Duane Collins

Bixby, OK

Letter to the editor: Abortion is a bigger problem than opioids


Recently, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and the government is going to spend billions of taxpayer dollars in an effort to prevent and treat opioid addiction. The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016 – that’s a death rate […]

Letter to the editor: Evil in the World


What would possess a 64-year-old man to methodically plan and execute a murderous shooting rampage on 22,000 people that he doesn’t even know?  This savage “sneak” attack left at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured; many of whom are in critical condition. There is still much to learn about this murderer, Stephen Paddock.  […]

Letter to the editor: Stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance


“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Anyone who is unwilling to stand up in public and make this pledge . . . will fall for anything.  And that is exactly […]

Letter to the editor: Pope didn’t quote the whole passage


As his charter plane left Columbia on Sunday and flew over some of the hurricane devastated areas, Pope Francis was asked about “man-made climate change.”  He sharply criticized climate change doubters, and said, “Those who deny this must go to the scientists and ask them.  They speak very clearly.”  Francis said scientists have also clearly […]

Letter to the editor: Democrat Party wants to dump the Constitution


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has asked House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to support legislation to remove confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.  Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, recently promised to introduce a bill in the Senate to remove the statues from the U.S. Capitol building, saying, “This is just one step.  We have […]

Letter to the editor: Jenner is not a woman


Bruce Jenner is a 67-year-old, 6-2 man and a former (1976) Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete.  But Bruce Jenner announced in April 2015 that he is a transwoman. In an April 2015 interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce said he had dealt with gender dysphoria since a youth and that for all intents and purposes, “I’m a […]

Letter to the editor: Baby fighting for his life in England


In London there is a little 11-month-old baby named Charlie Gard fighting to live . . . but the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, wants to pull the plug on Charlie’s life-support system and let little Charlie die. Sadly, the British government’s single-payer healthcare system bureaucracy supports the hospital’s decision to […]

Letter to the editor: New PC gender mandates


The New York Post and the Associated Press reported recently that Oregon will become the first state to allow residents to mark their gender as “not specified” on applications for drivers’ licenses, learner permits and identity cards.  Drivers will mark “X” instead the customary M for male or F for female. Oregon’s Department of Motor […]

Letter to the editor: United Methodists and homosexuality


The United Methodist News Service reports the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) commissioned an openly transgender individual as a provisional deacon on June 4, 2017. The United Methodist Church has ordained homosexual clergy before.  However, the Rev. M. Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist […]

Letter to the editor: Methodists battle homosexual issues


The Rev. Karen Oliveto is the pastor of a United Methodist Church (UMC) in Colorado.  However, she is also a self-avowed practicing lesbian married to another lesbian – and she now has been consecrated as Bishop of the UMC Mountain Sky Area, which includes churches in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, as well as one […]