Commentary

Thu
28
Feb

In Politics, You Need Priorities

I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced.

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Thu
28
Feb

Defending Second Amendment Rights

The right to bear arms is a constitutional right and it is one that I do not plan to give up any time in the near future.

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Thu
28
Feb

What’s Really Important in America?

Every day we face life. What is really important? Social Security? We pay into Social Security all of our working lives. When we reach our 60s we anticipate collecting the benefits promised to us.

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Thu
21
Feb

Better Service at a Better Price

Whether dealing with auto repair shops or Internet service providers or any number of businesses, we’ve all heard the promise of “better service at a better price.”

Well, taxpayers should demand the same. Taxpayers are both the owners and the customers of government. Their tax dollars finance it, and they consume its services. That’s why Oklahomans should be grateful to our new governor, Kevin Stitt, who has made it clear in bringing his business background to state leadership that he intends to deliver better service at a better price.

From his personnel appointments to his insistence on efficiency, accountability, and economy in his inaugural message and “State of the State” address, Gov. Stitt has made it clear that he intends to bring the idea of good service at a fair price into state government.

 

Thu
14
Feb

Lawmakers Work with Foster Care Alumnus to Make Policy

The legislative session is moving quickly, and lawmakers are now busy working in their assigned committees to sort through relevant bills and resolutions.

I am pleased to say that our legislators have filed many bills that seek to directly impact and improve child well-being. In fact, two of those bills have been the result of a collaboration between elected officials and one of our OICA advocates, a young man who is an alumnus of the foster care system in Oklahoma.

The first of those is House Bill 2331, which proposes the creation of the Families Actively Made for Independent-Living-Aged Youth (FAMILY) Act.

The FAMILY Act would help keep siblings in foster care together by assisting with the additional pay for those with therapeutic needs and providing the same payment for those without the need for additional support.

 

 

Thu
14
Feb

Holding My Stillborn Son

My wife and I got the news on May 30, 1989. Our full term, 9-month-old son was dead. Karen had not felt the baby move in a couple of days, and when she checked into the hospital to deliver our son the worst news ever was reported; our son was dead.

Something had happened. Somehow, tragically the umbilical cord either had a kink in it or was wrapped around the baby’s neck, but oxygen somehow had been cut off to our son.

I watched the delivery of my first two beautiful sons ecstatically celebrating each birth. Watching the medical team deliver Jesse Caleb, who was now dead, ranks as one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching moments of my life.

When he was delivered the doctor wrapped him in a blanket and handed him to me to hold next to Karen. He was beautiful in every way. Physically, he was perfect. Nothing at all appeared wrong with our son. There was just one major problem, he wasn’t breathing.

 

 

Thu
14
Feb

An Uplifting Message

Last week during his “State of the Union” address, President Donald Trump delivered an inspiring and uplifting message that seemed quite Reaganesque.I was extraordinarily proud of what he had to say and how he chose to say it.

In stark contrast to the highly polarized and partisan political environment, the president sought to unify rather than divide the country. While he rightly pointed to several achievements realized during his administration, he also called for action and solutions on some pressing problems currently holding our nation back.

Thu
14
Feb

Beware of Scam Callers

In his “State of the Union” address, President Trump asked Americans to choose greatness. The guests of the White House depicted that message, too. Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who planted the American Flag on the moon, was in attendance to represent the dominant role the United States played in the Space Race. Irving Locker, Herman Zeitchik, and Private Joseph Reilly – three soldiers who landed on foreign soil on D-Day or shortly thereafter – were in the audience to display the courage of Americans in the face of war and evil.

Life is full of choices and at a turning point in our country’s history, President Trump made a plea that Republicans and Democrats choose greatness.

America has always been destined for greatness. But, the way in which we allow individual Americans to pursue their own greatness is what sets our government above the rest.

Thu
07
Feb

An Annual Message

While the State of the Union is certainly one of the greatest American ceremonies, it is much more than a production that takes place each year. Indeed, the gathering adds record to our history, affirming our founding principles and demonstrating our striving still toward a more perfect union.

Thu
07
Feb

Beware of Scam Callers

My office has heard from a number of constituents recently who are receiving scam phone calls from individuals pretending to be with the Social Security Administration. Thousands of people are victims of telephone scams each year. Beware of the possibility that a scammer may call you and be prepared about how to handle and report the call.

One voice mail message from a Social Security Administration officer states that they are calling to “inform you that there is a legal enforcement action procedure filed on your Social Security number for criminal activities, so when you get this message kindly call as soon as possible…before we proceed with the legal procedure.” In some instances, scammers ask for your Social Security number in order to “reactivate your account” or “open a zero-interest credit card in your name.” Others will ask you to mail them a check so they can set up the account.

 

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