Commentary

Dorman: For the children; respond to the Census

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Thank you to each of you who wished me a “happy birthday” this past Friday. Hitting the age of 50 was pretty special as the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy worked with the OK, Let’s Count program through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to assist the U.S. Census Bureau with an event.

Cole: Promising steps toward peace

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With numerous topics dominating the news cycle this year, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss an historic event that took place last week related to peace and security in the Middle East. While the area is often known for its unrest, the Trump Administration has never given up on fostering peace and bringing greater stability to the region. Indeed, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have made it a priority to encourage the normalization of nation-to-nation relationships involving Israel, one of our greatest allies and most faithful friends. The historic signing of the Abraham Accords last week symbolized the culmination of these diplomatic efforts and marked a major step toward lasting peace.

Knapp: Silence is not consent in politics

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When you undergo a medical procedure or volunteer for a research study, you’re presented with forms to sign, outlining what’s going to happen (and what bad things could happen), and expressly consenting to have those things happen.

Smith: Overcoming obstalces for loved ones

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One of the best things to witness is when a community comes together, or when a simple gesture ends up meaning so much. Approximately a year ago, family and friends painted rocks and placed them in random spots all around the county.

Knapp: Polotics and violence go hand in hand

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“[W]e currently have an inferno of political violence to which the president of the United States adds fuel,” Jennifer Rubin thunders from her bully pulpit at the Washington Post. “[I]t is time for bipartisan voices, local and state leaders, police and other first responders, civic and religious leaders, and all responsible media outlets to try to quench the flames of violence.”

Smith: A daily task can have a deeper meaning

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Being part of a family requires quite a bit of attention, time, stamina, patience and forgiveness. What happens in the family unit spills out and over to those we see and talk to during the day. We are possibly too busy to know the positive impact we have on others. We are just trying to get through the 24 hours and do our best for our family.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Our liberties vs. religious freedoms “Let not your hearts be troubled.” This was not said to cause us fear, but all Americans need to realize that our Freedoms and security are under assault.

Finck: Historically Speaking

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Now that the national conventions are over, it is time for the Republicans to comment on the number of Hollywood celebrities who spoke and performed at the Democratic Convention. Of course, this is not new. Hollywood has always supported the left much more than the right, and