Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

April 9, 2014

Quality of life in Tahlequah improving

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I have always liked living in Tahlequah, but recently, I have noticed a change.

The apparent cooperation among our mayor, the university, and the Cherokee Nation is definitely paying off for the city of Tahlequah and its many residents. The results are impressive. I read about the progress, of course, in the Daily Press, and I actually see the results in the many organized activities and attractions that go in our community. The quality of life in Tahlequah has improved and continues to move upward.

We are fortunate to have people like Drew Haley, David Moore, Kate Kelly, Jason Nichols, Bill John Baker, just to name a few of the folks that have given Tahlequah a new higher energy level for events and activities. Thanks to the “forward-thinking” of these people and many others that I didn’t mention, Tahlequah is shucking the “good ole boy” persona and morphing into a community where life is good and everyone is welcome to enjoy it.

The businessmen and women, who took risks to improve the city, deserve credit too. Hopefully, they are all making lots of money and, hopefully, they are spending the majority of it in Tahlequah.

Our hospital, our veterans center, our new police department offices, our new sanitation plant, our new event center, and our new activity area near the airport are all proof of the hard work of the many people who chose to work as a team for the benefit of all of us. These things don’t just happen by themselves; like a perfect storm, the right people came together at the right time, and good things are happening in Tahlequah. Tahlequah has leaders in place who have set the bar higher than it has ever been set before.

Oh, sure, there will be those who try to poke holes in our progress and undermine the goodness that has come from all the planning, work, and leadership. But when you drive by Norris Park and you see people of all ages participating in community happenings, or you drive by the soccer fields and see young families enjoying events, you can see that our leaders have done a great job.

Nancy Dyson


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