Your Views Wednesday, May 1
Ways to improve turnpike rest areas
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has announced renovations to the rest stop system between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The original site has a convenience store and a McDonald's; the proposed new rest stop will have the same underwhelming amenities.
I must have missed the hearings soliciting the public’s opinions about those rest stops. Why not have places for food trucks to park? Covered marketplaces could offer artists a place to sell their art and farmers ready markets for their produce, jams, wines and crafts. We could even have a place where people could sell their stuff flea-market style.
These proposals have multiple beneficial outcomes. A greater variety of shopping and food opportunities will entice more people to stop and spend more money. More money creates more Oklahoma jobs and more sales tax. It’s win-win for most people. Oklahoma spends a lot of money encouraging big businesses to relocate here. It’s time we invest in a more grassroots form of economic development that benefits our own home-grown entrepreneurs. Opening up the Turner Turnpike rest stops, and the rest stops of all our interstate highways and turnpikes, to free enterprise would be a great place to start.
Bob Waldrop, Oklahoma City
Why not pursue a murder charge instead?
The beast who threw a child off the third level of the Mall of America is charged with "attempted" murder. When anyone so openly attempts to kill anyone, and even admits he wanted to kill someone, why not charge him with murder? Being inept or just failing in his attempt to murder does not make him a better person than he would be if the baby had died. He is still just as evil!
Leo Kuschnereit, Midwest City
Why is securing our border deemed a threat?
Regarding “Trump threatens more troops on the US border” (Associated Press, April 25). Threat to whom? Why is sending more troops to secure our border considered a threat? The AP doesn’t mention the thousands of illegals crossing our border every day, overwhelming our border officials who need help. The real threat is illegal immigration, something the left refuses to acknowledge.
Ray Charlesworth, Oklahoma City