Commentary

Thu
19
Apr

Trump’s Tactics

By Markwayne Mullin

Since the day President Trump took the oath of office, he has been hard at work making America great again. Others may not agree with how many times he tweets each day or his unique deal making tactics, but the fact of the matter is that President Trump is enacting policies that put our country back on track.

Thu
19
Apr

Dear Dancing Queens, Yes You Can

By Tina Firquain

I can’t.

My least favorite sentence ever. I believe that it is a lie we tell ourselves.

And, when someone says, “you can’t,” that’s a lie too.

I have been thinking about those two little words for a while now.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

Thu
12
Apr

Funding Initiatives That Help Us All

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

Now that the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill has been signed into law, many Americans will benefit from the wide range of funding that supports the nation’s health, economy, and military. The Department of Defense and the military will receive the largest increase in discretionary spending this year, but there are also important spending increases that are directed toward programs that are critical to protecting and serving the nation’s wellbeing, workforce, and schools.

The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies portion of the bill, which I oversee, reflects values that all Americans share, and I am proud it contains key conservative priorities that are responsibly allocated. The bill allows for substantial investments in combating opioid abuse, medical research, public health, biodefense, early childhood education and job growth support, among others.

Thu
12
Apr

The Peacemakers of our Communities

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

The men and women of law enforcement dedicate their entire careers to serving their community. Each day, there are countless police officers, sheriffs, marshals, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers across our state with one shared goal: keeping Oklahomans safe from harm. Law enforcement officials sacrifice time with their families and friends day-in-and-day-out to dutifully fulfill their role to keep peace among members of their community.

Thu
05
Apr

The Role of Religion in America

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

 

It is undeniable that religion provided the moral basis for our country to be founded on. When in Washington, I am often reminded of the religious symbolism built within the walls of various government buildings and monuments across the city. There are several examples of religion inside the U.S. Capitol. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 23 carved portraits of historic figures who handed down laws to their people.

These portraits line the walls of the House floor and depict the lawgivers from the side, except for one. Moses, who faces the Speaker’s dais, is the only figure depicted looking forward and casting his watchful eye toward the legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our country’s laws were built on the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God. Displayed prominently across from Moses is the phrase: “In God We Trust.”

 

Thu
05
Apr

Turtle Power Turned Dancing Power

By Tina Firquain The Madill Record

 

Lindsay, my boss at the dance studio (and also a dear friend), and I were talking about some of our students which includes all three of her kids. She has a little girl and two boys (twins) younger than her daughter. One of the twins, Jakin, is a very enthusiastic dancer, and Lindsay and I were talking about him.

He is 4 years old and sometimes I think he is more dedicated than anyone else at the studio. He takes classes with older girls, including two groups and a solo. He also dances in a Hip Hop Class with some other boys.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

 

 

Thu
29
Mar

Confessions of a Single Mom: Going Back to School

By Molly Raley

It’s been awhile since I have filled you guys in on what is happening with my son and me.

Last week, it was spring break. Trying to explain to a 5-year-old (or 5.5 if you ask him) that he will be out of school for a week but that he has to go back soon is probably the hardest, most frustrating thing ever.

My son’s big thing is asking me where he is going. Is he going to school, daycare, Nana’s? He wants to know the plan.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

Thu
29
Mar

Combating a Nationwide Crisis

By Markwayne Mullin

We all know someone who has struggled with opioid or prescription pain killer addiction. My own family has loved ones struggling with prescription painkiller addiction. Addiction affects people across all spectrums of life regardless of race, gender, age, or economic status. Although Congress isn’t known for its bipartisanship in the mainstream media, combating the opioid epidemic is something that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are passionate about.

This nationwide crisis is a nonpartisan issue that Congress and the White House are working closely together on to remedy.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

Thu
22
Mar

My Dancing Queens Took a Break

By Tina Firquain

So I’ve established that I teach dance in Durant at Head To Toe Dance Studio (HTT).

Well since dance is an after-school program, we take holidays like school does. That includes spring break.

I mean, if the kids are gone on vacation, why can’t dance teachers take a vacation? Usually by the time spring break hits we’ve had competition, and the break is well worth it.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Madill%20RecordID598/

Thu
22
Mar

Frustrations

By Tommy Hardin
State Representative, District 49

Is there anybody who is not frustrated today? I join in that frustration.

I am now in my eighth year as a legislator, and I have been pro-teacher every single year. I have authored bills providing teachers with pay raises, but not one was ever heard.

I have run bills to extend the teacher pay scale to 35 years, instead of the current 25 years. Because of the Rule of 90, however, this measure was never heard either. I’ve even authored legislation ending the cap on what teachers can make after they retire. Again, this bill was not heard. Just this year, I authored legislation allowing voters to consider increasing the gross production tax to 7 percent. The additional revenue would have been placed in a fund designated for teacher and state employee pay raises. Disappointingly, the bill did not receive a hearing.

 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Commentary