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Local OKC teacher’s blog post is probably falling on deaf ears

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I don’t think there’s a single person who thinks the public education system in the state of Oklahoma is going to be okay. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that many people are either leaving the state to have their children educated elsewhere, or putting off having kids all together. We’ve kind of reached the point where it feels like we need some sort of miracle to put everything back together.

I’m not the only one that feels that way. Local OKC teacher and writer, Steven Wedel, took to his blog to air his grievances with the current state of education:

Why the Capitol refurbishment project needs another $125 million

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Man, if there’s one thing I know it’s that renovations straight up suck. If you come to my house, you’ll see multiple Pinterest inspired projects with mason jars that were started with the best of intentions, but have since really gone by the wayside. On the one hand, I’m definitely not a professional. And on the other, renovations take time and money. Plus, let’s be real. Who needs a fireplace when you can have a sweet gaping hole in the wall of your living room? I swear, I’m living the dream. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Anyway, I’m here to talk about a different money pit — THE money pit, if we’re being real. The Oklahoma State Capitol, everyone’s favorite crumbling edifice, has already received $120 million in bonds to repair and refurbish the chewing gum that is holding the walls up. But backers of the repair want another $125 million in bonding authority to get the job done.

This is obviously a lot of money. But isn’t our capitol worth it? Sure, we could probably fix up the building with that original $120 million in bonds, but if you’ve ever seen any show on HGTV, you know that we have to go over budget. That’s where that extra $125 million in bonds comes in. But just what are they spending that money on?

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Granite countertops

It’s 2015, and OKC is a big league city. Therefore, our state capitol ought to be big league too. None of those janky laminate countertops for our capital. Only granite will do.

Stephen King’s The Stand was probably a prophecy about Oklahoma

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Say what you will about Oklahoma, but we sure are dedicated to really screwing over our kids. Sure, we have all manner of family values, but only so long as those families are hella docile because they are undereducated, or stuck in a financial situation they can’t get out of. And we used to be pretty content with the fact that we kept taking money away from public education and kept our national health ranking super low. But now, we really want our kids to be sick. That’s why a bill that would change Oklahoma’s vaccination laws failed in the senate. That’s right, parents still don’t have to vaccinate their babies if they simply don’t feel like it.

Allow me to state for the record that I am 100% pro-vaccines. Anti-vaccination is a cause that was once championed by Jenny McCarthy, and I fail to see how the former co-host of MTV’s Singled Out and model who once appeared in a Candie’s ad sitting on a toilet with her panties around her ankles could possibly have a relevant medical thought in her head. Sure, we can all conduct a Google search and find information that states vaccines are bad, but I’m typically not in the habit of confusing Google search results with an advanced medical degree.

But I digress.

7 scams KFOR’s “In Your Corner” should investigate…

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Scott Hines sure is a busy dude. He’s always running around saving confused old people from the dangers of the world around them. There are a lot of scams out there, but I would like to state for the record that there are more scams out there than we generally acknowledge.

Seriously. Think about it. How many times have you been ripped off lately? It’s probably a lot. And Scott Hines isn’t always there for you, just because you had the common sense to not buy room temperature steaks from a weird dude in jorts who was trying to sell meat door-to-door.

Well, consider this a Bat signal for Scott Hines. Because here’s 7 scams I would like to see featured on KFOR’s In Your Corner.

What goes on in the Mathis Brothers As-Is section after hours?

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One of the dreams of every TLO writer is to be a fly on the wall. We’d love to know what the hell Mary Fallin does on the daily, and I would love to watch Steve Shaw go grocery shopping because I imagine he hulks out when he gets confused by mayonnaise prices. But we can’t always see what goes on behind the scenes, until now. Because in case you didn’t know, Mathis Brothers has a live stream of their As-Is section.

According to MathisBrothers.com: