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February 25, 2014

Moving ahead on repairs

NORMAN — Norman’s two state senators, John Sparks and Rob Standridge, this past week voted in favor of a bond issue to finance up to $160 million to repair the crumbling Oklahoma state Capitol.

We hope our local House members will express similar sentiment when the matter comes before them soon. One thing all can agree on is the need to spend some money on the nearly 100-year-old Capitol building. It should have happened when they placed the dome and sculpture on top years ago.

It’s now an embarrassment and safety hazards for visitors and those who work in the building. Yellow tape across the front reminds anyone who enters that work needs to be done.

Members of the state press were at the Capitol this past Thursday. New Speaker Jeff Hickman reminded them to watch their step.

“There are yellow barricades across the front, and you need to be real careful that a piece of the outside of (the) building doesn’t fall on you as you walk in,” Mr. Hickman told the Oklahoma Press Association gathering. “And I hope we don’t have one of those earthquakes that happens right around this area and shakes this corner of the building where all the scaffolding is, because we very well could have someone killed.”

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