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Opinion

January 19, 2014

How about trying on a little blue?

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

As we enter the new year 2014, Oklahoma continues to be one of the reddest, if not the reddest, states in the country. It might be interesting to try something new. Why not change the color to blue, even if it is a pale blue.

I think all Oklahomans would benefit, particularly a large percentage who suffer with a quandary of problems.

We are going to vote this year. I am amazed that many vote for candidates who do not help our people. Our Governor Mary Fallin refuses to take Medicaid funds that would provide medical care for hundreds of Oklahomans.

We all know our prisons are overcrowded. There is a fine program, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, that would reduce the prison population by helping inmates with health and mental problems. This would save money on future spending within the corrections department. Again, Governor Fallin turned away money that would have funded this program.

Governor Fallin, our senators and many members in the legislature are not providing Oklahomans with the leadership that could improve the quality of life for all our citizens.

Governor Fallin tried to lower taxes for our wealthiest citizens. It was declared unconstitutional by a state court. In the Jan. 11 issue of The Norman Transcript, there was an excellent column by Kenneth Corn exposing a movement by politicians to “cripple the independence of our judicial system.”

Why do we tolerate all this? Let’s vote these people out before they do more damage.

NANCY F. KITTS

Norman

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