As I stated weeks ago, I will be having multiple town hall meetings across District 5 in the coming weeks to address any questions or concerns you may have. There will be an announcement of time and locations soon.
I would like to address two issues that frequently come up. I have addressed both in the past, but would like to come back to them again this week.
The first is government bureaucracies. As most of you know, I have been an outspoken critic of how our government agencies and commissions do not respond to the needs or requests of tax paying citizens nor do they respond to the legislators who are elected to represent the people.
This is nothing unique to southeastern Oklahoma. Many legislators are upset with how things are handled or not handled and just ignored.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had constituents contact me with issues with a government agency, and I, as their legislator, have contacted the agency on their behalf and have just been ignored.
This is not acceptable.
Every single government position is there to serve the people, and they should respond to the requests of the people. The way the system currently works is the epitome of inefficient government bureaucracy, and it needs to change.
Let me be clear, I am not singling out a few agencies. I am speaking of big and small agencies alike.
I have recently had issues with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services, just to name a few.
I am not speaking about the employees of these agencies, but the interagency rules and regulations and the way the upper level leadership works. The majority of the issues I speak to citizens about don’t have anything to do with legislation, but fall into the above category. This is something that needs to be corrected and we will continue to find a way to address this issue.
The second thing I want to address is nothing new to anyone who is involved in politics of any nature. Everyone knows that corruption and deceit is rampant in the political world, and to be honest, it is sickening to see how people elected to office can look you in the eye and lie straight to your face.
It is unbelievable how people can omit the truth and twist a message to make it sound it sound exactly how they want. I encourage everyone to listen to political ramble with caution, and exercise wisdom and discernment.
As always, I encourage everyone to contact me personally with any issue you would like to discuss or are concerned about. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 405-521-5614 or by email at [email protected].
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