Chamber Chat: busy weekend with numerous events in town

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 […]

Superintendent – I’ve seen the best and worst education has to offer

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 […]

Time To Re-boot

Once upon a time, I worked at a place where the computers didn’t work very well. Max, the computer network engineer, was every bit of the parody for a computer network person that you see on SNL. Every bit.

Shaking down lobbyists

Back in February I wrote an article describing the influence of certain lobbyists over the legislative process. I wrote that lobbyists, ” . . . are professional relationship manipulation experts and expert strategists, and they know the pressure points to push to get a key lawmaker’s vote. Their attempts to kill a good bill appear […]

Disqualifying candidates based on occupation

I believe our nation’s founding fathers designed Congress to be made up of citizens from varied professions and occupations. This concept was applied to the legislatures of the several states, including Oklahoma. Legislators naturally tend to gravitate to the area of policy to which they are familiar and I enjoy watching the contributions made from […]

40 million dollars of savings and counting

Oklahoma taxpayers received some great news as part of a recently released report from Oklahoma State Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit. During the last legislative interim, the Government Modernization Committee was told the state’s information technology consolidation plan allowed taxpayer to realize 30 million dollars of savings each year. CIO Pettit’s latest report has upgraded […]

District 1: What have we been up to?

It is a practice in the District 1 office that employees document their activities each day as they return from various work sites. Not only does this documentation indicate that county employees have been working for you but the information has proven helpful in seeking reimbursement for emergency repairs through state and federal programs.

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