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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 30

American flag waving with the Capitol Hill in the background
American flag waving with the Capitol Hill in the background

Clock is ticking on the nation’s debt

Our nation in heading toward $30 trillion in debt. Both parties know it is immoral to pass this down to our children and both parties know this is unsustainable, yet both parties continue to pile on trillions to this huge debt. Unlike private corporations when faced with financial difficulties, there is no effort by politicians to cut spending and no effort to reduce headcount with this bloated corrupt, inept, federal government. So, Congress continues to waddle down this dark path that will eventually ruin our nation.

I also might add that they have $300 trillion in debt that is "kept off the books." The clock is ticking.

Ben Humphries, Edmond

Do your homework in filtering the news

Filtering out rumor, conspiracy theories and outright lies from truth is more difficult today than ever before. The tendency for most is to migrate toward an information source that aligns with what we wish to hear. This might include a national leader who as a source for truth is dubious at best. Unfortunately, many sources often have motives beyond reporting substantiated facts in a clear and collaborative manner. During the Watergate scandal, Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee insisted that his reporters back their stories with numerous sources before press consideration. Reporting the truth was, and remains today, of utmost importance to the responsible journalist. So how does an interested and concerned citizen find truth? The solution will require effort beyond simply picking up the TV remote and tuning to a favorite “news” network.

I challenge all readers and viewers to pick a minimum of three sources for information gathering: one major newspaper, one TV network other than FOX News or MSNBC, and a local newspaper. Responsible journalism isn’t free. It will require an open mind, an open wallet and a willingness to discover something that may not sit well. In this way, we stand a better chance of determining both the legitimacy of a national election and the safety and efficacy of a life-saving vaccine.

Norman Bayley, Edmond

Give vaccine to those most likely to die

It would seem to me that the COVID vaccine should be given to the people who are most likely to die from the virus. Those are the ones who fill up the hospitals. You can give the vaccine to workers to help stop the spread, but if you are to stop the dying, give to those 75 and older and then to the workers.

E.S. Kelly, Oklahoma City

Our media are failing us

It seems strange there are so many stories that do not have any in-depth investigation by journalists. For instance, nobody has bothered to deny that Hunter Biden took payments from foreign sources and yet the subject of propriety has never been dug into. Exactly what payments were made? Were they justified or not? Was anyone in the U.S. government at that time involved in payments being arranged?

Likewise, the plethora of charges concerning our recent presidential election would normally set off a stampede of journalists looking for stories. It seems they could find something to make headlines either positive or negative to one or both political parties. Instead we hear “no evidence found of improprieties.” Of course, nothing will be found if nothing is looked for. Our media are failing us. At this rate, a bleeding elephant in a snowdrift would be overlooked .

Jerry Parry, Edmond

Writer’s proposed tax a kooky idea

Bert Rackett’s idea (Your Views, Dec. 27) of a tax to help the suffering is full of bull feathers. He proposes Congress levy a once in a century federal tax of 1% of a person’s net worth to partially alleviate the suffering from the pandemic. He makes this proposal while blithely stating he doesn’t earn enough to pay income tax, but would be willing to pay 1% of his net worth to this tax fund. I’m not certain if he is clear on the definition of net worth. Here’s a better idea: Take that 1% of your net worth and donate it to the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Food Bank, St. Jude’s, or any other charity your heart tells you to! You may not get a tax deduction, but many of us who donate would. And if you don’t get a tax deduction, then consider your gift a “tax,” just not a tax distributed by politicians. Giving in this manner is a much better way to alleviate suffering than handing over money to a government that prints money almost as fast as it spends it.

By the way, most billionaires already have contributed more than 1% of their wealth to various charities and foundations. They are the true charitable givers and job creators.

Bill Veitch, Yukon

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