The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 11, 2012

Thumbs up to relief sale, Russian visitors, program's anniversary

Thumbs up to the annual Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale.

The sale annually raises money for efforts to help people in the United States and around the world.

A popular part of the sale is the quilt auction. Many people spend the year making the quilts, then donating them to be auctioned.

We thank everyone who volunteered with the effort and everyone who contributed.

Thumbs up to the city of Enid and the delegation of Russian municipal officials who recently visited our community.

The Russians toured Enid as part of a national exchange program sponsored by Open World, through its affiliate Sister Cities program.

They stayed with host families and had the chance to visit quite a few Enid businesses and attractions. We’re sure everyone made a great impression on them.

Thumbs up to Rural Health Projects for 20 years of helping bring health care professionals to rural and under-served communities.

Based on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid campus, Rural Health Projects traces its roots to 1989, when Northwest Osteopathic Foundation was awarded an Area Health Education Center grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rural Health Projects has had some recent financial issues, but officials continue to work on their mission.

We’re glad they are.

Thumbs down to the lack of felt-tip pens at End polling places Tuesday.

In the past, voters have been able to use felt pens when they fill out their ballots.

With the new voting machines, people have to fill in boxes next to their choices. We’ve heard some complaints about how difficult it was to fill in the boxes with the ball-point pens at polling places.

The felt pens would work better.

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