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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Take care of citizens who are here already

  • We as citizens of this great city I call home have a lot of choices to make in the next few weeks here at home. We have the race for mayor and many for seats on the commission.


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  • We as citizens of this great city I call home have a lot of choices to make in the next few weeks here at home. We have the race for mayor and many for seats on the commission.
    I know I’m going to do my research and find out exactly what each candidate who is running is planning on doing for our city.
    I’m sure the city commissioners we have now mean well, however, I don’t believe we needed a sports park when what we really need is plenty of public storm shelters for our citizens. Right now, the city officially has two, and those are not up to standard. In case you’re not aware, they are city hall and fire station No. 3.
    Sequoyah School is no longer a public shelter and this really confuses me.
    What is the matter with our city officials? Do they really think because a building that doesn’t have a bathroom or even a wheel chair ramp is really going to bother an individual when a tornado is headed their way? Now, I realize there are rules that are to be followed and that our shelters are not up to code, however does the city really want to explain that to the parents, grandparents or even the children of someone who died in a storm because they couldn’t find shelter?
    If I were running for a city seat, my top priority would be for the citizens that live here in Shawnee now, not ones that might come because we let a new chicken restaurant come to town or some other form of amusement. I have lived all my life in Shawnee, I was born at Mission Hill, grew up here and even went to Bo peep when I was a toddler. I went away for several years while I was serving in the Navy and was surprised how much the city had grown while I was gone.
    This city is growing all the time and I see ads in the paper every day for all kinds of jobs.
    We even have jobs we can’t even fill for the city. So if you want my vote in June, tell me what you’re going to do for the citizens here now, not what you’re going to do for someone that’s not here yet.
    Christopher Stearman
    Shawnee
     

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