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. Paul S. Woolsey of Edmond is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His “Legislature shameful” letter was published June 20.
Meet the writer
Paul S. Woolsey is a native of Duncan and has lived in the Oklahoma City area for more than 40 years. His family originally came to what is now Stephens County in 1873 and leased ranching land from the Chickasaws. Woolsey is a University of Oklahoma graduate with degrees in finance and industrial management. He was an investment banker for 25 years and specialized in financing governmental projects for many of those years. He was a financial adviser to institutional investors and to state and local governments throughout the country. Currently, he's a private investor.
Regarding “ME's office, Capitol among items that will have to wait” (Our Views, June 13): The Legislature refuses to issue bonds to fund these projects or develop any plan of action. Bonds can now be sold at the lowest interest rate since statehood, a rate that's less than the annual inflation increases in repair and construction costs. Those facts, however, are completely lost and irrelevant to a group that refuses to act in the best interest of this and future generations.
Thankfully, for more than 100 years, others serving in our Legislature and state offices — with all their warts and foibles — weren't as removed from reality and disdain for our citizens and their safety. They were capable of thought beyond the boundaries set by a litmus test of some perceived ideological purity. Republicans control every state office and both houses of the Legislature. Failure to act can't be passed to or blamed on others.
Apparently, our current officeholders are capable of winning elections but utterly fail at the task of governing. They should all be ashamed of themselves. It's long past the hour when logical citizens, traditional conservatives and thinking Republicans demand action and accountability of those they saw fit to place in office.