Somebody give state Rep. Rebecca Hamilton a dictionary. She can use one, as evidenced during her debate last week against Gov. Mary Fallin’s proposal to fund storm shelters at Oklahoma schools. Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, called the bill “an evil piece of legislation.”
Definitions of “evil” include “morally reprehensible” and “arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct.” The word is attached to heinous acts, or people proven to be heartless on a grand scale. The storm shelter resolution doesn’t qualify. Hamilton said lawmakers’ focus should be on making schools safe “without forcing people to face what could for some of them be ruinous property tax increases.”
But nobody’s forcing anyone to do anything. Under the plan, Oklahoma voters would decide whether to let local school districts exceed the state’s 10 percent bonding capacity one time, in order to fund construction of storm shelters. If the measure is approved, school patrons would decide for themselves whether they wanted to temporarily pay higher property taxes.
Some small-district voters may decide to build structures at schools that would shelter whole communities. Some might decide that other priorities are more important.
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