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Non-discrimination bill doesn’t protect or define life


Letters to the Editor

Chadwick Cox
In the Gazette article (News, “Life preserver,” Brendan Hoover, Aug. 14) on House Bill 1403 (Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act), Tom Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life, is reported as saying, “ (Terri) Schiavo’s husband insisted on her feeding tube being removed not because she was dying but because she was not dying.”
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shame, shame, Markwayne


Letters to the Editor

Michael Cash
It seems that U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville) personally witnessed food stamp fraud in Crystal City, Va., recently, or at least so he claims.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A modest proposal


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
Isn’t it “special” that Oklahoma legislators, mainly Republicans, voted to protect us women from having to make those tough decisions about our bodies?
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Allergy sufferers give thanks


Letters to the Editor

Carmen Johnson
I applaud our state representatives for rejecting legislation that would have blocked everyday, law-abiding citizens’ affordable access to cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Not long ago, state legislators were considering implementing burdensome legislation to require a doctor’s prescription for over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines that many Oklahomans, myself included, depend on.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Not our war


Letters to the Editor

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft and Nathaniel Batchelder
At a state Capitol rally, four speakers on the left and four speakers on the right addressed 200 participants gathered in near 100-degree heat. The message was, “President Obama must hear from all of us that Syria is a powder-keg that the U.S. must not become militarily embroiled in. Syria is not our war.”
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Taking tests to task


Letters to the Editor

Phil Grove
Drug testing has only one real purpose: to ostracize those caught using drugs.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mucking up marketplace fairness


Letters to the Editor

Hal Stevens
Government has a habit of phrasing proposals in a way that sounds reasonable. A good example of this is the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which is neither fair nor affordable, nor easily implementable.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Terrific teachers


Letters to the Editor

Ivan Holmes
After reading the commentary by John Thompson in the July 17 Oklahoma Gazette on using student test scores for teacher evaluations (”Avoiding a fiasco in education”), it reminded me of an article I wrote several years ago on, “What is a master teacher?” I explained that a master teacher:
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'Tightening the noose'


Letters to the Editor

Ron Ferrell
I salute Kurt Hochenauer for his spot-on opinion in the July 24 Oklahoma Gazette, No toke over the line.”
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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

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
 
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