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BY DENNIS KRUEGER G E N E R A L M A N A G E R


Vote YES On June 24 For Compromise W Chandler Smith Shane Raleigh Elise Cornell Donna McCuistion


Congrats to KEC Scholarship Winners


Kiwash Electric is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 college scholarship. Each teen will receive $500.


Scholarship winners are Elise Cornell, Thomas Fay Custer High School; Donna McCuistion, Cordell High School; Chandler Smith, Hobart High School; and Shane Raleigh, Cordell High School.


The teens competed for the opportunity by writing an essay on “The Seven Cooperative Principles.”


KEC scholarship program is open to graduating seniors who attend high school in KEC service territory, and whose parents are KEC members.


Parents or legal guardians of the 2014 scholarship winners are Steven and Julie Cornell(Elise); Robert and Angela Parsons (Donna); Tammy McCollom (Chandler); and John and Sheila Raleigh (Shane).


ashita County is a great place to live, however, at times the citizens are as indecisive as


the folks on Capitol Hill. On June 24, voters will have a choice but each choice has the ability to affect the services provided to the citizens of this county.


On that date two sales tax questions, each vying for the same amount of tax money, will require your consideration. Please remember that by state statutes only 5/8 of a cent is available for either side.


The issues at hand deal with strengthening infrastructure and county services for the residents of Washita County. Groups on both sides of these issues have specific ideas as to how best to spend your money. This lack of compromise places the citizens in a very unique situation. In my opinion, we should vote YES on both issues.


The tax issue is a dual vote; if both are passed, the courts will be required to rule on the issue because both taxes would exceed the county limit on sales tax.


One tax question is a county referendum vote to fund the Washita County Ambulance Service in Burns Flat, Cordell and Sentinel, and eleven volunteer fire departments, including Cordell. The second tax question would fund the Cordell Memorial Hospital.


Where do we draw the line? Roads, streets, water, sewer, fire protection, ambulance service, and hospitals are all necessary for a healthy lifestyle and a growing economy.


2 | JUNE 2014 | Kilowatt


We need all types of infrastructure to keep this county prosperous.


The volunteer fire service and under- compensated ambulance service are filled with honorable, hardworking, and dedicated members. When a new member joins the ranks, they are blessed with great role models. Hundreds of stories abound about these honorable, dedicated professionals who give their time in service to their friends and neighbors.


“The tax issue is a dual vote; if both are passed, the courts must rule on the issue because both taxes would exceed the county limit on sales tax.”


The hospital medical staff, nurses, and doctors are also professionals. They should be commended for their wonderful work ethics. They, too, put in long hours and work hard. Stories of saving lives, or reducing the cost for standard tests and flu shots reflect the positive interactions between the hospital


and Washita County citizens.


My interactions with our volunteer fire departments, ambulance service and hospital have all been positive. For instance, one Sunday morning in August 2008, Burns Flat EMT’s saved the lives of two Kiwash Electric employees who were hit by a car while changing out a pole in a farm field. They stabilized one employee for Air-Evac’s transport to OU Medical Hospital in Oklahoma City. The second employee was sent via ambulance to the Clinton Hospital, and later transferred to Oklahoma City.


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