Commentary

Thu
22
Jun

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

Kids can sometimes have the most innocent yet inquisitive minds. It is often that my son will ask questions that he is genuinely concerned about.

He will ask questions with the most serious face, and they are sometimes the funniest questions. And, it’s all because he truly doesn’t know what he is asking.

The funniest thing happened the other night when my family and I were all out eating together.

 

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Thu
22
Jun

The US is a Leader in Veterans’ Funding

By Tom Cole

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has consistently vowed to rebuild our national defense and to improve the services we render to our veterans. Last week, the House of Representatives took the first step for helping the president make good on that promise.

When it comes to funding veterans’ programs, our nation spends more on veterans than any other country in the world. Each year, Congress is responsible for maintaining that funding, and just this past week, the bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction was introduced in the House. It includes funding for VA health programs, oversight measures, facility development and construction, as well as funding for the numerous military construction projects across the country.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Madill Art Club Considers Art Studio Versus Creative Art Center

By Linda Whalon

Many … no most… artists have a painting studio. Whether it is a dedicated corner in their home or a separate building, there is a physical place devoted to producing art. This is the space where the individual artist is surrounded with inspirational treasures that can take the artist into those special experiences of innerfantasy. The room may be filled with music that transcends the artist to worlds beyond words. The lighting will suit the task, and the tools of the trade are ready and at hand.

The studio is aimed, set, and cocked for action. The artist simply must show up. So, why join the Madill Art Club when one has such a powerful, creative, and ready space to paint in?

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Whitehead Wins Baby Crawling Contest

The Marshall County Health Department was host to the King Sandie Diaper Dash Baby Crawling Contest held on the courthouse lawn on Saturday, June 10. Asher Whitehead, son of Tiffany Whitehead, was crowned the champion in the 11- to 12-Month Division. Some of the babies were coaxed to the finish line by their favorite items. Pictured are: Asher Whitehead (First Place), Tiffany Whitehead, Dow Henderson, Carter Henderson (Second Place), and Allison Henderson.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

After Paris Climate Agreement, America Will

By Tom Cole

President Trump has come under fire recently because of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. I believe he was right to do so. The agreement would have damaged the U.S. economy, eliminated millions of jobs, and drastically increased the cost of energy for American consumers. It also would have required the United States to shoulder the costs in a manner far disproportionate to the amount of greenhouse gasses we produce. Perhaps most importantly, the Paris Agreement was a treaty that should have been subjected to Senate ratification, yet former President Obama simply signed the agreement. More than likely because he knew that it could never pass the Senate, which the Republican Party controlled at the time

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

When you are expecting your first child, people are always telling you about how wonderful motherhood is. Which, it is for the most part.

However, they fail to mention the other part of the time when you want to throat punch your son because he just farted loudly in an elevator full of people. Then he looks at you, leaving everyone in the elevator thinking it was you who let one go.

 

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Thu
08
Jun

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

The 2017 National Sand Bass Festival is currently in town, and let me tell you, my son couldn’t be happier.

We have been blessed to be able to take part in the Sand Bass Festival for years. It has become part of our family, and we always get so excited about it.

My son is at the age now where he is big enough to ride a lot of the rides. He gets so excited just looking at them that he can barely talk.

He starts yelling and screaming as soon as I tell him it’s time to ride rides. It is kind of funny in a way.

It’s funny that when we are kids, we get so excited about the smallest things – like riding carnival rides for example.

 

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Thu
08
Jun

The Financial CHOICE Act Will Restore Balance In the Financial Sector

By Tom Cole

This week, the House of Representatives will consider legislation that will provide badly needed regulatory relief to community banks, credit unions and consumers.

The Financial CHOICE Act (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) will fundamentally alter the Dodd-Frank Act, which was enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crises of 2007-2008.

Originally intended to minimize the risk to banks, it also had the unintended consequence of contributing to the slowest economic recovery in well over 50 years.

Dodd-Frank was initially focused on the largest financial institutions in the country, those with $10 billion plus in credit assets. Not surprisingly, its jurisdiction rapidly spread to community banks and credit unions.

The financial crisis that spawned Dodd-Frank was caused in large part by risky, sometimes illegal, activities by the largest Wall Street Banks.

 

Thu
01
Jun

The Sacrifices Etched in History

By Markwayne Mullin

Washington is a town full of monuments and memorials dedicated to famous people, events, and presidents. Within just a few miles, there are tributes to President Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., President George Washington, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They all accomplished heroic deeds and led our country through trying times.

A handful of other memorials on the National Mall pay tribute to a group of Americans who led our country in another way.

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Thu
01
Jun

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

My son has been potty trained for awhile now. I mean, he is four.

I think that is what people said would be the greatest day of my life, when my son was finally out of diapers. And, I have to agree. It was pretty awesome knowing that I wouldn’t have to spend money on diapers anymore.

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