I know who wont be getting my vote...
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
I know who wont be getting my vote...
Speaking of changing the constitution, there is a movement to change the wording concerning citizenship because of “anchor babies”. While the current wording indicates anyone born on our soil is a automatic citizen, can anyone point out where it says the PARENTS automatically become citizens?
Monday, June 26, 2006
when will we wake up?
Could this be a reason of all the teachers we have been hearing about having flings with their high school students? Can it be argued that they aren’t any more mature than the kids they are having sex with?
This is a liberals dream come true!
Sometime in the near future Broken Arrow will have one as well (71st street & 169th east ave). Though I would have liked to have seen it in Tulsa, I guess it is a blessing in disguise, otherwise I would be spending way too much time and money there.
now the waiting is the hardest part...
Saturday, June 24, 2006
City council public works meeting 6/20/06: "Discussion of water pressure in and around the area of Pine and 89th E. Avenue including Layman Acres, Van Acres, Spartan School of Aeronautics dormitories and apartments, and proposed industrial area. (Turner) [PW 6/6/06] 06-813-1"
other things going on. a resolution went through the senate (SR 121, Randy Brogdon) to encourage the city council to vote for their resolution supporting a buyout, and there is a measure in the works (Mark Liotta) for the state house. David Schuttler wrote about Spartan moving some engine testing bays when they move to the field next to the neighborhood, he says they must be bought out, but didnt elaborate... my guess is that they will be quickly forced into the 70+db contour with all that racket going on over there, which then there will be no choice but to buy them out!
Be sure to check out the next Urban Tulsa as well for an article concerning the plight of this neighborhood
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
the bill would increase the state's minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15 an hour.
"State Senator Debbe Leftwich says if adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage should be $8.69 an hour."
Those poor people who worked thier butts off to get to $6.15 are screwed! and you can forget any wage increase for them in the future, any additional funds will be sucked up by those who dont need the increase! (not to mention layoffs, reduction of benefits, increasing prices, etc)
I've said it before, Ill say it again, raising minimum wage benefits the working poor for a very short time, and it hurts the lower middle class for a long time.
I've lived it, it doesnt help... and those that propose it are only looking for the poor vote...
Mixing Animal, Human Cells Gets Exotic
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
This however is a tale of three of those cities, and what we can learn from others. Those cities are Silverton, Telluride, and Cripple Creek.
Silverton is an old mining town turned tourist attraction. Every day between Late May and early October a steam powered narrow gauge rail trains bring people to town for a few hours to shop, eat and to look at the old buildings, or you can stay over night and take the next train back. Silverton for the most part is stuck in the past, in a good way, they have held onto their history and capitalized on it in such a way that this town of 500 residents gets the benefits of well over 300,000 visitors a year. Silverton is not without its problems however. We got into a long discussion with a local concerning coding (in a round about way) Silverton has no building codes, anyone can build anything they want anywhere they want. So surrounding the buildings made in the late 1800s there are modern log cabins with gigantic windows, and unfortunately a Cinder Block house. They aren’t saying they don’t want new buildings, they just want them to fit in. Each time this issue is brought up detractors turn around and complain that they wont be able to paint their house/building whatever color they want, which is not even the issue.
Lesson for Tulsa? Learn from, hold onto and profit your past (Route 66, Native American Heritage, Oil, Religion)
Telluride is another old mining town, turned ski resort. From what we could tell of our short visit, apart from a few markers and the safe that Butch Cassidy stole from, they would like to forget their past. There are condos everywhere, most look like the “log cabin” mentioned above. They only allow a 3% growth in new construction each year, as a way to keep the town “Small and Quaint”. From my understanding the Bluegrass festival that they were known for has been in decline for many years because the locals don’t like “that crowd”. Apart from Skiing, Telluride doesn’t have much to offer a visitors.
Lesson for Tulsa? Same as above, but add that control of the city needs to be pried away from those with selfish motives.
Cripple Creek is, yes, another mining town turned gambling mecca. Most of the buildings date in the early 1890s, and most of the buildings now house casinos, 18 to be exact. We didn’t get an exact count but there were only about 10 non casinos on main street, and some of those shops were run by the casinos. I will give the casinos credit they try to keep the “look” of the old town, some new buildings have been built to blend in with the old since some have been destroyed over time. Apart from gambling very little goes on, the casinos are full, the shops are empty, or even closed. Cripple Creek is truly a casino based economy, and it appears very hard to succeed at anything else there.
Lesson for Tulsa (and Oklahoma in general)? Gambling is not the answer, it may appear like a benefit at first until is sucks the money out of the rest of the economy.
A few other observations from my trip:
1) Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Kansas all have much nicer rest areas that Oklahoma
2) Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Kansas all have something other than plain old bridges, some have nice etchings in them to make the more attractive. and dont get me started on the quality of the roads themselves.
3) The Native Americans in New Mexico and Colorado seem proud of their heritage, everywhere you look there is something made by them, they aren’t know for just their smoke shops and casinos.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
I really hate to do this, but I’m finding less and less time to actually enjoy this car. I’m hoping to find a new owner who will appreciate her.
The history of the car can be found here.