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October 21, 2012

Apathy and term limits make for a boring election

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More than two months after the wildfires scorched the southeastern side of Cleveland County, stories of Oklahomans generosity still abound. Donations came in $10s and $20s but also $500 and $1,000 checks as well as truck loads of furniture and clothes and part of a young girl’s Barbie Doll collection.

Jim and Annette Brown’s Maguire Farm Store was donation central after word spread about their burn closet.

The burn closet was an outgrowth of Jim’s volunteer firefighter work years earlier. When neighbor families lost everything and had no insurance, the closet was tapped for used appliances, clothes, beds and dressers.

In an e-mail, Jim said news coverage of the uninsured poorest of the poor, those who just barely make it in the best of times, struck a chord in the heart of the typical TV viewer.

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“A crippled man who operates a small thrift store at Mustang sent two pickup loads of refrigerators and washing machines, then came himself with another pickup crammed with household items. Other major appliances mysteriously appear on the slab in front of the burn building,” Brown wrote.

“At Sam’s Club for a pallet of water for the fire crews the store manager loads my trailer, then says,

“There’s a lot more water on there than what you ordered. That’s from us and here’s my cellphone number if you need anything else after the store has closed. And I mean anything.”

“...two goosenecks of freshly-baled hay appeared at the store, about 500 square bales (about $3,000,  by my guess). “This is for those who lost grass;  use your own judgment on who gets it,” they said.

Andy Riegereditor@normantranscript.com366-3543

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