Perhaps no effort to shrink the size of state government has been more aggressive than the attempt to consolidate the state’s massive information technology infrastructure. As part of this reform, we included a robust reporting requirement in the legislation that mandated the reform.
Last Wednesday, the new members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office. Unlike Congress, the Oklahoma Legislature does not conduct lame duck sessions. Just eight days after the election, new Representatives are already on the job. Because of this, state policy won’t be determined by those who have been defeated at the […]
I hope this finds you thawing the turkey, gathering the veggies and baking the yummy desserts! We at the Chamber have been promoting Guthrie’s Christmas Festivities this past week by visiting; Pauls Valley, Duncan, Sulpher, Ardmore, Ada, Durant, Tishomingo, Purcell, Gainsville and Denison Texas.
We receive frequent calls at the District 1 office from citizens wanting to know when the new bridge on Broadway Road will be completed. Our standard reply is that the contractor has until Feb. 2013 to finish the work.
There are many within state government who understand that the long term fiscal impact of the federal health care law will be devastating. While the federal government may attempt to incur much of the expense up front, the policy clearly intends to shift massive amounts of cost to state government.
I hope you had a great Veteran’s Day weekend. The Christmas Tree & Wreath auction held Saturday evening in the Carnegie Library was really nice. The auction brought in over two thousand dollars. Bronze Guthrie Christmas Ornaments representing the Carnegie Library are on sale at Heritage Collections, Treasures & Books, Ella Rose Boutique, Magnolia Mall, […]
Carrie Newcomer is gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist from Indiana. Her music style is more or less folk, and her Quaker roots can be heard in many of her songs. One of my favorite Carrie Newcomer songs is “Stones in the River.” Here’s the first verse:
Another major step is about to be completed on the five mile paving project of Midwest from Waterloo to Forrest Hills (No Name) and No Name from Midwest to Pine. On February 22, Midwest was paved from Charter Oak to Simmons. On June 19, Midwest from Simmons to Waterloo was paved. We are just about […]
We are multi-tasking at District 1. Current projects planned or underway include preparing to pave three miles of Broadway from Waterloo to Simpson and various streets within Oak Tree Addition; construction of Broadway Bridge at Camp Road; replacement of the bridge on Charter Oak one-half mile west of Santa Fe, paving Simpson from Sooner to […]
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 […]