May 27, 2013

Shelter bond is safe bet

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — We could not agree more with Representative Joe Dorman's idea to push a $500 million bond forward before the end of the legislative session intended to prevent future tragedies like the one suffered in Moore this week.

We understand that some think, given the limited time frame,  such an action may be dangerous. We agree as much caution as humanly possible needs to take place prior to the passing of such a bond.

However, we do not see this as a reason to stop any such legislation from moving forward.

The bond would allocate $400 million for the construction of safe areas in public schools, an issue that has received an incredible outcry of support.

The remaining $100 million would fund another program that Oklahoma Emergency Management has established for assisting homeowners and group home facilities with building storm shelters.

The benefits far outweigh the risks in this regard, as quick action could prevent future loss of life within the next year.

We understand and agree bonds are dangerous tools and could result in potential meager financial constraints for the average citizen.

Again, we see these constraints as minor and urge state legislatures to push forward with a bill of this sort.

We task these people with creating laws  and policies that protect us and a hesitation to pass such a bond seems almost deplorable.

We hope the legislature will move quickly and bring some peace to the minds of Oklahomans across the state.

Ediotirals represent a consensus of the editorial board of The Express-Star.