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Opinion

September 3, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Students should listen closely

Markwayne Mullin’s Checotah town meeting gave me respect for his character and family values. But I hope students rely more on textbooks to understand politics. Be wary. Question the validity of what’s said. His value of flag and country are worth remembering.

But why complain there was no vote on Obamacare? The House and Senate passed it even though it was labeled or libeled as Obamacare. The President proudly accepted it as Obamacare when elected by a sizable majority. Thus, Obamacare received significantly more votes than any farm bills in Congress.

Forum speakers often outline our failures. Weren’t they elected to solve these problems not blame others or give up trying or worse yet choose methods of retaliation? Our government is the best in the world. Let’s keep it working.

Mr. Mullin said immigration reform is a must. He told us we must first increase the guard on our border then said why it couldn’t be done. Speakers often explain why government isn’t getting anything done, but point out it’s not their fault.

Regulations came in for ridicule. Regulations come from us with self-interest or we think we have a better way. We are a government “of the people.” The problem is there are so many different solutions. We all have a voice. Those with the most money or most votes have the loudest voice and often the greatest self-interest in money or power.

Students, it is us to blame. We choose them. They look like us, walk like us and talk like us. They must be like us. Always listen closely. It’s your future.

JOE PARK

Checotah

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