NBA Awards: Steven Adams finishes Top 5 in Teammate, Sportsmanship awardsTrae Young finishes second for NBA Rookie of the Year

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Your Views Wednesday, March 27

Advertisement
President Donald Trump speaks with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump speaks with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Unacceptable behavior from the president

Recently at a rally in Ohio, President Trump lashed out at deceased Sen. John McCain, saying, “I endorsed him at his request and I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve.” Trump continued: “I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”

Part of his anger was McCain’s earlier vote against repealing Obamacare. “I think that’s a disgrace, plus there are other things,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.” He previously said McCain wasn’t a war hero because he had been captured.

To remain silent is tacit approval of these shameful remarks against someone who suffered and gave so much in defense of his country. Regardless of politics, we are Americans first and we owe respect for those who have served in defense of this country. This is unacceptable behavior for anyone who is supposed to be representing the office of the president of the United States. When the commander in chief disparages veterans something is seriously wrong, especially if the chief is not a veteran and was a draft dodger!

Some lawmakers have stepped forward and denounced Trump’s remarks but he doesn’t appear to have heard. Perhaps if every veteran spoke up he would get the message.

Ed Platz, Oklahoma City

Program is the smallest of baby steps

“One in 20 ‘uninsured’ violations are mistaken” (News, March 22) described a state program called the Uninsured Vehicle Enforcement Diversion (UVED). Considering insurance experts estimate that over a quarter of all cars on the road are not insured, this program is long overdue, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough. The article describes a few state employees who drive around with car-mounted cameras taking pictures of license plates that are then manually processed to determine if the car is insured. Owners of cars lacking insurance are sent a letter asking them for $174 and proof of insurance.

The state needs to develop a much more robust program using Highway Patrol and cars from the bigger municipal police departments to put any significant dent into uninsured driving. The technology already exists for-car mounted cameras that not only take pictures of license plates, but also digitize them so their numbers can be instantly processed against state insurance company databases to determine if the car is covered. Vehicles flagged as not insured could then be cited and fined if the owner can't provide accurate evidence that the car was indeed insured at the time. Cars having multiple violations should be immediately impounded.

The UVED program is only the smallest of baby steps when compared with the overwhelming numbers of uninsured vehicles. It’s time to get serious if the state really wants to significantly discourage this illegal practice.

Hank Duncan, Yukon

Your View -- Letter to the Editor

Send letters to yourviews@oklahoman.com or submit through this online form . You can also mail a letter to Your Views, P.O. Box 25125; Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Word limit is 250. Include a postal address and telephone number. For other... Read more ›

Comments