Commentary

Thu
20
Dec

Merry Christmas to All

As you noticed, I’m sure, the entire front page was dedicated to the Christmas Spirit, and what most would say “is the reason for the season.”

I bypassed the typical Christmas scripture this year because I felt there was more that needed to be done with the front page message.

During the holiday season many are reminded about the birth of Jesus Christ, and that because of him we have a reason to celebrate during the holiday season. But, this year I felt there is more that we should be reminded of.

Titus 3:4-7 stood out to me while I was searching for a verse, because not only does it remind me of my Savior, but that because of Jesus’ birth, there is hope in the world, and there is hope for me.

 

 

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Thu
13
Dec

Remembering George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush led an extraordinary life defined by personal decency and public service. Perhaps the greatest member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” he began his service as a Navy combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II.

Later as our 41st president, he led our country to final victory in the Cold War, won the Gulf War, and departed office leaving America as the world’s only unchallenged superpower.

Over a long life, Bush served the nation in many ways—soldier, congressman, diplomat, CIA director, vice president, president, and presidential envoy.

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Thu
13
Dec

The Future of America’s Trade Deals

By now, we all know that President Trump is a negotiator.

At the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires last weekend, the president showcased his dealmaking skills in yet another trade negotiationon behalf of the American people.

After the first round of U.S. tariffs, China targeted our agriculture products.

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Thu
06
Dec

The Coin of the Realm

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new.

I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Back then, we had a colleague who invariably stepped forward at these times to remind each side that if we wanted to get anything done — rather than just shout at each other for the cameras — we had to have a measure of trust in one another.

bal and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

 

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Thu
29
Nov

Happy Birthday Oklahoma

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Council

of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Oklahoma’s birthday was Nov. 16. On that day in 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt issued the proclamation that made us a state. It’s a fitting time to consider what it means to be a state and to live in a nation made up of states.

How we became a nation of states is a story of the triumph of common sense. Political thinkers had declared it impossible to build a country of sovereign states. You could either form a loose alliance, or you could form a nation by dissolving the states. But, that conflicted with Americans’ own experience.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

The Gift of Family

Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. The November holiday allows us to be with our family without the stress of gift-giving or weeks of preparation trimming the tree and decking the halls.

Family is one of the greatest gifts we are given in life, and Thanksgiving allows us an opportunity to say thank you for the gift of family.

National Adoption Month, celebrated each November, is the perfect reminder that every child needs a safe and loving family, and every child deserves a permanent place to call home.

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Wed
21
Nov

The Most Precious Gift is Our Life

So Thanksgiving is here again, and as I look back on this past year (and really just back to this last month), I’ve realized that I have a lot to be thankful for.

Ya, I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason right?

I’m sure you’ve already looked at those sweet faces to the right, so let me tell you a bit more about them.

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Thu
15
Nov

Beyond Crazy in America

By Glenn Mollette

 

The horrendous shooting of 12 innocent people at a country music bar in Twin Oaks, Calif., reminds us that no place in America is safe. If we thought there were some safe sacred zones in our country, then we should ask the people in Pittsburgh. In particular, ask the people of the Tree of Life Synagogue in the community of Squirrel Hill where 11 people were murdered and six others wounded during a sacred hour of worship. Last week in Martin County, Ky., a woman shot her sleeping husband in his bed in the early morning hours. She then called a friend and told her that she was going to end her own life as well. She told her friend about their life stresses, consisting primarily of health issues and medical bills, and that she felt they could not overcome them. By the time her friend and others got there she was dead along with her husband.

 

Thu
08
Nov

Finding a Cure to End Alzheimer’s

By Markwayne Mullin

Alzheimer’s Disease runs through both sides of my family with my great-grandparents, my grandparents, and my uncles all facing Alzheimer’s during their lives.

When you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it can feel like they are slipping away one day at a time.

Each year, I meet with advocates from the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association to discuss what we can do to put an end to this life-altering illness. I met with them earlier this month to discuss what Congress can do to help.

 

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Thu
08
Nov

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic

By Tom Cole

In too many communities across the nation, opioid addiction has destroyed and claimed lives, causing unexpected grief and loss for families.

Without question, opioid abuse is a very real and rampant health crisis and one that is impacting individuals from all walks of life.

In response to this widespread problem, I am encouraged that Congress offered solutions to combat the issue through a comprehensive piece of legislation recently signed into law by the president.

 

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