To the Editor:
Predictions of the end of the world or the end of civilization as we know it. I’m not talking about the ones made by an obscure Mayan calendar, but the types of catastrophes expected as a result of the re-election of President Obama. These predictions, many by people and news media in Oklahoma, were perceived as truth by the majority of Oklahomans. These beliefs seem to be supported by the recent election results. Oklahomans voted against President Obama by a 2-to-1 margin; and I suspect that in Edmond an even larger margin against his re-election.
Now I read in headline stories in the recent MidWeek issue of The Edmond Sun about the rosy future of central Oklahoma’s economy. Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy in this? Is it just me that sees this as another opportunity for this state to continue its perception, by the majority of the country, as a backward and regressive state?
Though we continue to advance this perception in ways too numerous to mention, I remain optimistic. Not everyone in this town is ignorant or gullible enough to fall for the self-serving and profit-driven opinions and policies that often result in the election of politicians that try to and most often successfully enact ridiculous and repressive legislation. Two things have recently supported my optimism. First, the relatively strong campaign and election results of Edmond’s Tom Guild in his campaign to replace James Lankford as my representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Secondly is the letter to the editor, published in the same MidWeek edition of The Sun, written by Randel Shadid. This letter speaks of the common Oklahoma phenomenon of the anti-vote, where instead of participating in this democracy to progress us forward, we vote, or don’t, based on fear and ignorance.
Young people, citizens like Mr. Guild, Mr. Shadid and many of my friends who vote based on facts and form opinions using critical thinking will be the real reasons for any rosy predictions of this town’s and state’s future.
To the Editor:
Logan County’s disputed zone
Watchers of “Star Trek” may recall the episode from the original series entitled, “Day of the Dove.” In this episode, Captain Kirk and his crew are forced by a series of circumstances into a confrontation with the Klingons. The conflict eventually resolves after Kirk realizes that the circumstances have been intentionally designed by an alien force which feeds off negative emotions, especially fear and anger. Kirk and his crew communicate this fact to the Klingons and the conflict subsides. No longer feeding upon confrontation, the alien force is weakened and successfully driven away.
Russell leads in Sun poll
Polling results of an unscientific poll at www.edmondsun.com show that Steve Russell, GOP candidate for the 5th District congressional seat, is in the lead with 57 percent of the vote ahead of the Aug. 26 runoff election. Thirty readers participated in the online poll.
Healthier and Wealthier? Not in Oklahoma
Increased copays, decreased coverage, diminished health care access, reduced provider budgets and increased frustration are all the outcomes of the Legislature’s 2014 health care funding decisions. Unlike some years in the past when a languishing state economy forced legislators into making cuts, the undesirable outcomes this year could easily have been avoided.
Medicaid reform a necessity
Historically, education spending by the state of Oklahoma has been the largest budget item. This is no longer the case. In recent years, the state of Oklahoma spends more on Medicaid (operated by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority) than common education and higher education combined, according to the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Remembering lessons from 1974
This week marks the 40th anniversary of an important milestone in America’s constitutional history. On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court voted 8-0 to order the Nixon White House to turn over audiotapes that would prove the president and his close aides were guilty of criminal violations. This ruling established with crystal clarity that the executive branch could not hide behind the shield of executive privilege to protect itself from the consequences of illegal behavior. It was a triumph for the continued vitality of our constitutional form of government.
RedBlueAmerica: Is parenting being criminalized in America?
Debra Harrell was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The South Carolina woman says her daughter had a cell phone in case of danger, and critics say that children once were given the independence to spend a few unsupervised hours in a park.
Is it a crime to parent “free-range” kids? Does Harrell deserve her problems? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue.
Technology that will stimulate journalism’s future is now here
To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious. While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. The image of a reporter showing up to a scene with a pen and a pad is iconic but lost to the vestiges of time.
I am asked frequently about the future of newspapers and, in particular, what does a successful future look like. For journalists, to be successful is to command multiple technologies and share news with readers in new and exciting ways.
New Orleans features its own “Running of the Bulls”
On July12, the streets of the Warehouse District of New Orleans were filled with thousands of young men who were seeking to avoid being hit with plastic bats wielded by women on roller skates as part of the annual “Running of the Bulls” that takes place in New Orleans.
The event is based on the “Running of the Bulls” that occurs in Pamplona, Spain, that is part of an annual occurrence in which a group of bulls rampage through the streets of Pamplona while men run from them to avoid being gored by their sharp horns. That event was introduced to the English-speaking world by Ernest Hemingway, who included scenes from it in his critically acclaimed 1926 novel “The Sun also Rises.”
OTHER VIEW: Newsday: Lapses on deadly diseases demand explanation
When we heard that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had created a potentially lethal safety risk by improperly sending deadly pathogens — like anthrax — to other laboratories around the country, our first reaction was disbelief.
Holding government accountable for open meeting violations
A few weeks ago I wrote about the recent success of three important government transparency proposals which will go into law this year.
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