Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 8
Sanders would hurt the working class
I suggest Tom Guild (Your Views, Jan. 1) read Stephen Moore's article (Commentary, Jan. 1). Bernie Sanders would do away with all the good the working class in this country is enjoying now. There are 7 million jobs waiting for people to apply, but maybe they are the ones who want Bernie to pay them $50,000 to stay home and receive free everything. How does that help our country and the people who really want to work and take of their families?
Dolores LaPoma, Edmond
A question about the Soleimani decision
If the Iranian General Soleimani was indeed on the verge of ordering his forces to attack multiple targets in the Mideast, including many containing U.S. diplomats and military personnel, would not his death precipitate an outbreak of attacks on those "imminent targets?" In 1963, the Kennedy administration ordered the assassination of South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother as a "necessary step in defeating the Viet Cong." Eleven years later, we extricated our remaining forces along with a nominal number of South Vietnamese families but not until 57,000 of our own troops and an untold number of Southeast Asians were killed. Likely the total deaths in North and South Vietnam as well as in Laos and Cambodia numbered in the millions.
North Vietnam and South Vietnam were never separate countries. The Geneva Accords of 1954 drew a line at the 17th Parallel meant to be temporary until free elections in 1956 would unify the country under one government. The elections were not permitted by Diem touching off a civil war that lasted until 1974.
Frank Silovsky, Oklahoma City
Perhaps Dems need a nonsensical message
The Democratic candidates are carefully evaluating various voter statistics, including gender, education, income, age and racial membership, and others. I claim they are overlooking the character measure that gives Donald Trump his power. His supporters consider the preferential candidate will defy the powers of Congress, deport thousands of Dreamers, insult half the nations of the world, half the women and half the minorities, ignore any advice from foreign policy or security advisers, communicate 90% of his public messages with tweets, and receive the loudest response from his audiences.
Perhaps the Democrats should invent their own set of messages as nonsensical as building a wall, supporting dictators while dismissing friends, and punishing women who have abortions. The statistical evaluation I recommend for Democratic success is the correlation between IQ level and voter preference. There must be some method of reclaiming some portion of a large voter group dominated by Donald Trump.
Bert Rackett, Oklahoma City
News service biased against Catholic Church
In “Minority survivors of clerical abuse not tracked” (News, Jan. 5), once again The Associated Press continues to abuse the reputation of the Catholic Church in America. The story reports clerical abuse of minorities 33 years ago while neglecting to mention current and effective programs undertaken by U.S. Catholic bishops to encourage disclosure of past abuse and prevent it in the future. Honest, balanced reporting would include acknowledging the existence and success of these efforts. This story reveals AP’s biased, agenda-driven motives.
Robert Rogers, Crescent