The Norman Transcript

Opinion

March 2, 2014

Republicans not to blame for bridge closure

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

You recently printed a letter to the editor which basically accused the Republican Party of being responsible for the cracks in the Lexington-Purcell Bridge.

The letter asserted that because Republicans who run the Oklahoma Legislature haven’t taken enough money from the populace in taxes, this bridge is now shut down.

At the time, I wondered how the bridge’s problem could be due to any revenue shortfall, considering that it is inspected annually by folks who are paid for by the taxpayers of this state, and I suppose the money that is repairing it now also comes from those in our state who pay taxes, but I dismissed it as more of the typical Democratic Party demagoguery we see printed in the letters pages of the Norman Transcript on a weekly basis.

But now, we hear that officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have admitted that they are to blame for the cracks that forced the closure. From news accounts, the Transportation Department said that the cracks were caused by rehabilitation work done last year in which the wrong materials and welds were used.

Of course, the rehabilitation work was paid for, I presume, by funds also extracted from those of us in this state who pay taxes.

So, as it turns out, the amount of taxation in our state, whatever it is, had absolutely nothing to do with the problems of the bridge.

Now, my question is simple: Will the letter writer now send a letter for publication in the Transcript acknowledging his unfair accusations against Oklahoma Republicans?

STEVE BYAS

Norman

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