Last evening our family attended, "The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Banquet" at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. We attended to honor Dr. Robert P. Todd who would be inducted posthumously. My parents, and so our famlies, have been long time friends. My mother offered us the invitation to go and we could not miss the opportunity to show our honor for a friend.
Kimberly attended Oklahoma City Community College in the fall a few years ago after she graduated from high school. Bob was the President at the time and he was gracious in pointing us to the right people and places to make the transition an easier one. We are both grateful and indebted for his kindness.
Marge and Cindy recieved the honor for Bob. It was apparent from their words Bob valued education. He really did want everyone to have an opportunity to attend college.
The evening began with "Introductions." Dr. Parrish offered an opportunity to recognize our state legislators and government officials. No one stood. Our current Governor offers ads that tout his support of education. Our Legislature wants everyone to think they are "pro-education." Surely they knew of this event. Certainly they could have attended – at least one of them.
I believe it was P.T. Barnum who said, "There’s a sucker born every minute." I for one am disappointed in the lip service officials would give to supporting education when given the opportunity to show up and illustrate such commitment. So, if you believe our Legislature and State Government really supports education, Mr. Barnum may have had you in mind.