’t mind about the 87,000 Oklahomans who would have been disenfranchised from health insurance if Obamacare had gone away. And perhaps Gov. Mary Fallin can direct Attorney General Scott Pruitt to stop misspending our scarce public funds suing to overturn Obamacare, and put this money to better use expanding Medicaid to get the Insure Oklahoma people covered under the ACA after all.

  • Place Supreme Court justices on the ballot

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare is proof that a lifetime appointment to the court does not prevent judges from ignoring the test to achieve favorable consequences for certain targeted groups. It’s time to amend the Constitution to remove the text for lifetime appointment and add text to place the judges on a ballot every four years for a vote of confidence by the public voter.