Commentary

Thu
13
Sep

Just Don’t Do It

By Markwayne Mullin

Nike announced this week that the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign would be led by Colin Kaepernick. This is the same former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick who took a knee in 2016 during the playing of the national anthem to protest.

Kaepernick posted a photo from his Nike campaign with the text: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

 

Thu
06
Sep

President Trump Already Got Us a Better Deal

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

Roughly 20 months into President Trump’s first term, our president has delivered on yet another one of his promises to the American people. When he ran for president, he committed to modernizing and updating our bad trade deals to ensure Americans and their well-being came first. Now, he has accomplished yet another feat that previous presidents failed to do: renegotiate our unfair trade deals.

Nearly 25 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created to allow goods and services to pass throughout our continent freely. Before NAFTA was put in place, the U.S. ran a $115 billion goods trade deficit with Mexico. In 2017, that goods deficit rose to nearly $800 billion. Unfortunately, what was meant to be a fair deal among three neighboring countries resulted in closed U.S. factories and jobs being sent overseas.

 

Thu
06
Sep

John McCain – Chart a New Course

By Glenn Mollette

I respected Senator John McCain. I loved him as a war hero and a fellow American who served his country in an astounding way.

Few people in our country will ever accomplish all that McCain accomplished in his life. He served his country in the military, suffered as a prisoner of war, and became one of the most respected United States Senators in our nation’s history.He also came to my hometown of Inez, Ky., when he was campaigning for president in 2008.

 

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Thu
30
Aug

Labor Day-Deal with the Stuff

By Glenn Mollette

Labor Day Weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel, and celebrate our freedom to labor. Our jobs increased by two million people in 2017 and have continued to climb in 2018.

Hourly wages have seen gains and the stock market has seen 20 months of phenomenal growth. Employers across the country need workers and job seekers have options.

 

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Thu
30
Aug

Work Abroad

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

The August Congressional recess is a great time for Congress to do important work back in the district and abroad. During the first week of August, I had the opportunity to travel with five of my colleagues to frontline states and important NATO allies in Europe.

Our first stop was the United Kingdom – shortly after it had been confirmed that a British citizen was killed by left over poison from the attempted murder of a Russian defector on British soil. This confirmation served as a reminder that the Russians are unreliable, dangerous and reckless. The United States has been very supportive to the British and expelled 63 Russian diplomats from the U.S. as a result of Russian aggression on British soil. The United Kingdom expressed appreciation to America’s strong stance on their behalf - and the UK has stood strong with us so many times in the past. We must stand with our friends during difficult moments.

 

Thu
23
Aug

Expand, Don’t Restrict, Voters’ Access to the Polls

By Lee Hamilton

There are times when I’m convinced the progress of this country can be measured through our ballot laws. Think about it. Over the course of our history, we’ve expanded the franchise from the sole preserve of white male property owners to most all citizens 18 and older — regardless of race, gender, or wealth.

Yet, despite this steady march, we remain embroiled in debate over who gets to vote. Mostly this is carried on in the states, with Republicans often favoring limits on access to the polls, and Democrats usually hoping to expand access.

 

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Thu
23
Aug

Do What You Enjoy

By Glenn Mollette

I started out thumping on a mandolin and then a guitar when I was a child. My brother had a mandolin, and so I learned a few chords and then eventually learned a few chords on a guitar.

My first cousin James Webb, across the road where I was raised in Stidham, Ky., taught me G, C, D, E, and A, and I was on my way.

 

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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.

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