Commentary

Thu
15
Feb

Trump’s Monthly Box of Food for Our Poor

By Glenn Mollette

Back in the ’70s my dad brought some delicious cheese home from our local town. “They were giving   cheese out in front of the courthouse so I picked some up” he said. The cheese was all part of the so called fight against poverty. My dad was a hard-working coal mining man so we had food to eat. However, who is going to turn down free cheese? The cheese was actually pretty good. Processed cheese developed by James L. Kraft of Illinois in 1916 became a mass production of Colby and cheddar with curds and emulsifiers that tasted good and had a very long shelf life. The cheese would become a staple of the American diet but also a symbol of American poverty.

Thu
15
Feb

A Budget Agreement To Put Us Back On Track

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

 

Congress has passed yet another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government and avert a shutdown. The agreement secures funding to ensure the President’s defense priorities can be met. It also ends a months-long impasse on spending priorities and provides for a path ahead to undo the damaging cuts that have hindered our armed forces and diminished our ability to meet security threats around the globe. The bipartisan agreement passed last week includes a deal to bring total defense spending over two years to $700 billion and $716 billion, respectively. It reverses the caps on defense funding to ensure it matches the

Thu
08
Feb

President Trump’s State of the Union

By Tom Cole

 

After his first year in the White House, President Trump and his administration have much of which to be proud.

Their accomplishments have delivered actual results, and the country is continuing to reap the benefits of those changes. During his first State of the Union speech, the President reinforced those achievements – many of which will certainly be remembered as signature accomplishments of his presidency.

 

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Thu
08
Feb

Why We Stand

By Markwayne Mullin

 

During his first State of the Union, President Trump recognized one especially patriotic 12-year old. Preston Sharp was visiting his grandfather’s grave on Veterans Day when he noticed there were a number of veteran graves that weren’t being honored. He started the Flag and Flower Challenge to encourage people in all 50 states to place flags and flowers on veterans’ graves to honor their service. President Trump said with accuracy that “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the National Anthem.” Preston is the perfect example of why we stand.

 

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Thu
01
Feb

Confessions of a Single Mom: Time for Bed

By Molly Raley

After reading this some may look at me as a totally crazy mother, but you know what, I do what works for me.

Isn’t that all we can do? Do whatever works for you and your family.

When I was pregnant with my son everyone would give me advice on what to do and what not to do. They would talk to me about certain things, and we would discuss different areas of parenting.

The one thing that I was never informed about was bedtimes.

I always thought that when my son got old enough for school or day care that it would be easy to put him to bed and therefore a breeze to wake up in the morning.

When I was younger, my parents never really gave me a set bedtime. When it got late, and I got tired, I would go to my bed and slowly drift off to sleep.

 

Thu
01
Feb

Release the Memo

By Markwayne Mullin

Last spring, the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The FBI had been investigating these claims, but the Justice Department brought in special counsel Mueller to conduct an independent investigation. Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigations into the matter.

Recently, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes from California allowed all members of the House of Representatives access to a classified memo that originated within his committee. I have visited the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the U.S. Capitol and read this memo detailing possible collusion. I concluded that nothing in these documents is damaging to our nation’s intelligence community, so I believe the American people have a right to read these documents for themselves.

Thu
25
Jan

Every Human Deserves the Right to Life

By Markwayne Mullin

The United States was built on the right to life. Our founding fathers wrote in the “Declaration of Independence” that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: the Right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


Every person, born or unborn, is entitled to these God-given rights. Our government was created to secure these rights—not take them away. It is our job to ensure equal protection of these rights for all persons, without exception. Unfortunately, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision has robbed over 50 million innocent babies of their right to life since its ruling in 1973.

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Thu
25
Jan

Government Accountability, Reform Top Priorities for House Republicans in 2018

By Charles McCall

The 2018 regular legislative session is fast approaching, and after years of contracting revenue and annual budget holes, the state will certainly be in a much stronger financial position in the new year.


The state’s economy continues to improve and add jobs, and revenue growth has been much better than predicted by many during the last 12 months due to increased economic activity and tough votes taken by the Legislature during the 2017 legislative session.

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Thu
18
Jan

Rural America Could Say Goodbye to Dial-Up Internet

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

 

In today’s modern era, technology improves fast, sometimes almost daily. Whether it be our phones, the internet, or our method of transportation, we live in an incredibly technologically advanced world. However, rural America—by no fault of its own—has struggled to stay up-to-date in our quickly evolving world. One technological advancement, broadband internet, started to spread across the country in the early 2000s. Instead of traditional dial-up connection, Americans could take advantage of continuous internet and faster connection speeds.

Thu
18
Jan

Confessions of a Single Mom: Getting Back in the School Routine

By Molly Raley The Madill Record

 

I think I speak for all parents when I say that getting back into the school routine after a long break is the hardest thing.

This is my son’s first year in “big” school, and we are still trying to get things together. Although I still had to work during Christmas break, and I had to make daily day care runs, it still seems impossible to get back into the routine of going to school. Just before Christmas, I thought we were starting to get it.

We were really making progress on the daily routine of waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and going to school. Then the long, anticipated break happened. I remember being in school and was so excited when Christmas break came around. There was always a lack of enthusiasm when it was time to go back to class, but I always managed to make it work.

 

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