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20
Mar
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Pharmacy Choice Will Benefit Rural Areas

A bill that should be heard on the House floor this week is House Bill 2632, otherwise known as the Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act.

This is free-market legislation that will allow patients the right to access the pharmacy of their choice and to save on the price of their prescription drugs. This is particularly important for people who live in rural areas. It’s good, too, for our local momand-pop pharmacies as it will allow them the ability to stay competitive with larger operations on price of prescription drugs. It’s these independent pharmacies that often develop a relationship with their customers and can deliver better quality of care and keep an eye on things such as drug interaction.

Wed
20
Mar
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Club News: DAR March Meeting

Opening the March 11, 2019, meeting of the Washita Chapter, NSADAR, was the regent Nancy Lisle. She was assisted in the opening ritual by Rose Millspaugh. Mareen Hallmark led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Linda Stewart leading The Americans Creed. The regent then led the group in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The group, accompanied by Doris Minor, sang a patriotic song.

Lu Eilser gave the message of the president general, Ann Turner Dillon, who commented on the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of more than 75,000 people. The event was prompted by Anderson not being allowed to sing in Constitution Hall because of a policy at that time. This prompted a change to the National Society as well as to the country and became a milestone in the civil rights movement.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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To Clean Up The Planet, Start With Washington

For decades, majorities of Americans have favored swift, meaningful action on climate change. They understand that we must transition away from dirty fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. Yet despite this overwhelming support, Congress has repeatedly failed to act.

This jarring disconnect between what the public wants to see and what Washington is prepared to deliver doesn’t just threaten the health and safety of everyone in our country — it undermines the very principle of representative democracy.

The reason that Congress hasn’t acted is an open secret.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar
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The City That Refused To Play Amazon’s Game

The richest man in the world, who heads one of the world’s largest and richest corporations, is also filthy rich in arrogance and pomposity.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon demanded that a city’s officials kowtow to him by handing billions of taxpayer dollars to his retail behemoth, essentially bribing him to locate an Amazon headquarters there. But — lo and behold — the city mustered its collective integrity and pride to say “no” to his devil’s bargain.

The city I’m bragging on isn’t New York City, which recently made national news by rejecting Amazon’s attempt to fleece its taxpayers. Rather, I’m saluting San Antonio, Texas, which in 2017 simply refused to play Bezos’ con game when he first rolled it out.

Wed
06
Mar
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Repeal The Cadillac Tax To Protect American Workers

Dozens of lawmakers just formally took their seats in a new Congress. At the top of their legislative agenda this year should be a measure that commands bipartisan support -- repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax on high-cost health plans.

It was supposed to go into effect this year. But in 2015, President Obama and Congress agreed to push the start date to 2020. This past January, President Trump signed a bill into law putting the tax on hiatus again, until 2022.

This time around, Congress should not just delay the tax, but repeal it.

For decades, employer-sponsored health insurance has been free from income tax -- a benefit that helps organizations attract and retain talent. The Cadillac Tax changes that by limiting the amount of insurance employees can receive tax-free to $11,100 for an individual policy or $29,750 for a family plan. Any amount beyond those caps is subject to the 40 percent tax.

 

 

Wed
27
Feb
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Washita Chapter NSDAR Meeting Feb. 11, 2019

The February meeting of the Washita Chapter NSDAR was held Feb. 11, 2019, at the Café Clinton with the Regent Nancy Lisle assisted by Linda Stewart opening the meeting with the DAR Ritual. Mareen Hallmark led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, Lu Eisler led in The Americans Creed and Stewart led The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The group accompanied by Doris Minor sang the National Anthem.

Wed
27
Feb
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Restoring Oklahoma’s Glory Begins With Public Schools

“The free public school system in Oklahoma is the glory of our State,” according to the Rev. Evan D. Cameron.

Cameron, a Baptist pastor and Oklahoma’s very first State Superintendent of Public Instruction, wrote this in his 1908 report.

Fast forward to April of 2018, when a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon for the first time in a long time that Oklahoma might be plotting a course to restore the glory of an excellent free public school system in the Sooner state.

In spite of chronic underfunding, Oklahoma public schools have been trying to move forward in the 21st century. We should encourage and fund their new and promising initiatives. The one-sizefits-all institution where students enter and exit like a cookie cutter factory are a thing of the past.

 

 

Wed
20
Feb
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A Note Of Appreciation

From The Editor

It’s been a few years since I’ve covered high school sports - so long, in fact, that I’d almost forgotten how much fun it can be. As the basketball season winds to a close, I want to take this opportunity to offer my thanks for a good season.

I know, the season isn’t over yet. The Lady Devils are still playing - and with the way they’re playing they could make a very nice run - but Senior Night is behind us and the first round of the playoffs are in the history books, so it seems to me like an appropriate time to pen my thoughts about this season.

First and foremost, it’s been a lot of fun. Both teams have played hard and left it all out on the floor. But it was more than just good entertainment. These young student athletes shared with all of us some valuable life lessons.

Wed
13
Feb
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Healthcare For All Could Mean Pizza For None

Medicare for All could mean pizza for none.

It sounds ridiculous. But look at what’s happening in the United Kingdom, where the government runs the health system.

To combat the country’s obesity epidemic, officials proposed limiting the number of calories permitted in thousands of foods. A single-serving pizza would be allowed a maximum of 928 calories. A savory pie, no more than 695.

Invasive measures like these might sound like the stuff of a totalitarian dystopia. But when the government foots the bill for our medical expenses, it has a financial incentive to micromanage our health. If Democrats succeed in establishing a single-payer system here, Uncle Sam could have a plausible case for dictating our diets, too.

 

Wed
30
Jan
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Club News - Washita NS-DAR Meeting Jan. 14, 2019 Club News - Cloud Chief HCE Meeting Jan. 14, 2019

Washita Chapter NSDAR met Jan. 14, 2019. The Regent opened with the DAR ritual assisted by the Chaplin, Rose Millspaugh, followed by Mareen Hallmark leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ellena Womack led the American’s Creed, and Carol Ann Batterrton led the Preamble to the Constitution. The group sang “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by Doris Minor.

The President’s Message gave a thank you for the difference that the chapters are making in cities and towns across this nation and around the world. She reminded the group to “never underestimate the impact you have on so many people and organizations within your communities.”

The National Defense report given by the regent told about a “Purple Heart----Denied but Not Forgotten.” Aaron Burr one said, “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is bet to be done.”

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