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A4 - THI PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 15, 2012 Op" lnlons Thank You The faculty and students of Perkins-Tryon Schools would like to thank the Board of Education for allowing us to attend the Lady Demons state basketball game Friday, March 9th. It was nice to have the oppommity to show our support for the Lady Demons and be a part of such an exciting event. P.T Faculty and Student Body Call For Candidates CREC members have voted term limits for their trustees. The next part of that is getting new candidates interesting in serving the membership. I've decided to file as a candidate fo r the role of trustee in District Two. This is to encourage others to step up and offer to serve, too. CREC is experiencing tremendous growth. Now is the time to get some new members on the board and bring fresh ideas to the table. My personal opinion is we need some board members in their 20s, 30s, or 40s. Not only do you represent a significant portion of our membership, you're our future and are in a better position to see some of the new issues coming down the pike. We need your hands in there helping guide the ship. Now is the time for you to get involved and help steer us firmly and decisively into the 21st century. The candidate filing period is only 6 days wide. For District 2 it' s March 14th through March 19th--THAT'S RIGHT NOW. Details are available from CREC. The other two Dislricts having elections this year will have similar filing periods in the coming weeks. Feel free to call me at 405-743-2865 if you have questions, comments, or want further encouragement to get involved. Please consider how you and your neighbors might serve our CREC community. Stu Preston Perkins It's Here; the Frenzy of March Madness. The buckets of $im,.wiaga may, ia,ease those waistlines, but studies say, oot, Root, Root for the home team (good for B B too), is good r Mind, Body, and Spirit. March is also the time when, workplaces do some number- q'unching on the exlss in employee productivity stimated at 8.4 and_$192 million last year); money bet o!ii efern the number of flsnes workers hit;he "Boss Button" - computer software that iilstantly hides liye video of games with a phony business ,readsheet. Thi's: w activated more than 3.3 million times g the first 4 days of last year's tournament. : The NCAA Bask,.all Championship, better known as, ,arch Madness,"or'q'heBigDance" - is a time to give us mething to cheer about beyond the game itself. If history .find science hold tree, no matter the outcome of the three-week tumey that begins March 13, most of the million watching will emerge as winners. 17k professor of Psychology says it's really not the games that D TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 667, iiiii !i;;i!ili! I Perkins, OK 74059-0667 ! Name ;::::* ii!i; Address #iiiiii City State  Zip Rates: One year in Oklahoma.. $30 One year out of state ...... $35 BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. Use the form above for your "friend" and list your name here: i: i iiii; ; The "Great Recession" of 2008 is something Americans will remember for a very long time. Individuals, families, businesses, communities and states were all dramatically impacted. Far too many good people lost just about everything. Families went from having two wage-earners to having none. Homes were foreclosed and lives were turned upside down. Although Oklahoma's energy industry delayed its arrival, eventually the economic storm rolled into our state as well In the face of this challenge, Oklahomans demonstrated their tenacity by tightening their belts and balancing their personal budget just like we had to do at the State level. Things are getting better but during a recent meeting at the mater. Being a fan gives us something to talk about, to share and bond with others. And for the vast majority of people, it's psychologically healthier when you can increase social connections with others. A leading researcher on "sports fandom" finds consistent results: people who identify themselves as sports fans tend to have lower rates of depression and higher self-esteem than those who do not. Sports "fandom" is really a tribal thing. It fulfills our Also, consider the unique nature of the tourna- ment itself - a series of back-to-back games over the course of several weeks with little to no,idle time in between when a casual fan might lose interest. Football's Super Bowl is another National event akin to a holiday, but it's only one game, and many times it's practically all over by halffime. Even if watched in solitude, March madness and other sporting events provide a diversion from the woes of life - if only for a few hours. Older people, especially when wid- owed or incapacitated, are more likely than others to relate to televised events. Watching sports helps people get outside themselves. So let the games begin. If you favorite team loses, choose another. Whatever the outcome, odds are excellent that each person-watcher will be a winner; in body, mind, and spirit. Next up, Baseball. "rake me out to the ballpark, take me out to the game .... This week, the House approved legislation designed to drive down violent crime rates in Oklahoma while