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  • Background checks, gun training needed

    Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Stephen Butler (Your Views, May 4) omitted part of the Second Amendment when making his argument about people's right to open carry. That is: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...” First, what militia?  Unlike Stephen, I hope it would be everyone's call to demand background checks and training since our nation has had so many who believe they have the right to purchase arms and carry out a mission to kill.

  • In favor of Oklahoma gun bill

    Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Thomas Baines (Your Views, April 27) wrote that he could not “understand the logic or purpose of proposed legislation that would allow an untrained, unexamined person to openly carry a firearm in public places.” The Second Amendment gives me the right to purchase and carry a gun openly or concealed without a permit. The legislation would partially restore the God-given right that the state has taken from me. The next step is to let me carry a gun concealed without a permit. Baines also said a license is required to operate an automobile. Traveling across the country freely is your right, but to operate an automobile on public roads is a privilege granted by the state, not a right granted by God. He said he was retired Army.

  • Leftists are trying to destroy coal industry

    Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Who's next? Obscure to most is the recent demise of one of the oldest companies in America, Peabody Energy Corp., the latest coal giant to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. Contrary to speculation, this isn't a result of the free market. It was a preconceived political strategy designed and orchestrated by the White House and green groups. These leftists place more importance on the purported rise of the oceans and unfounded global warming than the financial survival of our middle class, families of low and fixed incomes that will suffer significantly from the EPA's sweeping coal plant regulations that will drive up the cost of labor.

  • Override vaccination bill veto

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the Parental Rights Immunization Act, which would require doctors to provide clear information to parents about ingredients in vaccinations given to their children. This bill had overwhelming support in the House and Senate and with the citizens. Despite this, Fallin decided it is not wise for parents to be informed about the ingredients of vaccinations given to their children. The idea that we don't deserve to know what is in the liquid injected into the bodies of our children is absurd. There is a clear, documented risk every time an injection is given to a child, and parents have the right to know those risks and to decide what's best for their child.

  • More technology graduates are needed

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    I could support a 1-cent sales tax increase for preschool through 12th grade only. I'm aware of too many college graduates who cannot seem to get a job in their chosen field. We have an excess of college graduates and not enough technology graduates. In other words, we have too many chiefs and not enough general workers.

  • Raising taxes is not the answer for Oklahoma education

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Michael Bollinger (Your Views, April 29) hit the nail on the head. Adding a 1-cent sales tax to increase teachers' salaries will not solve the “education crisis” in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has vastly more school districts per number of students than most states and possibly more than any other state. Administrators do not make a good school system, teachers do.  So let's address the elephant in the room and consolidate (notice this is not a four-letter word) school districts and cut administrative costs. Then take the money saved and allocate it to teachers. Raising taxes is not the answer. The cost of living is a big factor when people decide where to live. Texas has no state income tax.

  • Oklahoma license plates are easy to read

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Regarding “Council says new license plate would improve safety” (News, April 30): The Oklahoma Safety Council says the current plate is old (7 years), worn, sun bleached and hard to read. I decided to take notice of all the unreadable plates on vehicles and to my surprise, I couldn't find any, and I wear bifocals.  I challenge all motorists to see just how many plates they can't read during their travels on Oklahoma roads. My bet is they will find very few, if any. I think that with the budget crisis looming over Oklahoma, officials could find something else to spend the money on.

  • How will the education tax money be managed?

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Where did the money go? The new Riversport Rapids — another addition to all the wonderful accomplishments in Oklahoma City made possible by the MAPS 1-cent sales tax. By keeping this tax fund separate and managed specifically for improving and updating our city, we are now a favored destination for world events. How proud I am to have voted for this tax. Why can't the proposed 1-cent sales tax increase for our public schools be managed and show great results in the same way? In the past, I have voted for the race track, lottery and gaming, etc. This was in addition to my assessed property taxes for the improvement of our schools.

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority violates the public trust

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Regarding “Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has history of inflated projections” (News, May 1): Great work by The Oklahoman's Randy Ellis on exposing how OTA inflates its projections and the turnpikes never meet revenue projections. I have driven the Chickasaw Turnpike and the west side of the Kilpatrick without seeing another car on the road, many times. We wondered how anyone could predict the proposed Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike to break even. Clearly, they took the real-life AADT statistic for the nearest parallel highway (Highway 122) which is a mere 1,200 cars per day, and multiplied by six for no logical reason.

