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Coburn and Inhofe put off confirmations until after election

Published: October 7, 2012

In “Big problems are coming soon” (Gleanings, Sept. 26), U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn pontificates about what needs to be done to tackle the Medicare crisis. I would be quick to agree with most of what he has to say. The hypocrisy of Coburn's closing statement (“We ought to be solving them now rather than putting them off and waiting for an election to happen”) is appalling considering the injustice of the way the confirmations of two highly capable Oklahomans to the federal court have been handled.

Both of Oklahoma's Republican senators are supportive of the two nominees; both promoted their nominations. Sadly, Coburn and Sen. Jim Inhofe voted “present” when the confirmation vote was taken, effectively voting against the confirmation. Both have stated that it's common practice to put off such confirmations until after a pending presidential election. Coburn should be ashamed.

Jack D. Wilson, Stillwater