Something to do

A good friend asked if the Ledger offices had any contact information for political groups in LeFlore County. His intentions being positive and commendable, he’s interested in getting a little more involved in government and doing a little more than just casting his votes at the ballot box (important as this is), backing words with work.  

He said modestly that he was “looking for something to do.” This is a prime example of good citizenship. Personally, I wish the entire nation would experience a healthy epidemic of good citizenship and civic pride.

Unfortunately, the Heavener Ledger does not have lists or directories of persons or groups to call, what to call them, or where they can be found. There are snippets of information here and there, though, but often it is inadequate. For example, in the 10-17-18 edition of the HL, notice was given on page 5, “POTEAU—The LeFlore County Republicans will hold their monthly meeting Oct.25 at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Lynch Library in Poteau.” 

The item went on to say Rick West, Mark Allen and Joseph Silk would receive a plaque of appreciation and finger foods would be served. All this is well and good for the 50 words it took to say it, but—couldn’t the LeFlore County Republicans have filled this out a little bit? 

Couldn’t they have added, “The public is invited to attend,” or, “For more information visit us at www.msgopleflore.org,” or, “Like us on Facebook.”? I think somebody from the LeFlore County Republicans ought to contribute regularly to the Ledger. Maybe not every week, but at least every month. And not only should they tell us when the next meeting is, but why it’s such a big deal, and why it’s important to get involved.

And likewise for the LeFlore County Democrats. It’s nice that they announce their meetings, but give us a little extra. 2018 was not a particularly good year for Oklahoma Democrats. If a responsible representative from the LeFlore County Democrats would contribute some well thought out thoughts on the subject to the Ledger, things may go better for the party in 2020. Their web address is www.leflorecountydemocrats.com, but I don’t want to read their stuff online; I want to see it in the Ledger. 

Both these groups are on Facebook, too, and the sites are worth checking out. It’s obvious the two parties are not going to hug and make up for hostilities until they love their country more than they hate the opposition, but there are nonpartisan venues patriotic citizens can consider to avoid the ill will. Are you familiar with the American Legion? Located at 715 Highway 59 N, American Legion Post 188 activities are generally listed in the HL every week. Their official “Mission Statement” states:

“The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.” 

The VFW—Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8403—meets at the same address. I like their Vision Statement, a pledge to “Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.”

Now who can argue with statements like these? If you’re looking for “something to do” that benefits the country, being part of an organization like the American Legion may be a place to start. 

And incidentally, never underestimate the influence a well-written “Letter to the Editor” can have on the community. But we will continue this discussion next week.


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