Your Views Wednesday, March 11
Inhofe has broken faith with Oklahomans
By running for yet another term at age 85, Sen. Jim Inhofe has broken faith with Oklahomans. He is asking too much from Oklahomans to return him to the Senate, since he would be 92 years old when the next term of office ends. When any candidate asks voters for another term, there is an expectation the candidate will capably serve out that entire term. While we wish the best for Inhofe’s health, we must be realistic.
The average life expectancy for an 86-year-old is 5 ½ years; by that average he would not serve out his entire term. Especially considering he had emergency surgery for five heart arteries with “extreme blockage” in late 2013. The odds of him remaining in good health throughout the next term are not good.
Even if he remains in good physical health, we have to consider mental health. While some 92-year-olds maintain mental acuity, many do not. More than 37% of those older than 90 have dementia. Even absent dementia, what kind of mental acuity would we expect a 92-year-old to have?
Inhofe will have served 36 years in Congress at the end of his current term. That’s enough, even for a younger candidate. It’s time for us to tell him, “You’re asking too much for us to support you again at your age” and wish him well in retirement.
Dennis Purifoy, Yukon
Coronavirus precautions: Diet, exercise, prayer
Coronavirus (COVID-19) appears to be significantly deadlier than the seasonal flu. The mortality rate may decrease over time as more survivors are diagnosed with it. The good news is it seems to be less deadly in children. It also appears to be significantly less contagious than the seasonal flu. Measures to avoid infection are the same as you would use to avoid the flu, especially if you are in an area of the United States where community spread has occurred. China did not have warning of this disease. We do. We also are not nearly as densely crowded as China.
Perhaps, modern medicine will come up with a cure. Hopefully, the number of U.S. cases will begin to wane in the next few months, similar to the common cold and the flu. However, it undoubtedly will return this fall or next winter, perhaps with a vengeance. There are two things nearly everyone can do over the next several months, before it returns. First, try to increase your respiratory reserve. Quit smoking. Lose some excess weight. Absent any medical contraindication, try walking, jogging, running, swimming or bicycling. It will pay off. You have months to get this started and do it regularly. The second thing we can all do? Pray for a vaccine.
Ervin Yen, M.D., Oklahoma City
Seeking answers about Biden-Ukraine dealings
I have been listening to my Democratic friends for some time and am still not able to answer one of their basic questions and therefore I am asking for some help. Then-Vice President Biden went to Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 7-8, 2015 and told President Petro Poroshenko that our aid to them was linked to the removal of Viktor Shokin as prosecutor general. The Republican Party had control of the U.S. House and Senate at that time and we all understand the House has sole authority to impeach under Article I of the Constitution. If Biden broke the law in 2015, why has it taken until 2020 for anyone to look into it? You can only assume one of two things happened. Either the Republican House was derelict in the performance of its duties or members did not think there was any legal problems with what Biden did. I guess there might be a third option — Biden did not do anything worse than what they had done themselves!
I would appreciate some help in getting an answer so I can get those Democrats off my back. Be sure your answer uses facts so I will look intelligent when I give them my answer.
Donald D. Meyer, Yukon