The Edmond Sun

Our View

October 14, 2013

OUR VIEW: We’re tired of waiting

EDMOND — Getting to a compromise before Thursday’s deadline to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling may take more political willpower and guts than most in Congress currently have to give.

There are many stories coming out of Washington, D.C., about how hard legislators are working to reach this elusive compromise that will return thousands of federal workers to their offices and allow services to resume.

The real problem is Congress didn’t work this hard before we got to this crisis point. Too many in Congress thought they could pull off 21-hour filibusters and score political points with voters back home instead of rising above daily politics and finding true solutions to cut spending and fund our government prudently and respectfully.

Those who think we sent them to Congress to only worry about the next election should find themselves out of work after the 2014 and 2016 elections. And if the American people re-elect those who are failing to find true government reform through statemanship and leadership then we will have no one to blame but ourselves when our country goes the way of Greece into the financial abyss.

It’s time to truly understand that we can no longer give every interest group everything they want, that not everyone is going to get their piece of the American pie. It’s time to admit that fiscal responsibility is the only way forward and it’s time to stop trying to drag every other sore spot we have into the fight for more leverage.

Congress needs to focus on the immediate issues of extending the national debt ceiling limit and offering a fiscally responsible spending bill. We need to be grown up enough to govern ourselves without packing up our toys and sending people home for days on end. Too many in Congress and elsewhere in leadership have said hateful, petty things thus making it almost impossible for true compromise to take place. We need our leaders to pull back from the brink and actually lead. They can start by making this Thursday’s deadline and outlining a plan for how to move forward.

1
Text Only
Our View
  • OUR VIEW: Bring ‘dark money’ into the light

    Several statewide races this primary season have tacked toward the negative as no candidate has appeared to have a clear majority ahead of today’s primary voting — particularly in the U.S. Senate unexpired term seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee.

    June 23, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Schools should examine future lobbying efforts

    The Edmond Board of Education will have its annual summer retreat next week in which the members will gather to plan for policy changes for the next academic year. They also will look at the district’s overall goals as well as long-range planning for facility and program needs.

    May 27, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Don’t wait to improve reading

    One state representative wants to hold off implementing The Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act until more funding for the education reform is put in place by the Legislature.

    February 17, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Votes needed Tuesday

    Voters in the Edmond Public Schools’ District 4 seat will be asked to make a choice Tuesday at the ballot box.
    Running for Edmond Board of Education are Cynthia Benson and Stephanie Bills. This is for a five-year term of service on the board and replaces the seat vacated last year by longtime board member George Cohlmia. Bills was appointed by the Board of Education last spring to fulfill the remainder of Cohlmia’s unexpired term.

    February 8, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Consider storm shelter petition carefully

    Thousands of Oklahomans are expected to sign a petition seeking a state bond issue to pay for installing storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school. And after seeing the destruction wrought in Moore — again — we certainly support the need for school districts to vigorously pursue adding storm shelters to their buildings.
    However, the mechanism that we choose to pay for this endeavor needs to be carefully considered.

    November 18, 2013

  • OUR VIEW: Even one death by violence is too many

    A recent study highlights the rate of women killed by men in 2011. In this study, Oklahoma ranked third in the nation with 38 women killed that year by men, often their partners. In 2010, there were 27 women killed by men in Oklahoma.

    October 25, 2013

  • OUR VIEW: We’re tired of waiting

    Getting to a compromise before Thursday’s deadline to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling may take more political willpower and guts than most in Congress currently have to give.

    October 14, 2013

  • OUR VIEW: Caudill should step down

    Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill has apologized publicly for her actions. She takes the blame for her Sept. 17 DUI arrest and promises constituents that she will be better in the future.

    September 30, 2013

  • OUR VIEW: Thank you Supreme Court

    All Oklahomans received good news this past week when the state Supreme Court ruled that the University of Central Oklahoma can legally use the Master Lease program from the State Regents of Higher Education to pay for bonds to build a new Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

    September 28, 2013

  • OUR VIEW: Downtown needs homegrown vision

    Local developer Pete Reeser brought up an excellent question this week before the Edmond City Council.

    September 14, 2013