IN SIMPLE TERMS
By BOBBIE McAULIFFE
I am very pleased with the results of the Presidential Primary election last week in Oklahoma and particularly Le Flore County. The candidate I supported for months won statewide and by a much larger margin here at home.
I do wish more people had participated in showing an interest in their government. Only 29 percent of Le Flore County Republicans went to the polls. I talked with hundreds of people since the beginning of the year.
Many did not know when the election is, who the candidates are or anything about them. How sad that they have made no effort to find out. They do not subscribe to a newspaper, they do not watch news programs on TV, they do not have internet access at home, or a listed phone number.
Too few of those who are informed will get out and talk with neighbors and coworkers about the elections and candidates.
Woe is me!
Since last Tuesday I have talked with a lot of registered Democrats. Not one of them knew there was also a Democratic election and four people had challenged President Obama for the nomination in Oklahoma.
Only eight percent of the registered Democratic voters in LeFlore County went to the polls. Most were likely of the “really conservative but…” stripe because President Obama was held to 31 percent of the vote in LeFlore County and 57 percent statewide.
The next opportunity will be a Special Election on April 3 where Poteau residents will be asked to approve a five percent tax on motel and campground guests to provide revenue for the City Council to adopt plans, policies and programs to encourage family recreation, fitness, health and fun in and around the City of Poteau; and to promote the City as a convention and tourist center.
Reading the 11+page ordinance voters are asked to approve, I do not like it at all. It smells to me like the I.C.L.E.I arm of Agenda 21 has reached into our City Council and the Mayor’s office. Rumor is denied that if this tax fails, the County Commissioners will ask for (another) County Sales Tax.
All registered voters in the City of Poteau are eligible to vote in this Special Election, whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent.