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Opinion

November 30, 2013

School storm shelters not adequate

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

As a student in public high school, I believe that I have the right to feel safe at all times. After the May tornadoes and the tragedies at Briarwood and Plaza Towers, it is apparent that school shelters in this state are not adequate. Currently, most school districts, including Norman and Moore Public Schools, are at bond capacity, meaning they can not borrow any more money to create new bond projects that would fund storm shelters.

Currently the Take Shelter Oklahoma initiative is underway, which would fund school district bond projects for storm shelters through the use of the corporate franchise tax that will automatically be re-enacted at the beginning of this legislative session.

While this is a possible solution to the problem, I believe our representatives in the state House and Senate have the responsibility to also seek their own solution.

With the popularity of a storm shelter bill polling at 80 percent approval in the state of Oklahoma, it would be outrageous for this topic to go unnoticed by our politicians.

A bill is needed this coming legislative session to protect the lives of our children. It is not only the right thing to do; it is our responsibility.

In order to sign the Take Shelter petition, visit Boynton Williams and Associates at 900 36th Avenue NW #100 during business hours.

Reed Shafer-Ray

Norman

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