Oklahoman Modified: September 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. Dick Webber of Edmond is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His letter, “The great shell game,” was published Aug. 26.

Meet the writer:

Dick Webber grew up in Oklahoma City. After serving in the Navy in 1945 and 1946 he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for three years, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in business and finance. After graduation, he managed stores for the C.R. Anthony Co. in California and Texas and was a member of its board of directors. He founded the Westoaks Restaurant chain and operated it for 27 years. Active in church and civic activities, he served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University for 25 years. He is the founder and CEO of RDS Advantage, a national software developer of systems for churches, and president of Webber Investment Company, a family investment business that is principally involved in commercial real estate development.

The letter:

The great shell game

The granddaddy of all shell game swindlers is the federal government. The game begins with members of Congress and the executive branch whose primary goal is to be re-elected. They attract players to their game by proposing goodies as gratuities from the government that appear to benefit potential voters. The goodies can be any freebie from tax benefits to exemptions from regulations to entitlements of insurance, welfare, retirement — you name it.

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