• 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.

  • Praying for a solution

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

      Regarding “Mental health transport crisis” (News, June 15): We have been fortunate with the police officers we have had the privilege of interacting with over the years. They have been kind and compassionate to our patients. However, mental health patients are the only patients I know of who become ill and then face the humility of being handcuffed (for the safety of themselves and the police) and placed in the back of a police car. Certainly we need more mental health treatment options. However, even with an increase in mental health centers, the requirement for transport -- from private homes or private clinics -- will still exist.

  • Gun strategy needed

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

      President Obama called for additional gun control laws following the horrific murders at the church in South Carolina. He specifically addressed the need to control the sale of guns over the Internet and at gun shows. It’s useless rhetoric! This may be something we should look at, but elimination of those sales wouldn’t have prevented the murders at that church, or of the children at Sandy Hook, or at the theater in Colorado, or any of the other mass murders. Those murders could have been prevented if we enforced existing laws banning the sale of guns to felons and the mentally unstable. Enforcement of these existing laws would be extremely difficult, so it’s easier to focus our attention elsewhere rather than confronting

  • We are glad to have Obamacare

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    If it weren’t for Obamacare, our son-in-law would be dead of cancer. Two years ago he got a new job with an excellent health insurance plan. But he had a pre-existing condition: a lump in his throat. Physicians at OU Medical Center diagnosed him with Stage 4 throat cancer. Under Obamacare, the health insurance company could not deny him treatment. Instead he received chemotherapy and radiation; a few months later he was cancer-free. Jorge A. Delucca Sr.

  • Fix Obamacare in a bipartisan manner

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A GOP opportunity The Republican Party should be pleased with the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Obamacare. If the opposite had happened, the party would be blamed for millions of people off the insurance roles. Secondly, the party now has an opportunity do something great for our country. For years, the party has complained about many provisions of the ACA. Now Republicans can become statesmen, get behind the law, fix all of its deficiencies and claim credit for their efforts. I call upon Oklahoma legislators and congressional members: Put the past behind you, rise to the occasion and fix Obamacare in a bipartisan manner. The country will be better off and so will the party.

  • Assign disruptive students to military-type classroom

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a former teacher, I understand how difficult it is to attempt to teach students while faced with undisciplined, unruly students in the classroom. However I agree with Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu that suspending students isn’t the answer. The streets are no place for an unsupervised, undisciplined kid, but these students must be removed from the classroom. Teachers have been left with few options to discipline, yet defiant students need to learn how to discipline themselves and to respect authority. It has been proven that a military environment is extremely successful in accomplishing this.

  • Health care professionals deserve 'pat on the back'

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

      Regarding “Shared history binds Oklahoma surgeons to patient” (News, June 20): It would be nice for reporters to also recognize other health care professionals who are involved in the successful outcomes in such complex surgical procedures. My partner, a cardiac anesthesiologist, spent approximately 12 hours caring for Mr. Alexander, managing blood pressure, respiration, neurologic function, bleeding issues while the surgeons were able to accomplish their difficult procedures. A whole team of nurses, technicians and perfusionists were integral in working hard to make sure Mr. Alexander had a successful outcome. These individuals are working long hours under oftentimes extremely stressful conditions. It’s nice for them to

  • Parents’ attitudes must change for schools to improve

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

      Rarely are two opposing views on a subject evidenced so clearly and the correct one so obvious. David Gray (Point of View, June 17) blames teachers not being informed of unique ethnicity styles of parents as the reason many teachers at Roosevelt Junior High and other schools are ready to quit. Jeffery Corbett (Point of View, June 20), president of Oklahoma PTA and a parent, correctly points to the correct source of threatening students and teachers, and failing to follow instructions: parents!  I graduated from Oklahoma City schools — elementary, junior high and high school. There was no time when unruly students threatened teachers. Bad actions were quickly handled by the principal or vice principal.

  • It's time to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    “Revision of some liquor laws is long overdue in Oklahoma” (Our Views, June 16) leaves out an important issue with modernizing Oklahoma’s alcohol laws – cold, full-strength beer should be more widely available in Oklahoma. When Oklahoma repealed Prohibition in 1959, stricter laws were put in place that regulated the sale of full-strength beer, wine and liquor and specifically prohibited the sale of cold full-strength beer. As a result, many brewers decided to brew 3.2 alcohol by weight beers because they were better able to maintain quality controls, including the ability to sell cold product. Oklahoma is important to us, so we adapted to fit the law. For the past 35 years, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma has seen

  • No laws broken during filming of 'Street Outlaws'

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Regarding the letter by Ed Cook (Your Views, June 24): I enjoy watching “Street Outlaws” on Discovery Channel. It’s an entertaining TV show with real Oklahomans and filmed mostly in Oklahoma. I hate to ruin the program for those who think it’s something more than a TV show, but no laws are being broken during filming. A lot of the racing takes place on Route 66 right in front of the El Reno federal prison. Police block off the north side of the highway, TV camera lights are set up, and there is even an ambulance present in the event it’s needed. The street is turned into a movie set. It’s a TV show produced for your entertainment. That being said, I understand the competition part of the show is real, probably more real than

