The Duncan Banner


February 10, 2013

Notebook clutter clean again

DUNCAN — Odds and ends, bits and pieces and an opinion or two while cleaning another notebook that filled more rapidly than expected.

Weeks ago, when members of the Duncan City Council met to approve its 2013 budget, not a single citizen was in attendance. City staff members and councilmen, who worked hard on the complex document, were disappointed and perhaps even confused by the apparent lack of concern. We thought it was and is significant information, data worthy of review.

So today, you’ll find the start of a week-long, multi-part series on how the City of Duncan will generate, plan and spend $61 million over the current fiscal year. Compiled and written with help from the city by Mike Smith, a veteran Associated Press writer who has handled other special projects for us, it’s an interesting read, one we hope you find informative and useful.

… Congratulations to Tommy Edwards and Ricky Mayes on their unopposed re-election to the Duncan council for another three years … either apathy or satisfaction was responsible … let’s assume the latter … both are good, hard-working, caring servants …

Might follow activity in Norman. It’s adjusting its recycling plan. Valuable lessons may be learned there with regard to new Duncan program.

… Yes, thank you. Recent columns on suggested improvements at Abe Raizen Park and downtown Duncan drew response …

You agreed a deeper monetary investment at Abe Raizen might help a heavily used, but tired, Abe Raizen … you said an irrigation system might eliminate the need for annual replanting … you noted parents shouldn’t have to maintain the fields … you liked the park beautification concept … you echoed the need for higher leisure time commitment and consideration of higher priorities on all city services … and you added a steady dose of tender loving care would help.

… You liked ideas to revitalize the downtown area, but wondered if current leadership is strong enough to make anything significant happen … you said a catalyst is needed and noted it will take more than conversation … you questioned the return on any investment … you said the city should take the lead … and you said we’re running out of time to either save the downtown or to retain its ambiantic role as the heritage of our community …

Good comments, all. If there is a downtown conversation, let’s consider placing a large (real or artificial) community Christmas tree in the intersection of Main and 10th Street each holiday season.

 … For years, we Rotarians have teased about the proper time or suitable place to wear our impressive but bulky Paul Harris Fellow medallions that recognize our commitment to one of the world’s most benevolent foundations … like most, mine sat in its case, untouched, for 28 years, until last Friday when I proudly wore it at a district function honoring Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka and President-elect and Duncan-born Ron Burton in Norman …

Bobby Richardson has been named an honorary Rotarian by the Duncan club … what a great club member he has been … wonder if Cecil Brewer, owner of the Lindley House Garden Cottages, has ever considered purchasing the old Lindley Hospital property to create a unique resort?

… Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Remember that special someone else …

Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Remember, it was a year ago on Feb. 14 Duncan voters agreed to fund a $19.3 million bond issue to renovate 51-year-old Duncan High and to embrace needed technology advancements within the system … it’s good to hear planning continues, but you would think construction might have begun by now.

… The “delay” could, I suppose, be a good thing. Is there any logic to considering and approving a new, immediate and additional school bond issue that would address student safety at all of our campuses? The tragic shootings in Connecticut might serve as an unfortunate wake-up call for once unnecessary measures that now seem critical. Pushing for the state’s best and safest school system not only benefits our children, it provides one of the most powerful economic development tools possible …

Might follow Tuesday’s school bond election in Moore … voters to consider $126 million issue for building projects.

… Sorry to hear about funding issues with the new Duncan High tennis courts, but thrilled to see such a marvelous program continue to represent our city on and off the court …  

Eastland Grill is featured in the current edition of Oklahoma Today magazine … preparation of our next edition of Duncan … the magazine is under way … look for it in late March … subscriptions, mailed first class, for out-of-town friends, family and former residents are only $19.95…call 255-5354 for details … thanks for a good job to departing sports editor Greg Crews.

…Finally, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care …

Have a nice day!

