Re­ject­ing the GOP

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Rep.-elect Karen Gad­dis, D-Tulsa, and Sen.-elect Michael Brooks, D-Ok­la­homa City, who won spe­cial elec­tions in House Dis­trict 75 and Se­nate Dis­trict 44, re­spec­tively. Th­ese vic­to­ries in deep-red dis­tricts show that Ok­la­homa vot­ers are roused to chal­lenge the ghastly neg­li­gence of the state’s Repub­li­can gov­ern­ment. Last week alone, we saw cuts to fos­ter par­ents, cuts to meals for the el­derly, and a riot at an un­der­staffed prison. Ap­pli­ca­tions for emer­gency teacher cer­ti­fi­ca­tions are at a record pace as qual­i­fied teach­ers flee the state. Tu­ition and fees rise at state col­leges starved for state fund­ing. An econ­omy hun­gry for qual­i­fied grad­u­ates goes beg­ging.

Only a few decades ago, bright young peo­ple from work­ing-class house­holds could work sum­mers and pay their tu­ition at state col­leges. Many of them are now re­tir­ing — as teach­ers, nurses, physi­cians and en­gi­neers. Back then, the state paid for most of their ed­u­ca­tion. Not any­more. Ok­la­homa’s Repub­li­can gov­ern­ment has de­cided the state’s oil com­pa­nies and wealth­i­est cit­i­zens need their money more than its fos­ter chil­dren, cor­rec­tions work­ers, teach­ers and stu­dents do. On Tues­day, vot­ers in two pre­vi­ously Repub­li­can-held dis­tricts loudly ob­jected.

Kris Lackey, Nor­man

Michael Brooks

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