Former legislator Ed Apple: In Duncan, now is the time to meet our expectations

BY ED APPLE Published: August 28, 2013
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My wife, Betty, and I have lived in Duncan for more than 45 years. We came here as a result of economic opportunity. We have stayed because of much more than that — a quality of life that has afforded us the opportunity to achieve our dearest and fondest dreams.

All the values that we've aspired to have been here for us: The raising of our two daughters; association with the best and most loyal of friends; the finest examples of the Oklahoma spirit of goodness and self-reliance. It hasn't always been easy and there have been trials, but we have always felt safe and secure in this special place.

Now, the recent, heartless murder in our town has stunned and shaken me and many others. This evil act by three teenage boys has caused us to seek answers to questions that we never thought we'd have to answer. What do we do now? What are the right and essential actions for us to take?

Of immediate urgency has been the welfare and needs of the two families who were so devastated beyond comprehension, the family of Chris Lane in Australia and the Harper family in Duncan. To assist, caring individuals here and across Oklahoma have responded. More will be done as time helps us grasp the grievous consequences of the senseless atrocity.