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Letters to the Editor

June 29, 2010

LETTERS: Respond, rethink

STILLWATER, Okla. — Please respond

Stillwater utility customers, we would appreciate your assistance please.

An Internet survey, conducted by Oklahoma State University researchers, is being mailed to all city of Stillwater utility customers via a pamphlet inserted in bills received from June 7 to July 7.

Participation from local citizens is important to the success of this survey. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. To have your voice and opinion heard, please type the following link into your web browser: if you are a Stillwater customer who has not already completed the survey.

The purpose of this short 15-minute survey is to identify homeowners’ preferences for home landscaping and policy tools to deal with potential seasonal or emergency water shortfalls during times of drought or repairs. 

This research survey helps to serve in graduate student training and is part of a funded study by the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute.

Free Internet access is available at the public library at 12th and Duck in Stillwater. However, if you wish to receive a hardcopy in the mail, please contact us via phone 744-6169. Thank you for your time.

Tracy A. Boyer

assistant professor


Rethink laws

An arbitrary government is one in which ordinances are passed on whims, chance, impulse, not on necessity, reason or principal.  Stillwater City Council passes such ordinances: An ordinance to raise bus fares to $6 - to do away with the bus service - an

ordinance to not provide the mayor with an office, after being asked by four citizens to respect the mayor and give him an office. 

On June 14, Monday night special meeting, an ordinance was passed "to allow the sale of non-intoxigating alcoholic beverages at special events at Boomer Lake Park."

So on July 3, the Boomer Blast Fireworks will be one Big Beer Bust. The Parks and Recreation brain child is said to keep the event family friendly. Vendors will sell and serve the beverages in a designated area and the alcohol must be consumed there.

Why can't the citizens enjoy the 4th of July celebration event in the same way as in years past? Is there nothing sacred? Why didn't the city leaders put this on the agenda to be discussed by citizens? Why didn't they just put it on the ballot May (11) and let the people have a say? 

 When a person can be arrested and fined for having an open can of beer in a privately owned vehicle, where does the words, "non-intoxigating alcoholic beverage" come into play? Oklahoma law allows 3.2 beer to be sold in Oklahoma. It is 3.2 beer that will be sold at the Fourth of July Celebration at Boomer Lake Park.

If you condemn the action of our civil liberties being taken away, and city government being ruled by frivolous whims and despotic laws, then call and complain. Don't condone it by silence.

I don't want to see our kids growing up today believing you have to drink beer to have a good time. What does this say about our city being a good place for kids to grow up, and a good place to live and retire here?

Vera Long



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