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Your Views Friday, Jan. 15

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

Concerns about Big Media and free speech

First they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. Are we allowing the Big Media to censor FREE SPEECH?

Alston Ingram Jr., Guthrie

Impeachment is warranted, necessary

Regarding “US doesn’t need this” (Opinion, Jan. 13): You are right. The country doesn't need the Congress to proceed with the impeachment charge. President Donald Trump does. This man child has lived a life of complete irresponsibility whether measured in business, society or politics. Time after time, he has crossed the line of bad behavior and/or lawbreaking, and dared authorities to punish him or curtail his renegade actions. For whatever reasons or excuses they have not, which has only emboldened him.

Unpunished bad behavior begets only more bad behavior. That at least has been the result of Trumpism for the past four years. Therefore, and if for no other reason, impeachment and conviction of the 45th president, including a ban on never serving again in elected office, is not just warranted but critical to the safety and well-being of our country and citizens going forward.

Cal Hobson, Lexington

State’s vaccine rollout is a disaster

“The vaccine rollout has been abysmal.” This is a quote from a doctor buddy of mine. I concur. Health care workers have been first in line, which certainly makes sense. The vaccine doses have been distributed to counties based upon their relative population numbers. However, Oklahoma County has significantly more health care workers per capita than other counties. This means rural counties quickly inoculated their health care workers and moved on to 65-year-olds. In Oklahoma City, I know many seniors who have gone to rural Oklahoma to get their shots, because here we were still vaccinating health care workers. For the first phase, Oklahoma County should have gotten significantly more doses than just based on our proportional population.

Our governor is trying to permanently rescind pro-vaccine rules at the state Health Department. He attempted to nominate a known anti-vaxxer (and anti-masker) to the state Board of Education. He obviously has no clue how to roll out a new vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control's Covid Data Tracker, Oklahoma’s seven-day average for daily new cases is now 3,986. The average for daily deaths reported is now 31. According to the Covid Tracking Project, on Jan. 10 we were the No. 1 state in the country for daily new cases per capita. This is indeed a disaster. None of this is surprising, when we do not have a statewide mask mandate and if we have an anti-vaxxer at the helm of our state.

Ervin Yen, M.D., Oklahoma City

Yen, a Republican, has announced he plans to run for governor in 2022.

Local sheriff needs to look for new work

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West needs to look for a new line of work. He is not fit to be sheriff of any location. It is understandable if, as a private citizen, West wishes to support a person of his choosing. What is not justifiable is for a person who holds a public office to post unfounded statements as if they were facts. West’s posts exhibit a lack of understanding of the rulings of courts for cases brought before them, in this case, 66-plus such court proceedings by President Trump that were declared unsubstantiated. In addition, his rhetoric shows inflammatory words and prices of ammunition.

Sheriff West is not capable of enforcing laws and participating in the administration of justice when he cannot distinguish between fanciful wishing and factual actions.

Colleen Walker, Edmond

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