Columns/Opinions

Thu
13
Dec
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Remembering George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush led an extraordinary life defined by personal decency and public service. Perhaps the greatest member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” he began his service as a Navy combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. Later as our 41st president, he led our country to final victory in the Cold War, won the Gulf War and departed office leaving America as the world’s only unchallenged superpower. Over a long life, Bush served the nation in many wayssoldier, congressman, diplomat, CIA director, vice president, president and presidential envoy. No one in modern American history can match the range, depth, duration or quality of the public service that Bush rendered to our country.

Thu
13
Dec
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For the Children: Sooners, Cowboys Work to Support Foster Kids This Holiday Season

If you ever want to know what it feels like to hang out with an A-list celebrity, go to a Norman Walmart with former coach and OU legend Barry Switzer. This is what I learned last week when Coach Switzer generously volunteered his time and money to join the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) on a shopping spree to support OK Foster Wishes, our holiday gift drive for children in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Thu
06
Dec
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Finishing Our Work

While much has been accomplished this year, there are still several items left to complete. As the current Congress concludes, lawmakers must come together to finish the remaining work.

One of the most fundamental duties of Congress is to fund the federal government, keeping it open and operational. And before the recent start of the fiscal year, I am proud that more than 75 percent of annual funding was responsibly fulfilled by regular order. However, even though much of the federal government was fully funded on time, a significant portion of the government is currently operating under a short-term continuing resolution that will soon expire. To avoid a partial government shutdown, it is critical that lawmakers find bicameral agreement in the negotiations on the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.

Thu
06
Dec
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Oklahoma State Senate

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving break with friends and family.  

What an exciting time in our great state as we had historic numbers of registered voters participate in this general election. I consider exercising our right to vote to be  one of our greatest freedoms as Americans and how good it is to see so many Oklahomans taking time out of their busy lives to celebrate that freedom.    

Two weeks ago, twelve new Senators and 46 new Representatives were sworn into office alongside those re-elected to office.  This is the largest freshman class in the state legislature. These individuals will bring new perspective, knowledge and energy to the process.  Having a wide range of expertise in the legislature is important in order to represent the needs of all Oklahomans.

 

 

Thu
29
Nov
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Social Security Matters

Dear Rusty: Today I had my interview for Social Security and was told that because I receive a government retirement pension from the United Kingdom, my Social Security check will be reduced by up to 55%. My question is, how can this be so? My U. K. pension was not a voluntary contribution but a mandatory deduction withheld from my paycheck just like for my U.S. Social Security. Is there any way to get around this drawback? Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated as I am not financially well off and was depending on both checks and not still having to work after retirement. Signed: Perturbed

Thu
29
Nov
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Main Street Drives a Thriving Economy

Over the weekend, communities across the country had the opportunity to participate in Small Business Saturday. While this annual shop local event encourages Americans to get out and show support for small businesses in their neighborhoods, it also serves as a reminder that a thriving economy is driven by our Main Street job creators.

Thu
15
Nov
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For the Children: Children of Military Families Need Additional Support

Veterans Day is a wonderful and necessary holiday and a great time to give thanks to those that serve our nation. However, as we move on from this day, it is important to keep the needs of our veterans and active military personnel – as well as their families and children – on our minds all year.

According to the US Census, there are 21,369,602 veterans in the United States, with 312,492 veterans currently living in Oklahoma. That does not include the 1.3 million military personnel and more than 800,000 reserve forces serving nationwide, or the roughly 20,000 service members now living in Oklahoma.

Thu
15
Nov
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Honoring Our Veterans

Throughout our history, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women have answered the call to serve in the United States military. For those who volunteer, this choice comes at a cost unlike any other. But it is because of their willing service and sacrifice on our behalf that we get to enjoy the benefits of living in a safe and secure nation. Without question, we owe a constant debt of gratitude to generations of veterans who have faithfully defended our precious freedom.

Wed
31
Oct
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Responsibly Preserving Mandatory Programs

By Congressman Tom Cole

Following the recently ended fiscal year, it was reported that the federal government’s budget deficit increased significantly compared to the previous year. While this is certainly discouraging news, the existence of a deficit is not surprising or unusual. Critics are of course quick to blame the implementation of tax reform as the chief contributor to the recent deficit. However, the reality is that another factor has for years been driving deficits and as a result, adding to the national debt.

To provide some context, federal spending falls into a couple general categories: discretionary and mandatory. During the annual budget and appropriations process, lawmakers address only the discretionary side of the budget. Mandatory spending, on the other hand, is essentially left as is unless lawmakers offer solutions for reform to various programs.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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For the Children: At a Chili Cook-off, Rejecting the Politics of Fear

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman

I am sure most of you are pretty tired of this election cycle. The relentless barrage of campaign ads ahead of the November 6 general election is not new, but there does seem to be an increasingly hostile, personal and, in many cases, nasty tone. I am seeing the fatigue in the faces of many voters who I have had the chance to chat with about the elections.

I have also noticed more people, including many current and former politicians, pointing out that this is the time to “take our country (or state) back,” as if it was ever taken away from them in the first place. The implication is that we have stopped being Americans or Oklahomans because one party or another is in power. This message is divisive and, frankly, disturbing.

 

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