Your Views Sunday, April 7
How about using solar to light streets?
Regarding “Action on OKC streetlights promised by summer” (News, March 27): Has the city ever considered using solar streetlights? I don't know cost involved but surely, it is comparable to having to repair and replace the lights we have now. It would let the copper thieves find somewhere else to go.
Denise Fuksa, Oklahoma City
Term limits for Congress would be helpful
It is estimated that within six to seven years, millennials will comprise 75 percent of the workforce, so this generation will obviously become a major factor in elections of the future. At present, we have a Congress whose efforts are spent more on gridlock and obstruction than they are in working for the people who elected them.
For every problem there is a solution, if common sense, reasonable dialogue with the intention of coming to agreement and fixing an issue is on the agenda for all federally elected officials voted for by the people. Unfortunately, it seems there is one party that wants real and meaningful changes (border security, jobs, health care reform) and another that seems only to want to discredit positive gains and stand in the way of meaningful progress. Plus, many of the new “ultra progressive” ideas such as the Green New Deal are coming from the newly elected millennials, and such ideas have so far met with zero support.
Let’s create “a voters’ revolution” by insisting a bill be passed whereby all federally elected positions be limited to no more than two terms. This would do away with the good ol’ boy network to a large degree, because they wouldn’t be around long enough to become a cancer to the process.
David L. Scott, Oklahoma City
We have the power to change the future
Sacrifice is not a bad word. Sacrifice is what gave us freedom. Sacrifice is what defines Christian faith. Sacrifice is what makes words like hero, patriot and Savior resonate. Too often we are timid when we need to be bold in asking for sacrifice. We the people own this country, and we must own its problems. One major problem for America is our debt and deficits. Common sense tells us our debt is driven by greed. Victims place blame, owners find solutions. Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans, Congress blames the president, and the president blames the Congress. Ultimately it is not their problem, it’s our problem. Congress and the president work for us.
We have the power to change our children’s future for the better, but we must ask Congress to sacrifice. Senate Bill 39, “No budget-No pay” introduced in January, says Congress will forfeit all pay beginning Oct. 1 of each year if no budget has been passed with no provision for retroactive pay. Will this change Congress? You bet it will. Is it bold? Yes, it is. Does it represent sacrifice by our congressional leaders? Absolutely it does. Is sacrifice good? Read “The Declaration of Independence” or your Bible, or better yet, both.
R. Brian Walter, Kingfisher