|"Respect" Recognition At Wilson Elementary|
Wilson students continued to learn about respect during the month of January. The 1st and 2nd grade classrooms chose students who exemplify the trait of respect in and about the classroom for the last week of January. -- Lee Ann Due 2/5/2014
|1st Grade Students -- (l-r) Joshua Rubison, Addison Bearden-Willett, Asher Fowler, Peyton Hudson, Abigail Jackson, Bryson Thomas, and Ethan Hadley|
|2nd Grade Students -- (l-r) Kaden Reed, Hunter Paul, Isaac Krueger, Caden Green, Madaxon Aunko, Hunter Graybill, and Ryan Boatman|
With High Priced Propane
(From James Lockhart)
February 4, 2014
Leadership in D.C. hears our propane woes while our own state leaders offer minimal help
Yesterday, the federal government announced it would release $4 million to our state to assist families using propane to heat their homes.
I am very pleased to hear this bit of news, Representative James Lockhart (D Heavener) said Tuesday morning. But Im disappointed in our governors latest executive order, which halfheartedly offered assistance to our citizens at the last minute.
A portion of her executive order prioritizes assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for families using mainly propane to heat their homes, instructing DHS to expedite applications for the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP is part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The state is providing only a limited amount of additional funding to DHS.
Families must be near or below the poverty level to qualify. A family of four earning more than $25,355 before taxes will not qualify for assistance in purchasing propane, the price of which has increased 500 percent this winter.
"While it is necessary to assist the poor, it seems once again the poor and the big corporations continue to get government assistance while those in the middle must go without, Representative Lockhart said. The middle class is being asked to pay the freight both ways for the rich and the poor."
I have an idea. Seeing as the taxpayers foot the bill to heat the State Capitol building and the Governors Mansion, lets see how the executive and legislative leadership, whom are nowhere near the poverty line, would feel about switching to propane and trying to pay more than $4.00 per gallon on their own. I dont think that would go over too well.
The second regular session of the 54th legislature convened yesterday. It costs the taxpayers $30,000 each day to run the House alone. And nothing has been accomplished yet, Lockhart said.
DHS will begin accepting applications today and continue processing them until allocated funds are depleted.
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