Columns/Opinions

Tue
24
May

Washita County Museum News

Sometimes when I am finishing an article, I come across something that does not seem right or is inconsistent with information from another source. Resolving the issue can be a big problem since I habitually do things at the last possible moment—and, more often than I care to admit, well beyond the last possible moment.

 

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Tue
24
May

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ 

On Thursday, May 19, I joined a number of Oklahoma representatives and senators in meeting with state Attorney General Scott Pruitt regarding the recent Obama Administration directive instructing schools across America to “… let transgender students use bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity …” After hearing from concerned citizens from across the state, we wanted to know what we can do to protect the safety of students in our local schools.

 

Tue
17
May

Your Senator

By Mike Schulz

It’s spring time and proud moms, dads and grandparents are ready to honor the achievements of high school and college graduates across Oklahoma. The annual rite of passage honors graduates’ hard work and signals the start of a new and exciting chapter in the lives of young men and women.  

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Tue
17
May

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

Here we are at the end of another school year. The last day of classes will be this Thursday. This has been a great school year with smooth sailing the entire year. Every school year seems to go a little faster than the last; the school years just seem to fly. As you know, the school year is full of activities and events which keep us busy.

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Tue
10
May

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

I’ve never understood people who cut off their nose to spite their face. But when it comes to passing the Medicaid Rebalancing Act, I’m afraid that’s what state legislators are doing. When I talk to state legislators about doing the smart thing for state healthcare and the state’s economy and encourage them to accept federal Medicaid funds by passing the MRA, I’m usually told that accepting the money “doesn’t make financial sense.” 

 

Tue
10
May

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

As House leaders work to draft the budget for the 2017 fiscal year, two of the largest areas of concern are education and Medicaid. In March, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), which administers the state’s Medicaid program called “SoonerCare,” announced a plan to cut provider rates by 25 percent depending on the legislature’s actions to abate the shortfall.

 

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Tue
03
May

A Word From The Superintendent

by Brad Overton 

We are down to the last two weeks of the school year. It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close. It looks like these last two weeks will be full of activities as several student groups and individuals will compete at the state level. This past weekend both the girls’ and boys’ track teams competed in the regional track meet. Both teams experienced great results.

 

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Tue
03
May

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols, Oklahoma Historical Society 

Starting May 7, the Oklahoma Historical Society will present a dramatic new living history program at the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill, displaying for visitors how 19th-century Oklahomans operated plantations and all the work that was required for residents. Murrell Home visitors will see people performing tasks such as gardening, planting, tending, harvesting, animal driving, shepherding, laundry and cooking.

 

Tue
26
Apr

Your Senator

by Mike Schulz
 
Tue
26
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ
 

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