To the Editor:
Discussion continues in The Edmond Sun publications regarding upgrading and consolidating information technology resources in state government. While I respect the viewpoint that has been expressed so far, certain facts should be taken into consideration that directly affect the University of Central Oklahoma and the 17,000 students we serve.
UCO and 373 other sites, including colleges and universities, K-12 schools, Career Technology centers, hospitals and libraries, gain significantly from our collaborative relationship with OneNet, the state’s telecommunications network, and the consolidated fiber network it provides. A major benefit is significant cost savings. Any assertion to the contrary is not an accurate reflection on our experience at UCO.
Our partnership with OneNet saves the university more than $120,000 annually in Internet services alone. Overall, the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education currently is achieving a cumulative savings of $88 million in a two-year period.
Further, UCO benefits significantly from educational discounts and membership in Internet 2 and the National Lambda Rail, both of which are vital to our growing research efforts. All of these benefits and services are only available to educational entities. A change in the operational structure of the OneNet system by moving it under the supervision of Oklahoma’s Chief Information Officer would eliminate that benefit and cost UCO more money while depriving our students and faculty of the tools they need to be competitive globally.
The current system works. The connectivity provided by OneNet is highly collaborative, operated efficiently and results in significant cost savings. It would be completely counterproductive and detrimental to the state of Oklahoma to convert it to a centralized, one-size-fits-all approach.
DON BETZ is president of the University of Central Oklahoma.
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Employer mandate delayed, but Obamacare destruction goes on
Some 60 percent of Americans — nearly 160 million people — get insurance through their jobs. Thanks to Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive. The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses and retirees.
Even though the employer mandate, which requires all firms with 50 or more full-time staffers to provide health coverage or pay a fine, has been delayed by one year, the employer health insurance market is slowly bleeding out.
Freedom is more likely to stimulate potential geniuses than gifted programs
If high IQ scores are not reliable indicators of genius, what are? Advocates of gifted children hope schools can be designed to turn intellectual promise into world-changing creativity.
Frederick eyes its future renovation
Terence Malik is an American filmmaker who spent part of his youth in Bartlesville. He is perhaps best known for the critically acclaimed 1978 movie “Days of Heaven” that is set in the Texas Panhandle before the First World War during the harvest season. The late film critic Roger Ebert described “Days of Heaven” as “one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made” and praised Malik for evoking “the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas Prairie” Ebert wrote of how the characters in the film appeared to be on a land “to large for its inhabitants” and that they seemed to struggle with the “weight of the land.” And a visitor to Frederick, in Southwestern Oklahoma, where the land has a topography comparable to the Texas prairie, encounters visual images that are similar to the ones contained in Malik’s movie.
OKLAHOMA NOW: Celebrating an inspiring year in Oklahoma
Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is on its way. This is a great time of year to reflect on all of God’s blessings and to be thankful for what we have.
Like many Oklahomans, I am thankful for my faith, my wonderful family, and my friends. I am also thankful for the opportunity to be your governor.
HEY HINK: Nuclear threats still rear their ugly heads
This Thanksgiving, I experienced something I never dealt with before. I wanted desperately to be thankful for something and just couldn’t find a way to do it and, at the same time, be intellectually honest. Let me explain.
The parallel counterpart to HealthCare.gov
This year I have witnessed the quickest deployment and implementation of a major state governmental process that I have ever seen. I think this success provides the ideal state counterpart example to the shortcomings demonstrated by the federal HealthCare.gov website.
The pressing need to reform entitlements
After 16 days of political brinkmanship, lawmakers passed a temporary funding plan that raised the debt ceiling and reopened the federal government.
But now, the nation is just barreling toward a new set of deadlines — lawmakers have until Jan. 15 to deal with the budget and Feb. 7 to deal with the debt ceiling. Until Congress sets the country on stable financial footing for the long term, we’re bound to play this game over and over again.
As lawmakers begin negotiations, the conversation must start with tax and entitlement reform. This begins with Medicare and Social Security, as they’re the most pressing challenges facing our country.
We’ve done nothing for too long
Dickens wrote in a “Tale of Two Cities,” “It was the best of times and the worst of times.” This seems to fit America right now. The gulf between the haves and have nots is widening. Some are doing very well. Many are struggling and that is a shame living in the greatest and strongest nation on earth. Confidence in government is at an all-time low. Washington is turned inward on itself and there is a growing chasm between the people and the elected. Few, if any, are minding the store. We are consumed with partisan issues and need a unifying purpose and mission. This can only come from our leadership. And it is not.
Conspiracy theories: Why we believe the unbelievable
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary.
LETTER: Longtime resident disappointed in city
To the Editor:
I have been a longtime resident of Trails South and we have been asking the City of Edmond for many, many years for a traffic light at the corner of Countrywood and Santa Fe. As the city’s population increases, the danger increases. We have had many accidents and finally a fatality at this dangerous intersection.
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