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Embracing early childhood education


Letters to the Editor

John Thompson
President Obama did not explicitly renounce his risky, first-term, test-driven policies that have caused so much harm to poor children of color in Oklahoma City and other districts, but he did the next best thing. His new priority is a researched-based call for high-quality early education.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Consistent religious beliefs


Letters to the Editor

Nancy Roche
Isn’t it ironic that Hobby Lobby is using religious beliefs as an excuse to not participate in the health care mandate, but it doesn’t hesitate to import all that garbage they sell us from China, where women are still strongly encouraged to have abortions?
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fair price


Letters to the Editor

Anthony Francisco
I read with interest your account of the withdrawal by the city of Oklahoma City of an application to rezone major areas of the JFK neighborhood (News, “Zoning out,” Jerry Bohnen, Feb. 13, Oklahoma Gazette) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the expansion of the Oklahoma Health Center (OHC), speaking collectively of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Presbyterian Health Complex, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and related entities.
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Show some respect


Letters to the Editor

Lance Von Moulder
After the death of Basile Kolliopoulos, I was pleased to hear Steve Hill was going to do a tribute (Commentary, “In memory of a rebel with a cause,” Feb. 6, Oklahoma Gazette), but I was very disappointed to see the cover.
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New thinking needed


Letters to the Editor

Terri L. Miller-Simms
Reluctantly, I listened to the majority of Gov. Mary Fallin’s opening State of the State address to both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature. It was not easy, but I tried very hard to hear something to “hang my hat on” — nada, zip.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What about the public good?


Letters to the Editor

Nathaniel Batchelder
How did America become a nation with 440 billionaires politically concerned mostly with tax cuts allowing them to keep or increase their wealth? What happened to valuing the public good and social responsibility, the principle that all of us, especially the fortunate, should contribute to a society supporting everyone’s possibilities for education, opportunity, access to some kind of health care, a better life for themselves and their families?
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A tax cut to die for


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
Gov. Mary Fallin’s $106 million-a-year tax cut proposal effectively precludes Oklahoma from spending a net $50 million annually to insure 200,000 Oklahomans under Obamacare, a coldblooded death sentence for thousands who will suffer and die from treatable medical conditions. The pro-life crowd’s road to prosperity is paved with human bones.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Not amused


Letters to the Editor

Rosemary Brown
No doubt the Oklahoma Gazette staff member who wrote the Life article about Walt Strony in the Jan. 23 edition is still snickering at his own wit. While cheap shots and vulgarity are staples in your paper’s so-called humor content, it’s appalling that you used them to open a straight news article about an upcoming concert by an accomplished musician.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

School choice is the answer


Letters to the Editor

Matthew Trimble
The larger fallacy John Thompson (Commentary, “The fallacy of test-driven school reform, Jan. 16, Oklahoma Gazette) fails to recognize is the fallacy of centrally planned and administered education. MAPS for Kids has been a total failure, as schools are not buildings. The only obvious beneficiaries are the government contractors who built the buildings.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The biggest problem with guns


Letters to the Editor

Thomas Baines
I have spent much of the last 75 years in both military and civilian service under arms. I was born and grew up in rural Oklahoma, where I learned that firearms were tools, not toys or status symbols.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Same ol’, same ol’


Letters to the Editor

Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd
Two “new” bills filed with the state Legislature recently are dog-eared twin parcels of anti-science boilerplate based on model language from the creationist Discovery Institute (in Seattle). This is an annual rite of winter: Legislative sponsors proclaim laudable goals (“academic freedom” and “critical thinking”) with a wink and nod that fool no one except perhaps innocent schoolchildren. The goal is to promote the teaching of religion as science in public school science classrooms.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Responsible gun control


Letters to the Editor

Jackie Gaston
Increasing access to guns as the solution of gun violence makes as much sense as doubling up on doughnuts to lose weight. Not gonna happen. Why not try responsible gun control including a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to buy back semiautomatic weapons? That’s what Australia did in 1996 after a gunman killed 35 tourists and wounded 23 more. Their buyback covered about one-fifth of all firearms in Australia, including more than 600,000 semiautomatic shotguns and rifles.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Robin is right


Letters to the Editor

Bob Hanlin
Thank you for publishing Robin Meyers’ commentary (”Loving our guns to death,” Dec. 19, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) on the gun debate.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

Beware a well-armed government


Letters to the Editor

Vance Armor
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, progressives are emboldened by the prospect that public opinion may shift toward their policies favoring citizen disarmament. Robin Meyers’ op-ed in Oklahoma Gazette is a fine crystallization of sentiments held by those who favor a certain kind of disarmament policy — but not a general disarmament policy. Rev. Meyers laments “[a] gun-loving, gun-saturated, gun-worshipping culture.”
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

A failed philosophy


Letters to the Editor

Jamie Burnette
A big, heartfelt, thank-you goes to Bill Bleakley for his commentary, “Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!” (Dec. 11, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) His words echoed those of many of us who have been banging our heads against the proverbial brick wall as we watch the decline of our schools.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013
 
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