Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 22
Let's not rock the boat on marijuana
Regarding “Legalization petitions draw opposition” (News, Jan. 13): I am not sure what the petition proponents are trying to do with rushing to legalize recreational marijuana. Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788 overwhelmingly, and sent a clear message the people had spoken for medical marijuana. We have had good results. We have one of the most liberal uses of cannabis in the country, which has nearly decriminalized the weed, and many people are enjoying the use of this product for many ailments. I cannot at this point vote for legalization of marijuana. Don't rock the boat and spoil what we already have.
Dee Garrett, Blanchard
Do we want a democracy or authoritarianism?
I was flabbergasted by Kevin Wiyninger’s assertion (Your Views, Jan. 15) that the impeachment of President Trump was "baseless, with zero evidence." The evidence was clearly presented over the course of several days in the House hearings, and has since been corroborated. Each passing day has brought more evidence showing that Trump abused the power of his office for his own political gain. Yet, there's no evidence?
If anyone was accused of any wrongdoing, they would do everything they could to prove they were innocent, correct? Why has Trump blocked all information from being given to Congress as well as disallowing any of his surrogates to testify, if he is innocent as he claims?
It's past time to decide, do we want a democracy or authoritarianism? It's no longer political; this is as real as it gets. As citizens, we are charged with the responsibility to demand truth from our government and to pay attention. At the end of the day all of us are citizens of this country, not enemies. Pay attention, before it's too late.
Frank Barry, Moore
Selective outrage over “dark money” ads
“New ad targets Horn over impeachment vote” (News, Jan. 18) describes the purchase of television advertising funded by a group described by U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn's campaign spokesman as an “out-of-state dark money group.” The ads chastise Horn for her pro-impeachment votes again President Trump — votes most Oklahomans, including those in her own district, aren't crazy about. These ads are the second wave of such anti-Horn publicity that have been funded by the “dark side” that seem to really rankle the Horn re-election machine.
I have yet to see any of these negative ads, but I've seen several ads in the past few weeks proclaiming Rep. Horn to be the best thing that's happened to Oklahoma since sliced bread. These positive ads of Horn's “accomplishments” are funded, according to The Oklahoman, by another “dark money” group. This all just shows the hypocrisy of Horn and her organization. They're perfectly OK with “dark money” as long as it funds advertising favorable to them. Imagine that!
Hank Duncan, Yukon