Commentary

Thu
10
Aug

Millennial Minute: An Honest Confession

By Tina Firquain

So, I am a Millennial. I’m 24, a college graduate, on a career track, single without a child, and I would have to say, life could be better.

Maybe I’m a “typical Millennial” who just wants to complain, but I don’t really think that is me.

And, if you knew me, I’m sure you would think the same.

I am new to this job at The Madill Record, but I have been reporting for a while; and for the record, I did not quit my previous job on a whim. I actually thought about making a change for many months. 

 

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Thu
10
Aug

The American Dream

By Markwayne Mullin

Oklahomans deserve every chance to pursue their dreams, whether the goal is to open a restaurant, run a small business, or innovate something new. The federal government should not stand in the way of these goals. Instead, it should create opportunity and support our dreams. I am working to give Oklahomans these opportunities by cutting red tape, and eliminating obstacles caused by an overpowering tax code and burdensome regulations.

Small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy. Together, they paint a clear picture of what the American dream can be.

In Claremore, city leaders are urging the community to dream big by implementing the “Claremore Dreams 2025” initiative, with hopes to grow the City’s business presence as well as overall quality when it comes to roads, infrastructure, retail, and dining.

 

Thu
03
Aug

If The FAA’s Not Broke, Don’t Try To Fix It

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

Since 1958, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has overseen the standards and regulations of the airline industry. In that time, the magnitude and complexity of air travel has increased exponentially. Today, air travel is still one of the safest modes of transportation, thanks to the training and professionalism of America’s Air Traffic Controllers (ATC).

The FAA is a federal agency, funded and overseen by Congress. As such, it is necessary to enact legislation to reauthorize the funding levels and update the policy priorities of the agency. Last year, Congress passed the reauthorization of the FAA for another year, under the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016. At that time, some in Congress advocated to privatize the FAA and replace the federal workforce with private contractors.

 

 

Thu
03
Aug

The Heroes We Know

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

 

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re constantly surrounded by heroes. Our heroes serve on the front lines to protect our freedoms, answer the call of duty, arrive on the scene in emergencies, and represent our communities as loyal friends and neighbors. During American Heroes Week,

we recognize the heroes we know for the sacrifices they give to make our country a better place. For instance, take Sergeant Matthew Odom from Norman. Stationed as a part of the 1st Batallion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Ukraine,

Sergeant Odom and his team were on an R&R trip through the city when they passed an apartment building that caught fire. Immediately putting their skills and emergency training to use, Sergeant Odom and his team ran into the apartment building which was filled with smoke to rescue those trapped inside.

 

Thu
27
Jul

Funding the Values We Prioritize

By Tom Cole

This past week, as the House Appropriations Committee considered all twelve bills to fund the government, one of the more significant funding measures was passed. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee is responsible for funding some of our government’s most vital agencies that reflect the things we place value on as a society – our health, our jobs, and our education. For the past three years, I have served as the chairman of this subcommittee, and I have seen how the agencies within this bill’s jurisdiction impact almost every aspect of our lives. From cancer research to early childhood education programs, this bill plays a large role in improving the lives of Americans of all ages.

 

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Thu
27
Jul

Why ‘Made in America’ Matters

By Markwayne Mullin

The phrase “Made in America” resonates with Americans uniquely and brings a feeling of patriotism unlike any other. Across the country, the label or stamp on a product of “Made in America” is more than just a tagline – it’s a well-known promise of quality, dependable goods made right here at home.

In 2012, American manufacturers sold $5.6 trillion in goods and a huge portion of those – almost 80 percent – were made here in the United States. Products made in America undoubtedly benefit our economy, but even more noteworthy are the jobs and paychecks that go to our workforce because of those American-based companies.

 

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Thu
20
Jul

Providing for the Common Defense

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

Providing for the common defense is more than just a promise to our nation and military. It is a responsibility Congress has been entrusted with by the U.S. Constitution. Our military represents the nation’s strength around the globe. To continue as the world power and force of good that we are known for, we must do more than simply provide for the common defense: we must provide those who defend our Constitution with the tools they require to succeed. Our last president left our military in disrepair.

Thu
20
Jul

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley The Madill Record

So, last week I did a thing. I threw out every warning in my head and got my son a dog. I know, I know. Crazy. Anyway, I found the cutest, full-blood German Shepherd puppy and couldn’t help myself. He was needing a home, and I had a home to give him. Unfortunately, I forgot what it was like to be awakened in the middle of the night, or to be nibbled on when you least expect it.

 

Bruno, the newest member of the Raley family, is a sweet dog, but boy did I forget what it was like to have a “baby.” He is into everything and all over the house. I am constantly keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t potty in the house. So far, he has done really good. I am a proud puppy mom right now.

 

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Thu
13
Jul

Work Remains to be Done after Challenging Session

By Mary Fallin

With a nearly $900 million budget gap, this session was indeed one of the most challenging. Keep in mind, it comes on the heels of having to deal with a $1.3 billion budget gap last year – the largest budget hole in state history. It hasn’t been easy dealing with these ongoing significant budget challenges we face. It is definitely not an ideal budget.

 

But, we did prevent draconian cuts to critical services and kept government from shutting down. Despite challenging circumstances, we were able to fund core mission services such as education, health and human services, and public safety.

 

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Thu
13
Jul

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

 

I have written numerous articles about how difficult it is for me to see my son grow up. Just when I think I am at the point that I am getting used to it, he does something that sends me into a panic once again. This last weekend I took my son to White Water Bay in Oklahoma City for some fun in the sun. Don’t worry, he has his floaties.

 

Although I thought I was prepared, when we arrived something happened that I couldn’t prepare myself for. My son is a daredevil. I’m talking about riding everything there was to ride and wanting to get on the things that he couldn’t because he was just too short.

 

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