AND so we've arrived at a critical juncture in the nation's history, a day on which Americans will choose a path to the future.
It will be either be the potholed path that runs through the woods darkly, a trail of uncertainty with no guideposts other than false pledges of hope and change. Or it will be a path of prosperity and promise under Mitt Romney.
Four years ago, The Oklahoman was among the voices of the Heartland that warned of the perils of sending Barack Obama to the White House. Oklahomans agreed, giving the GOP nominee their support in all 77 counties. Last December, we urged Republican voters nationwide to coalesce behind Romney in a crowded field of candidates. He overcame a tough campaign season to win the nomination.
Today he goes before the nation as the best hope for rebuilding the economy, reducing the national debt and restoring respect for America. Obama promised to unite the country. Instead, he further divided it. A Romney administration would bring us together with an agenda that will help all Americans prosper. He will not waver from the goal to leave office with a stronger, more stable America than the nation he would inherit from Obama.
The Oklahoman also urges a yes vote for all six state questions:
SQ 758 would limit the growth of property tax assessment valuations to 3 percent annually, a reduction from the current cap of 5 percent.
SQ 759 would ban affirmative action programs in state government employment, education and contracting decisions, prohibiting reverse discrimination in these areas.
SQ 762 would remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders. The governor's approval would still be required for inmates convicted of violent crimes. Oklahoma is the only state that still pushes every parole application to the governor's desk.
SQ 764 would allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue bonds for water/sewage infrastructure. This would allow expansion of existing programs that fund water treatment infrastructure in communities that could otherwise not afford it.
SQ 765 would eliminate the Department of Human Services commission. The agency director, who will be a gubernatorial appointee requiring Senate confirmation, would have full charge of the largest component of state government.
SQ 766 would exempt all intangible personal property from the ad valorem tax. Taxing such property would cost citizens millions of dollars and hinder business recruitment.
Finally, three incumbents representing Oklahoma in Congress — Republicans Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and James Lankford — have earned another term. In two other districts with open seats, Republican nominees Markwayne Mullin and Jim Bridenstine are the best candidates on the ballot. In Oklahoma County, Democrat Sheriff John Whetsel has earned another term against a Republican challenger who's injected partisanship into a race where it doesn't belong.
The path to the future begins today with your trip to a polling place. Whether or not you agree with our recommendations, make the journey and vote!