The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


July 18, 2009

Volunteers earn well-deserved recognition


The Air Force Association, established Feb. 4, 1946, has been working to benefit the Air Force, and its people, ever since.

Enid’s AFA Chapter 214 has the most community partners, businesses or industries that support AFA, of any chapter in the nation. Until recently, Chapter 214 boasted not only the state AFA president, but the regional president, as well.

Besides trying to educate the public and politicians about the Air Force and the issues surrounding it, the local AFA chapter also supports airmen and their families by providing scholarships and helping sponsor events such as the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce’s annual Enlisted Appreciation Night.

The bond between Vance and Enid has long been recognized as one of the strongest in the country. Thumbs up to AFA and Chapter 214 for their role in keeping it that way.


Troubled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had somewhat faded from the spotlight after his mysterious trip down the Appalachian Trail turned out to be a tryst with his mistress in Argentina.

Now he is back in the news as South Carolina taxpayers learn how much the governor’s overseas jaunts cost them.

An Associated Press investigation found Sanford charged the state more than $37,600 for one first-class and four business-class flights overseas since November 2005. In the same period, other state employees flew coach.

Not all of his travel was related to his dalliances, but he did spend $8,687 for a trip to South America that included a visit with his mistress. He has since repaid $3,300 for part of that trip.

Sanford charged taxpayers $12,172 for a trip to China in 2007, flying business class. He flew to Poland on business class and charged the state $5,000, a business class trip to Munich cost taxpayers $4,685, while a first class trip to London in 2006 cost $7,065.

Thumbs down to Sanford, not only for his lack of morals, but his extravagance at the expense of South Carolina taxpayers.

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