To the editor,

I wonder how many of my fellow citizens will vote in this election with no real knowledge of who the candidates are. How have they conducted their business before they decided to become a public servant? It is my personal belief that how a person takes care of their own business is s direct indicator of what they will do while in office.

Frank Medina is running for the office of County Commissioner in my district. I have questions about this person’s ability to effectively carry out the duties of the office when he has, in the past shown a blatant disrespect for the law. I can understand how a person can get ticketed for an expired auto tag, but to be arrested for drinking and driving.

How about Public Intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident with damage to a vehicle?

Then there’s carrying a firearm while under the influence and eluding a police officer. This is not only a disregard for the law, but fellow citizens as well. How does this represent the man who wants to by my county commissioner?

My understanding of the duties of county commissioner is that this is the person who is responsible for the upkeep of existing county owned facilities, property and roads, as well as the new construction of the same. I welcome Mr. Medina’s response and I invite other citizens to look in the public records section for all candidates at: www.oscn.net.

Sincerely,

Lewis Metcalf

Editor’s Note: The district court documents available through the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network do support that a Frank M. Medina was charged with the crimes alleged in this letter. However, in the case of the Cleveland County DUI charge, prosecutors noted “In the interest of justice, State moves to dismiss charges, costs to the State.” The same suspect did plead guilty to an expired car tag in Cleveland County and received a fine in 2003. There are also records that a Frank M. Medina pled guilty to a 2002 Stephens County case of eluding a police officer and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and a 2001 McClain County case of eluding an officer and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. A 30 year suspended sentence was handed down in the Stephens County case and in the McClain County case the suspect received a two year deferred sentence and 20 hours community service.



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To the editor,

What was our administration thinking painting our school brick red and tan!! Are they telling our kids that administration has no school pride, so they don't care what colors our buildings are?

That's what it sounds like. I don't think I can name a school that doesn't portray it's school colors.

Perhaps administration would like to start calling our school Carl Albert or Okarche, is that next?

To say that I am disappointed and angry with school administrators for this move is a gross understatement.

I would like to think I am not the only one in the community that thinks so and if the public feels the same please take a moment to call the Administration building at 405-222-6500, and let them know that they are not painting their homes but, the home of the Chickasha Fighting Chicks! Maybe if they receive 10 or 15 thousand telephone calls they will get the point.

Go purple and gold!

Teresa Payne







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To the editor,

As an alumnus of USAO working on my PhD at the University of Oklahoma in mathematics, I thought it should be known to all of you just how much USAO values its teaching staff. I graduated in April of 2003, and my advisor at that time, Dr. WY Chan, left USAO for a position in Missouri.

His position has been open since that time, and this year they decided they needed to fill it.

I read the vacancy announcement at OU, and was excited for USAO to be filling the position. In the announcement, it clearly stated they were looking for an established mathematician with PhD in hand and with a track record of teaching and publication. I was surprised to learn, therefore, that the position only warranted a salary of about $36000. By comparison, OCCC is offering a full time position with a salary of nearly $4,000 more, and no PhD is required.

Also, USAO is discussing "raising standards" so that they can attract high quality students to the university, and so they can join a national public liberal arts organization. The average salary of a professor in this organization is in the mid 70s. I know that salary isn't everything, there needs to be enough to handle substantial postgraduation obligations. I was considering teaching at USAO upon completion of my PhD, but the salary they offer won't be enough to repay my student loans!

I think that the community of Chickasha and the students and faculty of USAO have a right to know the value that the current administration places on the faculty of USAO, and it's apparently not much.

Hopefully the administration of USAO can reconsider how they allocate their budget, and spend more on the reputation building faculty, and less on campus development.

Sean Crowell

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