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Laugh­able sug­ges­tion

Re­gard­ing “En­cour­ag­ing re­sponses” (ScissorTales, Dec. 1): To sug­gest that the sen­a­to­rial del­e­ga­tion from Ok­la­homa in­curred any pun­ish­ment or “sanc­tions” that will af­fect the be­hav­ior of

Saudi Ara­bia and its despotic lead­ers is laugh­able.

Con­ve­niently missed was the fact the Se­nate voted

63-37 to end the sup­port of the mur­der­ous civil war in Ye­men, yet Sens. Jim In­hofe and James Lank­ford voted “nay.” Their votes were ef­fec­tively votes of sup­port for a regime that not only killed a Wash­ing­ton Post re­porter, but also hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ye­me­nis, and as of now, has 85,000 chil­dren at risk of star­va­tion. The same regime that used Amer­i­can-made weapons to kill 40 chil­dren on a field trip.

While a veto-proof ma­jor­ity of se­na­tors, in­clud­ing 14 Repub­li­cans, saw fit to end the pres­i­den­tial au­thor­ity to sup­port this hor­rific war, In­hofe and Lank­ford voted for it to con­tinue. I would hardly de­scribe some mi­nus­cule sanc­tions as a de­ter­rent to Saudi mis­deeds and war crimes, when In­hofe and Lank­ford could have used their votes to do so.

T. Scott Bux­ton, Ok­la­homa City

Film re­bates worth­while

Re­gard­ing “Film credit can’t earn ac­tors’ love” (Our Views, Dec. 2): The film re­bates men­tioned are of­ten a pri­mary rea­son a pro­duc­tion com­pany de­cides to film in our state. Two films made in Ok­la­homa us­ing the Film En­hance­ment Re­bate ad­min­is­tered by the Film + Mu­sic Of­fice, a depart­ment of the Ok­la­homa Travel and Tourism Com­mis­sion, have been play­ing in the­aters in re­cent months. Fea­ture ar­ti­cles about “I Can Only Imag­ine” and “Wildlife” have ap­peared in The Ok­la­homan this year, cit­ing “I Can Only Imag­ine” as one of the most suc­cess­ful faith-based films in the coun­try. “Wildlife” was filmed in Enid and has gar­nered high praise by crit­ics and au­di­ences. It had a $2 mil­lion im­pact on Enid's econ­omy in 2016. I was paid as an ac­tor in both films. I ap­pre­ci­ate the film re­bate and hope it con­tin­ues to bring film pro­duc­tion to Ok­la­homa.

David Lee An­der­son, Ok­la­homa City

A fu­tur­is­tic in­vest­ment

Re­gard­ing “Re­port says how cli­mate change will af­fect state” (News, Nov 28): An as­sess­ment re­port de­vel­oped by 13 fed­eral agen­cies con­cluded Ok­la­homa tem­per­a­tures are pro­jected to in­crease as well as ma­jor dis­rup­tions in oil and gas in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture and Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties. The ques­tion is how can we work on this cli­mate neu­tral­ity lo­cally? In light of this recog­ni­tion, com­pa­nies, or­ga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­ments and cit­i­zens need to work to­ward this ob­jec­tive. Mea­sur­ing our green­house emis­sions would be a start, and com­pen­sate by us­ing U.N.-cer­ti­fied emis­sion re­duc­tions. Though Sen. Jim In­hofe men­tioned a “huge cost and un­pop­u­lar im­pact of poli­cies th­ese ex­trem­ists want to im­pose,” there is some op­por­tu­nity cost we make to al­le­vi­ate some of our de­pend­able sources. Such like what Mike Fuhr with the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Ok­la­homa men­tioned, that state lead­ers should sup­port re­search into soil health tech­niques. We must see this as a fu­tur­is­tic in­vest­ment for the sake of our state, our na­tion and our globe.

Alexan­dra Leal, No­ble

Sweet re­venge

Well, it might just hap­pen in my life­time — I turn 84 next month. I at­tended the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa back when Bud Wilkin­son com­pleted a 47-game win­ning streak that was bro­ken by Notre Dame. Well, wouldn’t it be great to meet the Ir­ish in the fi­nal game of the sea­son for the na­tional cham­pi­onship and get "a wee bit of re­venge" while sip­ping an Ir­ish cof­fee!

John Boswell Sr., Yukon

Learn­ing curve ques­tions

“State’s new law­mak­ers have steep learn­ing curve” (News, Dec. 3) was in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive, es­pe­cially the fol­low­ing: “... lob­by­ists, agency of­fi­cials, and ad­vo­cates have a lot of teach­ing to do.” Lob­by­ists train­ing new leg­is­la­tors is lit­tle more than teach­ing the fox to guard the hen house. As for the so-called ad­vo­cates, who are they? More im­por­tantly, who de­cides which lob­by­ists or ad­vo­cates get the op­por­tu­nity to “train” our elected of­fi­cials? And what is their level of ex­per­tise in leg­isla­tive af­fairs that af­fect all Ok­la­homans?

If the past is an in­di­ca­tion of the fu­ture, it ap­pears our new leg­is­la­tors will be well in­formed on how to ad­vance the agen­das of the Amer­i­can Leg­isla­tive Ex­change Coun­cil, the Her­itage Foun­da­tion and lit­tle else.

Jim San­zone, Ed­mond

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