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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 20

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore

Cole looking to avoid accountability

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3-ranking Republican in the House, said, "The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

My representative, Tom Cole, R-Moore, said of impeachment, “Why put the country through this again? I would hope we could avoid additional trauma nationally.” I would posit that what Cole wants to avoid is accountability — for the president who incited the insurrection and for himself, who voted to overturn a free and fair election in two states.

Rick Miller, Oklahoma City

A hope that speaking out might help

Regarding “Family’s story might save a life” (Opinion, Jan. 10): The death of a child at any age, for any reason, leaves a hole in a parent’s heart that resists healing. When the cause of death is suicide, the healing processes becomes much more difficult. Prepackaged questions haunt the hours before falling asleep at night and flood the mind the minute you awaken in the morning. The generational march to the graveyard has been intercepted. I speak from experience, as my adult son committed suicide last year. When I wrote my son’s obituary, I lacked the courage of U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, as I cleverly avoided stating a cause of death. I said he died “unexpectedly.”

It is time for me to share my truth, too, in the hope that speaking up and speaking out can bring more hope and help to all who struggle with mental illness, and to those who loved them.

Arlene M. Halley, Oklahoma City

Let pharmacies assist with COVID shots

The statewide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine shots has left much to be desired. The state and county vaccine distribution web sign-up sites almost guarantee a slow and dysfunctional method of getting the vaccine shots into the arms of Oklahomans. I know several friends who have had to travel many miles to get their shots. Would it not be a good idea to disburse the shots through local pharmacies? Doing so would lighten the load of the limited number of caregivers who are already overwhelmed by this pandemic.

Local pharmacies, which are equipped to administer the vaccine, are eagerly awaiting the opportunity so they can administer to their customer base — many of whom are elderly, limited in mobility and unable to understand or navigate a website. Our local pharmacy has been designated a certified vaccine site but to date not a single dose has arrived for distribution. Many Oklahomans, especially the elderly, trust their pharmacies and regard them as their everyday “lifeline” for their health care when it comes to questions, filling prescriptions and hopefully very soon the administering of the vaccine shots.

Dean Schirf, Harrah

An astounding display of arrogance

Regarding “Why Millwood left road game amid ‘super-spreader' worries" (Jenni Carlson, Jan. 18): It should come as no surprise that Community Christian School showed callous disregard for the well-being of basketball fans attending their game against Millwood. This is typical behavior — witness the “super-spreader” commencement ceremony they conducted last summer. I would certainly hope, perhaps wistfully, that they, and not Millwood, would forfeit the game. CCS’s public display of arrogance and ignorance is astounding.

Dick Murphy, Norman

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