Commentary

Thu
03
May

We’re All In This Together

By Lee Hamilton

Our republic is under stress. So much so, in fact, that if you’re not worried about its future, you probably haven’t been paying attention.

What makes me say this? Our public discourse has become uncivil and shrill. Corruption and unethical actions by prominent politicians headline the daily news. Too many politicians make their mark by fueling division, exploiting frustration, and casting doubt on our democratic institutions — and too many Americans respond by agreeing with them.

So, it’s not surprising that many Americans have tuned out. They understand our republic only vaguely and participate in it less. We appear to be caught in a dangerous downward cycle. Government is seen as dysfunctional and corrupt; this causes the ablest people to stay out of government and politics; and this, in turn, hobbles politics and government..

Thu
03
May

Congress’s Balancing Act

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman,

While Congress has an appetite to spend taxpayer dollars in Washington, it lacks the ability to make tough decisions about discretionary spending when it comes to balancing the federal budget. To ensure Congress uses its power of the purse responsibly, we need to pass a balanced budget amendment.

Since I came to Washington in 2013, the House has passed three, two-year budgets that each balanced in 10 years.

But, even though Congress passes a balanced budget, they are not required to keep their spending levels within the funding limits they themselves laid out in the budget, nor are the members of Congress who come after them.

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Thu
26
Apr

Confessions of a Single Mom: Officially a Baseball Mom

By Molly Raley

My whole life I have been a sports fan. I’m not picky about which sports I watch as long as it keeps me interested.

When I found out I was pregnant, the first thing that ran through my mind was that I really hoped I had a boy.

Before my son, my family was full of girls – it still is technically. Besides my dad, my son is the only male in the family.

 

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Thu
26
Apr

An Historic Event, But Work Remains

By Ken Miller

The historical significance of what has happened in the past month at the State Capitol cannot be overstated. For the first time in Oklahoma history, taxes have been raised within the constraints of State Question 640 and under Republican leadership.

The provision of State Question 640, requiring a 75 percent majority in each house of the Legislature, presents a very high bar. Proponents of the requirement, approved by voters in 1992 following multiple years of tax increases, intended to force the Legislature to seek alternative solutions to funding issues before hiking taxes.

 

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Thu
19
Apr

Trump’s Tactics

By Markwayne Mullin

Since the day President Trump took the oath of office, he has been hard at work making America great again. Others may not agree with how many times he tweets each day or his unique deal making tactics, but the fact of the matter is that President Trump is enacting policies that put our country back on track.

Thu
19
Apr

Dear Dancing Queens, Yes You Can

By Tina Firquain

I can’t.

My least favorite sentence ever. I believe that it is a lie we tell ourselves.

And, when someone says, “you can’t,” that’s a lie too.

I have been thinking about those two little words for a while now.

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Funding Initiatives That Help Us All

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

Now that the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill has been signed into law, many Americans will benefit from the wide range of funding that supports the nation’s health, economy, and military. The Department of Defense and the military will receive the largest increase in discretionary spending this year, but there are also important spending increases that are directed toward programs that are critical to protecting and serving the nation’s wellbeing, workforce, and schools.

The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies portion of the bill, which I oversee, reflects values that all Americans share, and I am proud it contains key conservative priorities that are responsibly allocated. The bill allows for substantial investments in combating opioid abuse, medical research, public health, biodefense, early childhood education and job growth support, among others.

Thu
12
Apr

The Peacemakers of our Communities

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

The men and women of law enforcement dedicate their entire careers to serving their community. Each day, there are countless police officers, sheriffs, marshals, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers across our state with one shared goal: keeping Oklahomans safe from harm. Law enforcement officials sacrifice time with their families and friends day-in-and-day-out to dutifully fulfill their role to keep peace among members of their community.

Thu
05
Apr

The Role of Religion in America

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

 

It is undeniable that religion provided the moral basis for our country to be founded on. When in Washington, I am often reminded of the religious symbolism built within the walls of various government buildings and monuments across the city. There are several examples of religion inside the U.S. Capitol. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 23 carved portraits of historic figures who handed down laws to their people.

These portraits line the walls of the House floor and depict the lawgivers from the side, except for one. Moses, who faces the Speaker’s dais, is the only figure depicted looking forward and casting his watchful eye toward the legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our country’s laws were built on the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God. Displayed prominently across from Moses is the phrase: “In God We Trust.”

 

Thu
05
Apr

Turtle Power Turned Dancing Power

By Tina Firquain The Madill Record

 

Lindsay, my boss at the dance studio (and also a dear friend), and I were talking about some of our students which includes all three of her kids. She has a little girl and two boys (twins) younger than her daughter. One of the twins, Jakin, is a very enthusiastic dancer, and Lindsay and I were talking about him.

He is 4 years old and sometimes I think he is more dedicated than anyone else at the studio. He takes classes with older girls, including two groups and a solo. He also dances in a Hip Hop Class with some other boys.

 

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