Friday, May 20, 2016

An open letter to my state Senator Greg Treat and House Rep Kevin Calvey. District 47/82

Dear Senator Treat and Representative Calvey,

I am a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and a 20 + year resident of your district. My wife as well as my son are graduates of PC North and my son is a current student at OU majoring in engineering. 

I am proud to be part of this community.

At the same time I am deeply saddened for my state due to the apparent ineptitude and lack of courage from our state legislature. It seems there is far more energy spent debating irrelevant issues as opposed to fixing the many real problems we have. 

The facts speak for themselves as we lead the nation in the top 10 in several negative categories including teen pregnancyobesitydivorcesmokingleast fit,least education funding, and on and on. Pretty much look up any statistic that ranks a state negatively and you will find Oklahoma right at the top.  

Lately is seems each day we are the news for legislation that hurts the poor or legislation with intent to create costly lawsuits we cannot afford. 

Never does it seem we hear about our elected legislators coming together to make the hard decisions that are necessary for the state and for our people to not only survive the current state economic and social crisis but to step forward with a positive future.

Unmovable ideology and pandering to the lobbying check writers will not push this state forward. Only true courage to make hard decisions that protect those among us that are the least protected, provide quality education and a revenue stream that ensures balanced economic strength will save us. 

Senator Treat and Representative Calvey this is a time when leaders can rise. The greatest crisis can lead to greatest opportunity to really make a difference. Will that be you?  

I hope that it will and that you and your peers can stop frivolity and instead will do what great leaders through history have always done by putting politics aside and placing the real needs of the people as the priority. 

Failure to do so will only keep us on the road to continued disaster. Senator Treat-Representative Calvey, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Now is the time to make that choice and I for all our sake I hope you make the right one. 


David Copeland