Doug Cox

Hard to believe the kids are headed back to school and the days are getting shorter.  Footballers are practicing in this heat, but cooler weather is surely just around the corner.

Congratulations are in order to the Salina Chamber of Commerce for being one of twenty cities to win a grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.  The grant will supply 20 gallons of paint and a small cash stipend.  This will enable Salina to participate in “Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma”.  Now all they need is volunteers with the elbow grease to paint the building at 104 E. Ferry.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 17-28th and come help if you can. For more details call 918-434-6776, or email bjcummings@sstelco.com.

Cruise night in Jay was well attended and everyone had a good time.  I spent 30 minutes in the dunk tank there.  Man, there are a lot of good pitchers in Jay.  I thought they were going to drown me!

I am getting ready to head to Paul’s Valley this morning to attend a legislative hearing on the status of the state home there that serves children with severe developmental disabilities.  My field rep, Terry Jones, and I got a sneak preview when we went down there and toured the facility for a half day in June.  This facility serves Oklahoma’s most severely mental and physically handicapped children. 

Some of them have even been abandoned by their families and are wards of the state.

This facility is just one example of my greatest disappointment as a legislator.  Our state spends millions of our tax dollars to build state-of-the-art beautiful facilities and then watches them slowly but steadily deteriorate for lack of proper maintenance.  That is what Terry and I found at this facility.  As a state we need to wise up and realize that it is more cost effective to maintain facilities than it is to allow them to deteriorate and then have to replace them.  That is what the legislative hearing is about; to look at repairing the facility, replacing it, or consolidating it with the similar state home in Enid.

In closing, have a great week and be sure to tell your family how much they mean to you.