also slowing the growth of state spending on corrections. To achieve that goal, the legislation would  crime-fight- ing activities by local police and require post-release supervision of all felons. House Bill 3052 establishes a grant program to fund crime reduc- tion initiatives by police, requires strict post-release supervision of all felons, and  a series of other strategic refonns designed to control prison growth. The legislation is based on the recommendations of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), which found that Oklahoma has extienced a 30-percent increase in prison spending over tlae past decade but essentially no decline in statewide violent crime. During Governor's residence, it was emphasized that while the Oklahoma economy is improving, it is still very reliant on the oil and gas industry. This has been a very cyclical industry in the past and we must use these times to broaden the base of our economy. This past week the State Treasurer released the latest revenue report showing how every category of revenue collections in our state is increasing. The news contin- ues to be extremely encouraging and in fact we've hit a milestone. According to the report, February collections marked the 24th month of growth. That's two years of continued improvement. In the past 12 months, all major sources of revenue were higher than in the previous 12 month period. This is very good news for Oklahoma. I believe it con- tinues to show that our efforts to make difficult budget decisions to reduce spending and balance the budget while enacting legislation aimed at creating more jobs has been a winning formula for our state. Economic growth must continue to be a high priority. We are now considering multiple proposals to eliminate inefficient tax credits and reduce the state income tax. In my judgment there are good tax credits such as the Quality Jobs Act which requires employers to increase jobs and pay good wages. My view on tax reduction is that we should proceed cautiously to ensure that we can continue to support core state services such as education, career tech programs, improvements in roads and bridges, caring for the least fortunate in our society, and other critical func- tions of government. Reductions can be made but future consequences such as another downturn in the oil industry must be carefully considered before proceeding. Policies that spur economic development should remain a central focus. I remain convinced that most people want the dignity associated with holding a good job. We need to support programs to train truck drivers, welders, engineers, business entrepreneurs as well as police officers, firefighters and agriculturalists. A talented workfolr, e with abroad array of Skills is the surest way to guarantee a bright future for ourselves and our children. We've made tremendous strides on our road to economy recovery. Now the challenge is to keep moving forward toward economic prosperity. If you have issues or concerns, please contact my office by telephone at 405-521-5572 or by email at halligan@oksenate.gov. I  honored to represent you in the Oklahoma Senate. .:,:,: that same time, the number of per-cta police officers declined while the number of felons releal from prison unsupervised House Bill 3052's grant program seeks to reduce violent crime statewide by 10 percent in five years by allowing local law enforce- ment agencies to apply for funds for crime fighting initiatives in high-crime areas. The  grant  would d $40 milh'on to local law enforcement agencies over the next ten years. House Bill 3052 also requires at least nine months of post-release supervision for any felon who leaves prison. Oklahoma has no such requirement currently and as a result, 51 percent of felons who leave prison do so without any supervision. A majority of felons who offend again do so within their first year of release from prison. House Bill 3052 would also impose faster, stricter sanctions on felons who commit technical violations of their probation programs, and the bill includes provisions providing incentives to reduce unluly inmate trJmvior in trisons, benefiting the coneclional officers who must deal with them. House Bill 3052 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 66-27 vote and now goes to the state Senate. This week we also approved two bills that will reduce the backlog Hattie's Main Place 307!h N. Main St., Perkins 'i by Hattie Prather (7 Custom Sewing, & Alterations Dry Cleaning/Laundry Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-I p,m (405) 547-5429 of bridges needing repair or replacement in Oklahoma. House Bill 2248 would provide an additional $19.2 million in Wanspoaation funding and continue increasing it until an exaa $550 million has been provided annually. House Bill 2249 would direct that an additional $25 million annu- ally in vehicle licensing fees and penalties go to county roads and Ixidges. That money provided by these two bills will allow the state to repair virtually every one of the 706 deficient blidges in Oklahoma wilhin eight years. As always, feel flee to contact me at (405)557-7304 or at leedenney@okhouse.gov. Harris 66 Roger Stevens 405.612.4522 Repair Hardware/Software Viruses/Spyware We Make Housecallsl