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  • Lankford is no friend of Obama

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Regarding “Will U.S. Senate gamble pay off?” (News, June 8): I was glad to learn about who’s been funding the untrue ads indicating that U.S. Rep. James Lankford is a friend of the president. Having attended several of Lankford’s town hall meetings, I can assure you he’s no friend of Barack Obama. In fact, the president looks upon Lankford as an enemy! Lankford told us of meeting with the president when the congressman asked him to work with Congress to balance the budget. Obama’s reply? No! Lankford is by far the most experienced and qualified person to serve the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

  • Why governments grow

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Regarding Phillip K. Howard’s “A failing government? Laws deserve blame” (Commentary, June 7): Welcome to the tea party, Mr. Howard! He claims that “Americans know government is broken” and that the tea party “has no coherent solution — simply getting rid of most government programs isn’t a workable plan.” He then describes a solution to a failing government that would result in getting rid of most government programs. The tea party grew out of the observation that the federal government (but not all government) is too large and spends too much money. Its exponential expansion of regulation threatens freedom and prosperity.

  • 'I don't feel safe...'

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Don Ukens (June 6) wrote that he could find no record of a mass killing where a lawfully armed citizen was present. Now he can. Joseph Wilcox was killed June 8 in Las Vegas while trying to intervene against two people who had already killed two cops. Having lawfully armed citizens isn’t the answer. In this case it only led to a well-intentioned man dying as well. I know the majority of gun owners are good people, but I don’t feel safe when I’m in public with someone who’s carrying a firearm and could literally kill me at his or her discretion. I have no way of knowing if that person is a “good guy” or is someone in a mentally unstable state. I will leave a business if I see someone carrying a gun. I will patronize

  • Access to cold and allergy medicines important

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    A recent report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirmed what I’ve known for years: Oklahoma is bad for allergies. According to the report of the 100 worst U.S. cities for spring allergies, Oklahoma City and Tulsa have moved up in the rankings and are now listed at the fourth and 19th spots, respectively. For those of us who suffer from allergies, this comes as no surprise. It should serve as a reminder of how important it is to continue protecting access to popular cold and allergy medicines. Without such medicines, I couldn’t function. My thanks to lawmakers for not placing additional restrictions on the sale of these medicines. My sinuses are particularly grateful.

  • Exploitable rhetoric from Chris Matthews?

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Obviously Chris Matthews (Gleanings, June 4) doesn’t understand the connection between having a gun and personal safety and doesn't know that it’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving, not Mothers Against Drunk Cars. Neither cars nor guns can function without a human being. Could it be that Matthews’ ramblings are exploitable rhetoric aimed at redirecting public attention from the Obama administration’s catastrophic scandals as they continue to occur and surface? Why doesn’t Matthews report on these embarrassments? William R.

  • If you're living in a food desert, move!

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Regarding “Hungry for an oasis: Several pockets of metro area fit federal definition of food desert” (News, June 9): Once upon a time my wife and I lived in Clayton, Kan., which is a food desert. It was a 30-minute drive to the nearest grocery store. We made the decision that Clayton wasn’t the place for us. And, like the Joad family, we moved to where we could find work, food and opportunity. If you’re living in a food desert, move! I feel no guilt for the inconveniences of the choices others have made.

  • Dangerous no-guns-allowed policies

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    In response to Don Ukens (Your Views, June 6): 7-Eleven also has a no-guns-allowed policy. It’s evident that neither Sonic nor 7-Eleven has read articles about the danger these policies place on their customers. When you consider the fact that most if not all mass killings since the 1950s have been carried out in gun-free zones, it’s a wonder anyone will place himself in such danger by doing business in a gun-free zone.

  • Small schools offer advantages

    Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Regarding “Students could wind up benefiting from annexation” (Our Views, June 5): I attended Panola Public Schools for 13 years, from kindergarten to 12th grade. I graduated as co-salutatorian and was third in my graduating class. I placed first in several academic competitions and even placed at the state level. Every year in high school, I was ranked No. 1 in at least two or more subjects. Currently, I’m pursuing a degree in accounting. I’m in the top 10 percent of my class and have an astounding GPA. I was even on the president’s honor roll. My point is that I attribute all my success to the fact that Panola is a small school. A small school means smaller classes. In smaller classes, students have more

  • Prisoner trade is sad state of affairs

    Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Even if the five uber terrorists released from Gitmo are actually held in Qatar for a year, as agreed (which is doubtful in a Muslim country), they can still engage in jihad against the United States and its allies through planning and ordering terrorist activities via computers. What a sad state of affairs that the U.S. government let five of the worst terrorists being held at Gitmo go in exchange for a Taliban prisoner of questionable character and motives, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan.

  • Is Barry Switzer unfit to be king?

    Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    “2014 Oklahoma Senior Follies takes stage” (Life, June 9) reported that Barry Switzer will get the show’s annual Ziggy Award and crowned “King of the Follies.” No mention was made of Switzer’s bigotry in a recent radio interview in which he declared, “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to both be black, and that’s the only way I would do it.” Imagine a young black, Asian, American Indian or Caucasian student hearing such a stupid comment and then seeing that same person held in high esteem.

