Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Letters to the Editors: April 18, 2005

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Letters to the Editors: April 18, 2005

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Dear Editor,

Kudos to Janice Francis-Smith for her April 11 story, which ran under the headline The Great Divide. It was exciting to see a reporter spend so much time reporting in-depth and in a balanced fashion on something like this. Exactly the sort of thing we need to see more of out here.

- Damon Gardenhire, Oklahoma City

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed Bill Pitts' column (Apr. 11) on the budget battle. Be sure to see OCPA's proposed budget here: www.ocpathink.org/ ViewEvent.asp?ID=146

OCPA's proposed budget grows government and also wipes out the death tax and cuts the income tax to 5.32 percent.

Best, Brandon Dutcher, vice president for policy, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Inc.

Editor's note: The following two letters were received before Thursday, when Kerr-McGee announced its settlement with corporate raider Carl Icahn and his partners.

Dear Editor,

Community and support are two words Oklahoma residents believe in. Living in a city full of independently owned businesses and local treasures, we all appreciate those who have put their roots down in Oklahoma to provide the community with the economic, entertainment and cultural benefits that make this state great.

Many businesses began their first operations in Oklahoma several decades ago and have since grown into large corporations operating branches in other states. Among them is the Kerr-McGee Corporation, a business that has brought millions of support to the community and fellow local businesses since its conception 76 years ago. As I follow The Journal Record's coverage of Kerr-McGee's current struggles, I wanted to publicly lend my support to a great Oklahoma company that's supported so many others throughout the years.

My local restaurant appreciates companies like Kerr-McGee. Their loyalty and patronage are a couple of reasons why businesses like mine can serve Oklahoma. …

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