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  • Wind development is a win-win for Oklahoma

    Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Regarding “With wind farms, property rights issues deserve careful review” (Our Views, July 28): I appreciate The Oklahoman’s balanced discussion on the need for regulation of wind energy developments in this state. In addition to the tremendous economic opportunities wind development brings to us, wind energy is inexpensive, clean and made in Oklahoma. Developing wind energy, paired with the state’s abundant natural gas resources, is a win-win for Oklahoma. Wind energy developers are careful to study and site energy projects in areas where they have a minimal impact. They especially try to limit the impacts on neighboring landowners.

  • Sports scholarships a testimony to the work of high schoolers

    Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Congratulations to all of the young student-athletes across Oklahoma who have earned college scholarships. This is a testimony to the hard work of these young people, both on and off their playing venues. Congratulations also go out to their families, teachers and coaches, as well as praise for being the support system behind them. God bless you all! M.L.

  • Keystone pipeline needs to get built

    Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    I’ve seen the Canadian tar sands that would be transported in the Keystone XL pipeline referred to as “filthy, nasty sludge” that would be a nightmare to deal with in case of an accident. Most of us have driven on this “sludge” in a semi-refined state. It’s called asphalt. There’s a good chance your home is roofed with a product called composition shingles made from this “sludge.” We’ve used this material in a number of items in our daily lives. In the event of an accidental spill, tar sands would be more easily cleaned up than lighter-gravity crude due to its viscous nature. It wouldn’t spread any farther than something like honey and would tend not to soak into the ground for the same reason.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers unwilling, unable to get simple work accomplished

    Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    “Impact of legislative term limits tends to be overstated” (Our Views, July 29) pointed out that 2014 state lawmakers are no different in their lack of statesmanship than previous legislators, mainly that these lawmakers “lack political will, neglect important issues to push special-interest legislation and don't even read bills before voting on them.” That statement was dead on. However, this particular group of legislators appears to add another aspect to those flaws: the inability or unwillingness to get the simplest of their duties accomplished. The Consumer Protection Licensing Advisory Council has been waiting since March 3 for House Speaker Jeff Hickman’s office to appoint a member, which will allow for a quorum.

  • Solar clothes dryer is the way to go

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Regarding “Newer appliances promise improved energy efficiency” (Business, Aug. 1): I have an easy and value-priced solution to this problem: Use a solar clothes dryer. This is the most energy efficient and cheapest-to-operate clothes dryer on the planet. I paid about $5 for clothes line rope and another $3 for clothes pins. My lines hang between trees. It doesn’t take much time to hang clothes out to dry on the line, and the light exercise is good for me. My clothes always smell fresh and clean. No gas or electric dryer has ever been able to duplicate the comfortable feel of a solar dried bath towel. Since I don’t buy dryer sheets, I save more money. When it rains, I have a second line on a back porch. When it’s freezing

  • Why not a two-tier health system?

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    I propose a two-tier health care system. Both systems would have medical doctors and osteopathic doctors performing the care. They would have the same medical degrees and expertise. Patients could choose the doctors they wanted. The differences are outlined below: Tier 1 would continue in roughly the same high-cost, litigious system we have today. Tier 2 would be a new system of medical care. Patients of these doctors would agree not to sue their doctors. Hospitals could make a choice to cater to Tier 2 doctors and also become a part of the Tier 2 system. These hospitals could also require a waiver to be signed by the patient, who would agree not to sue the hospital, for any reason. Tier 2 doctors and hospitals would

  • Guns on campus proven to be safe

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    In response to Laura Payne (Your Views, Aug. 2): There is no proposal to “put guns in the hands of teen students.” Allowing concealed carry on college campuses wouldn’t alter who can legally buy a gun or who can obtain a concealed handgun license. Legalizing concealed carry on college campuses would neither make it easier for students to obtain firearms nor make it legal for a person to carry a firearm while under the influence of alcohol (which Oklahoma statutorily prohibits). The issue is solely that responsible adults with concealed-handgun licenses should be allowed to protect themselves on college campuses, in exactly the same way that they’re allowed to protect themselves in most other locations.

  • Stop whining about lack of role models

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Marcus Hayes (Point of View, Aug. 2) lamented the lack of black role models for Oklahoma City’s urban renaissance. George Washington Carver didn’t need role models.