  • Global technology hub growing

    Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Global technology hub Oklahoma State University is pleased to welcome General Electric’s Global Research Oil and Gas Technology Center to Oklahoma’s growing research community. GE’s $125 million investment in this world-class facility demonstrates its commitment to driving innovations that improve the performance and economics of oil and gas projects. The groundbreaking research to be conducted at this global technology hub will elevate the engineering, science and geology programs at OSU as well as other universities in the region. As one of the state’s major forces for innovation and discovery, OSU’s wide-ranging research has supported industries, improved the environment and saved lives in Oklahoma and

  • Guns aren't the problem

    Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    I’m pondering what the “absence of government action” is that Richard Westmoreland (Your Views, May 31) spoke of. The Constitution has spoken! We have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Without it, what we would experience is Boko Haram and Nigeria or the plight of Afghanistan women. The shooter in Santa Barbara, Calif., hopped into his BMW after his estranged family had asked police to visit his home on occasion. I ponder the vacuum of his relationships. One area that has not been discussed is what’s filling that vacuum. I challenge all Oklahomans to flip through a college-level text titled “Fresh Takes” that includes numerous negative articles, such as one that describes in detail a graphic rampage.

  • State trooper pay raises applauded

    Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Valuable dividends Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate and House members are to be commended for their commitment to public safety by approving additional funds to the Department of Public Safety, to be allocated as salary increases for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers. This will pay valuable dividends to hundreds of troopers and the citizens of Oklahoma. Currently, OHP ranks 25th in starting compensation among Oklahoma law enforcement agencies. This has resulted in the loss of multiple troopers annually to higher-salaried positions with other law enforcement agencies and/or the private sector.

  • Shocked and saddened by Sgt. Bergdahl episode

    Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Much has been made of the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I’m reluctant to join any celebration until I’m sure it’s deserved. As I recall the circumstances when Bergdahl went missing, he walked away from his unit and was absent without leave, at a minimum, or he deserted. Why was he quickly returned without a thorough debriefing and exhaustive investigation of his so-called capture? Why do we release five dangerous prisoners for a soldier who abandoned his post? I’m shocked and saddened by the absence of accountability that this episode demonstrates. Perhaps I should not be surprised, as this administration has shown a paucity of leadership and a bushel basket full of political expediency. R.

  • President Obama is ignoring the law

    Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Must the president follow the law? According to the Constitution, Congress is the body of government that makes laws that we all must follow. According to the Constitution, the president must enforce the laws made by Congress. Barack Obama has taken it upon himself to decide which laws he will enforce and which he will ignore. His latest initiative, to exchange five terrorists for one soldier, not only bypassed the law requiring him to go through Congress, but it opened the gate for terrorists worldwide to capture Americans and then demand an exchange for additional captured terrorists. This president basically is ignoring the law; he can get away with these actions because his political party blocks all efforts to call him to

  • Getting a free pass at border

    Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    At certain places on the U.S. border, thousands of young people from Mexico are crossing into the nation, illegally overwhelming our border patrol and systems. The focus always seems to be on what this nation should do for the plight of these poor people from Mexico and Central America. It never seems to be on the corrupt, inept government of Mexico that’s failed for decades to provide a decent economy for its own citizens. U.S taxpayers aren’t responsible for the education and health care of 11 million to 15 million citizens of another nation. That responsibility should be put on the shoulders of their government, which continues to get a free pass from the U.S. media and American government.

  • Veto override was appalling

    Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    I’m appalled that the Legislature overrode Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of the bill to modify the reading sufficiency law. And I’m particularly surprised and dismayed by the number of Republicans who voted for the override. In Oklahoma, 30 percent of third-graders can’t read satisfactorily. They can’t learn in fourth grade (or any grade thereafter) if they can’t read or comprehend. There are multiple ways for them to achieve this knowledge if it’s required of them. Parents and school principals must insist on this. A student at the highly successful and tough KIPP school told me that before he went to KIPP, nothing was expected of him. Now he’s a straight-A student. Let’s require our students to read well and they will

  • They work for us!

    Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Oklahoma’s primary election date is June 24. If you want the right person in office, you need to know everything you can about all the candidates. Ask some serious questions about each of them. What is this person’s background? Has this candidate been a success in a business or profession? Has he held public office before? How long? Search all the sources you can find for nonpartisan information. You’re one of the millions of bosses of government leaders, from the local level all the way through federal. The president isn’t our boss. Nor is any other government official at any level. All legal citizens have the power to elect public officials. They serve at our pleasure, not theirs. In other words, they work for us! We

  • Oklahoma still has worst ballot access laws in nation

    Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Another session of the Legislature has ended and Oklahoma is still No. 1. In what? In having the worst ballot access laws in the nation. This state has the harshest laws regulating who can form a new political party or who can be on the presidential ballot. All other states have an easier process for both actions. This year, the Legislature considered a bill that would have greatly eased both of these processes; once again, lawmakers quietly killed it. The bill would have reduced, by half, the number of signatures needed to form a new political party and to meet the independent presidential petition requirement. The bill went to a conference committee, where it languished and died.

  • Personal choice, not government regulation

    Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Regarding “Medical claims a stretch in group's marijuana effort” (Our Views, June 4): Instead of questioning the legitimacy of medical necessities for medical marijuana, we should be questioning (at least on an intellectual level) the ability of governments to regulate and ban such a thing as marijuana. We should also question the concept of legalization. The word implies, in a way, a government endorsement of something. So we shouldn’t ask for something to be legalized. Instead, we should remove such a thing from the sphere of government reach.