Columns/Opinions

Tue
11
Feb

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
The Oklahoma economy is still very healthy and we saw revenues continue to go up in January in the state treasurer’s report. The unemployment rate has dropped by almost 2 percent and Oklahoma families have seen their incomes rise by more than 6.3 percent since 2011. Governor Mary Fallin has unveiled her fiscal year 2015 executive budget, the first step in the budget negotiation process as required by our state constitution. In it, she is calling for a $50 million increase for education, a $2.4 million increase for corrections and a $2 million increase for the state medical examiner’s office. To make these proposed increases in a responsible way, she is proposing a 5 percent budget cut too many other agencies. She is also calling for a quarter of a percent reduction to the state income tax and yet keeping state revenue healthy by eliminating certain tax credits.
 
Tue
04
Feb

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
President Barack Obama gave his yearly State of the Union speech Tuesday, January 28. Almost immediately, Congressman Frank Lucas offered his rebuttal, which the Beacon received by e-mail. In it, Lucas laid out point by point everything he disliked about the speech. Ignoring the actual substance of both Obama’s remarks and Lucas’ rebuttal, the tone of Lucas’ e-mail is everything that is wrong with American politics right now.
 

 

Tue
04
Feb

My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt.
 
For almost 15 years, people making purchases in Washita County have been paying a 5/8 cent sales tax to support the OSU Extension Center, senior citizen centers in the County, the fair, the health services department, and County maintenance. What those purchasers probably don’t realize, however, is that over 80% of the funds collected from that sales tax do NOT go to support those groups. That 80+% goes directly to the Washita County general fund. As stated in the story on the front page, in the fiscal years 2009 to 2013, over $6 million dollars was raised through the 5/8 cent sales tax. Of that amount, over $5 million went to the general fund - meaning only $956,000.00 was distributed to the only groups actually named on the ballot!
 
Tue
28
Jan

More Work At The Capitol Begins

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
Committee chairmen are pushing to wrap up their hearings before the legislative session begins. I have been busy participating in hearings on the Office of Management and Enterprise Service, which manages agency accounting, agency purchasing, fleet services and other programs. We also reviewed Merit Protection Services, the state auditor’s office, the state treasurer’s office, and other independent agencies and departments. These reviews are mainly agency requests for money but is also our opportunity as representatives of the people to question them on any area that may seem deficient or not serving the taxpayer as intended to hold them accountable as we prepare for the 2014 session which begins Feb. 3. We are contemplating a small dip in state revenue due to a cyclical lag in the corporate income tax. Pretty much all other revenue streams are up or steady.
 
Tue
28
Jan

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
At the Cordell Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Lavern “Straw” Berry, the entertainment, made decisions the theme of his show. He asserted that where we are in life is a direct result of the decisions we make, which he then followed with a catchy poem about roping a bear. Roping bears aside, Straw hit the nail on the head. We control our own destinies. If I didn’t believe that, I would have given up a long time ago. One of the biggest decisions I made in my life was to commit to track and field in college. My experience there would shape my world view, and prove Straw’s assertion to be completely true.
 
Tue
21
Jan

LOOK BACK, LOOK WEST

It is said that adobe is the oldest material for building permanent structures used by the human race. Maybe that is true. I know that adobe bricks were made by the Israelites when they were in Egypt during the time of Moses, and they made them the same way then that they were made in the early days of our own country  
 
Tue
21
Jan

Washita County Museum News

This week I will review with you happenings that occurred during the 1890s which divided Washita County, causing several killings and was the reason that some early day homesteaders gave up and left their claims before proofing them, “open range versus closed range.”   
 
Tue
14
Jan

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker

In his January 8, 2014 article, Wayne Boothe expressed concern about the future of Washita County and Cordell. As someone who doesn’t know what Cordell was once like, I cannot comment on whether or not it has  deteriorated, but the population loss speaks for itself 
 
Tue
14
Jan

A Word From The Superintendent

Brad Overton

In my article this week, I would like to discuss an issue that is somewhat aggravating. I am sure some of you will feel the same; however, some of you may not share my sentiments. This issue has to deal with being patriotic or respectful. I am not really sure which adjective is most appropriate, probably both. I guess you can decide during the course of this article.
 
Tue
07
Jan

Get 2014 Off To A Healthy Start

By Governor Mary Fallin
 
With the holiday season behind us, it is a good time to refocus our lives and reevaluate our goals. At the beginning of every year one of the top resolutions for many people is to lose weight, get in shape and live healthier lives.
Change can be difficult and at times seem nearly impossible, but committing to change is important for the sake of our families, our longevity and for our wallets
 

 

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