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Your Views Wednesday, March 4

Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Race massacre curriculum a good idea

Regarding “Tulsa race massacre curriculum in the works” (Associated Press, Feb. 23): I applaud the ongoing preparation of a curriculum on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by the state Department of Education. It honors the living family members of those killed or injured on a bad day in Oklahoma history.

The National African-American History Museum in Washington, D.C., displays an exhibit about it and other similar race massacres from that era. I suspect most African-Americans know this history. It’s time everyone knew the history of things that happened back then.

Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City

Ideological pie-in-the-sky proposals

I believe most Americans would agree that medical coverage for all citizens of this country is a right rather than a privilege. The most realistic way to get there is by modifying Obamacare to fit those needs. (If you have insurance, you can keep your insurance. If you want a government plan, enroll in one.) The proposals being made by some of the Democratic candidates for president are ideological pie in the sky that defy logic in a capitalist, democratic, diversified population. One size never fits all. Europe was able to socialize medicine because it was built into their economies after the countries were devastated during World War II.

America is politically and ideological center right. Even those who identify themselves as liberals won't give up the capitalist benefits they have worked so hard for in order to comply with socialist policies. We as a nation must stop these extreme ideological pendulum swings every four to eight years. Socialism is not the antidote for fascism. Fascism and socialism are siblings; they just live in separate households. Trading one for the other does nothing constructive for the well-being of the country. Either of them left unchecked will bring down this country.

James Mitchell, Oklahoma City

Concerns about “evolving” science curriculum

Regarding “Science curriculum may evolve” (News, Feb. 29): Does anyone really think our government schools are free of politics, bias, propaganda, indoctrination and brainwashing, with the influence of liberal universities and their education degree programs, and National Education Association?

Greg Clift, Anadarko

Examples of the corruption in Washington

Here are two examples of just how corrupt Washington, D.C., has become. A charity (Judicial Watch) has to force (through lawsuits) upper-level FBI personnel to disclose emails and information relating to the fake dossier on President Trump. This is information that should be disclosed, but these officials continue to stonewall, lie and cover up. Another example is the Inspector General’s report that discovered FBI officials lied 17 times to the FISA court about this fake dossier, but instead of lies, the IG called them "errors.” Keep in mind if a regular citizen did this, they would be headed to jail.

I agree with Trump, this swamp must be drained if regular citizens are ever going to trust these once great agencies.

Ben Humphries, Edmond

Cubans once received good educations

Just a comment about literacy in Cuba before Castro’s regime. People should know that in high school, every subject was required. Among them we had to take logic, philosophy, ancient, medieval and modern history, and English. I will not call that a bad educational program. Be aware of Bernie Sanders and the rest of the socialist Democrats.

Rafael "Ralph" De Cardenas, Oklahoma City

Sanders’ puzzling admiration for dictators

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has professed admiration for communist dictators like Cuba's Fidel Castro for their literacy programs. What he apparently fails to see is that these are really youth indoctrination programs designed to keep them in power.

All recent totalitarian leaders including Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's family have had such “education” programs. And heaven help those who didn't learn and abide by the approved government mantra. Otherwise re-education was in their future, but only if they were lucky enough to avoid death camps and firing squads.

Is America or even the Democratic Party really ready for a man who still praises regimes like these? I hope not!

Hank Duncan, Yukon

Founders wanted church, state separate

In “Oklahoma should pass ‘In God We Trust’ bill” (Point of View, March 2), Roger Byron disappointingly argued that “public displays simply reflect the truth that our national motto echoes values long part of the American psyche.” His defense of Oklahoma’s House Bill 3817, which requires “In God We Trust” to be displayed in all state-owned buildings, is misguided. In fact, keeping government and religion separate was one of our country’s founding principles. Thomas Jefferson wrote in his letter to Danbury Baptists that “religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God.” Article Six of the Constitution also asserts there should be no religious test administered to qualify for public office.

While there were some Founders who were traditionally religious, such as John Jay and Patrick Henry, others such as Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson were not. The religiously neutral government they built served their religious diversity well then and should do so now as well. Separation of church and state is what allows all faiths and philosophies to flourish.

Roy Speckhardt, Washington, D.C.

Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association.

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