Even in the best governmental system in the universe, there will be periods of self-serving stupidity.  I believe that is what is happening right now in the Oklahoma state government concerning the ongoing debate on whether the watermelon is a vegetable or a fruit and whether it should remain the state's official vegetable.

First, I fully understand this is important to some people (I can think of Watermelon growers and . . . um. . . ).  The watermelon was designated as the official vegetable of the state of Oklahoma in 2007.  In 2015, SENATOR Nathan Dahm of Browken Arrow has decided to file a bill that would strip the watermelon of it's title (and apparently its classification as a vegetable).  There are already people on the other side of the debate who are ready to stand their ground and spit seeds at anyone who believes the watermelon is:  a.  a vegetable and b.  should be the state vegetable of OK.

So, first, let's talk about the MONUMENTAL WASTE OF TIME, RESOURCE, MONEY AND ENERGY that has been put into this issue already.  I want a tax refund for every single penny that was used to write the bill.  In the universe of things that really SHOULD matter right now in the state of Oklahoma:  this ain't it.  In fact, instead of waging a war against a fruitable or vegeuit, why aren't we sending that effort to deliver fresh fruit to food banks?

Before we do that, we'll need to clarify something:  is it is a fruit or a vegetable?  If you don't care at all, I give you license to skip the next two paragraphs.

Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable.  It's also a berry and a gourd, so if you really like labels. . . .

It's a fruit because it is the result of fertilization.  It's a vegetable because it is an edible part of a plant (according to the official definition from Webster's).  It's a stupid controversy because, no matter how you slice it (or use it to make some amazing watermelon hooch), it's taking up too much time in our state government.  By too much, we really mean. . .any time at all.

So, the final question: IN YOUR MIND:  IS IT A FRUIT, A VEGETABLE OR A DELICIOUS WASTE OF TIME??