Opinion

The simple truth on why you should VOTE NO on State Question 805

As your elected District Attorney, I urge you to VOTE NO on State Question 805 for the following reasons. 805 offers a Constitutional guarantee to repeat felony offenders that they will not have to face a greater range of punishment than first time felony offenders. It is really that simple. For example, if 805 passes, then a 5 time second degree burglar (i.e. someone who breaks into your house when you aren’t home) will be constitutionally protected from having to face a stiffer range of punishment than a 1st time second degree burglar. The same would be true for a 5 time felony domestic abuser and a 5 time felony drunk driver. 805 would constitutionally protect these types of recidivist criminals from facing a harsher range of punishment than 1st time felony domestic abusers and drunk drivers. As the law currently reads, a 5 time second degree burglar faces an “enhanced” penalty of 4 years to life. That’s correct, a 5 time second degree burglar could receive as little as 4 years in prison for his crime, and given that second degree burglary is considered a “non-violent” offense, such an offender would likely be released in less than a year if not within ninety days on an ankle monitor. That’s hardly an excessive sentence. In fact, the 4 year minimum sentence is true in regards to pretty much every “non-violent” recidivist felony offender, and that’s the truth, regardless of all the misinformation being disseminated on this topic.

Can’t Trust Communist China

Can’t Trust Communist China

No country has been spared from the repercussions of China’s coronavirus missteps and cover-up that accelerated the current global pandemic. However, the coronavirus crisis is not the first time the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated it is an untrustworthy competitor.

Advice Offered To State Hunters As Season Ramps Up

Advice Offered To State Hunters As Season Ramps Up

It is once again hunting season in Oklahoma. Here is some good advice from Dwayne Elmore, Extension State Wildlife Specialist. As hunters find success in the field and harvest wildlife, it is important to consider how to safely handle the carcasses to stay safe. Wildlife can be infected with various zoonotic diseases that are transmissible to humans. Additionally, wildlife often harbors ticks and fleas which are disease vectors and can transmit diseases. Some of the diseases that may be encountered in Oklahoma and can infect hunters include ehrlichioses, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, tularemia, trichinosis, rabies, Rocky Mountain spotted tick fever, salmonella, and swine brucellosis. Hunters often become wary when they observe odd behavior in wildlife or notice injury or signs of disease on animal carcasses. However, the absence of these obvious signs should not cause complacency in the safe handling of harvested animals. Any animal should be treated as a potential source of infection.

First Fort Built On The Washita

First Fort Built On The Washita

The first fort built on the Washita River was one at the mouth of the Washita by General Leavenworth in 1834. But this had been such a disastrous place for the soldiers, (malaria), that it was not occupied very long. The Chickasaws were begging for protection from the wild plains tribes, and in answer to their cry, General Taylor departed from Fort Gibson in September 1841, to locate a camp among them. This camp was finally located April 3, 1843, about twenty-two miles above the mouth of the Washita. It was occupied immediately by two companies of Dragoons. Major Fontleroy was placed in command. This post was called Ft. Washita.

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