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Ir 2--THE PERKINS JOURNAL t Thursday, lune 26 r 2003 Opinion TO TH0000ITOR . b/ " ', We weh'ome letters to the editor. All letters must be signed with ',a telephone number for verification of the writer (your telephone number won't be published). Please keep them as brief as possible. 'Letters may be edited for spelling, grammar, or length. The editor ,reserves the right to reject any letter that is considered libelous ',or in bad taste. Letters do not necessarily reflect the opinion of :the publishers. i m 'Early ed program will be long struggle In a recent column in The Perkins Journal Governor Brad Henry lauded the Early Childhood Education program. Some of the ben- efits he listed: the first five years of life are the most formative; a child who gets behind in first grade has only a one in eight chance ,of catching up; early childhood participants are more likely to con- tinue formal education into college; and each dollar spent on early .childhood education saves taxpayers seven dollars in later costs. Governor Henry said that passage of the Oklahoma Partnership _for School Readiness Act by the current legislature would go a long way toward giving the children of Oklahoma the opportunity to ,succeed in life. True, but he left the impression that early education ,for every Oklahoma child is just around the comer He should have mentioned the fact that it took the legislature four years to pass the Act, and the 28 member panel is completely unfunded; no money for stamps, stationery, travel, meals, or meet- ing places. Will Oklahomans have to wait four more years to get State funding? , Governor Henry should have warned that the implementation .of such an important state-wide early education program will be a long and difficult struggle. At such a tender age, early childhood tykes don't have much of a -voice. They may make lots of noise, but few listen Perhaps Gover- nor Henry could be a spokesman for them to visit some CareerTech .Boards of Education to seek some of that picture money ! Cecil Acuff Perkins Did officer receive just sentence? Tennessee v. Garner 471 U.S. 1 (1985) states when deadly force can be used by a police officer. 1. Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect possesses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others; 2. When the suspect threatens the officer with a deadly weapon; 3. When there i s probable cause to believe that the suspectlps. eomtted a crime involving the infliction or threatened inflietmn of seriOUs ifhysical harm to the officer or Others, some WARNING MUST be given iffeasible. The Sixth Amendment gives the accused the fight to meet the accuser in a court of law, and to be presented with ALL the evi- dence against him. Quoted directly from Mr. Mason when Judge Murphy asked him what he had done, he replied, " I was performing my duty as a police officer -- I shot a fleeing felon". That particular quote should speak volumes and should also ring bells in anyones mind who reads it. Mr. Mason made a single PERKINS JOURNAL (usPs #42-1104O) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday at 135 S. Main and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Pomegranate, Inc, RO. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040.. Printed by the Stillwater NewsPress. Phone 405/547-2411 Fax 405/547.5640 e-mall: theperkinsjournal @theperkinsjournal.com website: www.theperkinsjournal.com Cindy and Keith Sheets-Publishers Rick Lomenick-Assistant Editor Sherry Clemens. Production Manager The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to: The Perkins Journal P.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059.0040 ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHTED 2001 MEMBER: Perkins Chamber of Commerce Perkins Main Street, Inc. Oklahoma Press Association National Newspaper Association rmmmlmmlllllmllml i lTO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form and mail with 1 i 00reh00i00ank00e tsJou rn a , I 1135 S. Main i iP.o Box 40 I Perkins, OK 74059-0040 I 1Name ................ IAddress ..... | - State ZI lCity "p Rates: One year in Oklahoma...$28 I One year out of state...$32 I 1BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 II _'off of the rates listed above if you are a current, paid lsubscriber. Use the form above for your "friend and list your 1 name here: I L II I I I I I I II I tll I I I Ill l J choice that not only changed his life but the life of the accused, Kenneth Bailey. District Attorney Rob Hudson said that Mr. Mason did not know any better, had only been on the job 30 days as a reserve officer and that was taken into account. I have to wonder, if anyone else committed such an act with such devastating results, would they receive the same sentence? The fact is this: Mr. Mason acted as the judge, jury and ultimately the executioner of Kenneth Bailey. Why did this happen? Thanks, Shawn Crain 00he Write A weekly column by Rick Lomenick Journal Assistant Editor It finally looks -- and feels -- like summer