Columns/Opinions

Tue
01
Mar

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ 

In 2015, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments monument could not remain on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. Legislators caught a flood of emails in response questioning the ruling. One thing that is confounding is that the U.S. Supreme Court has a monument to the Ten Commandments, which makes it seem crazy that we wouldn’t be allowed to have one.

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Tue
01
Mar

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols 

Oklahoma’s pioneer women have been celebrated for decades for their remarkably selfless work in supporting their husbands and children, taking care of homes and helping with the development of communities and farms. 

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Tue
23
Feb

A Word From The Superintendent

by Brad Overton 

As the spring semester flies by, we find ourselves approaching spring break in a couple of weeks. Now that basketball playoffs have begun and spring sports soon to follow, it will be May before we know it. In my article this week, I would like to update the community on a few things that are taking place within our school system.

 

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Tue
23
Feb

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

Rural health care is in crisis. In small towns and farming communities across our state and nation, the options for primary health care are dwindling. Patients are driving farther than ever for the care they need. Like much of the country, Oklahoma is facing a shortage of primary health care providers that will only worsen as the population ages.

 

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Tue
16
Feb

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise
 
Like state legislators, rural Oklahoma hospitals are dealing with a budget problem. There’s a solution to the problem, but Oklahoma’s legislators have to accept it. The healthcare budget problem is caused by continued cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
 
Tue
16
Feb

Your Senator

by Mike Schulz
 
Tue
09
Feb

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

Spring time is right around the corner. With the excitement of spring comes the basketball playoffs and yes, the not so exciting Legislative Session. 

 

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Tue
09
Feb

Oklahoma Now

By Governor Mary Fallin

As February begins, so too does another legislative session in Oklahoma. This year I had the honor of giving my sixth State of the State address, delivering my executive budget and outlining an agenda for forward progress and economic growth. 

 

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Tue
02
Feb

Washita County Museum News

By Lonnie Yearwood 

When he was just a small boy in Hemmiford, Canada, Jack Fleming lost his father. Several years later, his mother married a man who was very mean to the children. As a result, his brother Jim left the home, and the family lost contact with him.

 

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Tue
26
Jan

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ
 
On Thursday, January 21, state lawmakers completed the filing of legislation for the 2016 session. There is always rush of activity leading up to the deadline. There is always a bit of a struggle through the process of turning policy ideas into legal language. We send drafts back and forth with legal staff and other involved parties. Even though we know that many bills change during the course of the legislative process, we all worry about the first impression they will make as the press and public comb their way through all the new bills.  
 

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