MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

January 8, 2013

Studies must be worth cost

— Muskogee seems to be a city willing to study, but never take the test.

When city officials spend thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to study an issue, taxpayers should be able to expect their money’s worth.

The city spent $75,000 on a study for the use of Love-Hatbox Sports Complex.

The results have been met with a lot of skepticism from some of those who have been privy to the full report.

The report made suggestions that don’t quite seem to fit our city.

Among the report’s suggestions:

• Build a pond and charge people to fish; and

• Build lacrosse fields.

Both ideas have flaws that should make the city skeptical of the full report.

We live in an area where it is difficult to cast a line without hitting a body of water where fishing is free.

While lacrosse comes from a Native American game, the idea of building lacrosse fields is, at best, filling a niche.

We’re concerned the city will put this study in the same spot where so many seem to have gone before — in the circular file.

The city should make the full study available to the general public and allow for comment before deciding what to do next.

The City Council should not waste tens of thousands of dollars on studies it won’t trust.

Studies are like advice from a friend. The more you trust that friend, the more you will pay heed to that friend’s advice.

Not every word in every study is a gem, either. And not every friend’s advice is worth heeding.

Studies are only as valuable as our willingness to listen.

If we can’t take an objective look at studies, then we are wasting time and money.

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