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May 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Tornado hits Oklahoma

Republicans partially at fault for unsafe schools

A soldier walks past the wreckage left when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.(Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press)

A soldier walks past the wreckage left when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.(Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press)

As of the November 2012 elections, Republicans have had a two-thirds majority in both the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and they hold all statewide offices and all congressional seats in Washington, D.C. Republican voter registration in Oklahoma is at an all-time high [“In twister’s path, ‘school was not safe enough,’” page one, May 22].Both Oklahoma senators voted against the Hurricane Sandy aid bill, expressing the sentiment that it was not good to spend tax money in this way because it would take it away from someone else.

Previously, the GOP was ever so happy to support tax relief for corporations, who have had the most profitable year in a decade and, likewise, take it away from someone else.

So it seems that some schools in Moore, Okla., did not have proper shelters. Why is that? No doubt, the shelter money was spent somewhere else; I speak of the Republican priorities of helping the rich and cutting funding for the needy. To that Greedy Old Party — it is not the duty of government to protect all the people, just the ones who count.

We all grieve for the people who lost their lives to this tornado, especially the children. In a state that has had more than its share of tornadoes, you would think it would know how to be ready. That role falls upon the government and we know who runs that in Oklahoma. It is a hard lesson to learn.

Elections count for something. You make that choice in the voting booth.

Richard Rousse, Everett

Comments | Topics: infrastructure, Moore, natural disaster

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