The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 10, 2013

Spokesperson is misleading residents

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NORMAN —

First, Roger cannot cite any Oklahoma state law to support his claim because no such law exists.

Second, repeating what is said in No. 2 above, it is obvious that claiming 9,394 (or even 5,764) individuals would have to consent before any change could be made to a contract between the city and an engineering company is ludicrous. Bear in mind that an engineering contract was not created by approval of the ballot language.

4. Roger said it is the opinion of the Citizens for Responsible Government Organization that “... these aspects of Oklahoma contract law have a direct bearing on our support of the original Lindsey Street plan.”

Roger was on the city council in 2012 when the ballot language was unanimously approved and sent to the voters. He cannot produce any “original Lindsey Street plan” with a final design for Lindsey that was sent by the city council to the Election Board because that did not happen.

5. Roger said, “Council members should not put voters trust in jeopardy by making changes to the original contract.” As shown above, no such original contract exists.

6. Roger said that Thomas Jefferson stated, “... without ethics, morality and religion, we will not last.”

First, Jefferson was so well educated, he assumed everyone would know that the requirement for truth is implicit in ethics, morality and religion.

Second, shouldn’t anyone claiming to be a “Citizen for Financially Responsible Government” be expected to be responsible in making public claims that a city council may breach a contract that does not even exist?

In closing, as has been said many times, an individual is entitled to his/her own opinion but is not entitled to his/her own facts.

I learned the hard way that, when participating in a debate where I am promoting and advocating my opinion, I better have my facts correct if I hope to have other folks agree with me.

HAROLD L. HEIPLE

Norman

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