  • Nation's laws need to be enforced

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    It’s appalling that Barack Obama believes he can “act alone” regarding the border crisis. He thinks he can just do whatever he pleases, blowing off what the American people are saying. His power, like the power of Congress, is granted by the people. And when the branches of government don’t protect the interests of legal citizens, I begin to question whether we should institute the words in the Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and

  • Why don't we use other states' education standards?

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    I see that we’re going to have more committees to find out what kind of education standards Oklahoma children need. Of course this will take more money and time while leaders try to figure out why we’re at close to the bottom of the education ladder. And we all know the state Board of Education will yell for more money. Here’s an idea: Since there are 50 states and most of them are doing better educating their children than Oklahoma is, why don’t we just use the standards they use? If Oklahoma teachers and the state board think it might be too tough to use the top states’ standards for our students, perhaps we could use the middle range. That way, Oklahoma teachers wouldn’t have to work as hard.

  • A good place to start

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The future of civilization rests with the lessons we impart to our children. Today’s lesson is that “degeneracy” is just a label used by superstitious church people, “morality” is what homophobes preach and “traditional families” — well, they’re just racist! Of course, this is the worst of lessons, but it’s the one being taught. It’s the teaching of promiscuity, selfishness, irresponsibility, feminism and cultural Marxism. No society ever achieved greatness in its culture, peace amongst its populace, nor safety for its children, by following such tenets. The misguided parents who enroll their children in the Oklahoma Alliance Academy will be doing their part to spread the ills of multiculturalism, communism

  • Taking guns to school in the 1970s

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Nary a word Regarding “State lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus” (News, July 29): One of the perks of turning 16 in the 1970s was taking guns to school so we could hunt before and after school. Teachers and the administration saw these guns in the rear windows of our trucks every day. Nary a word was said, probably because we used them for hunting. The arguments being made against allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is the equivalent of saying guns play the same role in school shootings that cameras do in child pornography. I know that those who are against guns on campus are way too intelligent to believe that.

  • The more things change ...

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    The radical excesses of the 1960s have left a sour residue. Some examples include shouting obscenities at combat troops returning from Vietnam, burning American flags and law books, throwing feces at police and urinating in university hallways. An especially bizarre example was a bank robbery in which the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst became a willing participant with a paramilitary nut bag group calling themselves The Symbionese Liberation Army. The manifesto for this internecine warfare was set forth in 1962, in The Port Huron Statement. The author was Tom Hayden, sometime husband to noted patriot Jane Fonda, and founder of Students for a Democratic Society.

  • Shame on Jesse Ventura

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura just won a $1.8 million judgment in a defamation lawsuit brought against the estate of a former Navy SEAL. What would make Ventura sue an American hero? He certainly doesn’t need the money. Nor does he need the publicity of winning a court case against the widow of this American hero. I can’t believe that any sane American would do such a thing. I would be too ashamed to do so. Now that Ventura has won the case, I urge him to request the court not to require that the money actually be paid. I hope all Americans will speak loud and clear to Jesse, asking him to request that the court not require a single penny be paid by the widow.

  • It's not fair for some OKC schools to get more money than other schools

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    In response to Tina Bowman (Your Views, July 26): As a veteran teacher, I watch many gifted kids drift through school unchallenged and sympathize with Bowman’s concern for what’s best for her children. That said, all schools would benefit from the advantages that charter/enterprise schools enjoy such as stable, involved parents; motivated students ready and willing to learn; and being free of many of the regulations, both state and federal, which stifle so much of public education and suck up huge amounts of time and money that could be better spent and which have led to the top-heavy school administrations public education suffers from.

  • Easy drive to either corner of state

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Regarding “What's your bucket list of things to do in Oklahoma?” (News, July 26): State Highway 3 stretches from Tom in the southeast corner of Oklahoma to near Kenton in the northwest corner of the Panhandle. My friends and I did the first half, staying at Beavers Bend Park a couple of years ago. We completed our trip this year, staying at the Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast in Kenton. We had no idea how interesting the Kenton area was until we got there, took a guided tour and explored the neighboring areas ourselves. Starting from Oklahoma City, it’s an easy drive to either corner of the state.

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.