Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Mobile Meals thankful

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To The Editor: 

On Monday, Sept. 28, as Christina Ramsey, the director of Mobile Meals, entered the kitchen to begin the preparation of 260 meals for 132 meal recipients, she discovered the big triple freezer had malfunctioned and close to $1,000 of frozen meat had spoiled.

There was no safe way to save the meat, so ground beef, whole turkeys, sausage, shredded pork, cubed chicken, etc., had to be trashed.

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Why SQ 805 makes sense for Oklahoma’s incarceration rate

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One of America’s most popular conservative pundits is known for his catchphrase, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”

While people may feel differently about the policy of SQ 805, here are the facts.

Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. We have the highest incarceration rate for women. Yet Oklahoma crime rates are not so extreme -- neither in the very worst nor the very best among the states.

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The census makes sense for you, cents for your community

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Between a global pandemic, economic crisis and multiple natural disasters, there are few aspects of 2020 that any of us could have predicted, and many Oklahomans feel uncertain about the future.

One thing we can do to build a stable and prosperous Oklahoma is for all Oklahomans to complete the 2020 U.S. Census.

It is critical that all Oklahomans are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census because important funding decisions are made based on census participation.

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About those state roads leading to Texas

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Perhaps you have encountered a phenomenon most Oklahomans are familiar with: Cruising south on I-35, as soon as you cross the Red River the road gets noticeably smoother.

The painted lane stripes get a little brighter and the roadside “Welcome to Texas” Visitors Center gleams in the sunlight, a modern and well-maintained reminder of how much more money the Lone Star State spends on public infrastructure than little old Oklahoma.

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The Electoral College matters to minorities

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Rather than have a nationwide popular vote, the United States chooses its president through the Electoral College with the outcome tied to multiple state-level elections.

This system ensures voters in smaller states like Oklahoma are still prized by presidential candidates. But it has also ensured minority groups of all types can wield greater influence even as consensus-building is incentivized.

The Electoral College’s benefit has accrued not only to those interested in specific issues — such as pro-life voters or environmentalists — but to racial minorities as well.

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Call to sacrifice and commitment: The letters of a WWII sailor

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Since my dad’s passing, I have carried his dog tag on my key chain. I wanted a daily reminder of my dad and his sacrificial service to our nation in World War II.

My dad was the classic WWII vet who did not often speak of his time in the war. I regret not asking him more questions.

Personally, I missed the mandatory draft by a few years, turning 18 in 1976. But I had two older friends, the Harris brothers in my neighborhood, who went to Vietnam and never came back.