ENID, Okla. —
We’ve heard that word a lot lately. What it means is across-the-board federal budget cuts that are affecting every facet of our lives.
We reached that point because the politicians in Washington, D.C., couldn’t agree to anything, much less how to get the federal budget under control. Sequestration was supposed to be so awful, there was no way anyone in either party would allow it to happen.
Well, we know how that worked out. The budget cuts took effect and sequestration has become a part of our vocabulary.
Already, though, we’ve seen cracks appearing and politicians back-tracking, particularly with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Before the budget cuts took effect, FAA officials announced their plans to deal with the loss of money. That included furloughs of air traffic controllers, the possible closing of towers and other measures.
Then, when the results of the furloughs became apparent — as in flight delays across the country — the politicians suddenly stepped up. In the name of public safety, politicians came up with the money to bring controllers back and end the furloughs.
We have to wonder, though, whether it was all about public safety or whether lawmakers didn’t want to have to wait in line like the rest of us as they headed out of Washington for their weeklong spring break.
Meanwhile, our national defense suffers from sequestration. The Air Force, for instance, has grounded a third of its fighters and bombers because of the cuts. Not flying consistently is going to affect those pilots’ abilities and in the long term hurt readiness.
Maybe if it inconvenienced a politician, something would be done.
ENID, Okla. —
State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be
Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.
Voters have decisions to make in August races
Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.
Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.
Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.
Stars in our eyes
We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.
Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up
Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.
The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving
Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.
Water, water everywhere?
As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.
Sheriff’s office, emergency management get new home
The sheriff’s office and emergency management office will move in October or November to the former Grady Robbins Army Reserve Center on Oxford. The building has been unused since 2011 when the Armed Forces Reserve Center opened at Vance Air Force Base.
Airline passengers should not be casualties of war
Nowhere in the flight attendants’ patter did the word “missile” appear, and the chance their gleaming Boeing 777 would be brutally slapped from the sky likely never even appeared even as a niggling doubt lurking in the darkest corners of the passengers’ minds.
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