The Norman Transcript


May 7, 2014

Time to resolve real issues

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Gov. Mary Fallin recently vetoed legislation as a message to the legislature to stop “kicking the can down the road” by failing to enact critical legislation. Among the items Fallin wants addressed are the repair of our crumbling eyesore of a Capitol building and the completion of the Native American cultural center,

For once, I agree with the governor.

The group in the domed building at 23rd and Lincoln in Oklahoma City, like the one before it and the one before that one, is wasting time and Oklahoma tax dollars passing laws that are unneeded and un-enforceable.

In addition to inane issues, they have actually passed laws that were found unconstitutional.

At an average of $50,000 cost per legislator per year, “we the taxpayers” are getting little or no return on our investment.

By wasting time and money, they leave really critical issues unaddressed, in addition to the two issues cited by the governor. Among these are a number issues impacting thousands of Oklahomans:

· Providing services to thousands citizens with mental health issues instead of warehousing many of them in already overcrowded prisons.

· Providing adequate funding to our public school systems, career technical centers and higher education colleges and universities.

· Repair and replacement of crumbling and unsafe roads and bridges.

I suggest that “we the people” of Oklahoma take a good, hard look at the productivity of those we have elected to represent us.

It is time to “pick up the can” and resolve the real and critical issues. Those who do not choose to participate in this effort deserve to be replaced by someone who will.

Of course, this is my opinion, I could be wrong.



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