Commentary

Tue
20
Feb

A State Senate Review by Senator Darcy Jech

Members of the State Senate convened this week for the first day of the legislative session. We met briefly in the Senate chamber, and then moved into joint session shortly thereafter in the House chamber to hear the Governor’s State of the State address.

Tue
20
Feb

The Next Steps

The Step Up Oklahoma plan was brought to a vote on the House floor on Monday. It failed to get the supermajority three-fourths vote required by the state Constitution to pass, ending with a vote of 63-35. It could be placed on a future state ballot for a vote of the people.

The plan would have raised revenue in a variety of ways to fund $5,000 teacher pay raises and to shore up state health care services for those most in need. A portion of the money would have gone towards roads and bridges.

While it was disappointing to some that the plan failed, I’ve explained in previous columns that there were concerns by many on both sides of the political aisle with the amount of revenue sought and the sources from which it would be derived. There are some portions of the plans that still have merit, and may be brought forward in the future. Several reform measures in the plan would give us greater oversight of agency spending; these need to pass, and I believe they will.

Tue
13
Feb

INSIDE THE CENTER

These weeks pass so fast, but I don’t seem to get as much done as I should. I guess along with old age, I’m getting a little lazy. My ‘to do’ list isn’t getting any shorter.

Our donations at the center this week were cans from Mrs. Beavers and labels from Mary Mangold. Estalene Teply told me she had sent off the labels this last week. I don’t know how much money we get for them, but every little bit helps the center.

 

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Tue
06
Feb

INSIDE THE CENTER

We’re starting a new month this week and if February goes as fast as January, it will be spring soon. I just wish we could get some rain.

Our donations this week were cans from Elaine Compton and labels from Loretta Grove and Jo Weber. We really appreciate the donations.

 

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Tue
23
Jan

Shake, Blend & Moan

It's been a week since I started on my weight loss journey and all I can say is "Help."

I can say I'm grateful that my daughter and I didn't join that club where you have to weigh in every week under the watchful eye of the lady who missed her calling as a drill sergeant. I still haven't gotten over the shame of being the only one to gain five pounds in the first month. The one who gained instead of losing got to take home the "trophy" – a golden- colored chicken leg. I still have it in the attic somewhere since no one else has ever gained that much. I can't help it if I'm a nervous eater. I thought only five pounds was good – for me.

 

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Tue
16
Jan

Welcome to Diet Central

Last week I wrote about starting a new di . . . die . . . meal restricted weight loss plan even though it goes against every fiber of my being to do anything that might resemble a New Year's resolution. It was either go on a you-know-what or be declared my own county with state status not far behind unless I dropped a bunch of weight. Right now, the size I am, I'd be afraid to go into the woods during hunting season wearing anything brown.

So far all I've lost is my patience, my taste buds, my will to live and possibly my mind, although these days it's hard to tell. It's been missing for some time now, and it's only been a week! I never did have a lot of patience. Surprise, surprise.

 

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Tue
16
Jan

Welcome to Diet Central

Last week I wrote about starting a new di . . . die . . . meal restricted weight loss plan even though it goes against every fiber of my being to do anything that might resemble a New Year's resolution. It was either go on a you-know-what or be declared my own county with state status not far behind unless I dropped a bunch of weight. Right now, the size I am, I'd be afraid to go into the woods during hunting season wearing anything brown.

So far all I've lost is my patience, my taste buds, my will to live and possibly my mind, although these days it's hard to tell. It's been missing for some time now, and it's only been a week! I never did have a lot of patience. Surprise, surprise.

 

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Tue
09
Jan

INSIDE THE CENTER

I’m ready to give up this very cold weather to being 32 degrees or above for the rest of the winter. We could really use some moisture but I don’t want to get out when it is very icy.

Our donations this week were labels from best choice products from Sandra Maddox and First Baptist Church, Aluminum cans from Mrs. Beavers and two gallons of biscuit mix from Gene Matli.

Our memorial donations this week was from Virgil and Connie George in honor of Galeela McCall and Gracie Major. These donations really help the center.

 

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Wed
27
Dec

Tax Reform: A Christmas Gift to Oklahomans

By Markwayne Mullin

This week, the House and Senate delivered a gift to the American people— just in time for Christmas. Congress passed a historic overhaul of our nation’s tax code by way of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This Christmas, Oklahomans should be excited that four out of every five taxpayers are going to get a tax cut come the new year, according to the Tax Policy Center.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubles the standard deduction and allows individuals to deduct the first $12,000 of their salary from their taxes. Married couples who file jointly are eligible to claim the first $24,000 taxfree under the standard deduction. By increasing the child tax credit to $2,000 and maintaining the adoption tax credit, we’re encouraging families to grow—not discouraging people from having kids or adopting.

 

Tue
12
Dec

Counting Our Blessings

As we celebrate the holidays and give thanks, I am reminded once again how truly grateful I am to work among such amazing people at Mercy and to care for the people who make this community so great.

At Mercy’s hospital and clinic in Watonga, our team of co-workers, health care providers and volunteers truly embody Mercy’s mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional service to all patients.

 

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