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Brake dancing with facts


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
Mike Brake (Letters to the editor, “Big, bloated government,” July 3, Oklahoma Gazette) wails about government waste, but given complete Republican control of state government, why was vital education funding slashed 20.6 percent between 2008-2013 while the pork goes untouched? Why are Oklahomans being slammed with a 50-percent tax increase to renew their drivers’ licenses?
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No bull's-eye


Letters to the Editor

Carl Hall
In “Darts at arts” (News, Molly Evans, July 10, Oklahoma Gazette), we were told, “Every dollar of public funding generates about $8 in tax revenue for Oklahoma, according to [Oklahoma Arts Council].”
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For the unauthorized


Letters to the Editor

Jake Fisher
I often hear “fairness” and “rule of law” invoked by opponents of immigration reform measures that would normalize the status of unauthorized immigrants within the U.S.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hail Cale


Letters to the Editor

Ivan Smason
The highly influential singer-songwriter and Oklahoma City native John “J.J.” Cale died July 26, at age 74, at a La Jolla, Calif., hospital after a heart attack.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A dangerous farm bill


Letters to the Editor

Bob Ingersoll and Katelynn Stepien
We were dismayed to learn that the U.S. House farm bill has a section authored by Iowa Congressman Steve King that would erase state laws regarding to agriculture. In other words, vital laws that protect our food safety, the environment, and animal welfare would go out the window if this language makes it into the final version.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No toke over the line


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Pot smokers, beware. There really is a reason to get paranoid.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The anti-Obama premium


Commentary

Brooks Mitchell
The battle cry from the state Capitol is, “I am more anti-Obama than you are!” Unfortunately, that has gone from the confines of campaign platform to the halls of the state Legislature with less than happy outcomes.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Time for middle-out economics


Commentary

Gene Perry
In 2006, Gov. Brad Henry signed a tax cut that, in some ways, mirrored the cut approved this year under Gov. Mary Fallin. The top income tax rate was ratcheted down over several years, with a final reduction depending on a revenue trigger.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Avoiding a fiasco in education


Commentary

John Thompson
Nationally, a train wreck is coming to urban school systems. That disaster is much less likely in Oklahoma, however, and we must give state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi credit for that.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A court in their court


Letters to the Editor

Steve Ditto
The radical right wing (state chamber) just must politicize everything, even the courts (Commentary, Fred Morgan, “Common sense needed on the court,” June 26, Oklahoma Gazette). It decries “legislating from the bench,” conveniently forgetting the concept of judicial review (alive and well since 1803) and a number of decisions with which it agrees (defined as “not legislating from the bench”), such as Bush v. Gore (picked a U.S. president), Citizens United (overturned decades of precedent) and, most recently, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, which Congress overwhelmingly affirmed in 2006.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Misplaced blame


Letters to the Editor

Lauren Riepl
I am getting pretty sick and tired of everyone blaming President Obama for all our country’s woes. As Mark Heaton (Letters, “Abuse of power,” June 12, Gazette) pointed out the gross injustices being committed in the name of safety, I would like to point out a few things he seems to have forgotten.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An inconvenient truth


Letters to the Editor

K.A. Straughn
In “God and tornadoes” (Commentary, June 12, Gazette), Robin Meyers is right that for God to save only some from disasters, it entails God choosing to let others perish (given, of course, God’s omniscience and omnipotence).
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Do your homework


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
In a letter in the July 3 Oklahoma Gazette (”Liberal angst”) Pete Lepo attacked me because I was critical of U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and James Inhofe for voting no on expanding background checks for gun buyers.
Further, Lepo declared that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is in effect for gun buyers, so I’m just boohooing about nothing.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Beware compromise


Letters to the Editor

Mickey McVay
Every time the Republicans agree to compromise with the Democrats, it is like a teenage girl agreeing to get “just a little bit” pregnant!
—Mickey McVay, Oklahoma City
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Reclaiming liberty


Letters to the Editor

Phillip W. Smith
As I reflect upon the birthday celebration of our nation and the meaning of our independence, I am struck by how dependent we have become. With nearly half of our nation dependent upon government welfare or public-sector employment and the other half looking for their next tax credit, I am convinced we have traded our independence for dependence.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 
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