Commentary

Thu
04
Oct

Tax Cuts Made Permanent

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

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law last December, good things started happening.

New IRS withholding tables went into place. Businesses saw opportunities to invest in their companies and employees.

 

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Thu
27
Sep

A Stronger National Defense

By Markwayne Mullin

Long before President Trump was even sworn into office, he made a commitment to provide the men and women of our armed forces with the tools and resources they need to do their job and do it well.

Unlike President Obama and his administration, this president and this Congress are following through on a promise made to servicemen and women across the country. President Trump is restoring meaning to the memorable phrase of former President Ronald Reagan: “Peace through strength.”Last week, the House of Representatives passed the first package of appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), which begins in October 2018.

 

 

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Thu
27
Sep

Surgery, Thorns, and Roses

By Glenn Mollette

My doctor sent me for a CT scan after I went in to have a couple of lumps in my throat checked out.

The lumps were never verified as being anything more than my spit glands.

They just felt odd so I wanted them checked out.

The scan revealed I had some nodules in my thyroid. My family doctor sent me to a local endocrinologist who eventually did a fine needle biopsy. The biopsy revealed I had a suspicious nodule. Suspicious means, suspicious of cancer.

 

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Thu
20
Sep

Here’s Why I Believe in America

By Lee Hamilton

It’s so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news.

There’s dysfunction at the highest levels of government. Recent reports — the new book by Bob Woodward and a New York Times op-ed — reveal that top administration officials are so worried about the President’s impulses that they’ve formed a sort of “resistance” movement to thwart them. Many Americans express their disappointment in so many other Americans for supporting politicians who do not seem to know how to make our representative government work.

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Thu
20
Sep

Securing Our Nation

By Markwayne Mullin

This week as we remember the unthinkable attacks of terrorism 17 years ago, national security is on all of our minds.

Often, national security is thought of as the need to protect Americans from evil, but in reality there are many aspects to providing for the common defense. President Trump has taken a holistic approach to national security in order to keep Americans safe and free.

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Thu
13
Sep

I Believe in Pink

By Tina Firquain

This past month has been chaotic for me, and because of this I have felt like I haven’t given my 100 percent to my dancers. Which is pretty bad since all I ever ask of them is to give me their 100 percent.

I’ve decided that until I can spend some quality choreographing time in the studio that I was just going to go over basics. Well, my kids aren’t used to that and they just want to learn their competition dances. Well a couple nights ago at dance one of my girls was begging me to start her dance, and little did she know, that’s exactly what I had planned.

 

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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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