Commentary

Thu
07
Dec

Enforcing, Reforming Our Immigration System

By Tom Cole

In America, we are fortunate to be a land of opportunity and to be one that is shaped by immigrants from all over the world. Likewise, law and justice also shapes our nation. Many immigrants have entered the United States legally and have thrived. In recent years though, our nation has been home to millions of illegal immigrants, and the laws that are supposed to protect our borders have failed to do so.

Thu
07
Dec

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, Explained

By Markwayne Mullin

Millions of Oklahomans work hard day in and day out to bring home a paycheck that fits the needs of their family.

I believe they deserve better than a 70,000 page tax code full of loopholes and Washington special interests.

That’s why I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act earlier this month. The House bill simplifies our tax code, reforms the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and delivers bigger paychecks and fairer taxes for all Americans. The new tax plan is fairer and simpler than before.

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Thu
30
Nov

Millennial Minute: Running Revelations

By Tina Firquain The Madill Record

 

So far I have run three 5Ks, and in about three weeks, I’ll run another one. It’s not seeming as hard to run as when I began. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still not very fast and I get winded easily, but it seems to be more fun. Molly and I ran in the 22nd Annual Chigger Chase Nov. 18 in Ardmore. We had to wait for two hours because I didn’t register early, but we did get to watch the kids’ runs and it was so cute. Just imagine 20 kids chasing this man in a big red chigger costume, I loved it.

Unfortunately, the chigger Molly and I had to chase was very fast and way out of our league. But, we still had a blast running through the holiday lights at the Ardmore Regional Park.

 

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Thu
30
Nov

Black Friday Shopping

By Molly Raley The Madill Record

Black Friday – two words that could make anyone cringe, but for some of us it is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Although Tina Firquain and I braved the Black Friday sales together, there were some who stayed indoors because of the millions of people who do get out on that day.

According to the National Retail Federation, there were approximately $682 billion (a 4-percent increase from 2016) spent in 2017 on Black Friday alone by over 100 million people. In 2016, 101.7 million people braved the crowds to find that special deal. In 2015, only 74 million people were desperate enough to brave those crowds. So, as many people have a legitimate reason for not participating in the Black Friday festivities, it is obvious that there are still die-hard shoppers who will risk everything to find that one sale.

 

Wed
22
Nov

Millennial Minute: I have been Affected by Alzheimer’s

By Tina Firquain

I really haven’t had much to say lately.

If you don’t remember, my last column was about Cat and Foxy (who are my actual felines). But, there is something heavy on my heart right now that I want to share with this warm community.

I don’t ever wear my heart on my sleeve, but I see such a compassion in Marshall County that I feel the need to share.

About six years ago my Papa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease(AD).

A little more than two months ago that disease took his life.

I was reminded of his diagnosis and the prognosis of his disease while researching and writing my story on National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

 

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Wed
22
Nov

Gobble Up the Gospel!

By Chris Christensen

It’s “Thanksgiving”…that time of year when we enjoy family, friends, pumpkin pie, and lots of turkey! And although I love turkey… the Thanksgiving holiday offers a much deeper meaning than seeing how much turkey we can all “gobble up.” Thanksgiving began with a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and today…although we’re no longer Pilgrims… we still celebrate the blessings that our God has bestowed upon all of us.

The greatest blessing this world has ever known, received, or WILL EVER know, is the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, for the forgiveness of our sins.

Thu
16
Nov

Confessions of a Single Mom

By Molly Raley

I am going to talk about something that I may regret. I know my mom is going to call me and tell me that I probably did the same exact thing, but I can’t help it. I have to say something.

There is a moment is every parent’s life when his/her child says something that makes you question your parenting. Like, seriously – I have the slightest urge to reach across the table or into the backseat and just slap my son. And, I say that with love, of course.

That moment for me was when I was trying to get onto my son, and he wasn’t listening (imagine that). He continues to do whatever it was that I was telling him “not” to do, and I was beginning to reach the end of my rope.

 

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Thu
16
Nov

The Greatest Generation Lives On

By Markwayne Mullin

Veterans Day is a time to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who have served in our military. When I think of veterans who set an example for me, I always think of my papa, Kenneth ‘Cowboy’ Morris. My papa used to tell me about his stories, the friends he made, and what it was like to come back home.

Sadly, we are losing our Greatest Generation, and soon they won’t be here to tell us their stories in person. Tom Brokaw, the longtime nightly news anchor, wrote a book in 1998 called “The Greatest Generation,” which captured the spirit of a generation of Americans who essentially stopped what they were doing at home to join the war effort during World War II. They were children of the Great Depression who were thrust into trying times where much was asked of them.

 

Thu
09
Nov

Protecting Our Native Heritage, Communities

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

A key element of America’s constitution is the relationship our nation has had with Native Americans. Although there are moments in history where that relationship has been strained, the federal government today has been a usually reliable supporter of tribal sovereignty and selfgovernment – a concept enshrined in the Constitution. Native Americans are the “First People” of our land, and the federal government has a responsibility to support their sovereignty and promote their well-being as citizens of this country.

 

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Thu
09
Nov

What Would You Do With $1,182 More?

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

I remember what it was like to earn my first paycheck. I spent all month putting in hours to earn a decent wage. When payday finally arrived, I looked at my paycheck and saw that a substantial portion of my earnings didn’t even end up in my pocket. Dollars going to local, state, and federal governments took a hefty chunk of my hard-earned wages and left me wondering how it was fair that Congress and unelected bureaucrats spent my money however they saw fit.

 

Unfortunately, this is the reality for so many hardworking Oklahomans each and every payday. Fortunately, relief for Oklahomans from our burdensome tax code is on the way. I’m working alongside the White House and other members in the House to lessen the tax burden that currently weighs on so many Oklahomans.

 

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