1. Firing Government Nannies
2. Citizens Without Representation
3. Thrills & Chills Coming
4. Upcoming Programs
1. Firing Government Nannies. Not long ago we reported that Oklahoma City had banned pedestrians from using a public park. In the face of public outcry, the ban has been lifted. This is the correct outcome, and we applaud OKC for coming to the right decision in this matter of public property.
It is disconcerting that government officials have to take a vote to determine what to do, rather than simply rely on the principle of personal responsibility. The bad habit of nanny governing is most problematic when used against private property owners. Agents of city departments cruise the streets in government cars, carrying clipboards, binoculars, and cameras as they search for peeling paint, “tall” grass, and cars parked in yards. These agents then charge property owners with crimes and levy egregious fines to fund their dubious jobs.
To address these abuses, Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-northeast OKC) has introduced HB 1691, the “No Jail for Paint Act,” which will place some checks and caps on what nanny cities can do to citizens. We will hear more about this proposal at our next meeting.
2. Citizens Without Representation. Thanks to the untimely resignation of the recently elected representative of House District 28, many citizens of Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties will have no representation this year. Those citizens may be better off than the rest of us who are deluded into thinking that we do have a voice. The reality is, there will be no representation for anyone unless House members agree to change House Rules on day one of business so that representatives’ bills are guaranteed a hearing (Open Government).