Commentary

Thu
20
Jun

Mullin It Over: Time to Seal the Deal

The United States is in the best neighborhood on the planet and our neighbors are our best customers. Canada is the number one market for exports and Mexico is number two, both nationally and in Oklahoma. Oklahoma exports $1.4 billion worth of goods and services to Canada and $527 million to Mexico, accounting for nearly 40 percent of Oklahoma’s total exports. Over 100,000 Oklahoma jobs rely on our trade with these two countries. These statistics make it clear that trade with our North American neighbors is critical to our economy and job market.

Thu
13
Jun

Increased gross production taxes fueling Oklahoma’s revenue boom

Oklahoma is currently enjoying a period of exceptionally strong revenue growth. As we near the end of FY 2019, General Revenue collections have already come in $360 million ahead of the year’s estimate, which will ensure a large endof-year deposit to the Rainy Day Fund. Next year’s revenues collections are projected to be more than 20 percent higher than last year’s, which has allowed the Legislature to approve two straight years of substantial funding increases.

Thu
13
Jun

This Father’s Day

What can we as father’s do with our remaining years?

We can’t turn back the clock. Any and all missed opportunities cannot be reclaimed.

Some fathers live with regrets while others know they did the best they could.

I don’t know of too many dads who deeply feel like they have been perfect. In our younger adult and middle age years we had a lot on our plates. We were trying to make it in our jobs and keep food in the house and a roof over our heads. Most of the time we were juggling long hours. Most of us tried to do the best we could.

The best you can do with your remaining years is to love your children and grandchildren and others. Call them on the telephone and visit them every chance you have. Engage in personal conversations. Talk to them about their lives and what they are doing. Give advice but don’t overdo it. Try to remember how well you listened to advice when you were 30 years old.

Thu
13
Jun

Mullin’ It Over: Breaking the Wrong Records

Whenwe hear that something is recordbreaking, we usually think of something great happening, like a high school team breaking the school’s win record or catching the biggest fish at the lake. But some records are not intended to be broken and that is exactly what is happening with the crisis at our southern border.

More people have been apprehended in the past seven months than during any full year in the last decade. In May, the largest group ever was taken in at the border, with 1,036 people–including 63 unaccompanied children–trying to cross illegally. Border Patrol has come across more than 180 groups of more than 100 people, many using children who are borrowed or bought as pawns, trying to gain access to our country.

Thu
13
Jun

Angels in Madill

I have been hanging out in Madill since the middle of September 2018.  Needless to say, I have grown fond of the Madill Record staff along with the entire community. I have favorite places to eat and shop here in Madill and of course I consider my friends at the Best Western Plus Sand Bass Inn and Suites honorary members of my family.   

There are many reasons I believe God sent me to this part of rural America. However, this story is by far one that I know was heaven sent.  

Thu
06
Jun

Confessions of a Professional Mom: Yes it’s me

Hello once again Marshall County! It’s been awhile.

First of all, I see that you are currently in good hands and I know that nothing but good things are in store at The Madill Record in the near future.

Secondly, I am doing really well, but there has been a small piece of me that has been missing. I spent the past year as an English teacher at Madill High School. I absolutely love my job, but I kept finding myself wondering what else there was that I could be doing. Then, it hit me. I miss talking (or writing in this case) with you guys.

Since we last met, I have fumbled my way through my first year of teaching. I have started reading more, attended more of my son’s activities, and just enjoyed life a little more. Oh, and I have found a boy that has stolen just a bit of my heart. It’s been a very eventful year to say the least.

 

Thu
06
Jun

This time it really was my first rodeo

By the time you read this, another issue of The Madill Record will have been put to bed. It will be sent to the printers (in this case, The Ardmorite) and be ready for the world to see.

However, as I’m sure you can imagine, a lot of time and work went into getting our staff to this point.

I’m writing this column on a Tuesday night; the Tuesday night of the National Sand Bass Festival. Now, I’d like to say that I usually write my columns and editorials earlier in the week with our deadlines being midday Tuesday and Wednesday morning, but that isn’t always the case. I’m a notorious procrastinator, but for once it was a good thing. Nay, a great thing.

You see, I heard about this thing called Sand Bass. Then the last two days happened. They were two of the busiest and in many ways most stressful days I’ve dealt with in my thirty-something years on this planet. However, my refuge both days has been Sand Bass.

 

Thu
30
May

News at the speed of a mouse click

Hello again Marshall County. For my column this week I’m taking a different tack. Rather than talk about a new topic, I’d like to do some housekeeping.

I’d like to update you, our readers, about some things we’re working on here at The Madill Record. Specifically, I want to share how you can get your weekly news faster and in different formats.

 

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

 

Thu
30
May

Memorial Day – thank our soldiers

May 30, 1868, was the first official Decoration Day. The day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers that day decorated the graves of more the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

During World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. The day became a national holiday in 1971.

 

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

 

Thu
30
May

Mullin’ It Over Column: Building infrastructure for the 21st Century

While many people across the country celebrated the unofficial start of summer last week, Oklahoma braced for severe weather and faced catastrophic flooding. As I traveled around Northeastern Oklahoma to help communities and meet with emergency management teams, I saw areas devastated. Roads we are used to traveling on a daily basis are not accessible and some have even washed away completely. Families had to evacuate their towns and some even lost their cars, homes, and businesses to the flood.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Commentary