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Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating pushing hard for Capitol repair

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 9, 2013

Things changed. State Sen. Charles Ford of Tulsa commissioned paintings by Oklahoma artists for the Senate side of the Capitol. Keating, governor at the time of Oklahoma's Centennial in 2007, led the drive to finally put a dome on the building. Blighted areas near the Capitol were rehabilitated.

“Now look at it,” Keating wrote. “In 10 short years, that extraordinary building is ringed by orange cones, papered with warning signs, an eyesore to proud Oklahomans. It's an embarrassing genuflection to the ‘Grapes of Wrath.'”

The solution? “Fix it! And fix it now. There is no greater priority,” Keating says. “The building is a statement of who we are: a free people in a free republic. However we vote and wherever we live doesn't matter. We need to fix Our House. Oklahoma's history demands it.”

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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