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Still the 'Oklahoma Standard'

Brad Walker June 12th, 2013

There has never been a better set of Oklahoma Gazette commentaries than your May 29 issue. This, of course, was due to the fact that we needed the commentary to be that good.

I’ve lived in Oklahoma City for just three years, so this is my first “let’s all pull together” Okie moment. Nicole Hill (“To be an Oklahoman”) summed it up wonderfully. This place gets in your blood really quickly. And now that the degree of separation is no more than two for everyone in OKC regarding the May storms, I, too, can say these people are my people. Or, I’m one of the people. The Oklahoma Standard is no longer just a proud phrase. To me, it’s now very real.

As both Hill and Andrew Rice (“MAPS for trauma”) pointed out, action is needed going forward for more storm shelters and mental health resources. The Oklahoma Standard gives what we can when it is needed most. These resources are needed badly. Let’s not give up or give in.

—Brad Walker
Oklahoma City

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