has finally arrived. It became evident earlier this week that most likely gone are the unseasonably mild temperatures we experienced just over a week ago. Sure it was probably too good to be true to think they would be the norm this summer. So much for wishful thinking. But just like the frigid cold weather we experience in the winter, summer's furnace-like heat also serves a purpose. Area farmers are needing it to finish drying out what wheat is left in the fields so it can be harvested. Hopefully the yields will still be respectable. In addition, outdoor recreational facilities -- especially those with swimming areas -- need the heat to get folks to visit their establishments. I for one don't get too excited about taking a swim when it seems like you need to chip the ice from the water. Let's see the hands of those you who agree. But above all, the heat gives us something else to complain about even though it is inevitable that it will be here. But it is one gripe that you can get someone to agree with you about. Try getting someone to agree with you on just about any other topic. Here's hoping you enjoy your summer and the accompanying heat. At least until winter arrives and then the seasonal topic will change. Unlike the temperatures, the gasoline prices have been slowly dropping. And for those of us who'll be going on vacation in the near future, that will be a welcomed site for the wallet. I'll be the first to admit I don't fully understand what it takes for the prices at the pump to change. I figure it is either a complicated formula based on market trends, foreign imports, and politics or some money-hungry producer throws darts at a board with lots of numbers on it. Of course we all know the prices we pay at the pump aren't decided by those selling it to us. It is those selling it to the retailers. So when prices to finally start going up -- and it is inevitable they will -- don't harp on the nice person behind the cash register I for one believe that lower gasoline prices help promote tour- ism. And when folks travel, they buy more than just gasoline while traveling. In turn, it brings in revenue for communities. To me that is economic development in its purist form. ........ * * * * * With the approaching July 4th holiday,appling,.liw, stands are opening up at various locations. Please be careful when you shoot them off. Use extreme caution so not to injure either yourself or someone nearby. Also, keep a close eye for stray fires starting. As it continues to get hotter, the vegetation will begin drying up making for fuel for a stray spark. Have a great time celebrating our country's independence. ALUMNI from 1 about two days late, it was still acceptable by the Alumni's stan- dards, because they follow an informal RFP procedure and have no legal requirement regarding late bids. The Association felt that since the bank was out of state, they might not have heard about the bid request as .soon as local banks, and resulted in their bid being received late. Olney is a nine bank holding company based in Olney, Texas, which is located southwest of out of Graham, Texas The 2.58% unsecured loan offered by Graham was the lowest bid the Association received. The Bank of Oklahoma submit- ted the second lowest bid. If for any reason, an agreement cannot be reached between Olney, the Association would then enter into negotiations with the Bank of Okla- homa; their second choice. Trustees approved all recom- mendations made by the Associa- tion including their first and second choice lenders. Association President Bob Showing Our Pride One of the more perplexing things of modesty can sometimes work against an admirable trait, it shouldn't come at the expense home-state pride. That is why I applaud the state Department Believe in Oklahoma" campaign to give to be unabashedly proud of where they live and work. This is not solely a matter of selflessness. Although great place to do business and raise a family, researchers merce Department discovered some outdated and how many Oklahomans see their state. And a an impediment when it comes to recruiting Moreover, Oklahoma simply deserves better. It is long highlight the many positives of our state: a highly skilled workforce, a strong utilities, a great in the nation and an unrivaled can-do spirit. The cornerstone of the "I Believe in Oklahoma" "Oklahoma Stars" program, in which the Commerce spotlights and celebrates people who could be can Dream anywhere, but have chosen to ascend here in Oklahoma. While there are numerous people worthy of being Stars," I recently had the opportunity tc tions to that elite Bass, Noble-based Riskmetrics co-founder Ken Natural Gas president and chief operating officer Duncan-based Victoria Silks co-founder Rosella If you know of someone Star, check out www.ibelieveinoklahoma.com on the If you have questions or comments, please write of the Governor, Room 212, Oklahoma City OK "Contact the Governor" section of my website te.ok.us. Wichita Falls. The specific bank within the company the Associa- tion will