The Duncan Banner

February 10, 2013

Notebook clutter clean again

Ed Darling
The Duncan Banner

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!



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