The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 3, 2013

Thumbs up to NORCE bill, wedding show and more


Enid News & Eagle

— Thumbs up to Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, for his legislation to keep two state-run centers for the developmentally disabled open.

His bill, House Bill 2053, passed the House Human Services Committee by a 7-0 vote. It would prevent the closing of Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid and Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley.

The legislation also requires DHS to develop a plan for NORCE and SORC considering the concerns of families of clients and the state’s need for safety-net beds for seriously disabled residents.

We hope the full House, and eventually the Senate, approves this legislation, and it becomes law.



Thumbs up to the mega bridal show Weddings with Elegance.

The event combined two bridal shows into one grand event. Vendors showed off their products to plenty of people planning weddings, and fashion shows were held throughout the event.

It’s become a one-stop shop for those planning a wedding.

In this case, we certainly have to say bigger is better.



Thumbs up to the long-delayed confirmation of Robert Bacharach to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

His nomination sailed through the U.S. Senate last week by a vote of 93-0.

It’s about time. The nomination was put on hold last year in a display of pure politics. Republicans blocked Bacharach’s nomination in hopes Mitt Romney would win the presidential race.

Oklahoma Sens. James Inhofe and Tom Coburn played along with the shenanigans last year by voting “present,” even though both said Bacharach was highly qualified for the post.



Thumbs up to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs’ year-round drug disposal program.

OBN began installing permanent take-back boxes in law enforcement lobbies in March 2011, giving members of the public a way to safely dispose of unused or unneeded home medications.

Two of the boxes were set up in Enid, one at Enid Police Department and one at Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the program started, nearly 30,000 pounds of drugs have been collected for destruction.