The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


December 3, 2012

Letter: It may be time for a fresh start

ENID, Okla. — The upcoming city council election provides an excellent opportunity to consider Enid’s present state of affairs. Perhaps changes are needed.

If you live in a working-class neighborhood, take a look around. Have the potholes in your street been fixed? Are the streets being swept? Are the easements and drainage ditches being mowed often enough? During the water crisis, did rude city employees demand proof of your private well? In short, are you perfectly confident the present city administration will provide adequate water and other basic services?

Look at downtown, too. Enid voters told the city not to build the “Recession Center,” but they’re building it anyway, with that $20 million of “city money.” I don’t know what “city money” is, but it’s clearly not “citizens’ money.” And $20 million was a bit short — the current cost is $34 million and rising.

Is the city continuing to buy property between downtown and Garriott? Is this so they can bury power lines when the green belt is finished? In other words, is the entire Gateway project proceeding despite voters’ rejection of it?

Did city leaders, in a snit after voters rejected Gateway, simply split on democracy and arrogantly bully their way ahead in a ruthless, totalitarian disregard of the voters? Reasonable folks might think so.

If these questions concern you, please question the council candidates and demand clear-cut positions from them. Then, vote accordingly. Together, we can stop this nonsense.

Court Atchinson


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