BY SHARON MARTIN
Gov. Fallin, your party’s A-F school scoring system doesn’t work. Your education policies aren’t good for the children or their future. Equal education opportunities for every citizen, regardless of zip code?
Let them eat charter schools.
Your refusal to see to the healthcare needs of the poor and their families portends a dismal future for the citizens who voted you into office. Healthcare for the people? Who needs it?
When this oil boom is over, we will be left with crumbling infrastructure, broken down school system, the same unhealthy people, and a Mad Max world. What then?
Chris Christie, I can see right through you. Beneath your charming pragmatism is a guy who just wants to bust the unions.
According to Quality Counts 2013 Education Rankings, New Jersey makes the top 10. Yet, you cast teachers as failures in New Jersey. When a teacher has the nerve to ask you why, you point your finger at her and bluster, “I’m sick of you people.”
Your victory lap at a charter school says it all. It isn’t about the students or the teachers; it’s between you and the unions.
Mayor Bartlett, you claim to be all about putting more policemen on the streets, despite your history. What you really want to do is replace one of the best police forces in the state with low-wage, non-union deputies.
You tipped your hand when you unnecessarily laid off 124 policemen a few years ago. When you had to hire them back, you tried to take away their seniority and jack with their pensions.
Rookies, you said. You start over. Fortunately, you were overruled by law. But you are at it again. Like Christie and Fallin, you are a minion of deep pockets who just want unions busted and public services privatized.
If the people in Oklahoma and across the nation don’t wake up, they will see what the common man in Rome saw, the decline of a great nation brought about by war, greed, and policies that benefit a chosen few. But it will be our fault because we bought the sound bites and slogans instead of thinking for ourselves.
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer