Se­niors for SQ 793

Tulsa World - - Opinion - Con­nie Ull­man, Tulsa Con­nie Ull­man is a Tulsa County se­na­tor in the Ok­la­homa Sil­ver Haired Leg­is­la­ture.

I ap­plaud the let­ter writ­ten to the ed­i­tor by a Mor­ris res­i­dent ac­tive in pub­lic schools (“Al­low re­tail stores to of­fer op­tom­e­try ser­vices to serve all fam­i­lies,” Sept. 9).

It stated af­ford­able eye care for chil­dren, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas is of­ten un­avail­able.

Vis­it­ing an op­tometrist can be very inconvenient.

The same ap­plies to our se­nior cit­i­zen pop­u­la­tion. The Ok­la­homa Sil­ver Haired Leg­is­la­ture, an ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion for se­nior cit­i­zens, has been for sev­eral years try­ing to con­vince our Leg­is­la­ture to pass leg­isla­tive amend­ments to the ap­pli­ca­ble law to al­low mer­chan­dis­ing stores to have op­ti­cal ser­vices.

I'm sorry to say, to no avail. The lob­by­ists for the op­tometrists seem to have more pull with our leg­is­la­tors than our se­niors.

For se­niors, es­pe­cially those on a fixed in­come, be­ing able to go to one cen­ter for all their needs — gro­ceries, phar­macy, bank­ing, eye care and hear­ing care — is not only a con­ve­nience but of­ten all they are ca­pa­ble of do­ing be­cause of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions and trans­porta­tion.

The Ok­la­homa As­so­ci­a­tion of Op­to­met­ric Physi­cians would have Ok­la­homans be­liev­ing that these mer­chan­dis­ing stores now are ad­vo­cat­ing for the pas­sage of State Ques­tion 793 out of greed.

In 2016, our or­ga­ni­za­tion started look­ing into why this wasn't avail­able in Ok­la­homa, as it is in all but two other states. It was then I con­tacted Wal­mart to ask the ques­tion. The an­swer was the lob­by­ists were keep­ing them out.

Our or­ga­ni­za­tion at our 2018 leg­isla­tive ses­sion passed a res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing SQ 793, and we urge all Ok­la­homans to vote yes on Nov. 6. Ed­i­tor's note:

Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor | Tulsa World, P.O. Box 1770, Tulsa, OK 74102 let­ters@tul­saworld.com | For more Let­ters go to www.tul­saworld.com/let­ters

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