Commentary

Thu
06
Dec

The Coin of the Realm

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new.

I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Back then, we had a colleague who invariably stepped forward at these times to remind each side that if we wanted to get anything done — rather than just shout at each other for the cameras — we had to have a measure of trust in one another.

bal and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

 

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Thu
29
Nov

Happy Birthday Oklahoma

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Council

of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Oklahoma’s birthday was Nov. 16. On that day in 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt issued the proclamation that made us a state. It’s a fitting time to consider what it means to be a state and to live in a nation made up of states.

How we became a nation of states is a story of the triumph of common sense. Political thinkers had declared it impossible to build a country of sovereign states. You could either form a loose alliance, or you could form a nation by dissolving the states. But, that conflicted with Americans’ own experience.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

The Gift of Family

Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. The November holiday allows us to be with our family without the stress of gift-giving or weeks of preparation trimming the tree and decking the halls.

Family is one of the greatest gifts we are given in life, and Thanksgiving allows us an opportunity to say thank you for the gift of family.

National Adoption Month, celebrated each November, is the perfect reminder that every child needs a safe and loving family, and every child deserves a permanent place to call home.

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Wed
21
Nov

The Most Precious Gift is Our Life

So Thanksgiving is here again, and as I look back on this past year (and really just back to this last month), I’ve realized that I have a lot to be thankful for.

Ya, I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason right?

I’m sure you’ve already looked at those sweet faces to the right, so let me tell you a bit more about them.

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Thu
15
Nov

Beyond Crazy in America

By Glenn Mollette

 

The horrendous shooting of 12 innocent people at a country music bar in Twin Oaks, Calif., reminds us that no place in America is safe. If we thought there were some safe sacred zones in our country, then we should ask the people in Pittsburgh. In particular, ask the people of the Tree of Life Synagogue in the community of Squirrel Hill where 11 people were murdered and six others wounded during a sacred hour of worship. Last week in Martin County, Ky., a woman shot her sleeping husband in his bed in the early morning hours. She then called a friend and told her that she was going to end her own life as well. She told her friend about their life stresses, consisting primarily of health issues and medical bills, and that she felt they could not overcome them. By the time her friend and others got there she was dead along with her husband.

 

Thu
08
Nov

Finding a Cure to End Alzheimer’s

By Markwayne Mullin

Alzheimer’s Disease runs through both sides of my family with my great-grandparents, my grandparents, and my uncles all facing Alzheimer’s during their lives.

When you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it can feel like they are slipping away one day at a time.

Each year, I meet with advocates from the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association to discuss what we can do to put an end to this life-altering illness. I met with them earlier this month to discuss what Congress can do to help.

 

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Thu
08
Nov

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic

By Tom Cole

In too many communities across the nation, opioid addiction has destroyed and claimed lives, causing unexpected grief and loss for families.

Without question, opioid abuse is a very real and rampant health crisis and one that is impacting individuals from all walks of life.

In response to this widespread problem, I am encouraged that Congress offered solutions to combat the issue through a comprehensive piece of legislation recently signed into law by the president.

 

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Thu
25
Oct

What It Means to be Native American

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

“The Boston Globe” released Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results this week.

The analysis, done by a Stanford University professor showed that Warren has somewhere between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American in her DNA.

In 2014, the “American Journal of Human Genetics” published a study detailing that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, 0.19 percent African, and 0.18 percent Native American.”

 

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Thu
25
Oct

Saudi Arabia - Don’t Go There

By Glenn Mollette

If you have to choose between Hotel California and the Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, you would be happier at the hotel from the famous song.

Dozens of persons were held as prisoners at the palatial hotel in 2017 by the Saudi government.

All those who were held were accused of criminal behavior and this apparently included several Saudi “princes” and others whose bank accounts are beyond most

 

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Thu
18
Oct

Our Work to End the Opioid Crisis is Not Done

By Markwayne Mullin

When any patient goes to the doctor, they can— and should—expect to receive the gold standard of treatment.

However, one 40-year-old law in desperate need of modernization is preventing doctors from providing the highest level of care to every patient that walks through their door. A bill I sponsored, H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, would ensure that doctors have access to all of a patient’s relevant medical information before treating them.

Current law, often referred to as Part 2, acts as a firewall between doctors and patients, obstructing doctors from seeing a patient’s full medical record. For instance, when a patient visits the doctor for a broken arm, the doctor does not have access to the patient’s substance use disorder record.

 

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