Commentary

A birthday surprise

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First grade teacher Lynise Parrish and Madill Principal Elissa Cox surpised Ellie Cabrales for her birthday. Courtesy photo.

White: Marshall County bleeds red

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Many people say that loyalty and passion are dying arts, and that nobody teaches it to their children anymore. Well, I am here to attest that it is alive and well in Marshall County. The residents in Marshall County have loyalty and passion in spades. I learned this the hard way.

Cole: Still a lot of work left to do

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As the end of the year draws nearer, unfinished legislative work remains for lawmakers in both chambers of Congress. In the coming days and weeks, it is critically important that members come together to tackle the pressing work left to do.

Dorman: Fall Forum underway

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Each year, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA), the statewide voice for Oklahoma’s children in shaping better policies through our governmental systems, holds an annual conference to discuss those issues on the forefront of greatest need.

Historically Speaking: Finck: Historic election?

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“In this historic election.” How many times have you heard this over the past two weeks? In truth, there are some historic elements. This election had the greatest number of votes cast in history. Is that historic or population growth? It’s also a higher voter percentage than we have seen in some time, but nowhere close to the highest. A woman on the winning ticket is most definitely historic, so much in fact that I am stumped on how to make a comparison. This past week most of the attention seems to be on Trump’s refusal to admit defeat. But that is not historic either. Many have called this the most important election in our lives, whereas, in fact, it is just the most recent.

A smoothie to soothe your stomach issues

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Metro Smoothies are often associated with breakfast, but they actually can be enjoyed all day long. Smoothies have been around since the 1920s, when the first blender was invented by Stephen Poplawski.

Dorman: Time to the children

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If you are reading this, then you have survived Election Day! While there might be states with some issues unresolved with their final count, I hope civility will prevail. Our country must honor and stand united behind the final result as the winners transition to governing.

Cole: A Debt of Gratitude for service men and women

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Throughout American history, millions of brave men and women have selflessly an-swered the call to protect our freedom and preserve liberty by serving in the military. While numerous individuals have fought for the great cause of freedom, it wasn’t until after World War I that the United States first set apart a special day just to say, “thank you.” This week on Veterans Day, we honor and remember our veterans for their awe-inspiring display of courage, sacrifice and devotion.

Knapp: D-day to End the war on drugs

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The conventional wisdom of the last hundred years or so: The US government can and should decide what we may eat, drink, smoke, inject, or otherwise ingest. It can and should kidnap and cage us if we disobey, and if its restrictions kill us with adulterated or unduly strong black market products, it’s our own fault for not doing as we’re told.

Mullin’ it over: Service academy is a rewarding experience

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As a Member of Congress, I have the honor of nominating students to our country’s prestigious service academies. Attending a service academy is an invaluable experience that shapes young men and women into our next generation ofleaders. This year, there has been more interest than ever in apply-ingto the academies. Nominations are available for the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.