Commentary

Thu
21
Jun

Congress is at the Forefront of the Fight against Opioids

By Tom Cole
U.S. Congressman, 4th District

In recent years, our country has been ravaged by a deadly epidemic that is destroying communities and families alike. The opioid crisis has been a devastating battle for Americans young and old, and combating this epidemic has become one of the most significant challenges facing families and communities across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 American die each day from an opiate overdose. That is one American every 13 minutes. In fact, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Sadly, the most significant contributor to this alarming fact is the misuse and abuse of opioids.

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Thu
21
Jun

Another First for President Trump

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District

They said it couldn’t be done, that it was a long shot. However, President Trump proved skeptics wrong yet again this week when he took part in a historic first, an in-person meeting between a North Korean head of state and the President of the United States.

Thu
14
Jun

Ten Years Ago

By Stephen Willis

Ten years ago - “I got Cliff Scott his job at the State Land Commission.”

Kiowa businessman Steve Phipps testified in the trial of former State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahon and his wife, amid a federal investigation of political corruption in Southeast Oklahoma.

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Thu
14
Jun

Mr. Dancing Man

By Tina Firquain
The Madill Record

I teach dance, I believe I have established that fact very well. However, what most don’t know is that my boyfriend Zack also teaches.

I’m sure he would kill me if he knew I was telling all of you this, and I know he’ll deny it, but Zack helps me teach.

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Thu
07
Jun

Securing Our Nation’s Borders

By Markwayne Mullin

The United States is first and foremost a nation of laws and our laws must be followed. I understand and appreciate that the strength of our nation is dependent upon the contributions made by individuals. As Americans, we celebrate that we are a nation of people from unique and diverse backgrounds. However, our immigration laws must be followed, and the individuals who break those laws should be held accountable.

Last month, the Trump administration reported more than 37,000 individuals were apprehended attempting to illegally cross our southern border.

While the focus on illegal crossings at our southern border falls mostly on Mexico, numerous countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Honduras, and China account for hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossings each year.

 

Thu
07
Jun

Funding Strategic Readiness

By Tom Cole

U.S. Congressman, 4th District With global threats from our near competitors and great-state adversaries, improving our military’s readiness could not come at a more critical time. Congress is committed to funding improved maintenance, readiness, and personnel accounts while providing key oversight on near and long-term procurement programs to build a modern force. After years of budgetary dysfunction, we must recapitalize our military and ensure it remains a superior and effective fighting force across all domains anywhere in the world.

This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 was passed last week by the House by a vote of 351-66, and will be the 57th consecutive year the legislation is signed by the president. It includes $708.1 billion in funding and adds to the end strength and fighting capabilities for all the services.

 

Thu
31
May

I Have 20 Years of Dance Life – That’s 20 Recitals

By Tina Firquain

School is out for the summer and many kids and adults are taking this time to make some wonderful memories.

Well, I’m excited about the end of this week because this is the last week of “Spring” dance which means it’s time for our annual dance recital.

I can remember so many memories from my dancer recitals as a young girl. In fact, this will be my 20th dance recital.

 

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Thu
31
May

Our Duty to Honor the Fallen

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District

The summer kicked off last weekend as we observed Memorial Day, but this day is so much more than just the beginning of backyard barbecues, trips to the lake, and summer vacation for our kids. Memorial Day is when we set aside time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have as Americans. It is a day of remembrance and a day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.

The first time I came to Washington, I was with my papa, Kenneth “Cowboy” Morris, on an Honor Flight. He served in World War II and like any veteran, he lost friends in the war.

 

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Thu
24
May

Confessions of a Single Mom: He Needs His Nap

By Molly Raley

My son was born in 2012 and ever since then I have had no issues with my son sleeping. It’s one of those things that I have never had to worry about.

I was lucky enough to have an infant that slept through the night by the time he was a month old. I never had to fight him to go to sleep or to go back to sleep once he had woken up to eat. It just wasn’t a problem.

 

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Thu
24
May

Education Goals Set a Strong Foundation for College, Career

By Joy Hofmeister

Our children are growing up in a very different world than the one many of us remember. With technology advancing at warp speed and education funding often uncertain, schools have been trying to keep up.

But, with the futures of nearly 700,000 Oklahoma schoolchildren at stake, merely keeping up is not an option. We must be looking ahead, preparing children for careers that have not been created yet.

 

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