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. —
Evil at 9:02 a.m.
Nineteen years ago today — at 9:02 a.m. — an unspeakable act was committed against Oklahomans and this nation, when conspirators led by Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people — 19 of them children in a building day care center.
Nearly two decades have passed since an ammonium nitrate-fueled bomb inside a Ryder truck devastated the Alfred M. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
Mini purchase provokes maximum anxiety
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Smoking in Enid’s public parks may be banned by city
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Because there are so many unopposed incumbents, open seats draw the most activity
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Loving the hate away sounds simple, is anything but ...
Somebody hates the fact somebody else has more stuff, more land, more resources, than they do, so they go to war.
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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
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