be completing the obliga- tion with is Graham National Bank COMMISSION from 1 house, $35 per week for the County Administration Build- ing (CAB) and $25 per week for the Detention Center. When comparing prices, Hesser felt that Gary's was very reason- able for the amount of work completed. The third contract was with Unifirst, a uniform and floor mat company. The company takes care of uniforms for Building Engineer and the floor mats in the CAB. A contract with Hickerson Mechanical for environmental services was also approved The fee attached to this ser- vice was set at $108 per job and includes two hours per month installing new filters and checking the oil and all the motors. Paradise Cleaners' contract was approved. The service the cleaner provides is cleaning uniforms for the Payne County Sheriff's Office The contract with the Shel- tered Workshop was also approved for cleaning services. The contract included a $150 fee per month for the cleaning Newman and Bond Council Brett Clark were both on hand to explain the Association's recommendations and answer any questions Trustees of the County Administration Building only. Workers from the Workshop come every Tuesday and Friday along with two supervisors to clean windows, entry ways, elevator doors and other areas as needed when time allowed. Alliance Janitorial Services' contract was also approved. Cleaning services provided by Alliance included the court- house at a fee of $1395 per month and $1595 per month for the County Administra- tion Building. The difference in price, Hesser explained, is because all the supplies needed, such as toilet paper, etc, is furnished by Alliance at the CAB, but the County is responsible for their own sup- plies at the Courthouse. The contract with Bunny Electric was approved for elec- trical services. The fee per hour for a licensed electrician was $32 and for a journeyman elec- trician or an apprentice the fee was $29. Service would begin immediately at the Courthouse, service at the Detention Center wouldn't begin until Janu- ary and service at the CAB would begin in October. Ser- I had the opportunity to join other members of the Association last week in having lunch at the The group was relatively small, which gave everyone to spend time with the Governor and Fhst Lady. I want to report that I couldn't have been more " both. I had met Governor Henry shortly after he took office be refreshingly sincere. That opinion hasn't changed. It was a treat to be able to speak with Kim Henry. She and has a love of history that .I really enjoyed. We were able to roam the grounds and the were even offered the use of the pool. ,, ., .... the luncheon and I wanted to show him the man,sio ' The mansion is just beautiful - certainly something we, can be proud of. We viewed a beautiful rug in the formal Oklahoma State Seal. There was of the state's Native Aanerican Tribe's seals done in seats. There was also the nmin staircase which boasts govenm, along with his term of office, woven into Kim Henry even took several of us into the and showed us her favorite spot - a balcony is visible. While we were talking with her, she said, "Oh, I n" something - we have a ghost in the manslo . We followed her to the main staircase where on the third step from the bottom. She informed us that ttle colorful past governor, is rumored to hang out on she said, he likes to play pranks on people. Like third step. In fact, Henry reported, Former First Lady there that put her on crutches for a few days. step in a nod to "Alfalfa Bill." Naturally, I was eager to show Keith those photos so I stopped might have. Ground breaking for the new Imilding is scheduled for Oct. 4, with consmmou bids being let out on July 2. download them Except, when weren't there. All pica00 the step. APter feeling all I photos from the that somehow that has not K eith showed rr truthfully tell couldn't So here's your ' the Govemor's LUCAS from first began has been trying best traits of tho better yields. "Now we genetic instead of trial Lucas is culture valiou, and Research. vice would be provided on an on-call basis The County got quotes from other companies and found that Bunny had the best price available. The contract with Industrial Chemist for chemical treat- ment of the heating/cooling towers was also approved at a cost of $270 per month. Finally, a contract with Orkin Exterminating for pest control service was approved. The county also got quotes from other companies for this ser- vice and found that Orkin had the best prices. Service is pro- vided to the Detention Center the first Tuesday of each month at a price of $57.75, the Court- house the third Tuesday of each month at a cost of $162.25, the County Administration Building the third Tuesday of each month at a cost of $125 and the County Jail the third Tuesday of each month at a cost of $40. County Commissioners also approved renewing an agree- ment with LeFlore County Juvenile Detention Center. The agreement would run through June 30, 2004 and involve a fee of $16.76 per day/per child.