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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

A news story this month about Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak’s use of state-owned aircraft left us with a few questions.

Why does Doak feel the need to fly hither and yon as part of his job? The Tulsa World reported that only Gov. Mary Fallin has used state aircraft more than Doak. He used it in April to tour tornado damage, but also for speaking engagements and other meetings. Is that really necessary? Doak thinks so.

Speaking of necessity, the story mentioned that Oklahoma has eight fix-winged aircraft — a King Air for use by the governor and her staff, and seven Cessna-type planes. Why?

Perhaps the state would be better served to get rid of at least a few of those and consider replacing them another helicopter for use in battling wildfires.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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