“It's not the time to talk about guns in the wake of this tragedy. Don't you dare politicize it,” say elected officials.
The people say, “But, something should be done. We elected you to do it. Only a minority of us have a gun at home. Three percent of Americans own half the guns. A majority of Americans think laws should be more stringent.”
“As I've said,” elected officials say, “it's not a gun issue, it's a mental health issue. Now, excuse me, I've got to go vote to slash the health and human services budget by millions of dollars.” City regarding water quality standards for the state. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality managers attend these meetings also.
These agencies talked about their concerns for water quality but when presented with an environmental horror story they do nothing to resolve it.
At first, they deny this is happening. When presented with the facts, they shrug and say there is nothing they can do about that. Apparently, they are fine with people spraying sewage water into creeks and creek water with E. coli counts 200 times what is safe for skin contact, according to Tulsa Health Department and the EPA.
That would appall any decent, thinking Oklahoman.
Because of lackadaisical enforcement of state environmental laws by the DEQ, many creeks, streams, rivers and lakes are severely polluted with E. coli. It has become an annual event for some state lakes to be closed due to E. coli contamination.
Oklahoma ranks as one of the most dangerous states in which to live. Why?
For a state with many natural resources, we do a poor job of protecting those resources and managing them efficiently and effectively. This state does little to protect citizens and our environment.
These two agencies and our legislators have not earned their pay. Let's remind them next election day and save Oklahoma. state budget bill,” Nov. 10).
Although 72 percent of the lawmakers voted for the bill, it was not enough to pass. The requirement that 75 percent of the lawmakers approve a revenue increase sets a bar that is just about impossible to overcome. I doubt that 75 percent of the lawmakers could even agree what to have for lunch, let alone coming together to raise taxes.
This requirement creates a dysfunctional government unable to cure basic infrastructure problems.
Editor's note: Fifty-six percent of Oklahoma voters approved SQ 640 in 1992. It required a 75 percent supermajority vote of both houses to pass a revenue measure or, if referred by the Legislature, a majority vote of the people.