Category Archives: Oklahoma City

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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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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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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The story is not over yet.

This battle is over. But the struggle continues and the story has more to come. I lost this election.  I received 497 votes, 39.6%.  Meg Salyer received 675 votes, 53.7%.  Dario Alverado received 84 votes, 6.7%. But. . . there’s … Continue reading

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A letter to my neighbors in Ward 6.

Dear neighbors, There’s a city council election coming up on March 3rd. As I drive around Ward 6, I see a lot of “deferred maintenance” situations. I see potholes that have been there for years. Often there’s water seeping, which … Continue reading

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Should Bob Waldrop run for Oklahoma City Council Ward 6?

Twenty-one years ago, I moved to Oklahoma City, to the neighborhood where I live now. These are exciting times to live in Oklahoma City, but we also face tremendous challenges. While many have prospered, others have been left behind. The … Continue reading

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The blunt truth about the present situation.

For irrational reasons, I always experience a surge of hope just before elections. Somehow, I expect something magical to happen.  Maybe all the independents and minor party candidates will win — Congress would be MUCH more interesting and helpful and … Continue reading

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