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Tue
11
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Ever notice how you never seem to have quite enough money? You might start your working life earning minimum wage. Then that first raise comes along, and you think finally you will be able to pay all the bills on time, maybe put some into savings, maybe buy a few wish-list items. Pretty soon, though, you discover you’re still living paycheck to paycheck. Then, another raise comes, and you feel more comfortable. Maybe you invest in a home or a better car. The kids grow up and get braces or go to college.

Pretty soon, for the average person, even this amount of money is not enough to get everything you expected it would. It’s like that with the government, too. We start small with just a few core needs, public safety, decent roads and bridges, public education.

 

Tue
11
Apr
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

It was 150 years ago, in 1867, that cowboys began driving longhorn cattle from Texas up through Indian Territory to the Kansas- Pacific Railroad in Abilene, Kan., so they could be shipped to northern and eastern cities. The trail became famous as the Chisholm Trail, named after Jesse Chisholm, a Cherokee trader who made several trips down the road. He died in 1868, not knowing the trail would bear his name. Texas ranches were teeming with cattle after neglect during the Civil War.

Cattle worth $3 a head in Texas would bring $40 to $50 in Chicago and New York, said Andi Holland, director of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. However, no railroads had yet reached the Texas Plains.

 

Tue
04
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Last week, House Bill 1374 – a measure that would allow municipalities to vote to create Oklahoma Public Safety Protection Districts to provide services such as law enforcement and fire protection – passed out of the House of Representatives.

The proceeds collected would be used to pay for the operation and maintenance of the district, including things like equipment and salaries and benefits of employees, but only for public safety.

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Tue
04
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As the current legislative session rolls along, we are yet to see any significant answers to our revenue issues.

While there is plenty of time remaining in the session and knowing that a budget is usually rolled out in the final days of the session, I am very worried about our budget situation.

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Tue
28
Mar
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I would like to get my 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, a home medical alert system with a panic button that she can push in case she falls or needs help. Can you recommend some good options to help me choose?

Overwhelmed Daughter Dear Overwhelmed,

A good medical alert system is an affordable and effective tool that can help keep your mother safe, but with all the choices available today choosing one can be quite confusing. Here are some tips that can help.

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Tue
28
Mar
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Some premature assumptions by the State Department of Tourism have scared people into thinking some of our state parks are in imminent likelihood of closing.

Recently, a letter was sent to all state agencies by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee chair asking agencies to report what would happen to fiscal year 2018 budgets, if they had to endure up to a 14.5 percent cut in state appropriations.

The Department of Tourism responded it would close some state parks. This is a premature reaction by a state agency to a worst-case scenario.

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Tue
21
Mar
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Last week, I found myself debating two very different issues in the House of Representatives – one for and one against. Both are issues on which I am passionate.

The first was in support of a bill to raise teacher pay by $6,000 over the next three years.

This will make Oklahoma teacher average pay among the highest in the region, and will raise our national ranking from 48th to 13th when cost-of-living is calculated.

 

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Tue
21
Mar
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any services that help seniors with the rigors of traveling? My youngest daughter is getting married in a few months and would love to have my 82-year old mother attend, but she needs help flying across the country.

Searching Daughter Dear Searching,

Traveling can be daunting under the best circumstances but for elderly seniors, those with disabilities, or those recovering or rehabilitating from an illness or injury, it can seem particularly overwhelming or unmanageable.

 

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Tue
14
Mar
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

It’s hard to believe that spring break is already upon us! Spring break brings us to the “final stretch” of the school year, and that final stretch comes with plenty of activities.

The last day of school is May 18, and the next eight and a half weeks are filled with a variety of student activities.

Spring sports keep the student athletes very busy. The spring sports seasons are short which keeps the teams playing almost everyday including many Saturdays.

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Tue
14
Mar
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions?

Sleep Deprived Susan

Dear Susan,

Snoring is a very common problem that often gets worse with age. Around 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis according to the National Sleep Center.

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