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How ’bout more guns?


Letters to the Editor

Jack Bowen
The National Rifle Association is right, but not right enough. I believe the Second Amendment guarantee to bear arms is virtually God-given and the framers of the Constitution merely put it on paper.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Contraception and population


Letters to the Editor

Brandon Wertz
In response to “Embryonic” by Dr. Dominic M. Pedulla (Letters, Oklahoma Gazette, March 27), I have to admit that I am taken aback by a man of science being so disconnected from the idea that unchecked procreation will not have negative consequences in the long term.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Poor figures, poor logic


Letters to the Editor

Thomas L. Furlong
“Figures lie and liars figure” couldn’t be more true than the use of numbers in “The Gap” (Rachel Curtis, April 3, Oklahoma Gazette), which would have us believe there’s a widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots. This is more agenda-driven, left-wing class-warfare crap.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

OG&E must move past coal


Commentary

Whitney Pearson
Over the past few years, our nation has taken great strides toward reducing the enormous health burden posed by toxic coal-fired power plants and transitioning America to a future powered by clean energy.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Point: Triggering better schools


Commentary

State Sen. David Holt
This state legislative session, Sen. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and I proposed legislation to give parents a new tool to affect positive change in their student’s underperforming school. Senate Bill 1001 would create the Parent Empowerment Act, a version of a “parent trigger” that has been enacted in at least seven other states. It passed the Senate, but limited support in the House means it will be laid over until the 2014 session.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t pull that trigger


Commentary

Gene Perry
In the 2012 film Won’t Back Down, a single mother stands up to a villainous teachers’ union and school administrators to take over her child’s school. The film was produced by Walden Media, a company belonging to Oklahoman owner Philip Anschutz. It seeks to dramatize “parent trigger” laws being pushed across the country by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Willful ignorance of science


Letters to the Editor

Jordan Jay
Rev. Kern, your March 13 letter, “What evolutionists fear” (Oklahoma Gazette), betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of evolutionary theory. Spontaneous generation was an incorrect scientific hypothesis that Louis Pasteur did, indeed, disprove. However, to equate spontaneous generation and the current definition of abiogenesis is disingenuous. Spontaneous generation referred to the idea that individual present-day organisms could arise from nonliving matter, such as maggots seeming to arise from rotten meat out of thin air.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Marriage equality is up for grabs


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
“Equal Justice Under Law” is engraved on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. To me, the phrase — when applied to marriage — means “marriage equality,” both same-sex marriage and heterosexual marriage.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Correction needed for correctional officers


Commentary

Sean Wallace
Are you willing to supervise as many as 200 inmates by yourself? To assess and react appropriately to extremely violent situations such as rapes, suicides and stabbings? To work with inmates who have communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis or hepatitis?
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Embryonic


Letters to the Editor

Dr. Dominic Pedulla
Recent research has clarified how emergency contraceptives, or ECs, work.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Real must-see TV


Letters to the Editor

Susan K. Schmidt
We all can agree there is too much violence in the U.S. Each of us is damaged by the constant violence we witness, which includes steady exposure to violence on television. How can we get the writers, directors and actors to focus on more uplifting fare in place of the steady diet of murders while still protecting our freedom of speech?
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

McClendon's genius


Letters to the Editor

Vince Orza
As you’ve heard, Aubrey McClendon is stepping down as CEO of Chesapeake Energy. Aubrey and his former partner, Tom Ward (who now heads SandRidge Energy), own KSBI Channel 52.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making schools safe


Commentary

Todd Lamb
After the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., last December, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon asked me to chair the Oklahoma Commission on School Security (OCSS). As a former U.S. Secret Service special agent, I have a background and training in security. As a state senator, I was the principal author of the Oklahoma School Security Act.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wrong again


Letters to the Editor

David Grow
Rev. Steve Kern’s letter to the editor ("What evolutionists fear,” March 13, Oklahoma Gazette) projects, yet again, his willful ignorance of science. His characterizations of evolutionary science are flat wrong
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Reaping what you gamble


Letters to the Editor

Mike Brake
Losing bet” (News, C.G. Niebank, March 13, Oklahoma Gazette), which laments the presence of 100,000 gambling addicts in Oklahoma and the lack of taxpayer dollars to treat them, is a perfect example of an old conservative truth: Boneheaded actions by government often have costly unintended consequences.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
 
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