Elmo and Hitler: 39 Words Apart
After reading Bill Leighty's "Rename the Brady District," in which Mr. Leighty suggests that the Brady name remain but the namesake be that of a little known black man named Elmo Brady, I decided I hated his suggestions.
It wasn't because of what Sesame Street's Elmo did; I still like Elmo. But Mr. Leighty perpetuates a cover-up attitude with no proper feelings towards recognizing the holocaust involved.
He suggests we hold a public burial ceremony of the Tate Brady racist legacy, "extinguishing his evil ways forever." Let us bury Hitler too so we can forget about his deeds.
Then he suggests we reenergize Tulsa's Juneteenth celebration in an annual event. Why not be acquainted with and continue to acknowledge and represent the event that transpired in 1921 as an appropriate unification occasion with better understanding? It was real and horrible but is little understood, known or taught. Never bury it; expose it.
Changing the name from Brady to Brady, sort of "a rose is a rose is a rose," well that is Sofa King stupid; I hate it. "Greenwood Art District" makes sense. If we want a different Brady, use the Brady Bunch Art District.
-- James Weigant
(Kudos for working in references to child molestation and genocide in reference to an arts district. --Ed.)
Well, YOU'RE a Mostly-Left-Leaning Writer
Your rag reminds me of the Berkley (sic) Barb. It was not unlike the UTW mostly-left-leaning writers who were anti-government then began to love big government. I moved here about six years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived there all my life, 53 years to be exact. My only regret is not moving here sooner. Tulsa is my home. I'm not going to try to get you to reconsider Obamacare. No liberal will ever admit they were wrong, although many democrats who claimed we needed it are having second thoughts.
No, what I want you to do is take a long look in the mirror, Oklahoma, and ask yourself why are we on the bottom of the list for health in America? Could it be that we consume the most chew? More than half the men I work around daily have their cheeks filled with tobacco. Over half the women in the office smoke. Take a hard look, Oklahoma, at your youth. Ever sit at a stop light at a high school, or even a grade school and see the obese kids waddling across the street? See the mothers buying doughnuts and Coke for their kids for breakfast on their way to school? How about the plates in most restaurants with food piled high and people who barely can squeeze behind the table in the booth going for seconds? Could it be we Oklahomans are fat and in poor shape because of our lifestyle that we have chosen? It has not been imposed upon us. Face it: Okies are obese and have poor health due to poor choices.
My last trip back to San Francisco had me noticing how less obesity is an issue there and how fit most people appear to be. Let's tackle those problems right now. As for lack of health care, my in-laws are all Arkies and Okies. Most of them are dirt poor, yet none of them have ever gone without help from a doctor when they truly needed it. Health care is available to all. It is not the best system, but let's fix what is broke rather than impose a Federal bureaucracy upon the states. Like most things government does, it will lower the level of services to EVERYONE rather than help lift those who need it up. Let's fix our bad habits first, then ask the taxpayers of Oklahoma to help those less fortunate.
-- Ken Mason
Nickels and Dimes Add Up
Welcome to "New Texas."
Oklahoma is following the Lone Star state's "stick it to the little guy" example by raising fees, licenses, and permits instead of raising taxes.
Okie voters stopped tax hikes forever in 1992 when they passed a constitutional amendment requiring a statewide vote on all tax increases unless lawmakers get approval from three-fourths of both houses of the Legislature.
So while 23 percent of Okies voted for Texan Ross Perot for president, the majority thought they had stopped any new shakedown of Aunt Minnie and Uncle John from the forks of the creek.
Then, the robber barons at the State Capitol found a way around it.
Last fiscal year, state income from fees, etc. jumped 48 percent, or $194 million, over the previous year to nearly $600 million, mostly due to raising hospital provider fees.
This year's hit on us small fries was to raise the fee for obtaining or renewing a four-year driver's license by $12 to a total cost of $33.50. Fishing and hunting licenses will be next. Here's how to stop the "greedy guts" in the Legislature: pass a "Keep Your Mitts Off My Fees" amendment to the constitution to make a three-fourths of both legislative houses approves the new or raised fees or submit them to you and me for a vote.
-- Virginia "Blue Jeans" Jenner
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