Letter to the editor: Disagrees with senator

Sen. Dave Rader is wrong.

HB 1845, Real ID

This legislation is a direct assault on our Fourth Amendment right of protection from unreasonable search and seizure.  By giving up our most personal physical image, we are allowing ourselves to be catalogued in, not only a national database, but in international databases.  The recent Wiki-leak’s revelations of the NSA’s capabilities to surveil common citizens through any personal device which is connected to cell service or to the Internet (including cell phones, televisions, smart appliances) is further evidence that U.S. citizens should no longer have any expectation of privacy.  The various losses of personal privacy, including TSA screenings, real id, and many other indignities and privacy invasions we have endured since September 11, 2001, have allowed the government to exercise escalating police-state tactics against law-abiding citizens, but all this kabuki theater has done little to prevent terrorist attacks on us.  Mr. Rader should be standing tall against federal police-state tactics instead of whimpishly giving in to them.

SB 83, Mandatory Vaccinations

This legislation is a solution in search of a problem.  Of all the serious problems, facing the Oklahoma Legislature this session, this bill is a total waste of time.

  1. Oklahoma has a very high rate of vaccination compliance, well over 90 percent.
  2. This bill is a direct attack on the God-given, natural rights of parents to rear their children. It is yet another example of the state trying to usurp the rights of parents. What’s next, a state mandate on what kind of formula you may feed your child or a state mandate on exactly when a parent should start potty training?
  3. Public schools, private schools and daycare centers have the right to demand vaccination of children wanting to use their services.
  4. This bill adds another uncompensated, bureaucratic requirement on physicians. The federal government, state governments, and insurance companies, have already so overburdened physicians with bureaucratic paperwork, that they have less time to actually spend taking care of patients; and all these bureaucratic mandates increase the cost of healthcare.

SB 560, School Vouchers for Impoverished Students

Year after year, we get the dismal results of Tulsa Public Schools’ performance in low-income areas of Tulsa.  Year after year, we get yet another list of excuses from TPS school administrators for why they are unable to teach impoverished children.  Year after year, we get platitudes and elaborate plans tells us how they will “fix” the problem.  Year after year, more low-income children are not given the educational opportunities and help they need.  Enough is enough.

We have wasted years waiting for TPS to solve the problem of low-performing schools.  This is another issue Mr. Rader should have fought for vouchers instead of letting them die.  Giving vouchers to children who have been forced to attend poor performing schools is a necessity to give these children a fighting chance for successful lives.  These children and their parents do not have the luxury of waiting.  They need vouchers now.