Inked and Annoyed
(re: The Insider, May 9-15)
In the May 9 issue, you printed a column by Terry Simonson titled "Raising the Future, a Mother's Day Message," where he writes:
"We know girls are not immune to being fatherless. A girl needs a father every bit as much as a boy does. However, girls tend to take on a level of guilt that, somehow, they are responsible for their father's absence. This can lead to self-destructive behavior in the girls -- drugs, tattoos, piercings, wearing provocative clothing, smoking and drinking. Experts tell us most prostitutes are really only looking for the male approval they missed as children."
I am incredibly offended. I am a single mom. I am heavily tattooed. I had a father around, and he was a very caring and present force in my life until he passed away nine years ago. Everyone I know will tell you about my integrity, north-pointing moral compass, my ability to be mother and father to my daughter, and my undying dedication to her well being.
Although I agree with some points in the article, it is a rather broad generalization to lump "tattoos and piercings" into what is considered "self-destructive behavior." In case you haven't noticed, Terry, it's 2013. Prostitutes and girls with daddy issues are no longer the only women who sport tattoos, piercings and provocative clothing.
1952 called. It wants its narrow-minded, archaic, overly-chaste opinions and values back.
Kudos to the Lob
When a big Oklahoma employer does something right, I expect to hear cheers from chambers of commerce, Republican Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, Republican Governor Mary Fallin, Republican State House Speaker T.W. Shannon, Republican Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and Republican President of Oklahoma State University Burns Hargis.
But none of these big dogs said a word.
None had the courage to commend Oklahoma City-based hobby Lobby, with 20 Okie stores employing 2,400 for giving its full-time employees across the country a $1-an-hour raise.
That gives Hobby Lobby's full-time workers $14 an hour, almost double the dishonest $7.25-an-hour federal and Oklahoma minimum wages.
States can raise their minimum wage over the federal, and several states have.
But not in Oklahoma, where the bosses are cheapskates. A minimum wage, inflation-adjusted from 1968, would be $10.50 today, and this is not a "living wage."
As for Republican leaders, they were portrayed best by J.C. Watts, Sr. of Eufaula, Democratic father of former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr.: "A black man voting for the Republicans makes about as much sense as a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. You want a little bit more money and they all just pile on top of you like dogs."
--Virginia "Blue Jeans" Jenner
Courtesy Notre Dame
(re: Left Field, May 9-15)
Very nice article. I'm from South Bend and have been following Skylar since early in her high school career and can tell you point blank that you have a rare gem in Tulsa. Beyond the looks and poise, she's intelligent, street savvy, and a really good person. You won't have to worry about character issues or off court drama. Concerning basketball attributes, she's a good (not great) athlete, but what she lacks in pure athleticism she more than makes up for with basketball IQ, mental toughness, competitiveness and leadership ability (think Larry Bird and Magic Johnson). She also has that ultra rare cold-blooded killer instinct that only the best of the best have in common (Bird, Jordan, Kobe or Diana Taurasi). I admit to being biased, but after seeing her play in Tulsa for a couple of years, I think you will agree with every word I wrote. Enjoy the show, and please take good care of our hometown girl (I know you will). Oh, and thank Chicago for being dumb enough to pass on her. Good luck, Sky. Go Shock!
--Mark Kronewitter, via urbantulsa.com
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