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Modest proposal

The Norman Forward project has really gotten my attention and stirred the speculative juices once again. As I understand it, they suggested having a little more sales tax for a while in order to raise $143 million that will be used to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Norman.

While I’m in no way a financier, it does sound to me like enough to guarantee subsidies for all our citizen homeowners and for the schools and hospitals and to guarantee low-interest loans for businesses. It also sounds like enough to pay to retrofit all city buildings with energy-efficient and energy-producing upgrades of the sort that pay for themselves in 10 years or so.

Norman could be well on its way to being a net-zero city, a solar-friendly city, a truly progressive city with a growing, new industrial component because such projects will induce other related developments in addition to adding new jobs and new businesses.

The citizens would enjoy a lower cost of living via lower utility bills, and the schools would reap large energy savings, which would free up funds for better education. Businesses, too, would earn more on their investments. Ultimately, the city would save a bundle on expenses and could undertake the development of more amenities.

The project is a shot in the arm for everyone in Norman once the initial cost barrier is lowered.

And as the loans are repaid, funds also would be available for new parks and playgrounds and the east side library.

— Joel Olson Moore

Fracking fracas

All of the big oil haters and greenie weenies who dislike fracking wells seem to have the misguided notion that every well drilled, completed and put on production somehow leaks fluid into potable water sources.

Well, I have news for them: Every effort is made to avoid doing so. Why would anyone want to pollute potable water with oil and salt water, much less fracking fluids?

And, of course, it is their opinion that all of the fracking fluids are toxic. If this was the case, why is it necessary to add a biocide to the fluid to control bacteria? Bacteria, if left unchecked, will degrade the guar gum gelling agent.

Of course, objectors rail against biocide being in the fracking fluid. Never mind the fact that many of them degrade with time, and by the time they return to the surface, they are essentially harmless.

The oil industry is not unlike most other industries and commercial ventures. Accidents occur, even when measures are taken to avoid them. As with most endeavors, there are risks involved, but they are worth taking considering the rewards received. We do not live in perfect or entirely risk-free world.

— Mickey McVay Edmond


A building named in the story “Ironed out” (Life, Culture, Louis Fowler, May 13, Oklahoma Gazette) was incorrectly identified. We called the Heierding building the Harding building. We apologize for the error.

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