The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

January 19, 2013

Eagle Scout’s collection of food for Horn of Plenty deserves a big thumbs up

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Alex McCormick, whose Eagle Scout project involved collecting food for Horn of Plenty.

His project was designed to show leadership and the ability to work with others. McCormick organized the project, thought it through and got about 20 of his friends and family to help collect the food in his hometown of Breckinridge. He ended up recently bringing 560 food items to Horn of Plenty.

Thumbs up to Northern Oklahoma College Enid, which now has a new logo for its sports teams.

The logo features the word “JETS” in all caps with a jet plane flying underneath.

It’s a sharp-looking logo that, as athletic director and baseball coach Raydon Leaton said, “will take NOC Enid to the next level.”

The new logo will appear on uniforms next season.

We were glad to see Janet Barresi, Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction, make a stop in Enid last week.

She spent time with 50 McKinley Elementary School fifth-graders for a time, as part of a mentoring program coordinated by retired accountant Stan Brownlee. It’s good she took the time to talk to younger students.

While here, Barresi also visited a panel of students at Enid High School and spent time with Enid Public Schools district officials. We were told the discussions between Barresi and school administrators focused on school funding and coming changes in student testing.

While we applaud the Enid visit, we would have appreciated Barresi’s office being more open concerning the News & Eagle’s access to the discussions with local administrators.

Thumbs down to the impact a possible water release at Canton Lake could have on the popular Walleye Rodeo and the town’s finances.

Oklahoma City, which has the rights to water in the lake, has announced plans to draw some 34,000 acre-feet of water from Canton Lake. No date has been announced for the release.

Drawing the lake down that far could have a big impact on the Walleye Rodeo and on Canton. According to a survey from 2009, visitors to the Walleye Rodeo spend $386,000. That’s a sizable figure for a town Canton’s size.

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