Former Oklahoma lawmaker looking to educate folks about life in public service

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: April 30, 2012
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In recent months, he has placed calls about various topics to a number of public officials — university presidents, department heads, statewide officeholders — and received one return phone call, not from any of those officials but from a staff member. “That bothers me,” he said.

Apple says that at the Corporation Commission, he reminded his staff regularly that they were there for three reasons — to enrich, enhance and ennoble the lives of Oklahomans. He made it a point as a House member to listen to his constituents. A comment by a woman who called his office to complain one day resonates still.

“She said, ‘You people are messing around with my life,'” Apple said. “That should be written in capital letters in front of every single person who serves in the state of Oklahoma.”

In the meantime, he would settle for trying to educate Oklahomans about life in public service in our state. To help fund his idea, he has reached out to friends who are associated with various foundations. He sees it as an ideal project for graduate-level college students. “This is a doable deal,” he said.

If you're interested in helping make that happen, Apple can be reached via email at bapple@cableone.net. Or call him at his home, (405) 255-6699. It'll be time well spent.

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