The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 2, 2013

Big thumbs up to increase in net taxable sales in Enid

ENID, Okla. — Big-time thumbs up to a major surge in net taxable sales in Enid.

During the period of late August and early September, they were up $14,670,571, compared with the same period in 2012. That’s 20.6 percent above sales during the same period in 2012, continuing strong results for the past couple of years.

“Because of these sustained increases, we’re getting more attention from nationwide retailers. We’re getting a lot more phone calls than we were even a year ago,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance.

Let’s keep building on Enid’s momentum!

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to the recent Fighting with Sherry Ann Suttmiller Memorial Softball Tournament.

The annual event, held by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 144, served to benefit Susan Bench, wife of Enid Police Department Detective Robin Bench.

Last summer, Susan Bench was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy. She also has undergone chemotherapy.

In 2010, the “Fight with SAS” tournament was organized to benefit Sherry Ann Suttmiller and her family in her battle with pancreatic cancer.

THUMBS UP

In 2000, the Enid Community Foundation was established as a way to help residents make gifts to area nonprofits.

Now known as the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, its fund is bigger than ever, with more than 140 funds totaling $13.7 million.

We’d like to give thumbs up to a new funding method available through the end of the year.

Individuals who are 701⁄2 years old or more may consider making a gift from a traditional IRA without incurring income or estate taxes. That provision will end Dec. 31.

This is a great way for donors to keep on giving after they are gone.

THUMBS DOWN

Thumbs down to the possibility of skyrocketing milk prices.

That’s a potential byproduct of bickering over renewing the nation’s farm bill, which has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.

The House and Senate recently started long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill.

If they stall, dairy supports might expire this year and shoot the price of a gallon of milk skyward.

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