  • History happens; live with it

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The brouhaha over a pennant carried by an army during a war that’s causing history to be rewritten and deleted makes one wonder what’s next on the agenda. Delete the history of the Pilgrims, delete the Revolutionary War, the founding documents of the United States, the Civil War itself, the Buffalo Soldiers, Oklahoma history, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam? Apparently to these people, history began “now.” It’s common knowledge that there are those who are just purely evil and will do anything that strikes their fancy at the moment. No one will doubt a small number of people from all ethnicities will not like others of other ethnicities; government can do nothing about this. History happens. Suck it up and

  • Are they still 'state' colleges and universities?

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    In “Regents OK tuition hikes at state colleges, universities” (News, June 26), OU President Boren noted that in 1979, the state provided 52 percent of the cost of an education at the University of Oklahoma. It’s probably fair to assume that the proportions of support were similar at other state colleges and universities. The level of our state’s support for OU students has now shrunk to 16 percent and probably to similar levels at other state schools. One has to wonder at what level of investment can we no longer actually call these schools “state” colleges and universities.

  • Hacking Hillary

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Computer hackers (presumed to be Chinese) have breached “secured” government files. They harvested information on 18 million security-cleared government employees. It’s logical to assume that experts who can do this could also have accessed Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal servers on which she conducted State Department business for four years.

  • State auditor has excellent suggestion

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    State Auditor Gary Jones’ proposal for a unicameral government is a great idea. The federal bicameral government was a comprise that was necessary to get the Constitution accepted, since small states didn’t want to give so much power to larger and more populous states. Oklahoma’s bicameral system is based on population in both houses, and districts are simply gerrymandered to elect the party in control. Jones says a unicameral Legislature would free up millions of dollars; needed money since every service provided by the state is suffering from starvation budgets. Jones is brave to suggest this change.

  • They fight crime and pick up nails, too

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    While cycling recently on 10th Street, I was suddenly aware of an oncoming Oklahoma City police cruiser. The officer put on his flashers, made an abrupt U-turn and stopped right next to me. My pulse shot up! The officer stopped in the middle of the street, hopped out and began picking up hundreds of plastic-capped roofing nails, putting them in the box that obviously had fallen off a truck. Although unheralded, this spoke volumes of police integrity and helpfulness. I applaud these public servants. They fight crime and pick up nails to save our tires.

  • Most vulnerable in Oklahoma merit our support

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Regarding “DHS to add child welfare staff, cut elderly, disabled aid” (News, June 17): Oklahomans with intellectual disabilities, along with the elderly, are the most vulnerable in the state. Needed supports are a matter of life and death for most of these people, not luxuries. I can appreciate the necessity of trying to achieve a more balanced budget, but those efforts most certainly should not be placed on the backs of the aged and disabled. There were so many other areas that could have been reduced. I’m not convinced that more cuts couldn’t have been made internally at DHS to make up the amount of money that was cut from these reimbursement rates.

  • Congress needs to reform funding for child abuse, neglect

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Regarding “DHS to add child welfare staff, cut elderly, disabled aid” (News, June 17): It’s encouraging to see that despite budget challenges, Oklahoma is making it a priority to invest in the needs of our state’s abused and neglected children. But wouldn’t it be better if the need weren’t so great, for children in state custody or for the elderly and disabled? Some good news is that reform in Washington could move us closer to helping at-risk-youth by investing in prevention. Federal funding shortchanges prevention efforts that could help parents manage financial distress, mental health, substance abuse, and other abuse and neglect risk factors. Today, the federal government pays $4 on foster care for every $1 on

  • Flawed argument

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    “Primaries should stay as two-party affairs” (Point of View, June 13) was flawed by an excess of partisanship and unfounded innuendo. Neither of today’s American political parties can claim to be related to the character of their founders. Both owe their existence to the debate of the Founding Fathers in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers published anonymously by the followers, respectively, of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The issue at hand was how to unify a nation that that consisted of such an economically and culturally diverse citizenry. The perceived threats were: for Jefferson, the emergence of “factions,” or groups that pressed for liberal personal autonomy and; and, for Madison, a restrictive and

  • What’s the reason?

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    It’s apparent that the Convention of States proposition is gaining speed. Recent information states applications have been filed in 34 states. Unfortunately, Oklahoma isn’t one of them. Nineteen states have passed the initial committee votes already after filing, presumably from the House of Representatives in these states. Additionally, three state Senate chambers and eight House chambers have moved from committee to passing the application by way of their respective floor votes. Georgia, Florida and Alabama and Alaska have passed the Convention of States application in both houses. With this activity, it makes me wonder why the Oklahoma House defeated this issue.