The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 2, 2013

MAPC deserves thumbs-up for approving Chick-fil-A site

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission’s approval of a site plan for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the southeast corner of Carson Road and West Garriott.

The site plan, prepared and submitted by Burger Engineering of Dallas, specifies a 4,700-square-foot, 162-seat restaurant on almost 1.7 acres of land with 60 parking spaces.

Connie Sturgeon-Hart, Enid franchise owner, said she’s making the move to north of Dillard’s at Oakwood Mall because “we’re a drive-through society,” and sales have outgrown the current location inside the mall.

We’re excited about this retail development in Enid.

Thumbs down to anonymous Internet comments, particularly personal attacks on an individual’s character.

In an ongoing effort to prevent anonymous comments at http://enid news.com and our EnidNews Eagle Facebook page, we are eliminating false profiles. That means pseudonyms, aliases and fictitious identities.

If your real identity has been banned, please contact our online content coordinator at violeth@enidnews.com.

Thumbs up for the recent Safe For Me forum held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid and coordinated by the Garfield County Domestic Violence Task Force.

The event gave about 40 teens who live in foster homes and are about to turn 18 a chance to learn about domestic violence and its impact on children; the laws on domestic violence and sexual assault; healthy relationships and dating; social networking; and stalking and electronic harassment.

“The reason you are here is because something went really, really wrong in your past,” Garfield County District Attorney Mike Fields said. “But when you are 18, guess who gets to make the decisions? You do.”

Thanks to community presenters for teaching teens that past events do not have to shape their future.

Finally, thumbs down to the recent arson in eastern Garfield County.

Officials believe the fires are related. The State Fire Marshall’s Office has been contacted to assist in the investigation.

Anyone having information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of these crimes, or any other, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. Callers may remain anonymous and will not be required to testify.

Those with information also may contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244.

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