Columns/Opinions

OPINION: We Now Know – Trump’s Leadership Saved Lives

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As America emerges from COVID-19 and States reopen wholesale or by county, shadows are giving way to sunlight, furrowed brows to smiles, and reality is returning. Four facts define this moment, and they are encouraging – not discouraging.

From the Desk of Sen. Chris Kidd

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This year has been one for the books. Between falling energy prices and the COVID-19 outbreak, our state has been through the ringer, which is unfortunate because last year our economy was the strongest it’s ever been. But just as Oklahomans do, we picked ourselves up by the bootstraps and carried on. It hasn’t been easy, but we’re on the road to recovery.

Thank You, Military

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Throughout Military Appreciation Month, we have rightly joined in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and their daily sacrifices on our behalf. In answering the call to serve, members of our military demonstrate incredible loyalty, and their sense of duty and patriotism is truly unmatched. Some will miss weddings, funerals or the births of their own children. And as we solemnly think of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day, we remember that some will even make the ultimate sacrifice, offering their last full measure of devotion to their nation.

Life according to COVID

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Life is returning to normal in a somewhat comic way as the COVID lockdown eases in some parts of the country, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. 16 tabs, 355 Take words South Carolina, 2 col for (24p) example. X 5.75” The state is allowing restaurants to open as long as they adhere to safe-distancing guidelines. Customers at eateries must be seated at least six feet apart, notwithstanding the fact that it can make the restaurant look kind of empty. So the owners of the Open Hearth restaurant in Greenville, S.C., Paula Starr Melehes and her husband, came up with a “fun” way to stick to the rules. “Instead of using scary, yellow tape or roping off the empty tables,” they have employed blow up dolls to fill the gaps. They’ve dressed them up and seated them at what you might call safe-distancing tables so the paying customers don’t feel so isolated.

House approves FY 21 budget

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a Fiscal Year 2021 general appropriations bill Thursday designed to spare common education from cuts amid COVID-19 while maintaining adequate funding to avoid service reductions elsewhere in government.

A Balancing Act

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Over the last several weeks, the spread of COV- ID-19 has caused unthinkable disruptions to life as usual, and it will continue to do so for some time, even as we “flatten the curve.” Following the unprecedented strain on our health care systems and the devastating economic hits to hardworking Americans as a direct result of this coronavirus, the desire for normalcy to return is certainly a sentiment shared by us all. But as state and local economies slowly and cautiously begin to reopen, it is important to remember that getting back to business does not yet mean getting back to normal.

Champions of Health Awards Accepting Nominations for Health Heroes

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Tulsa, Okla. ‹ Nominations are open now through May 29 for the 2020 Champions of Health awards. Since 2004, the Champions of Health awards program has honored those working to positively change the health status of Oklahomans through unique and innovative programs. From the front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to the nonprofit organizations keeping food on the table for those experiencing job loss, it’s as important as ever to recognize those making a difference.