Commentary

Tue
10
Oct

Bill to Extend Funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Today, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3917 to extend funding for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The bill will fund the successful grant program at $150 million per year for two years.

“Native Country as a whole is affected by a higher rate of diabetes than any other population,” said Congressman Mullin. “Over the years, SDPI has proven to be effective in curbing the rate of diabetes in our native population and reducing potentially costly treatments paid by Medicare later on. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and I am grateful for the men and women who operate SDPI grant programs, and their continued efforts to ensure our native communities receive the preventative care they need to stay healthy.”

 

Tue
03
Oct

RAH! RAH! RAH!

Y'all will have to forgive me this week. It seems I've gone a little deaf from a recent event. How can I tell my hearing's different from any other day? What caused this sudden onset of hearing loss, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya. (No cracks. The following is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.) Just because David and I spend most of our days talking to each other like we are in an Abbott & Costello skit is beside the point. One of these days I'm going to record us since no one would ever believe it otherwise. (And, naturally, I blame it all on him.)

So anyway, David & I attended one of our granddaughter's high school co-ed cheer competitions in Norman, OK on a lovely Saturday afternoon. This was a perfect excuse for leaving the house since I desperately needed to get away. After over three weeks of no Internet it was either leave the house or go nuts although some might argue that it'd be a very short trip for me. Ha Ha (I heard that. I think.)

Tue
26
Sep

An Antidote for the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has countless names used to define it. You could call it a widespread pandemic, a national crisis, or rampant prescription drug abuse. Whatever you call it, the reality is that opioid addiction is tragically taking the lives of almost 100 Americans daily. The opioid epidemic is sweeping the nation and we cannot ignore it. It is a national problem. The question is, how do we remedy a problem that affects people of every race, age, income level and every geographic part of our country?

By the numbers, the opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest to ever affect our citizens.

 

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Tue
22
Aug

In Case You Missed it Over the Last Week

The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and terrorists are bad people.

The ideals of these groups are in opposition to everything our nation stands for and everything that holds true to our founding principles. Their hatred of people dissimilar to them is un-American and it should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Days ago, my colleague in the Senate,

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would remove all of the statues in the U.S. Capitol that honored Confederate soldiers. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also called for the elimination of such statues. I respect their rights as elected officials to put forth legislation they believe is in the best interest of their constituents, however I simply do not agree.

 

Tue
15
Aug

Responding to Increased Oil Field Traffic

First, let me say I’m thankful for the boom in our economy brought by the recent increased activity in The STACK oil play near Kingfisher. I appreciate the increased sales and income tax this is creating. I’m thankful for what this will mean to our local, county and state economy and the resulting benefits to the people in my district.

That said, there have been eight fatality accidents recently involving commercial motor vehicles: three in Kingfisher County, two in Blaine County and three in Canadian County. Investigations are still open on many of these. Whether these were caused by drivers who just are unfamiliar with our roads, by aggressive or inattentive driving or overweight trucks remains to be seen. Whatever the cause, I cannot and will not stand for the lives of our residents being put in danger.

Tue
25
Jul

Taking Back our Economy with Made in America Products

In our country we are fortunate to have some of the most innovative and hardworking businesses in the world. Products manufactured in America often surpass the quality and reliability of any competitor worldwide. I believe it’s important that we recognize the individuals who take risks to pursue their vision which is why I was honored to be invited to join the White House Made in America Product Showcase and Roundtable this week.

I had the great privilege to visit with business leaders from Oklahoma’s very own Ditch Witch, as they presented their tremendous products in our nation’s capital. It was an amazing experience to see Ditch Witch’s high-quality construction equipment on the White House grounds. Based out of Perry, Oklahoma, this company serves as a tremendous representation of the ingenuity and adaptability of our state.

Tue
18
Jul

Providing for the Common Defense

Providing for the common defense is more than just a promise to our nation and military. It is a responsibility Congress has been entrusted with by the U.S. Constitution. Our military represents the nation’s strength around the globe. To continue as the world power and force of good that we are known for, we must do more than simply provide for the common defense: we must provide those who defend our Constitution with the tools they require to succeed.

Our last president left our military in disrepair. After more than five years of steady cuts to the defense budget while our armed forces stayed in steady combat, our military has operated on the bare minimum for far too long.

Tue
11
Jul

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

When I was a kid, deciding what was real or what was fake was reserved for the likes of Bigfoot, the Mothman or my elementary school gym teacher’s toupee. I miss those days.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

Last weekend I was driving around in Oklahoma City, exploring different parts of the city I had yet to come across. And while driving around, I came across an endangered species… a Barnes and Noble.

Tue
27
Jun

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

With Independence Day coming up, I can’t help but think back to my childhood and how much fun I used to have on the 4th of July.

 

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