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Wed
15
Nov
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Gratitude for Oklahoma Warriors, Veterans Felt 7,500 Miles Away

With the observance of Veterans Day approaching, I’m confident Oklahomans will again demonstrate their patriotic spirit by taking time to honor those who have served to protect our freedoms. Witnessing the deeply held Oklahoma value for veterans by our friends and neighbors is always inspiring to me. It’s important for us to know that the gratitude for sacrifices by Oklahoma veterans also is felt 7,500 miles away.

Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city, and our state’s capital city are separated by those 7,500 miles. But recognition of the contributions made by our soldiers who have served there and are currently serving there transcends the distance. A trip to Kabul in December to see our soldiers exposed me first-hand to the special respect their people have for Oklahomans. Afghanistan’s leaders are appreciative of all the multi-nation troops helping their country. But their hearts swell with gratitude when talking about Oklahoma veterans.

 

Wed
08
Nov
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Murder is Not Caused by Guns or Trucks, But by Our Thinking

By Marianne Clyde

The symptoms of dis-ease will never disappear until we are brave enough, patient enough, and diligent enough to address the core issues that create the dis-ease. There is no question that our world is experiencing dis-ease. Various dictionaries describe dis-ease as “a harmful development,” “a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people,” or “lack of ease.”

If we don’t address the reason for the “harmful development” or “lack of ease,” we will never adequately solve the problem. As with any dis-ease, of course, the symptoms need to be addressed. Perhaps we do need some reasonable measures to address gun control, terrorism, the opioid crisis, but as the reverend, Dr. Wesley Shortridge, pastor at Liberty church in Bealeton, VA, said recently in an interview, “We have never been able to stop addiction by outlawing drugs.” The same goes for guns, trucks, immigrants and anything else.

 

Wed
25
Oct
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Breeding wheat varieties for protein? Not so fast

By Leilana McKindra

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University wheat breeder Brett Carver does not resemble the stereotypical image of a mad scientist at work.

However, he and the rest of the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, display mad skills when it comes to fulfilling their charge of developing high-performing wheat varieties that thrive in Oklahoma, while more than satisfying the needs of bakers and millers everywhere.

Turns out, variety selection does play a role in the protein content of wheat.

With low levels of protein marking Oklahoma’s wheat crop for the past two years, it is natural to wonder how much attention the Wheat Improvement Team pays to protein content in the development of new varieties. Well, a lot, actually, though to some degree it is out of the team’s capable hands.

 

Wed
25
Oct
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Governor Mary Fallin “Oklahoma Now”

“Calling on All Oklahomans to Help Fight Hunger this Year”

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Oklahomans are preparing to spend time with their family and count God’s blessings. For many of us that means enjoying large, home-cooked meals.

This year as we plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I am asking all Oklahomans to remember the approximately 632,000 people in the state who face hunger daily.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with one in six residents with inconsistent access to food. The majority of clients served by the Oklahoma Food Banks are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to put food on the table.

 

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Thu
19
Oct
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A Responsible, Balanced Budget

by Congressman Tom Cole 

Our federal budget is a critical part of keeping our government functioning. It sets the boundaries and framework for how much money the federal government should spend on various federal programs and agencies. It is a fundamental measurement to help control spending and balance federal expenditures. However, for the past few years, the national debt has risen at an alarming rate. Just like a credit card can garner debt, so can the government.

Federal spending is defined by three different categories – mandatory, discretionary and interest on the debt. Mandatory spending addresses entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Discretionary spending addresses the larger aspects of funding that include several federal agencies and defense spending. The remaining portion is on the interest we pay on our national debt.

Thu
19
Oct
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Chisholm Trail Festival Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Famed Cattle Trail in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Communities Gather to Provide Mini-Trail of Family Fun 

 

YUKON, OKLAHOMA – The pounding of hooves, crack of leather, clatter of a chuck wagon and shouts of enthusiastic mounted riders will fill the Chisholm Trail in Oklahoma as Oklahoma celebrates the 150th anniversary of the famed trail.

The Chisholm Trail Festival will be held on October 21, 2017 on the land where the last golden trail marker was erected near Yukon. The festival will mark the milestone by bringing more than 20 Oklahoma towns and dozens western-themed organizations together for the event that will include hands-on learning experiences, photo opportunities, live music, entertainment and games.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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For the Children:OICA Builds on 35 Years of Advocacy

by OICA CEO Joe Dorman 

In 2018, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Our mission, “Creating awareness, taking action and supporting policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children” is a role we take very seriously each and every day. We consider our advocacy to be a 24/7, all-year job: our work at the Capitol continues before, during and after the legislative session.

Wed
11
Oct
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Driverless air taxi at your service?

The next time your taxi gets stuck in traffic, take heart-it appears that the first ever flying taxi will begin ferrying passengers to their destinations in July, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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Fixing the Root of the Problem

Some in our state are suggesting we increase taxes by a billion dollars – that’s a literal figure, not hypothetical – to fix a $215 million budget hole.

That’s a ridiculous proposal that will not see the light of day. Why would we put such a large burden on the backs of the Oklahoma taxpayers before we’ve fixed the root of the problem – agency spending priorities and duplication of services?

 

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Wed
23
Aug
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For the Children: State Government is Failing to Help the Needy

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

 

If you have driven the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south from Oklahoma City, you have most likely seen a billboard that reads, “Government takes from the Needy and gives to the Greedy,” a statement that is famously attributed to President Ronald Reagan. The quote is from a speech that Reagan gave before Congress, where he basically discusses how government programs often do not actually serve those truly in need. He believed far too many people abuse the system, benefiting from services they do not need or should be providing for themselves.

 

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