Your Views Sunday, May 5
Does chase result put government in contempt?
A recent story in The Oklahoman identified the victims of the vehicular homicide of Andrew Munoz and Deanna Alvarez. Munoz has a record of drug possession with intent to distribute, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and eluding police. We can now add murder, drug trafficking, possession of drug proceeds and possession of a firearm while committing a felony to both individuals.
Should these two individuals be found to be undocumented, is the federal government, and the administration and Congress, in contempt of their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (Article I, Section 8, Uniform Rule of Naturalization)? And is the government (including Congress) not an accessory to murder?
Bill Veitch, Yukon
We’ve tried it, and it’s not worth pursuing
Let’s assume God is smarter than we are. Around 2,500 B.C., there were no separate nations. Only one nation ruled by one man — Nimrod. God recognized this as bad, and to break it up into separate nations, He created separate languages. He said He did this because under one nation, “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” God certainly wouldn’t mind them planning to do good, so obviously He knew they would plan to do bad.
Let’s test God’s theory. What happens when a nation is ruled by one man? Germany was ruled by one man, and it resulted in Germans’ freedoms being curtailed so strictly as to be tantamount to living in a prison, and Hitler’s ambition expanded to world domination which cost 80 million people their lives. Stalin’s elimination of dissident Russians wanting freedom resulted in the killing of 20 million of his fellow countrymen. Mao and his purging of dissidents resulted in the deaths of 45 million of his fellow Chinese. Today, under Kim Jong Un and Maduro, North Koreans and Venezuelans are without freedom and are starving.
Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Now we have the leaders of the European Union and the leaders of the U.S. Democratic Party preaching a unified world order. Been there — tried that.
Mike Jones, Oklahoma City
Site is an accident waiting to happen
Bob Waldrop (Your Views, May 1) suggested “opening up” the Turner Turnpike rest stops to “home-grown entrepreneurs” such as food trucks and covered marketplaces for artists and farmers, and perhaps even “flea markets.” The Turner rest stop is an accident waiting to happen. It’s choked with numerous semi-rigs, cars, pickups and vans entering and exiting from not just the east and west sides but also driving around the McDonald’s and the service station/convenience store. From what I’ve experienced at the “Midway” location, most drivers stop there just to fill up the tank, maybe take a brief nap, grab a bite to eat and something to drink, then hit the road again.
What Waldrop proposes would be more suited for the state’s welcome centers but not the Turner Turnpike rest area. That place is a traffic nightmare already.
Mike W. Ray, Oklahoma City