Ain’t that a sham?
Gov. Mary Fallin is against government management of the economy through raising the minimum wage but for school-to-workplace data-tracking initiatives that present far more government micromanagement of people and the economy. Fallin has decided to spend her tenure as leader of the National Governors Association pushing states to collect a personal data dossier on each citizen from early childhood through their careers.
Take a look at these “workforce development” initiatives. I have. That’s literally what they do. They may pretend not to identify the individual whose file it is, but data experts know that’s a sham because cross-referencing readily available databases will re-identify individuals in a heartbeat. The whole point of this, Fallin has said, is to match education with the future needs of the workforce. Fallin must not understand free markets very well, because that's what they do naturally without any need for Big Brother databases and expensive programs.
Joy Pullman, Chicago
Pullman is an education research fellow at the Heartland Institute in Chicago, a conservative and libertarian think tank.
No speeding, no ticket
Upset by “speed traps” in small towns? Speed limits are posted for a reason. Drive within these limits and you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket. I recently took a weekend trip, driving 400 miles (mostly on the interstates but also some city and residential). I drove the posted speed limits. For every vehicle I passed, 20 passed me. No one wants to be involved in an accident, especially one in which someone is injured or killed. So please drive within the speed limit whether in a small town or on an interstate highway.
Bob Smith, Oklahoma City
Serving us well
“State constitution could stand a good scrubbing” (Our Views, Feb. 21) attacks Article II Section 5 of the state constitution as embarrassing, bigoted, retrograde and on a par with the old Jim Crow laws. Wrong. The provision, as the editorial correctly states, declares that no public money or property shall be provided directly or indirectly for the benefit of any sect, church, denomination or system of religion. The language clearly spells out the meaning of the first words of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution: “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion ...”
The editorial ignores that language and speaks only of the second or “free exercise” clause. Article II Section 5 has served this state well for 57 years. For example, it was cited repeatedly in the successful effort to end the practice in Edmond of using city funds to pay for religious statues. Two years ago, voters in Florida wisely rejected the repeal of an identical constitutional amendment. There will always be those who would pry open the public purse to pursue their private religious purposes. Our federal and state constitutions have served us well in frustrating those efforts.
Ernie Schultz, Edmond