Oklahoma’s budget woes are blamed on fossil fuel job loss. A culprit, though, is four years of income tax reductions by the governor and legislature. 

Economy growth

Oklahoma’s budget woes are blamed on fossil fuel job loss. A culprit, though, is four years of income tax reductions by the governor and legislature. Yes, the reduction in the price of oil has resulted in job loss. A side question is why under President Clinton, when oil was 17 dollars a barrel for 8 straight years, was the U.S. and Oklahoma economy so good?

We have a declared “mini recession” in Oklahoma because the price of oil is “too low.” While this governor and Legislature decry job loss, they have done much to block the creation of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy.

They have blocked wind energy development east of Interstate 35. They have placed a large tax on rooftop solar and residential wind power to make them no longer feasible for the homeowner. They have blocked construction of wind turbines west of I-35 within a mile-and-a-half of a school. Yet they allow fracking close to schools, like the operation within 500 yards of a Deer Creek school.

Solar and wind power are job creators in Oklahoma. Tell our governor and Legislature to let these industries expand and flourish to provide thousands of high-paying jobs for our residents. And ask them to promote an expanding economy.

— Jay Hanas Edmond

Founding tenets

Michael Moberly claims in his letter in the July 22 edition (Commentary, Letters to the Editor, “Heathen rage,” Oklahoma Gazette) that America chose to base principles on God’s reasonable and orderly commands. Oh, how wrong he is.

From Encyclopedia Britannica, in “The Founding Fathers, Deism, and Christianity,” in the last paragraph: “Deism influenced a majority of the Founders. The movement opposed barriers to moral improvement and to social justice. It stood for rational inquiry, for skepticism about dogma and mystery, and for religious toleration. Many of its adherents advocated universal education, freedom of the press, and separation of church and state. If the nation owes much to the Judeo-Christian tradition, it is also indebted to Deism, a movement of reason and equality that influenced the Founding Fathers to embrace liberal political ideals remarkable for their time.”

Founding fathers were determined to form a government free of religious dogma. The first treaty America entered into states: “The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” It was signed in 1797 by President John Adams and approved by Congress.

I hear many say “What about the 10 Commandments on the Supreme Court building?” It has more to do with the sense of giving of the law, as lawgivers of the ancient world are also included, such as Menes, Solomon, Lycurgus, Draco, Muhammad (yes, Muhammad), Charlemagne, Louis IX of France, John Marshall and Napoleon. These are examples of giving of the law, with no religious intent.

People ask me how I can be “moral” if I don’t believe in God and the Bible; what keeps me from robbing, raping and murdering others? It’s simple: I choose to treat people how I like to be treated; I choose what is right and wrong based on what effect my actions have on others.

For those who want the 10 Commandments to remain on the capitol grounds, I would ask why no churches have similar monuments on their grounds. That is where the 10 Commandments belong; not on my government’s ground.

— Michael Krauss Oklahoma City

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