580-255-5354, Ext. 130

Text Only
  • Governor, state Legislature have misplaced priorities

    If the Oklahoma State Legislators and our Governor spent less time interfering in women’s rights to manage their bodies, creating ways to lay more taxes and fees on the middle class in order to generate more tax breaks which benefit only the wealthy while also conceiving methods with which to fill Oklahoma’s for-profit prisons, they would be doing all of us a favor. Instead, why not work to enhance funding for our schools and wage increases for all school employees? While reforming the state’s educational budget, why don’t they approve wage increases for our Oklahoma State Troopers and enlarge their Academy to insure qualified individuals are ready to fill the upcoming vacancies as many of the older force retire?

    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

    April 9, 2014

  • Legislative goals crucial to priorities in education

    I am a member of several professional organizations where I attend regular meetings, network with colleagues, and stay abreast and informed on education best practices.  The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, better known as CCOSA, is a nonprofit organization that establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers, and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of schools. Attendance this time of year is especially critical because legislators are in session.

    March 28, 2014

  • An impressive ranking that could be better

    That Duncan was named one of the best 15 communities in Oklahoma by Movoto, a national Real Estate company, is news worth celebrating.
    Of 43 places with population of 10,000 or more, as determined by the U.S. Census data, Duncan finished 15th. Norman was first, Edmond second, Yukon and Moore tied for third and Bethany was fifth.

    March 9, 2014

  • Kids shouldn’t have to pay for having punster parents

    Friends and neighbors, I’ve been cloistered in my Thought Chamber for the past few days, contemplating many high-brow philosophies and haughty hypothesis that we who think on a different level use to exercise our finely-tuned minds and remain intellectually superior to the Great Unwashed.
    As you see, the time alone has been intellectually beneficial. I just composed an opening sentence (what we in the journalism dodge call a “lead”) that’s 46 words long.

    March 9, 2014

  • The blissful serenity of No-TV Land

    Life without TV is possible. Maybe you should try it. I did. It’s a do-able thing, I tell you. I’m still here, no worse the wear, no oozing wounds, no serious loss of brainwave activity except for the slow, inexorable downhill decline that already started when TV viewing was a daily occurrence.

    Granted, two months without the tube is quite likely not a scientifically acceptable sample from which is to hold forth. But it’s the best I can do, so deal with it.

    March 9, 2014

  • Cooper’s message is to remain active

    Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the Dallas physician who coined the phrase “aerobics” more than four decades ago, who has become a world leader in physical fitness and who has saved, literally, thousands of lives by promoting the value of an active lifestyle, shared his philosophy of life here last week.

    March 9, 2014

  • Time to take the “B” out of the “Three R’s”

    Our young folks are hitting the stretch drive toward the end of another school year, during which they’ve been taught “Three R’s”, which are not really “r’s” at all.
    In case you missed it, reading is the only one of the “Three R’s” that actually begins with the letter “r.” Writing starts with a “w” and arithmetic begins with the letter “a.” There are two reasons we drop the “w” from “writing” and the “a” from “arithmetic”: 1. For poetic flow in the age-old saying; and, 2. many people have a secret yen to talk like the Beverly Hillbillies.

    February 23, 2014

  • Thank you for lettin’ me be myself again

    Friends and neighbors, hope I don’t sound like the biggest egomaniac since Donald Trump, but you know, I am the most interesting person I’ve ever known.
    Forgive me if — on first blush — that sounds like the most totally self-aggrandizing statement you’ve ever heard. And if you’ve headed to the restroom to express an editorial opinion about the statement above, I’ll stop for a couple minutes.

    February 15, 2014

  • Buzz misfired in Vanity Fair body slam of Duncan

    As the new kid in town, I’m reluctant to leap atop the ramparts to defend the honor of Duncan, Okla., my new adopted hometown.
    But to heck with that. When an out-of-towner comes into your house and soils your rug, it’s on.
    I speak, of course, about the article in Vanity Fair magazine about Duncan and the  killing last year of Chris Lane, the Australian who was gunned down in August.

    January 24, 2014