Author Archives: Bob

Oklahoma City Persecution of the Poor: A Short Bill of Particulars

In an interview with a reporter from the national publication Politico, our Mayor said — As for the poor, Cornett says, his city offers them opportunities to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. About one in six residents live below … Continue reading

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Earthquakes and the Oklahoma oil bidness

In 2015, Oklahoma experienced 857 earthquakes of a magnitude of 3.0 or greater. 30 of them were 4.0 or greater.  This is more earthquakes than the rest of the United States combined. We had 106 in 2013 and 585 in … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Oklahoma City Municipal Court Judges

In the recent discussion about an ordinance banning panhandling in the center medians of streets, assurances were given that Oklahoma City municipal courts do not persecute poor people who cannot pay their fines. Instead, it is said that such people … Continue reading

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My testimony at today’s public hearing on the panhandler’s ordinance

My name is Bob Waldrop and I speak in opposition to the proposed restrictions on the free speech rights of panhandlers and charitable solicitors. The claim is made that this is a public safety issue. Yet, nobody has been hurt … Continue reading

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A response to the outrageous lies about panhandlers propagated by the Neighborhood Alliance in support of Meg Salyer’s Anti Free Speech Ordinance

There’s an anti-free speech, anti-poor people mob forming in Oklahoma City. It’s been ginned up in the Nextdoor neighborhood social media app. People are  upset about panhandlers.  They are upset about free speech! It hurts their eyes to see panhandlers on … Continue reading

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On the political theater of modern life: a resolution. Of sorts. Probably not popular but that could change.

Warning: outpouring rant/lament follows A Satanic church wants to put a statue on the lawn of the Oklahoma Capitol featuring Satan with little children sitting in his laugh. A big Baphomet style Satan. They’re citing the 10 commandments statue as … Continue reading

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Why is affordable housing so scarce?

Why is affordable housing so scarce?  I am primarily speaking of Oklahoma City, but it’s a problem everywhere.  And in fact, some people elsewhere would look at our situation here and say “your housing is very affordable.”  Maybe if you … Continue reading

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OKC is once again threatening the abundance of my urban garden-yard.

Oklahoma City has served me with a code violation and is claiming that I can’t have anything taller than 18 inches between the sidewalk and the street.  This is something new, as in the 16 years I have lived here … Continue reading

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Rejoicing in the Beatification of Msgr Oscar Romero of El Salvador

At the beginning of our Catholic Worker community, July 1999, there was no doubt about its patron. Msgr. Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was chosen because of his fidelity to the Faith — his commitment to the poor — … Continue reading

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Oklahoma continues to eat its seed corn.

The news is in on the Oklahoma state budget: we’re cuttin’ it while we are also drawing down our state’s savings accounts and raiding the unclaimed property fund to avoid even deeper cuts. Any way you look at it, we are … Continue reading

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