Commentary

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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Tue
28
Nov

Paul Rosino Takes Oath, Begins First Okla Senate Term

Paul Rosino is now officially on the job as State Senator for District 45. The Oklahoma City Republican was sworn in during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday as friends, family and other supporters looked on from the Senate gallery.

“I am extremely grateful to the citizens of District 45 for entrusting me to be their voice in the Senate,” Rosino said. “I’m looking forward to promoting legislation to help create more jobs for our district and our state, help our veterans, expand our economy and properly fund education, public safety, and other core services.”

Tue
28
Nov

Governor Fallin Announces Feeding Okla. Drive Results

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the totals from her eighth annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive. The month-long drive, which ran throughout October, benefited the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and the more than 1,700 community based partner agencies they work with across the state. In total, the drive raised $153,579 and 989,525 pounds of food, which will provide nearly 1.6 million meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to healthy food.

“As governor of the great state of Oklahoma, I am always proud of how generous our citizens can be,” said Fallin. “That generosity is never more evident than when neighbors help neighbors; that’s what you’ve done by supporting the Feeding Oklahoma Drive. You have helped put food on the table for thousands of hungry Oklahomans and I am so grateful for your generosity. Thank you for joining the Oklahoma food banks and me in fighting hunger and feeding hope.”

Tue
31
Oct

State Services Fall Prey to Partisan Politics

House Republican leadership this week announced a plan that was agreed upon with the Senate and the governor. In it, we gave Democrats much of what they asked for in their own plan. We brought this plan to a vote on the House floor Wednesday.

The plan included an increase of $1.50 on the tax on cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco; 6 cents on gasoline and diesel; additional tax on 3.2 beer; and the restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit for the state’s lowest income earners.

The speaker also generously offered to put a measure raising the gross production tax on oil and gas wells to 5 percent to a vote of the House if the first plan passed. This is something the Democrats have requested for months.

 

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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.

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