"What about New York City, Thinker? Huge restrictions on guns, low crime rate"
While figures do indeed fluctuate, the Big Apple, like the urban locales I mentioned previously, is awash in firearms-related violence much greater per capita than areas with less restrictive regulations.
The Sunday Gazette has an editorial and full-page article with photos about Oklahoma City, propagandizing that COS should model itself on OKC. But OKC has more in common with Denver than COS. Both are state capitols, both have a 1M+ metro population, both are avid sports towns with a multitude of major and minor teams, both have downtown highrises, corporate offices, vibrant theatre, etc. Suggesting that COS copycat OKC is not much different from saying we should copy Denver, which is, dare I say it, impossible. Instead, COS should look at the other cities in Oklahoma and see what they are doing to make their city successful in the long shadow of OKC - (just kidding).
Like COS, OKC has just received a USL PRO soccer franchise, to begin playing in spring 2014. The long-time OKC mover/shaker behind this is Prodigal LLC, which is planning to build a soccer stadium. I read several articles and none said Prodigal is using govt dollars to do this. Instead, Bob Funk of Prodigal is looking for development partners and investors. Is Ragain, with his vast fund of inexperience, up to the task of bringing soccer to COS without being coddled and spoon fed with taxpayer dollars? BTW, Prodigal has named the soccer team 'Energy'. This is very revealing as to why OKC is prospering while COS is stuck in neutral.
This looks like a hoot!
The USL PRO (minor league) teams played 14 home games during the Mar-Oct 2013 season. 14 home games! The Sky Sox play 60+ home games. Ragain has said that he anticipates that attendance at his soccer games will be about 5000. I've looked at the USL PRO stats http://dohertysoccer.com/2013-lower-divisi… for 2012/2013 and home game attendance of "old" teams in 2013 ranges from a high of 8053 (Orlando) to a low of 542 (LA). It appears that 3000 attendees would be a more realistic expectation, but even this number is on the high side.
I think we can forget about spending dollars to make the proposed downtown stadium the perfect shape etc to accomodate USL PRO soccer. And I think the mayor should forget about spending apx $1M to update Sand Creek park stadium. Ragain needs to look to some other funding source than the taxpayers of COS.
This reminds me of the old mouse in your pocket analogy. We want this, and we want that, but the individuals using the term we don't speak for all those out there that have to fork over the money. When you say we, do you have a mouse in your pocket?
Yes, I think additional funding over and above taxes should be voluntary. It gives the donor more control as to what it goes toward and the extra money comes from people who really want to provide more money to the school programs.
Rodney Hammond, I have to agree with you totally. I have a medical discharge for the Air Force, with a DD214, and sadly do not receive any benefit from it to assist with employment-in an y way. Everytime I seek employment I am asked of I served. I have to say 'yes, but I am not considered due to a medical discharge." I have suffered, and suffered, living here to get ahead because of the vast job market letting vetereans with vets points exceed past me, and it totally sucks. Just once I would love to be allowed employment on that merit alone, so I can have a gainful oppurtunity that would allow me a life of no suffering.
Since you are capable of posting messages here, UCanSeeClearlyNow, why don't you just tell us what is on your mind, instead of whining and blaming The Independent.
Rich Tosches is clearly a gifted writer - however he wastes his talent by focusing on divisive political issues versus communal city-wide issues.
Do some good Rich - make our city leaders better!
So when is the Independent going to run an article from those who did not think Amendment 66 was a good idea?
Outspent 10-1 they were still able to make their point to the voters - yet they get no voice here?
Money spent watering parks will do more to avert crime than the gang who can't shoot straight can...
Next album a hip hop album. Cool!
Where or why did Fine Asian Cuisine Close or move? I need their Vietnamese egg rolls.
Joe Atencio! You have a little crush on Tosches don't you? I should point out that The Independent is not a "funny" paper and it is not really a newspaper either. The advertisements therein confirm that it is not even independent! Tosches does not tell or write jokes. He writes one joke each week which is called a "column" but it should not be confused with "humor".
Elaine Brush obviously has a derision for The First Amendment as well. Who does she think she is to tell another person that their comment "went over the line"? Her complete lack of knowledge is indicative of the proliferation of stupidity and ignorance. A recall election is how this system is supposed to work and once again the Socialists feathers are showing as she bemoans the recalled acting on their own agenda not their constituents as being the right way. Could you be little bit more wrong Ms Brush? Yes! The expression commonly said is "An armed society is a polite society". Anti-Bill of Rights people show that they have no compunction about being impolite. All the Elaine Brush' are free to leave and settle in a country that suits them but none are free to take anyone else' Rights away. A random act by a lunatic does not make gun owners guilty of anything. Mind and tend to your own as a lunatic's family should have done and then the problems are handled before they become tragedies. Nobody else, not even police will ever protect you Ms. Brush and that is the simple fact so many of your kind fail to grasp. By the way, the use of firearms in self-defense occurs every single day in America far out-numbering the illegal use. Do some research please. Using a firearm in self-defense is the second to last thing anyone wants to do, dying being the last thing.
The Gazette reports that Ragain's future soccer team will play at Sand Creek stadium, a city parks facility adjacent to Security Service Field, in spring 2015. But improvements costing $1M are needed so that Sand Creek meets USL PRO standards. Ragain said that "his franchise will contribute some of that money while the city may provide the rest." Ragain, understandably, is thrilled, "It's a dream come true," he said. It's doubtful, though, that the taxpayers, some of whom would be thrilled just to find a job in this shaky economy, will want to pick up the tab to make Ragain's dream a reality.
Soccer, major league soccer that is, appears to be a sport growing in popularity and even a minor league team should be attractive to private investors looking for a hobby. But Ragain needs to seek and find millionaires who will partner with him in his dream venture because it's unlikely that the taxpayers can afford to cough up the majority share of the $1M needed.
Are there no limits to the mayor's generosity and open-handed spending of our money? Here's hoping the city council will apply the brakes and firmly tell the mayor NO.
Let's back up for a moment, TejonTech. The subject is how to improve public schools.
You wrote, "...educate parents how to parent, how to offer a stable and healthy family system." Your proposed solution would entail hiring more teachers, social workers, and administrators; raising taxes to fund the effort; worst of all, empowering the government to define for private citizens what makes for a "stable and healthy family system." Perhaps the most absurd aspect of your solution is that it will take parents who often must work two jobs to make ends meet away from their children so they can be lectured on how they ought to spend more time with their children.
I wrote that raising the minimum wage would be a much simpler solution to the problem of giving parents more quality time to spend with their children, but you object that some shadowy person, or force, or entity whom you never identify "never intended" for minimum wage jobs to support families.
Look at all the suits in that room. One thing I have learned in my years is that innovation, imagination, and creativity never comes from suits. Suits are only concerned with money.
Mr Kirk Woundy, Thank you for your quick response.I would like to meet with you in person to discuss, Show u documents, and listen to all recorded inappropriate messages. In the meantime you can also do your own research and get public records. Hope to meet with you soon.Thank You
Ms. Joseph: As Matthew Schniper told you this morning, we will be more than happy to review any documentation/information you would like to share with us. You may send to Matthew directly or to newsroom(at)csindy.com. — Kirk Woundy, Editor
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