  • Protecting our rights to own guns

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Thomas Baines (Your Views, April 27) says he cannot understand the logic of legislation that would allow people to carry firearms openly in public. The logic comes from the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It mentions nothing about training or government approval. Free people have that right. Although I agree with Baines that people who carry firearms, open or concealed, should be trained in their safety and use as well as put in regular range time, it's not for us (or the government) to decide. His comparing carrying firearms to driving an automobile or flying a plane are incorrect, as those are “privileges” not “rights” and are

  • With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Once again Congress provides another example of hypocrisy. They've decried the ravages inflicted on the armed forces by President Obama. They've wailed about his policies, claiming that they have led the military into a sorry state of readiness with low morale. So the Pentagon comes before this same Congress asking for another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The military chiefs provide proof they have 22 percent more base capacity than they need. This excess drains billions yearly from new equipment, refurbishment of current hardware and lack of adequate funding for proper training. So what does Congress do? Basically throw the collective senior military leadership out of their august building and tell the uniformed

  • No change need in process of nominating judges

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Legislature's solution for passing unconstitutional laws that are frequently overturned by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (with legal expenses paid by taxpayers) is House Bill 3162. This bill would let the governor rather than the independent Judicial Nominating Commission produce nominees for Supreme Court justices and Court of Criminal Appeals judges. What could possibly go wrong? Does anybody remember the Supreme Court justices who were sentenced to jail for bribery charges from April 1964 to June 1965? The current selection process is the result of past scandals, national embarrassment and an effort to ensure the independence of Oklahoma's judicial branch. There is a reason the three branches of government are separate.

  • If you don't like it, move to a state where pot is legal

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Elin Bhaird (Your Views, April 23) is incorrect. It's not logical that a group wanting to decriminalize marijuana can't get enough signatures together to get the issue on the ballot but is representing most Oklahomans? Moving to a state where pot is legal is an option open to you. I plan to stay here and continue to vote people like Attorney General Scott Pruitt into office.

  • Bernie Sanders is an energy hypocrite

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite when he proudly stands behind Vermont's ban on fracking in favor of renewable energy. This is the classic case of the “not in my backyard” syndrome. Vermont produces almost no energy of its own, including the green kind. To date, it has only four tiny wind power projects containing just a few dozen wind turbines. There are about a dozen other small projects being proposed in the state, but each is facing significant resistance from the locals who aren't crazy about having windmills spoiling their mountain views. Bernie and his fellow Vermonters are perfectly happy deriding those who actually produce energy as long as they can heat their homes and drive their cars on the bounty produced in other

  • What possibly could go wrong with 'modernization' of Oklahoma beer and liquor laws?

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Regarding the “modernization” of Oklahoma's wine and beer laws: Senate Joint Resolution 68 would allow stong beer and wine to be sold in an additional 4,000 outlets in Oklahoma. This bill also would allow 18-year-old kids to be the monitors to ensure that underage drinkers won't have access to these products.

  • Are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the best we can do?

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The former is an adolescent, xenophobic misogynist. The latter is an incompetent, paranoid habitual liar. Never in the history of political polling have the two frontrunners for president of the United States had such high negatives. If this is the best that this country can produce, to fill the most powerful and important political office on earth, then we are in serious trouble and this country's best days are truly behind us.

  • Defending weather forecasters

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Don't equate the “little boy crying wolf” scenario with a meteorologist's precautions and scientifically based predictions that don't materialize. Like wearing seat belts, life jackets, helmets, taking blood pressure meds, etc., consistent preventive medicine as well as preventive protection can save your life, and unwavering preparedness is priceless. The next time meteorologists have a concern, listen and heed their advice. I thank all the meteorologists for asking each of us to be careful and take precautions on Tuesday. I commend the school systems, work places and colleges for their preventive measures and hope they feel justified whenever it happens next time.

  • Tax alcohol to help fund Oklahoma education

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    I've got a great idea to solve the problem for Oklahoma education funding. Let's put a tax of 25 cents per can of beer and $2 per pint of liquor. Since drinking money is discretionary money, it won't be an inconvenience to anybody. There could be real social benefits as well. It could help decrease assaults, date rape, teenage pregnancies, murders, robberies and drunken teenagers. I've never read a newspaper article about a family of five being killed by someone driving while smoking too much; yet more  than 9,000 Americans are killed by drunken drivers every year.  Let's tax something that makes a difference and helps our kids and teachers at the same time.

  • Wind farms are a significant liability

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The late Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, said, “The government solution to a problem usually is as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.” A perfect example is the current controversy over the overly generous and unnecessary incentives provided years ago by our state to the wind industry. Not only do wind farms now blight the landscape, including a once-scenic drive through the Arbuckle Mountains, these incentives are a significant liability as the state struggles to close a budgetary funding gap. It's time to eliminate these and many other forms of corporate subsidies as soon as possible. Politicians should let the market determine winners and losers.  R.M.

  • Gov. Fallin's record falls short

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Mary Fallin for vice president? Oklahoma is $1.3 billion in the hole. The shortfall from low oil prices isn't her fault, but she has done nothing to dampen the effects except suggest a higher tax on cigarettes. Even though not significant, allowing the approved income tax decrease to proceed was irresponsible. Fallin often references the “Oklahoma Standard.” Under her watch, what the Oklahoma standard has become is to be last in areas where we should be first and first where we should be last. David Boren has generated a penny sales tax referendum for education, which would make us the highest sales tax state. Even though I reject the proposal because it would hurt lower-income people and deter new business, it's at least an





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