Commentary

Thu
16
Aug

A New Season for The Madill Record

By Tina Firquain

If you haven’t already heard, our dear Molly Raley has left The Madill Record to become a teacher.

She will be teaching high school English, and I say, “God bless her heart.”

And, I mean that will all sincerity. Before I was her reporter, I was Molly’s friend, and I can’t think of anything better for her to be doing than following her passion.

 

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Thu
16
Aug

Try This 21-Day Game

By Pam Young
The Get Organized Guru

If you’re a person who has a history of disorganization, you’ve probably had your share of putting yourself down for it. When you’re late (that’s just a habit), you’re embarrassed and you set yourself up for dirty looks and eye rolls from those who’ve had to wait for you, or maybe your lack of time awareness has caused you to miss the last flight out or the bus to someplace you wanted to be.

 

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Thu
09
Aug

An Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century

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

Farmers, ranchers, and small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy. Unfortunately, they are all too familiar with the negative effects of the federal government’s heavy-handed regulations and complicated red tape. For many of them, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of many sets of federal regulations causing more harm than good. Make no mistake, Oklahomans understand the value of nature, but we are certainly better stewards of our own backyard than a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.

Thu
09
Aug

Colonoscopy - Avoid Colon Cancer - Please

By Glenn Mollette

I had my fourth colonoscopy recently. The best part of the procedure is when it’s over. Honestly, it’s not that big of a deal ,but it’s always easier to say that when it’s over!

When I was in my gown five minutes before the test I thought about the inconvenience of the colonoscopy but then quickly remembered the inconvenience of colon cancer.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

Working for an Immigration Solution

By Tom Cole

It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Indeed, other than our Native American population, that is true. Historically, the United States has been one of the most generous countries in terms of allowing people born in other parts of the world to legally enter the country and live the American dream. The U.S. currently accepts over a million immigrants a year legally. Despite this generous policy, many people continue to enter the country illegally.

The U.S. clearly has a problem with illegal immigration, and there is no question that the U.S. Immigration System needs to be reformed. Currently, there is an estimated 11 million people in the United States illegally. Therefore, to suggest that our borders are secure is clearly an error.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

Putin to the White House - Reason Enough

By Glenn Mollette

The buzz of a possible visit by Russian President, Vladimir Putin has died down.

Different reasons have been cited from safety to timing to other things going on right now for President Trump and Putin.

 

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Thu
26
Jul

A Nation Defended Well

By Tom Cole

As the leader on the global stage, the United States is re-entering an era of military preeminence.

Our nation’s military needs to be restored to advance America’s competitive military advantage to rival those of nation’ like China and Russia, as stated in the recent National Defense Strategy.

 

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Thu
26
Jul

The Evolution of Modern Day American Politics

By Markwayne Mullin

Since the founding of our country, American politics has cultivated a difference of opinions. Even our Founding Fathers disagreed on issues while writing our Constitution.

But the rise of the 24-hour news cycle has had a tremendous impact on our nation’s politics. Now, Americans go to Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC to watch anchors and commentators that hold the same opinions as they do.

 

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Thu
19
Jul

Confessions of a Single Mom: It’s Been Real, It’s Been Fun; and It’s Definitely Been Real Fun

By Molly Raley

This is by far the hardest column I have had to write in the last three-plus years.

I knew when I took this job that I probably wouldn’t be here forever, but once you stay at a place for more than two years, you start to see yourself there for awhile.

I graduated from Southeastern with ambitions for myself. I graduated wanting to do things that would make my son proud.

 

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Thu
19
Jul

Why are Supreme Court Vacancies a Big Deal?

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

President Trump has made again what is arguably the most important decision a president could make during his time in the White House: he nominated another judge to the Supreme Court of the United States. Keeping the promises he made to the American people, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a highly-qualified judge with a track record of upholding the Constitution, to the Supreme Court this week.

Unlike elected officials, Supreme Court Justices serve for a lifetime. Presidents can only serve for a total of eight years. On average, a member of the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress has served about nine years.

 

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