Stillwater News Press

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: http://www.turf.okstate.edu/esurvey 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

Stillwater

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters to the Editor
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Stocks
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment
Must Read