The Edmond Sun

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  • Foster care system looking out for young children

    It has been said that you can judge a society by how it treats it’s most vulnerable members and a visit to the Juvenile Justice Center in Oklahoma City allows one to see how vulnerable children are treated in Oklahoma County.
    In that facility several Oklahoma County judges preside over cases involving children who have been found to be neglected or deprived and removed from their homes and placed in foster care as a result.
    Mike Evans, the Court Administrator of Oklahoma, recently reported that there are more than 11,000 children currently in foster care in the state of Oklahoma and that more than half of them are under the age of five. The state of Oklahoma is represented by the Oklahoma County District Attorney who has offices staffed by several assistants in the building. Oklahoma law mandates that the goal is to return the children to their parents if possible.

    April 8, 2014

  • No more waiting in line

    Not just too long ago, on a nice weekend day, a member of the local constituency stopped to fuel up at an area gas station. As the motorist waited on the gas pump, an off-duty police officer approached and pointed out that his car's tag had expired. The officer explained that if he saw this car on the street that he would possibly have it towed.

    April 7, 2014

  • The Dallas Morning News: Military must study mental illness more closely

    Let’s stipulate that no amount of security can guarantee an end to shootings like the one Wednesday at Fort Hood. A motivated attacker, especially one able to get inside the perimeter, will inflict damage.

    April 7, 2014

  • As if we don’t have enough money in politics already

    Thank you, Supreme Court. Before your decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC, Americans were confined to giving a measly total of $48,600 in campaign contributions to federal candidates (enough for about nine candidates) and a total of $74,600 to political action committees. That means individuals were subject to aggregate contributions limits totaling a mere $123,200.

    April 7, 2014

  • Investing more money in tornado research would be a disaster

    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would require National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to focus on improving forecasts of "high impact weather events" like tornadoes and hurricanes "for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy."

    April 5, 2014

  • Don't blame voters for low turnout

    Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
    It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.

    April 5, 2014

  • An open letter to motorists in Oklahoma

    To the Editor:
    The Oklahoma Legislature has once again given its blessing to texting and driving. By not passing one of the many bills filed this year that would have made the practice illegal, the Legislature is in effect saying, “Want to text and drive in Oklahoma? No problem.”
    Although lawmakers have two more months left in the current session, texting ban bills have been given their last rites.

    April 4, 2014

  • Consequences from federal investigations deem to be as slippery as octopi

    As I watched former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell testify before the House intelligence committee this week, I couldn’t help but reflect on the impressive escape strategies of the elusive octopus.
    Before I make the connection, I’ll say a word in Morrell’s defense. If anyone doubted his willingness to act as a “team player,” those doubts should be forever allayed. In an environment where talented intellectuals willing to “take one” for the team are rewarded with promotions, increasing influence, retirement with full benefits and lucrative post-government positions, Morrell executed his mission very capably. He’s in impressive company. During the past few years, we’ve seen a host of culpable federal employees glide in and out of congressional investigations emerging totally unscathed. This might lead us to suspect that somewhere there’s a training class for federal employees called “The Octopus Vulgaris Advanced School of Escape Techniques.”

    April 4, 2014

  • Red tape rising: 5 years of regulatory expansion

    In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama vowed to wield his executive powers when faced with congressional resistance to his legislative agenda: “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation ... that’s what I am going to do.”
    This provocative declaration was startling in its bluntness, but it was hardly a new development. For the last five years, the president has aggressively exploited regulation to get his way. In fact, the Obama administration is very likely the most regulatory in history, issuing 157 new major rules at a cost to Americans approaching $73 billion annually.
    But even this substantial figure is seriously understated. A dismaying number of regulations undergo no cost-benefit analysis. And bureaucrats also have a penchant for downplaying the costs of their initiatives.

    April 3, 2014

  • How the fast-food corporations pickpocket their workers

    Last month, McDonald’s was hit with multiple class-action lawsuits alleging that the company routinely violated minimum wage, overtime and other workplace laws through a variety of illegal schemes that had one goal in common: drive down labor costs by stealing from workers.
    On Tuesday we learned that law-breaking in the fast-food industry is not limited to McDonald’s. A national poll surveying workers at nearly two dozen fast-food chains finds that nearly nine in 10 of these workers had wages stolen by their employer.

    April 2, 2014

Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

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