I was told last week that due to a lot of different factors, our Highway Patrolmen haven't had a wage increase in over five years. What in the world are we thinking? These guys are risking their lives every day to help keep us safe. They are constantly going to training sessions, many of which are on their own time, they show up at events in the community, they answer our dumb questions and listen to every kind of complaint there is, and always with a smile and a sympathetic ear. So what if we're in an economic slump, we can buy a six million dollar airplane supposedly because the patrol needs it, (It was used 104 times so far. TWICE BY THE PATROL, and 102 times by the Governor), but we are losing trained professional law enforcement officers to cities and counties because they can't afford to work for the State anymore? Where the blazes is Common Sense? I talked to the Transportation Chairman today and if he needs a bill sponsor, I'm ready to file one.
We were at Southwest City for their celebration on Wednesday night and boy was it a success. There were thousands of people there for the great food, cold watermelon, and fantastic fireworks. Good Job folks! Seneca had a great celebration Saturday. I am always amazed at how many people show up for the Parade. The streets were lined with thousands of kids of all ages! The Chamber is to be commended for a great job of scheduling events for all day.
"Food for Thought" If in the largest city, you can buy two 16 ounce drinks, BUT NOT a 24 ounce drink because it might make you fat.... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.