The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 29, 2013

Frantz, Northcutt honored for service to the community

ENID, Okla. — “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight,” Theodore Roosevelt once said.

Two gentlemen who definitely pull their own weight, and then some, in our community were honored recently by the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

Former Enid mayor Doug Frantz was named Citizen of the Year, while longtime local businessman Leonard Northcutt received a lifetime achievement award at the chamber’s annual banquet.

Both men have been deeply involved in our community in many ways, and both are very deserving of these honors.

Thumbs up to these selfless supporters of our town.

The definition of a hero is someone willing to run toward danger, rather than away from it, in order to save another.

That’s just what Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darryl Beebe did last January. He entered  burning home to lead the homeowner to safety, along with Enid Police Department officer Lee Frisendahl.

Beebe recently received the Life Saving Award from the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association.

Thumbs up to a true hero.

Summer is in full swing and with it comes blistering daytime temperatures.

For someone without air conditioning, or who can’t afford to run their air conditioner as much as they should, summer can be a dangerous time.

To try and keep these people cool, OG&E Electric Services recently donated 60 fans to Enid’s Salvation Army. In addition, Alva received 25 and Woodward 15.

The fans will go to elderly and low-income residents based on their need.

Thumbs up to this generous and potentially lifesaving donation.

One day in March 2011, a contractor showed up to do some work at the home of Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy.

The contractor wore a gray shirt with red lettering reading, “Oklahoma Baseball.” Gundy and his wife, Kristen, found the shirt offensive and fired the contractor.

Now, more than a year later, the whole matter is in court. The contractor, Brent Lee Loveland, filed a breach of contract suit against the coach and his wife, a suit that has been delayed.

Loveland should have had enough sense not to wear an OU shirt to Gundy’s home, but the Gundys shouldn’t have overreacted. The two sides should come together and settle the whole thing like adults, not take up any more of the court’s valuable time.

Thumbs down to the whole silly mess.

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