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Archive for: April 2013

Betty Tharp: very disturbed at the direction I see my nation changing

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am Betty Tharp. I was born in Piedmont 12-20-1924, 88 years ago. I am very disturbed at the direction I see my nation changing. I was a young bride during World War II and terrible memories that I have of events preceding and during the war in Germany are being repeated in our nation.

I recall reading that young people were encouraged to have as many children as they could, turn them over to the government to raise and marriage was not necessary as the people were too busy with the war effort to be bothered with families. Just drive past the children’s homes and think, ‘These are our nation’s children.’ How did that turn out? This week, I hear via TV that one in the high places said that our children didn’t belong to the parent but to the government. Did you hear that also? Does it send chills up your spine as it did mine? Remember Hillory’s book, It Takes A Village To Raise A Child? Is this what she meant? I feel that it is. Remember our president, before the election, saying that ‘You didn’t make your own success of your business, the government did that.’ Did that make you angry as you think how you toiled to achieve success? Well, it does make me angry! Read more →

Forest Wells: No one is more of a believer in private property rights than yours truly

No one is more of a believer in private property rights than yours truly, but when a property owner does something, or attempts to do something, that affects the very definition of my property rights and the value of said property that I own and pay taxes on, I then feel that I have every right to object.

It is completely understandable that landowners are mesmerized by the power of the almighty dollar when Wind Company X offers large compensation for permission to place a few wind turbines on their property, and all the landowner has to do is sign a piece of paper, put their feet up, turn on the TV and check the mailbox.

Sort of similar to having gas and oil wells pumping away, but there are some differences.

The oil and gas business is quite probably one of the heaviest regulated industries in the world, and is required by law to ante up to the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) to fund the reclamation of old and abandoned well sights around the state, some that have been around since the early 1900’s. Read more →

Voters nix Piedmont road bond issue

By Roger Pugh and Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont voters Tuesday, by a three-to-one margin, turned down a $6 million bond issue proposal to repair several major Piedmont streets.

Unofficial election results show voters turned down the issue by a margin of 71.2 percent to 28.8 percent. The actual vote was 646 against the proposal to 261 in favor. Voters in all three precincts turned down the bonds by similar margins.

The proposal would have reworked stretches of at least seven Piedmont roads.

City officials said they would now go back to the drawing board to see if they can come up with a plan that might be more acceptable to the electorate or to find another way to make at least some road repairs.

Piedmont City Councilman Charles Coffman said he thinks the council overestimated the amount of people that were willing to pay the property tax hike that they would have paid at a rate of 13 percent on a month-to-month basis.

Coffman said he wished the bond proposal could have passed, especially on 164th Street and not because he lives near there. He said that arterial roadway is a bicycle route, and more importantly, it is an emergency medical services route as well as a roadway that takes students to Piedmont Elementary and to Stone Ridge Elementary. He said his biggest concern was to fix that roadway so it was safe for Piedmont children. Read more →

Update: Voters turn down bond proposal by a 3 to 1 margain

By Matt Montgomery and Roger Pugh
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont voters Tuesday, by a three-to-one margin, turned down a $6 million bond issue proposal to repair several major Piedmont streets.

Unofficial election results show voters turned down the issue by a margin of 71.2 percent to 28.8 percent. The actual vote was 646 against the proposal to 261 in favor. Voters in all three precincts turned down the bonds by similar margins.

The proposal would have reworked stretches of at least seven Piedmont roads.

City officials said they would now go back to the drawing board to see if they can come up with a plan that might be more acceptable to the electorate or to find another way to make at least some road repairs.

Seven roads were slated for major reconstruction if the bond issue passed and up to three additional streets would have also been reworked if any bond funds remained after the first seven streets were completed.

In other election results of local interest, voters living in the Oklahoma City limits in the Piedmont area joined with other voters throughout Ward One to unseat Ward 1 Oklahoma City Councilman Gary Marrs. In the two Piedmont polling places where Oklahoma City residents cast ballots, challenger James Greiner outpaced Marrs 23-18, while at the Surrey Hills Baptist Church polling locations, Greiner topped Marrs 132-92. Throughout the Ward, Greiner outpolled Marrs 1,775 to 1,333.

Voters say ‘NO’ to road bond issue

Piedmont voters Tuesday, by a three-to-one margin, turned down a $6 million bond issue proposal to repair several major Piedmont streets.

Unofficial election results from the Canadian County Election Board show voters turned down the issue by a margin of 71.2 percent to 28.8 percent. The actual vote was 646 against the proposal to 261 in favor. Voters in all three precincts turned down the bonds by similar margins.

The proposal would have reworked stretches of at least seven Piedmont roads.

Watch for updated information and comments from city officials.

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