77 Series: Major County
Major County Times
I first noticed Major County’s Glass Mountains, I wanted to drive out and gather
some rock samples. I am an amateur gemologist and love rare earth minerals. It
is fairly unusual to have rock layers protrude out from the plains and there is
no telling what neat minerals are lying around. I wonder if anyone has sampled
in around and under the formation. You never know, Oklahoma always has
surprises. Like the Ames Asteroid that came into your county. I told you how I
like rare earth minerals, but I like rare extraterrestrial minerals even
better. 23 million years or so ago an asteroid hit present day Czechoslovakia
and the impact caused biological material to fuse with the asteroid and I gave
a piece of that fused material to my father as a gift, after I had thoroughly
examined the stone. I hope one of you have a piece that I could examine, for
science sake, perhaps when we get to know each other better.
I read that there is gypsum on the top layers and I know there are pretty substantial quantities in the state. Gypsum is used to make sheet rock and every country uses it in construction. That is another thing I am going to have to look into, the US Gypsum Corporation. I heard contradicting statements about Oklahoma being one of the world’s largest gypsum producers but the biggest gypsum companies are not in our state. China’s economy was booming and buildings were going up at unprecedented levels, but China is now slowing it’s urban development. I wonder how much Oklahoman gypsum was used and how we could better market our state product. When gypsum is a multi-billion dollar industry, it deserves to be examined. We may even find something to do with the top of those Glass Mountains. They are not mountains technically, but actually a series of isolated areas of elevation. We have them in Hugo and they turned out to be all limestone.
Nonetheless, Oklahoma is going to be building wind turbines sooner or later and your county is right outside ground zero. When an 800 turbine project was proposed it was requiring hundreds of workers and years of assembling and line connecting to relay the power generated to local homes and businesses. I imagine that many of the workers would come from Major County. That would be a good thing because they would get practice for building more when they got home. The wind blows hard in Major County too and at market rates, turbines produce nearly $300,000 of electricity a year. The price of the wind turbine depends on your contractor and the newly trained turbine builders will be right for the job. They will probably be able to find the parts at factory price if they learn the components and we begin to manufacture them. There are so many variations available I feel like I could make one to power my reading light, but I like the smell of burning coal.
I care deeply about the economy of Oklahoma and I have begun writing an essay for each county in the state looking into its industries, what resources are available, distribution channels, and income levels of the people. I also look at the county’s history to see what used to be there and see what can be done to bring it back or at least think of ways to encourage members of the community to design something. Once something is designed, it is on the way to manifesting itself. I encourage other counties in the state to design processes for factories so that our engineering students can come together and build the machines that can make products that prevent us from having to import. That process will decrease our trade deficit and with time and repeating the process, our economy will be outstanding.
I am against barriers to entry in any market because I encourage equal opportunity. As I am going through each county one by one, I find that an industry ended because the market was closed off. I noticed that poultry farming was once economically viable for your communities and I am still picking up bread crumbs but I will figure it out and remove those barriers so poultry can be an option again for your county. If households cannot raise chickens for sale as residual income, selling 30 chickens three or four times a year, then someone is producing way too many chickens and it may be outside the state. Your support in the primaries June 30th, 2020 would help immensely and after the November 3rd, 2020 election, I will make the appropriate adjustments in D.C. and I know a lot of the nation will benefit from the legislation. Less chicken production entails higher chicken prices, market equilibrium prices. Without market equilibrium you see 20 chicken nuggets for a few bucks and whole chickens for $5, already cleaned, seasoned and ready to serve. When I was starving on an island, I thought about what it took for that to be possible. I would have to play with the numbers, but my estimate is that a chicken can be worth $20 by controlling overproduction and market exclusion. I have essays from the other counties on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com, as well as a pamphlet that details 13 other legislative topics I am pursuing. My name is Bevon Rogers, by the way.
Something I want to mention before I conclude this essay is the importance of seeds. Should the worst happen, seeds will provide endless food and I believe they are an important part of every household. They are harder than you think to come by, so when you do see them, be sure to save them. Also, cotton is going to be making a comeback and 350 balls make a long-sleeved dress up shirt. I am designing a textile mill for Oklahoma and if you bring 350 cotton balls, we will make you a shirt, or give you $5. Cotton is perennial so the more you have planted the better. We may need to hunt down the right seeds. Anyway, thank you for your time and I will see you when I go visit the Glass Mountains.