Each day, taxpayers give up millions of dollars due to cost of living increases because of government regulation and taxation. Most taxpayers never realize that the government is the reason they are paying so much. This is because of the hidden costs of government that are baked into every aspect of our lives.
Several things going on this Saturday, November 10th. The Christmas Committee is having a Christmas Tree & Wreath Auction at the Carnegie Library at 6p.m. Admission is $10 which includes heavy appetizers. Just think if you come and bid on a tree you won’t have to pull yours out of the attic and decorate it!
The recent and well-documented statewide A-F school report card issue has made me think back to my days as a classroom teacher. When I had my first parent-teacher conferences, I remember a particular parent that questioned how I arrived at their child’s grade.
This article is a continuation of last week’s column that answers some of the questions I am receiving about next week’s elections.
It will be a big weekend in Guthrie because the Lazy E Arena is hosting the Clem McSpadden National Steer Roping Finals this Friday and Saturday. The Lazy E brings many visitors who, eat, sleep and play in Guthrie! For tickets call 282-RIDE or www.lazye.com. We will be giving away tickets and a vip parking […]
Work on special projects is progressing throughout District 2. In the south we have finished building the road base with shale on Forrest Hills (No Name) from Pine to Midwest. Recently we installed tinhorns which are critical in establishing proper drainage for the road and right-of-way. All of this is in preparation for a […]
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” Anyone with experience in home remodeling can probably relate to that quote. We all enjoy improvements, but the process of making them creates temporary inconvenience. The same is true in regard to road repair. It is not uncommon for people to complain about a […]
As election day approaches, I continue to receive questions from constituents about the items on the ballot and the election process.
You have heard that sunshine is the best disinfectant to corruption in government. In recent years, the House of Representatives Government Modernization Committee has approved numerous transparency initiatives to shine as much light on government activities as possible. We know that when the taxpayer can see how the government spends money, the odds are much […]
There are a couple of non-profits who could use some help this month: Peppers Ranch is having a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 21st, they are looking for volunteers to help host games such as pin the nose on the pumpkin, cake walk a refreshment stand, etc. Or if you would like to donate candy or […]
I’ve mentioned before how satisfying it is when plans for a major road or bridge project finally become a reality. This month, on October 18, ODOT will open bids for the construction of a new 103′ bridge over Chisholm Creek on Charter Oak Road. The new structure will replace the wooden one-lane bridge located one-half […]
In addition to routine road maintenance, several major projects are underway in District 1. One is the replacement of the bridge at Broadway and Camp Road. This project began in mid summer and continues to progress well.
We have a great week of activities planned for you. Tuesday the Chamber will have its monthly Educational Series. Dutch Hinkle is an experienced International Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who will be leading this hour long class on payroll fraud. Lunch will be provided so please rsvp by calling 282-1947.
On November 14, I will take the oath of office for the next term of the Legislature. I have now served six years as your State Representative and I am at the halfway point of the time I am allowed to serve under Oklahoma’s term limits laws. In reflecting on the past six years, I […]
Hello! Guthrie has lots of exciting things going on this weekend! The Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival begins Thursday and ends with a 9p.m. concert Saturday evening starring Vince Gill! For more information go to their website at www.oibf.com. Saturday is the beginning of the Guthrie Escape Art, Wine & Music Festival which ends on Sunday […]
Since my last article, I’ve seen the best and worst education has to offer. Let me start with the best, which is the Guthrie homecoming. Words can’t describe the loyalty exhibited at the Friday morning alumni assembly. This is yet another item our community should find as a source of pride. Homecoming is much more […]
When a lawmaker decides to accept lobbyist gifts, he enters into a type of welfare system. Like all welfare systems, this tends to destroy the independence of the human spirit and makes the lawmaker dependent on the largess of others. Certainly not all lawmakers who take gifts lose their independence, but the practice of frequently […]
This update has two items that citizens may find of interest: a solid waste grant and an upcoming I-35 detour at Seward Rd.
The Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation Expo is this weekend at the Lazy E Arena. It’s Free for the whole family, with over 150 hands on activities. There will be archery, fishing, shooting, kayaks, bird watching, wild game samples, mountain bikes, ATV’s and more!
We frequently receive calls at the commissioners’ office about whether there are zoning regulations, building codes and occupancy permits required within Logan County.