The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 3, 2013

Letter: Consider the source!

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — In Saturday's paper were two items that are of questionable validity.

Tom Sailors said in his letter to the editor that the city should give financial priority to fixing the infrastructure over items we want such as parks.

Tom, when you were city manager in the 1960s, remember the bond issue to pay for a new police station that was voted down?

Following that rejection by the voters, you convinced the council to use funds from revenue sharing to build a new police station.

Why didn't you recommend fixing the infrastructure? Was it because you and the council wanted a new police station?

Bob Berry bought a half-page ad encouraging a “no” vote because of alleged overrun of expenditures for the Renaissance Center. He contends we should use our finances on other worthy projects.

Bob, you have filed suit against the city how many times? Not one trial judge or appellate court has agreed with your allegations.

As an attorney that spends considerable time in the courtroom, I know you were represented by the best legal counsel money could buy. Your unfounded allegations have cost the city over $300,000 in unnecessary costs and legal fees.

When submitted to an impartial trier of facts and both sides were able to present the full story, your allegations were determined to be unfounded.

Yet, you want us to "trust" your accounting in a newspaper ad? I don't think so.

So, when you go to the polls on Tuesday — consider the source of the information you are exposed to. Vote for what you think will be best for you and your family. If you also want to improve the quality of life in Enid, vote “yes.”

Jon and Diane Ford