Coburn just your typical pork-barrel politician

To the Editor:

It is contended that Tom Coburn recently took a “principled” stand against his colleagues and the ancient practices of logrolling and pork-barreling in the Senate. For which “principles” was he taking his stand? Less pork, or move the pork around? Pork for hurricane relief over pork for other unconstitutional projects? Pork for one bridge and not for another? Two issues must be made clear: (1) no constitutional authority exists for any of Sen. Coburn’s proposals; and (2) earlier this year, before the hurricanes, the Senator voted for these projects he is now so principally against.

Perhaps the Senator would command more respect if he had targeted some of his own state’s pork, offering to forego the $220,000 engineering incubator in Norman, or the $200,000 community outreach center in Midwest City, or $220,000 for the United States-Mexico Cultural Education Foundation, also in Norman, or $220,000 for the Ardmore Community Resource Center.

Still, knowing what he knew about the slabs of pork in this appropriations bill, the Senator voted for it. Principled stand? I think not. It’s called political posturing, a practice as old as pork-barreling and logrolling.

— Wid Lyman

Citizens Caring for Children helps break cycle of despair

To the Editor:

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to The Edmond Sun, and especially to James Coburn for the four part series Mr. Coburn wrote telling the history, story and mission of Citizens Caring for Children.

More public awareness to the growing dilemma of child abuse and neglect and community support makes it possible for our organization to continue fulfilling our mission … to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect because every child deserves the chance for a better life. The best place to start is in our own Edmond community by making sure it is a safe and healthy place for all who live here. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated helps build futures and change lives for the children of this generation and the generations to come.

—Board of Directors and Staff

Citizens Caring for Children

Free market worked just fine for gasoline prices, thank you

To the Editor:

The demand for gasoline by an actively-mobile America, combined with a hit on supply thanks to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, resulted in ... get this ... higher prices at the pump last month. Duh.

Now Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service tells USA Today that he predicts gas will drop to under two bucks a gallon in some places around the U.S. by this weekend. Why? Oil production is back up in the Gulf Coast and, thanks to those higher prices, Americans cut back on their driving.

In other words, the law of supply and demand has worked its magic with no “anti-gauging” legislation from the federal government or a return of the Carter-era “windfall profits tax.” Go figure.

— Kent Ragsdale


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