Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. Anne Wilson, of Oklahoma City, is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. Her letter, “Oklahoma still grand,” was published June 9.
MEET THE WRITER
Anne Wilson, an Oklahoma City native and graduate of Edmond High School and the University of Oklahoma, has had a career in the Oklahoma real estate market for more than 23 years. Prior to her real estate career, Wilson worked for KFOR-4's “PM Magazine,” KLTE Radio, Bush-Quayle '88, Reagan-Bush '84 and was a co-creator of “Where was God at 9:02am?” — stories about the Oklahoma City bombing, published by Thomas Nelson.
Wilson serves on the board for Hearts for Hearing, a nonprofit organization serving families affected by hearing loss. She also volunteers for Spring Rain Ministries and is active at the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, serving as a federal political coordinator for U.S. Rep. James Lankford and as chairwoman of OAR's public awareness committee. She teaches classes and seminars on real estate and is an active blogger at www.myHOMEology.com.
It infuriated me to read a tweet during the May 31 storm outbreak by a national journalist who said, “It's definitely time to abandon any plans you might have had to retire to Oklahoma City.” Perhaps it was particularly tasteless as we (friends, neighbors and strangers, including a 2-year-old child and a boxer with gas) were hunkered down in my underground shelter. Everyone has assaults. It's all violence and it's all terrible. Tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, fires, gang violence, domestic violence, drug abuse, porn addiction, human trafficking, rape, greed, murder — you name the horror, it assaults our homes.
Here's the question: Is where you live a place filled with people who stand up to these assaults together with love, compassion, other-centeredness and generosity? In 24 years as an Oklahoma City Realtor, I've only had one family that moved to Oklahoma that didn't love it. Just one! Most made job changes to stay because they made the best friends they've ever had. A traumatized transplant to Oklahoma City piled into my storm shelter and said, “This would never happen where I come from. People would say ‘Too bad for you!'”
In Oklahoma, we say, “Too bad for us!”