Commentary

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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Thu
12
Jul

Summer Accomplishments

By By Glenn Mollette

IMy wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group, and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis. I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become the next horrific shooting in America. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those gunned down at the “Capital Gazette” building in Annapolis, Md.

Thu
12
Jul

Summer Accomplishments

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

It has been quite a busy week in Washington, D.C., and despite the fervor and fireworks on Capitol Hill, Congress has accomplished a number of legislative items amongst the debate on immigration. Although that debate is still occurring, some of the fundamental work that Congress is obligated to complete has progressed. Each year,

Congress is required by law to produce and present a budget that responsibly outlines federal spending. However, Congress has been faced with the challenge on how to control and reform excessive spending. For Fiscal Year 2019, the House Budget Committee has produced a budget that will build for a “Brighter American Future” and address responsible spending practices. House Republicans are well aware that our federal spending is out of control, and that Congress needs to act to rein in excessive spending. The national debt is growing exponentially.

Thu
05
Jul

Cartwheels Equal Life Lessons

By Tina Firquain

So I’m going to share a little bit of some self-reflection. I think it’s good to look and reflect every now and then because really it’s the only way to really know where you are at in you life.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time upsidedown. And, you can take that literally and figuratively.

I say literally because, I’ve challenged myself to keep up with my dancers and not just teach, but do.

So when I say cartwheel, I show them the cartwheel that I expect them to improve on.

Many of my dancers share stories that come to their minds. I like them to feel free to share with me, because I want each and every one of them to feel safe to share with me.

 

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