Louisiana born, but Oklahoma bred. Lee Matthews has been in the radio business since 1982 both behind the mike, behind the scenes and in most all formats. "Talk Radio is my favorite format because it is the one format left that still reaches the listener one on one", Lee said.
One of Lee's favorite charities is the Leukemia Lymphoma society. "Working with the late Mark Shannon tought me a lot about living. If dancing around Bricktown stark naked would help raise money to find a cure for that terrible disease then I'll do it!". Frequently you will see Lee running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and other local races, in Mark's honor raising money for the cause.
Lee's other hobbies include cooking, music, scuba diving, model railroading, antique clocks, and playing the ukulele. "Nothing bad can happen to you when you are playing a ukulele", he said.
Lee's mom is from Louisiana, but his father and father's family hails from Seminole and Maud; which is why you will frequently hear him reference it on the air. "I have a grand aunt that once said at a gathering, 'Maud, I sure do love that little town!' and it has become a family joke I use on the air".
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State Question 758:
Lower the cap on property value increases for homes and land from 5% to 3%. OK, you pay for your home and property, they discover oil on your property, you will only have to pay taxes capped at 3% of that value rather than 5.
My take: Anything that reduces/removes property taxes I am for! Elimination would be best, but hey baby steps right? I’m voting for it.
State Question 759:
Affirmative action plans for state hiring, contracting and education programs will be eliminated.
My take: You, the state, anybody in a free society, should hire the best person for the job; not the most colorful! I’m voting for this.
State Question 762:
Remove the governor from the parole process for nonviolent offenders.
My take: The governor SHOULD have a say in all paroles. The executive branch at every level of government should! Remember the people paroled this past year that still had 14 years on their sentence? And no one could figure out why they were paroled? I am voting NO on this one.
State Question 764:
OK Water Resources Board will be allowed to issue bonds for certain water resource
and sewage treatment program.
My take- It won’t cost us a thing and some people will actually make money. I am voting YES.
State Question 765:
Eliminate the DHS from the state constitution along with the Oklahoma Human Services
commission. It would be replaced by an executive director, appointed by the Governor, and advisory boards also appointed.
My take-I say vote YES. There is no secret DHS has been an abysmal failure the past five years and one reason is it is so difficult to get rid of anyone! Board members are currently appointed by the governor, but on rotating 9 year terms. They select the department
head. If a Governor is held responsible for the appointments, they will be under the same pressure the department will be to perform.
State Question 766:
Eliminate intangible property from property taxes.
My take: OK, you inherit the mineral rights-your property
value goes through the roof as a result. So does your property taxes. I am for anything
that takes YOUR money out of the hands of the government and places it back in
your hands. Besides, you know how I feel about property taxes. Eliminate them!
Replace them with sales, or income, or whatever. I am voting YES on this one.
The Oklahoma Council On Public Affairs encourages a YES vote on all but 762, read their review at http://www.ocpathink.org/articles/2000?utm_source=Freedom+Flash%3A+State+ballot+questions&utm_campaign=Freedom+Flash%3A+State+ballot+questions&utm_medium=email