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OKG Newsletter


Opinion
 

An embarrassment of a senator


Commentary

Robin Meyers
Is it any wonder that Oklahoma students rank near the bottom of the country in math and science scores? Consider U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who teaches them by example that if someone pays you enough money, you too can ignore the evidence and act like a fool.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Getting rid of a hurtful word


Commentary

Ann Trudgeon
The term “politically correct” has fallen from favor, occasionally mocked by those who cite the importance of the First Amendment. I, too, value our Constitutional rights to speak without fear of being persecuted. And yet the adage that “words will never hurt me” is ridiculously erroneous. Words do hurt — they have tremendous power to hurt. For a friend of mine, Misty Cargill, words ultimately killed.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

When guns don't help


Letters to the Editor

John R. Junger III
Please let me weigh in on the debate about the proper use of firearms in our society. Robert Morris’ assertion (Letters, “Guns and freedom,” Aug. 15, Oklahoma Gazette) that retired Lt. Colonel Richard Westmoreland (”How many children must die,” July 25) has not seriously considered the meaning of that oath is a little disrespectful.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Missing chicken fry


Letters to the Editor

Philip Maguire
Regarding Greg Elwell’s piece on chicken-fried steaks (Food and Drink, “Chicken fry country,” Sept. 26, Oklahoma Gazette) — any mention of them without discussing Del Rancho is sorely incomplete.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rising above messages of hate


Commentary

Adam Soltani
As violence erupts in the Middle East over an anti-Islam film, Oklahoma communities should seek to rise above these hate-filled actions and messages through peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding with those of other faiths.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Capital sentence for pedophiles


Letters to the Editor

Jeannie Yarger
Oklahoma likes to pass weird laws that have no basis in reality, like the voter ID law, the no-Sharia-law law, and the law that keeps marijuana illegal. Oklahoma government should now pass a weird law that is based on reality. Since Oklahoma has a horrendous record of child abuse, and since pedophilia has a 100 percent recidivism rate, we should give pedophiles the death penalty.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Missing the point


Letters to the Editor

Kevin Connolly
In regard to Oklahoma Gazette’s “Friday Night Frustration” (News, Clifton Adcock, Sept. 12), Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor is attempting to apply a Band-Aid to athletics when he should be questioning the larger issue of education.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Counterpoint: Roads funding is critical


Commentary

Neal McCaleb
In 2005, when Oklahoma’s highways and bridges were literally crumbling, Oklahomans spoke loudly by soundly defeating State Question 723, a proposal which would have raised the fuel tax to 22 cents per gallon. The lesson learned was that in order to provide safe and cost-effective highways and bridges, the decades-long practice of systematically diverting transportation-generated revenues to other areas of government had to end, and infrastructure had to become a core priority.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Point: Slow down on ODOT funding


Commentary

David Blatt
The past four years have put severe constraints on the state budget. Many state agencies have absorbed funding cuts of more than 20 percent, and most have been forced to cut staff while eliminating programs and services.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Proud to be a patriot


Letters to the Editor

Megan Hodge
It really bothers me that the word “patriot” has come to have a negative connotation (News, “Patriot acts,” Clifton Adcock, Aug. 31, Oklahoma Gazette). Since when did it become wrong to support the country we live in and to attempt to uphold the ideals that our Founding Fathers believed in and our God-given rights?
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In praise of 'Thunderstruck'


Letters to the Editor

Rosemary Stafford
I wonder if the 15-year-old kid who wrote “Fouled Out” (Film, Harrison Lott, Aug. 29, Oklahoma Gazette) represents most teenagers. It is sad that he couldn’t enjoy a lighthearted movie. Thunderstruck is tops, in my opinion. I sure do hope Kevin Durant doesn’t take to heart what was written.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting real about Obamacare


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
Mike Brake (Commentary, “Point: Disaster is ahead for Obamacare, Aug. 8, Oklahoma Gazette) claims that the Congressional Budget Office “has now projected total Obamacare costs through 2022 at $1.76 trillion, about twice the initial 10-year estimate.”
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Preserve affirmative action


Letters to the Editor

Angela Hooks
Evidence shows that, on average, women earn nearly $10,000 less per year than their male counterparts in Oklahoma. It shows that the number of black and Hispanic students attending poorly resourced, low-performing schools is nearly double that of white students in Oklahoma.
 
Friday, September 14, 2012

Stop worrying, we're not Europe


Letters to the Editor

Andrew Kierig
As an American living abroad, and a former resident of Oklahoma, I have a unique perspective on news and events in the U.S. So, when I recently came back for a few weeks to visit family and friends, I was surprised to learn that President Obama’s “radical” agenda had so greatly transformed the United States that it had, in fact, become Europe.
 
Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Canadians


Letters to the Editor

John Downard
Mike Brake (Commentary, “Point: Disaster is ahead for Obamacare,” Aug. 8, Oklahoma Gazette) tells us that he doesn’t like government health care and that in Canada, with a government system that covers everyone, dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week while humans may have to wait two or three years.
 
Friday, September 14, 2012
 
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