The Norman Transcript

Letters

March 31, 2013

State public health committee not open to civil discourse

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

An article appeared in an area newspaper regarding the indecorous behavior of members of the Oklahoma Senate and the House (Daily Oklahoman, March 18, 2013, page 6A). The article suggests that it is mostly Democratic Party members who are the cause of this disrespectful behavior.

However, I wrote a letter recently to Speaker of the House T. W. Shannon about an experience I had at the state Capitol that suggests the Republican Party may have some serious misbehaviors of its own to be concerned about. Here follows my letter to Speaker Shannon.

As a citizen-lobbyist for women’s reproductive justice, I have spent many days at the Oklahoma Capitol, encouraging legislators to remember all of the women in this state and their right to be considered and heard on any issues that directly affect them.

I have generally been pleased with the treatment I have received from the legislators and their assistants. It is clear to me that they have received training in how to respond kindly to all visitors.

While at the Capitol recently for Women’s Health Day, I was visiting all the legislators who are on the public health committee.

My trip to the Capitol suddenly turned ugly when I visited the office of the representative from Broken Arrow, Mike Ritze (Republican).

Immediately after introducing myself and offering my hand, I told him I was there to speak with him about the bills concerning women’s reproductive justice issues. His immediate and only words to me were, “Baby killing, you mean!” He turned his back on me walked into his office, and closed the door.

At a public health committee meeting I attended a few weeks ago, I heard Rep. Ritze call the members of the committee who disagreed with him, “Baby killers!” and thought that remark was uncalled for.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • Fallin should help residents

    Editor, The Transcript: I see this week that our empty skirt of a governor asked the federal government (small business administration) for much money. She is concerned about the suffering of the business owners in Lexington and Purcell ...

    April 17, 2014

  • League of Women Voters meeting

    Editor, The Transcript: On Saturday, May 10, the Norman League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave. SW, Norman, OK, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm....

    April 12, 2014

  • Frackers should use gray water

    Editor, The Transcript: As reported by Joe Wertz in the March 31 issue of StateImpact Oklahoma, Finley Resources, a Texas-based oil drilling company, has arranged with the city of Norman to buy Norman’s drinking water from hydrants to use ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Columnists have it wrong

    Editor, The Transcript: I typically enjoy Class Act (the Q&A with school counselors published on Fridays) very much. I think they bring a rational and empathetic response to parents’ concerns when it comes to the challenges students and ...

    April 8, 2014

  • An unfortunate response

    Editor, The Transcript: On April 1, the citizens of Norman voted to approve the renewed PSST and to make it permanent by a narrow margin of 3,798 for versus 3,660 against. As a result of this vote, Mayor Rosenthal stated in The Norman ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Apathy and lack of understanding may doom universal health care

    Editor, The Transcript: Enrollments in the federal and state health exchanges were higher than expected and late enrollments are expected, yet people still contend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not going to be successful....

    April 6, 2014

  • The Medieval Fair as a measure of human progress

    Editor, The Transcript: This upcoming weekend we are invited to “Step back in time for a day of revels at the Medieval Fair. Enjoy mirth and merriment with kings, queens, knights and fools as the kingdom comes alive.” It’s an opportunity ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Acts of kindness still alive

    Editor, The Transcript: Random acts of kindness may be an overused phrase, but when kindnesses happen to your family, it is great to know it is alive and well....

    April 4, 2014

  • Property tax increase needed

    Editor, The Transcript: Household and government budgets are necessary to keep spending on track. Voters’ choices can determine the direction of budget cuts and adjustments. Always vote smart....

    April 2, 2014

  • What a friendly city, community

    Editor, The Transcript: A couple of weeks ago while traveling through Norman, my two small children and I had to make an unexpected stop in Norman to have our van repaired. Although we were “stranded” in a sense, I can’t think of a ...

    April 2, 2014