Well, I was out early the other day, having my third cup of coffee and thinking about the fact that summertime is really here. The wind was still, it picks up later in the morning, the sky was clear. It is warm, some would call it hot, and really humid. This got me to thinking about a summertime years ago that was very similar in nature to what we are experiencing today.
I sat down to write this column about something else, but as I began to research I found an interesting site with quotes from Temple Grandin. I have used some of these in the past, but I realized that I needed to share some more. This woman has so much information and knowledge to communicate that will help us as parents and advocates understand a little more about the spectrum of autism.
I was sitting on my front porch having my first cup of coffee, thoroughly enjoying what the morning had to offer. Beautiful day today with a very light breeze, temp around 80 and clear skies. I was thinking about the past few days and a trip my wife and I made to the Ardmore area for a family reunion.
My brother called me the other day to talk about the NSA spying program leaked by Edward Snowden.
He said he has been fascinated by the response of politicians, particularly of their language regarding the incident, and the frequent use of the word treason in describing Snowdenâ€™s actions. Itâ€™s an extreme word used to elicit an emotional response.
The hyperventilating seems to span party lines.
My brother told me his impression is that these politicians are running scared, but he wasnâ€™t sure of what.
The strangest thing happened to me this week. A series of events that I am sure are completely unrelated and coincidental but none the less, strange enough to make a person take pause. Now I am not a big conspiracy theorist, but I have my fair share of thoughts on the capabilities of intelligence agencies and their ability to gather information in a Casper the ghost type fashion. The technology is vast and abundant and we have given the powers that be the ability to track our every move since the inception of the internet and the creation of wireless web.
My big brother, Ben, turns 60 this week. Seems hardly possible.
I still remember him as the athletic, devil-may-care teenager I always idolized.
We always were a kind of Mutt and Jeff combination. He bordered on being lanky, and I always was on the stubby side.
While I always was very concerned with following the rules, my brother generally would invite trouble in for dinner.
There was a great disparity in our athletic abilities. This was particularly evident on the baseball field.
Friday and Saturday I found myself on familiar territory when I visited the flood ravaged communities of Stapp Zoe, Haw Creek and Hontubby. I grew up in Zoe (as most people call it) and the area damaged from raging waters is my old stomping grounds. While I was there, I began to remember how different life down south is compared to living in Poteau.
May was a difficult, heart wrenching month for the state of Oklahoma.Â The lives of at least 40 men, women and children were cut short by tornadoes that ripped through towns and cities. Hundreds were injured, some severely. Almost 4,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
In the wake of these terrible storms, we saw suffering and loss.Â But we also saw something else: an Oklahoma Spirit that would not be broken and would not be defeated.
In the wake of the Moore tragedy, it shames me to say that the lowest form of human in our society has reared its ugly head. Immediately after the tornado devastated Moore, alerts for scam artist were being pummeled through the media. They were full of safety precautions, warnings and ways to ensure you are dealing with a legitimate donation site. And if that isnâ€™t bad enough, people are being arrested for looting through the devastated homes in hopes of financial or material gain.
Weâ€™ve received some constituent calls with questions about Senate Bill 71. The legislation was authored by myself and coauthored by Rep. John Bennett and would have allowed storage building manufacturers to move products to sales sites or customers for the price of one annual permit, rather than individual permits for individual loads.
Out of 1,369 Senate bill requests, Senate Bill 71 was first known as bill request number 7, so you can see that we filed very early. The bill was introduced on Jan. 3, 2013 when it was given the number of Senate Bill 71.