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.
Palin endorsement won’t do too much for T.W. Shannon
So Sarah Palin has endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn. We’re not impressed, and we doubt too many other folks in Cherokee County will be, either.
Divorce offensive link between judicial, politicians’ salaries
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, with extra emphasis: Most of Oklahoma’s high-ranking public officials don’t deserve the salaries for which they’re currently bleeding taxpayers. And they certainly don’t deserve raises.
It’s funny how elected officials always manage to turn up sleazy, under-the-table ways of enriching themselves, at the expense of the suckers who foolishly voted them into office. Under current law, the pay of state officials is married to judicial salaries; if the latter get raises, so do the former.
Tax break for people raising grandchildren a commendable move
In states with high rates of poverty, teen pregnancy and drug abuse, like Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon for grandparents to be raising their grandchildren. Sometimes the situation is temporary, but other times, the families have decided the children are better off with permanent placement in the grandparents’ homes.
Fallin’s refusal to release papers a slap at transparency
The state’s rather vague Open Records Act has given Fallin all the wiggle room she needs. According to her communications director, the documents have to be archived and then “eventually” opened to the public. If she wins re-election this year, the papers won’t go public until at least January 2019. If she loses, she could turn over records to the Oklahoma Archives and Records Management Divisions as early as January 2015.
‘Entitled’ N.J. teen needs a good round with parental ‘rod’
It’s a good thing State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard sits on the bench in Morristown, N.J., rather than Cherokee County. Had he been presiding here over the case occupying his time these days, he might have turned Rachel Canning over his knee and paddled her behind.
Rachel’s parents may have reason now to regret their child-rearing methods, because at least on the surface, the girl seems to be spoiled rotten – or as we sometimes say in these parts, “rotten as an Easter egg in August.”
Putin should be put in his place with isolation
Many Americans – especially in rural areas like Cherokee County – may shake their heads and comment on how these tensions half a world away can’t be good, but they don’t typically apply the potential consequences to their everyday lives. Yet the affects of Putin’s clampdown in the former Soviet country have already come home to roost.
Rewards programs a boon for business, and we have one, too
In case you haven’t heard, the Daily Press has also started a Reader Rewards program, which offers more than 20 “BOGO” (Buy One Get One) deals from local restaurants. Some are for free food, others for soft drinks, but if you’ve priced soft drinks lately, you know that will amount to substantial savings in the long run.
Legislation sanctioning discrimination is bad for business everywhere
Whether they know it or not, business owners are constantly completing transactions with criminals. If the entrepreneur is a highly religious person, it’s likely that a much higher percentage of his customers engage in behavior he would consider morally reprehensible. So if a half-dozen states are going to pass laws sanctioning discrimination against gays on religious grounds, why stop there? Why not include all the other “sinners” in the mix?
Diminutive bicycle markings were a waste of money
If the work had been sufficient for its intended purpose, some people might not have felt the price was too high. But the stenciled markings are too small to be seen from passing vehicles, so the message to be mindful of cyclists will go largely unnoticed.
In a literal sense, the city just tossed $9,000 out into the street, because the markings will have to be redone.
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