Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

October 22, 2012

Get involved in city’s future

Tahlequah — Where do you see Tahlequah in the next five years? The next 10? And why should you care?

If Tahlequah is your home, you should care about how its history unfolds. And you should be especially concerned if you plan to raise your children here, and see your grandchildren among the local population.

Over the years, many local residents have expressed regret that their children move away when grown. They wonder why can’t we coax in some light industry or cutting-edge business concern that will keep young people from leaving for perceived “greener pastures.”

To be sure, we have Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation, as well as a dozen or so other major employers. But while these entities are crucial for the survival of this area, they aren’t quite enough to ensure robust economic growth well into the next few decades. That type of development requires a skilled and productive work force, but it also calls for a strong infrastructure – like good streets, a network of sidewalks, inviting public spaces, adequate venues for  gatherings, and a mixture of facilities for entertainment and other diversions, like sporting events and concerts. Perhaps, one day, an indoor aquatics facility like Muskogee has.

Tahlequah does boast some fine public parks. But even the most avid fan of this city would admit other facets could use improvement – that is, if we’re to attract the kind of commercial interests that will secure our future.

Those projects will cost money, of course, and that’s why Mayor Jason Nichols and the four city councilors are looking for public input on a capital improvement proposal. Nichols has collected a number of suggestions on his Facebook page and elsewhere, but he’s also scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Municipal Center, 100 N. Water Ave.

At this point, officials are thinking about asking city voters to approve a 3/4-cent sales tax to fund potential projects. This would essentially replace the 1/4-cent tax that just went off the books, plus add another 1/2 cent to the lineup.

We can almost hear the gasps of disbelief, and the comments: “A tax? Right now? During these tough economic times?” City officials know that will be the reaction, and that’s why they want your input and your opinions. They want to know not only what projects citizens would like to see on the drawing board, but which of those projects they deem worthy a bit more tax money.

For some people, no undertaking will be worth even the most minuscule tax hike – and considering how people have been deceived over the years by politicians at every level, who could blame them? Other folks, though, might be willing to entertain a new tax – perhaps not as high as 3/4 cent, and not for just any proposal. But for certain projects, maybe – and maybe even “yes.”

If you have a vested interest in Tahlequah, attend Tuesday night’s meeting, and let your voice be heard. In the long run, you might not get exactly what you want, but you can at least be confident this particular set of officials is going to listen to what you have to say.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Community cleanups a good way to ensure our collective success

    This is our community – and it’s no better than what we make it. Let’s make it look great.

    April 16, 2014

  • Attack at school in Pennsylvania: Mental illness root of problem

    Washington’s crusade against guns was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday. No, it wasn’t the Supreme Court curtailment of the Second Amendment right of all Americans to own firearms. It wasn’t an executive order handed down by the administration. It was the brutal assault by a high school student in Pennsylvania against his fellow students – with a knife.

    April 14, 2014

  • People with faulty zippers should be booted from office

    We may forgive, but we shouldn’t forget, because there’s serious work to do in Washington. That work will never be accomplished as long as flawed zippers - literally or figurately – are a pervasive problem.

    April 11, 2014

  • Do your part to fight animal and child abuse

    It’s hard to change the habits of an abuser, especially when mitigating factors – such as alcohol or drugs – are involved. And these patterns tend to repeat themselves in successive generations. But all of us can take one small step to help eradicate this epidemic, and that is to report it when we see it.

    April 9, 2014

  • NSA head lies to Congress, and seems to get away with it

    Is there an obvious pattern of criminality within these governmental agencies? If so, why isn’t the Judicial Department investigating?

    April 7, 2014

  • Pass for rich kiddie rapist proves that justice isn’t blind

    Someone in Wilmington, Del., needs to keep an eye on Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden for the next few months, because she might improve her standard of living due to a sudden influx of cash.
    There’s no other way to explain why Jurden would have sentenced an ultra-wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice that once again proves when it comes to the U.S. justice system, the elite get a pass almost every time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Maybe it’s not $3.2B, but state should still account for tribal cash

    In an editorial published last week, the Daily Press said that through tribal compacts, the state of Oklahoma received about $3.2 billion in annual revenue, partly attributable to the 117 casinos (or 118, in some reports) run by 33 tribes in the state. The information we accessed for that piece was confusing, and had a typo or two, which may have led us to overstate – to a considerable degree – how much money the tribes actually give the state.

    April 2, 2014

  • Tribal compacts should mean state has money to perform its functions

    Oklahoma should be rolling in the dough. The statistics bear that out. Thirty-three American Indian tribes operate 117 casinos in this state. Thanks to “compacts,” these tribes have been sharing the wealth with the state of Oklahoma. And thanks to the casinos, that wealth is substantial.

    March 28, 2014

  • It’s time to turn in your candidate announcements

    If you are running for a political office for which Cherokee County voters can cast ballots, it’s time to turn in your announcement. We’ve already run a few, and expect several more. The primary elections are Tuesday, June 24, with the registration period to vote in this election closing Thursday, May 30.

    March 24, 2014

  • Mom responsible for watching kid; restaurant’s not

    If you allowed your child to drink a bottle of drain cleaner, would you feign surprise when he fell to the floor, twitching and foaming at the mouth? If you left your curling iron within reach of your baby and she pulled it off the vanity and burned her hand, would you plan revenge on the store that sold you the appliance?
    You just might, if you’re among the litigious Americans who have abdicated parental responsibility to either sloth or the hope of a better tomorrow through a cash settlement.

    March 19, 2014

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Stocks