Sunday, July 17, 2005

Is Now the Time?

With the winds of change wisping through the air around T-Town lately, I've wondered if now is the right time for some honest, decent, fair and just citizens to put off the clothing of apathy and put on an outfit of public service.

In a real sense, the issues that confront us transcend political parties. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Reagan Republican. As Ronnie said about his switch of party affiliations (from the Democrat to Republican) that, "I didn't leave the Demoncratic Party, the Democratic party left me". I too, feel that party affiliations are no longer relevant, especially with local issues. This disenfranchisement includes President Bush and our Mayor Bill LaFortune. Both of them are RINO's. I mean, what Reagan Republican supports tax increases and expansion of government programs? They both do!

In the charter school arena, I found the only true supporters for meaningful changes to the Oklahoma Charter School Act came from Democrats. I observed that both Councilors Henderson and Turner, both Democrats supported the reform-minded Councilors Mautino and Medlock. From these examples I can assume that the issues were not about race or political affiliation. When it gets down to it, locally, we are Tulsans. We want to see positive change. We see the same names bouncing around our elections. We see interference from former elected officials who no longer live or work in Tulsa.

From this spirit of working togetherness that we have seen, now is the time to join hands, roll up our sleeves and get to work and get Tulsa working again. Don't wait on the government. But we can work through the government and seek to elect reform minded candidates. Get informed and get involved! There are many openings and elections coming in the next year. There is still enough time to get things organized. Now is the time!

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