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Larry Stem May 2nd, 2012

Rep. Jason Nelson: I read your self-aggrandizing commentary in Oklahoma Gazette (“A plan to fix DHS,” April 4), and I have to reply that most of the problems your party is trying to solve is one of their own making.

Had the Republican/ religious/ extreme right not opposed every dime of family planning, free contraceptives and sex education in their high extremist zeal, this problem would be manageable, rather than the long-suffering taxpayer being saddled with more costs. If the Keating, Istook and Fallin loons representing the Heritage Foundation/ Catholic Church/John Birchers used some common sense and prevention, and adopted a few more of these poor, abused, mostly minority children into their high-class, private-schooled lives, the long-suffering taxpayers would not now be paying you and yours to solve a problem you can no longer ignore.

Of course, Keating/Istook let the cat out of the bag. They (and the Heritage Foundation) want more private prisons, and expensive private rehab, and they need bodies to fill them, and taxpayers to pay for them, so this is another win-win situation for the Republican toadies.

When all these minority poor become a majority, the Republicans will be a lonesome voice, howling in the wilderness, again — and I can’t wait. This hypocritical “family values/ Christian/tea party” mania has gone on for too long.

—Larry Stem, Oklahoma City

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