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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 24

Common sense needed with vaccine plan

We have National Guard and Reserve medical units in every state that could be set up in parking lots as vaccination centers. These units have the trained people and the facilities to vaccinate many people each day. Retired nurses or military personnel could be hired to temporarily flesh out these mobile facilities. But that makes too much sense. Instead, they are wanting people in their 70s and 80s to "just log on and set up your appointment.” Good God, somebody with common sense run this thing and get it done.

Leo Kuschnereit, Midwest City

A misunderstanding of the First Amendment

Alston Ingram (Your Views, Jan. 15) asks, “Are we allowing the Big Media to censor FREE SPEECH?” This exhibits an all too common misunderstanding of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” A media company “censoring” an individual is not Congress making a law abridging freedom of speech. Attempts to claim violations of the First Amendment by calling limitations “censorship” or labeling speech “free” add nothing to the argument.

Regretfully, this misunderstanding is exacerbated when a Stanford and Yale law school graduate like Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., intentionally misleads the public by stating that the cancellation of his book deal with Simon & Schuster was “a direct assault on the First Amendment.” Since he is in Congress, perhaps Hawley will point us to the law Congress passed that makes a publisher’s cancellation of a private book contract an abridgement of speech so we can all follow his logic. I’m relatively certain no such law exists, nor can I fathom his support of any law that “regulates” companies in the private sector by mandating that they publish certain content — unless he is fundamentally opposed to his own party’s platform.

Kyle Hadwiger, Guthrie

Questions about Lankford’s apology

Sen. James Lankford’s apology to Black voters in Tulsa puzzles me. Why would an investigation disenfranchise any voter? If illegal or unconstitutional actions were found, disenfranchised voters would have redress. Perhaps Lankford didn’t remember who elected him — conservative Republicans. Most of those supported the policies of the Trump administration. Trump certainly has rough edges, but he gets things done. Fear is the reason the Washington elite hate him so; fear their corruption will be unmasked. I’m wondering why Lankford has distanced himself from Trump. What does he fear? Perhaps it’s fear of losing his senatorial position.

During the next election cycle, we conservatives will remember who stood up for policies beneficial to all citizens, and who appeared concerned only with re-election. Trump didn’t need nor particularly want this thankless job. He will go down in history as a heroic figure — one who suffered greatly in serving the country he loved.

Genevieve Duncan, Woodward

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