Everyday so many different professions - priests, financial officers, government representatives, police officers, sheriff departments, district attorneys, county commissioners, school teachers and non profit entities are being caught up in scandals, bribery, corruption, intimidation and sexual acts. All are people and professions with whom we have placed a public trust and yet so many people defend or cover up for many of those who have committed these acts.
In his case, Mr. (Randy) Baldridge was convicted by a jury of his peers, based on the evidence presented and testified to by those that had knowledge of it. It’s the way all cases are made. Bob Portiss is a well respected person in the community with a large responsibility. Why would he lie? If one believes them (Bruce Long and Cindy Rash) are lying and guilty and should be punished for their testimony and admissions, then one must believe all of their testimony that Baldridge is guilty.
Sometimes immunity or a lesser sentence is offered to a small fish to effect his cooperation in getting a bigger one. It’s a dealing tool used by all credible law enforcement agencies. Drug sellers will sometimes give up their supplier to get the same kind of deal.
Baldridge states to the Progress that the FBI wanted him to give information on other vendors and officials and he wasn’t going to do that. An odd statement for an innocent person with no knowledge of other wrongdoing. But that was his opportunity to trade off. Most of the people (including newspapers) have forgotten the Oklahoma Commissioners scandal of the late 70s where numerous county commissioners were involved. Maybe they should dig those articles back up and refresh. The law and court system is not always applied fairly. It depends greatly on your wealth or position as to how you are treated and often times whether or not it’s an easy case to prosecute for the district attorney. Law enforcement officers often do not treat everyone equal either and sometimes rear themselves up as gods with their authority. It is something we will have to deal with until the people learn they can demand better.
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LETTER: Back to School drive helps area students
As a new school year approaches, Rogers County children and their parents are shopping to replace outgrown clothing as well as purchasing the required classroom supplies to start out the year ready to learn.
LETTER - Commissioners need to take initiative and retool road fund
It is so disheartening to read the positive stories about Tulsa County Commissioners and then have to stomach the actions of a couple of our current Rogers County Commissioners and several of the past ones.
Letter - District 2 residents are getting exactly what they asked for
Dear Editor:A few years ago, Robin Anderson was paid to attend classes for which she had no requirement to attend. Just to further her education at our expense. If your facts are correct, District 2 Commisioner Helm now has:
FINANCIAL FREEDOM ACQUISITION LLC; Plaintiff,
NORMA JEAN DORSEY AS TRUSTEE OF THE EVELYN HURST REVOCABLE TRUST DATED APRIL 28, 2010; et al. Defendants.
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ELVIN WARREN RHOTEN, DECEASED.
Keystone Pipeline project will bring more jobs, revenues
As a lifelong Oklahoma resident, I feel the need to write concerning the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. As I am sure you are aware this project is awaiting a Presidential permit for the pipeline to cross the U.S./Canada border.
Floral arrangement missing from Woodlawn Cemetery
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, my son and I went to Woodlawn Cemetery to place a floral arrangement on my husband’s grave to commemorate the second anniversary of his passing.
We placed the saddle arrangement on his headstone shortly before 2 p.m.
Freedmen should be Cherokee citizens
To the Cherokee Nations citizens, government officials and chief. I am a Cherokee Freedman. I live in Claremore, Oklahoma. I have been hearing all the decisions about the Freedman citizenship.
CCVB clarifies $200K hotel incentive; reader writes about volunteering
Two letters on 8/7/11
Duty and rest rules for commercial pilots delayed
I’ve read, with interest, Andy Pasztor’s r article in the 02 August edition of the WSJ on the latest delay in the publication of a final rule to update the decades-old duty and rest rules for most commercial flight operations. It has to be a great challenge to take a complex technical issue and reduce it to understandable terms for a general readership.
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