Downtown perfect the way it is, where it is



To the Editor:

Prior to reading Bob O’Bar’s Nov. 11 column, “Let’s just move downtown a few miles east,” I was unaware he was Edmond’s official parking problem proclaimer. In my view, his latest proclamation is off the mark.

Parking problems in downtown Edmond? I’m down there at least four times a week, and usually a couple of times each weekend, and have encountered no serious troubles. True, I may not find available the exact slot I prefer and it would be nice to have the gravel lot on the south side of west First Street paved. Nevertheless, parking in downtown Edmond has been for me more pleasurable than, say, at Quail Springs Mall or any of the super-discount stores around. Here’s why.

I like the village ambiance — benches, street lamps, statues, trees (and healthy ones). I like having the option to window shop if I park or so away. I like strolling the brick sidewalks and exchanging smiles with passers-by. I like shopping in shops, rather than stores. I like having the odds in my favor for a change because in downtown Edmond, changes are I’ll be dealing with a shop’s owner who is eager for both my business and my return.

Mr. O’Bar may not want to park a block or so away. To each his own. But in downtown Edmond such a walk is a pleasure and even more so this time of year, for many of the shops are open after dark and holiday lights grace the trees and street lamps up and down both sides of Broadway. Please extend my apologies to Mr. O’Bar, for in my books he’s a bust as a parking problem proclaimer. When I view all the ads for Thanksgiving and Christmas sales this year, I’ll be hoping they’re for downtown Edmond. I’d rather park and shop there.

— J. R. Robinson

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What is being done to the ‘least of these’ is terrible



To the Editor:

In the Saturday, Nov. 19 edition of the Oklahoman, on page 8A, is an article of the Republicans celebrating the passage of budget cuts for the poor, students and farmers. This budget has been referred to the Republican “Reverse Robin Hood Budget” that robs from the poor and pays back to the rich. I am reminded of the worst economic disaster in American history, the depression of the 1930s. This disaster was brought about by three consecutive Republican administrations, Harding, Coolidge and Hoover. This type of GOP legislation will result in another depression. It has already started with rising prices, increasing unemployment, low wages and astronomical national debt.

For those of you who attend a church which uses scriptures from the Lectionary, the following Gospel passage was used in your service on Sunday, Nov. 20. I believe these scriptures are relevant.

Jesus said, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ” (Matthew 25:31-46)

Perhaps they claim to be Christians only to collect votes. Otherwise they would be afraid of eternal punishment.

— Joe Forgy

Oklahoma City

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