Columns/Opinions

It’s Time To Talk About

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Self-help meetings are good resources for those who are in need of support, accountability, and building a group of friends that are in recovery. These support groups are not treatment or “rehab” as is a common misunderstanding. These meetings provide community support by linking individuals with specific problems to others who have some recovery time. These recovery groups also offer some form of “program” in which an individual can work.

A Modest Compromise On “Confederate” Military Bases

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In July 1864, Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early attacked Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy on the outskirts of Washington, DC. Union forces drove them away after two days of skirmishes, but the battle threw a scare into the capital city and constituted a high point in the Confederacy’s Shenandoah Valley campaigns.

What You Need To Know About Medicaid In Oklahoma

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Even with the passage of State Question 802, many people do not fully understand the Medicaid system. I have focused this column on the information Oklahomans need to help those who might qualify or want further information.

It’s Time To Talk About

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The upcoming Independence Day holiday is one of celebration: cook outs, fireworks, and for some, drinking and/or substance use. This is a convenient time to discuss what it means to drive under the influence, and to issue a few words of caution about driving under the influence.

Police Chiefs Warn Of Dangers Of Government Unions

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It’s long been understood that unions make government workers unresponsive to public needs. This applies to police as much as any other worker. A University of Chicago study found that between 1996 and 2015, newly unionized law enforcement agencies saw a 27 percent increase in misconduct complaints.

Yes on 802 For Patients And Pocketbooks

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In the first week of October, 1979, four babies – Keith, Katrina, Jared, and Christy – were born at Thomas Memorial Hospital in northeast Custer County. We were lucky enough to live in a small community where we were born together, started kindergarten together, and graduated together. It’s a special thing most folks can’t say in metropolitan areas. A decade after our births, that hospital shut down for four months. Thanks to the hard work of the local economic development authority, a citizen-authorized sales tax, and kids like us selling Thomas Terrier license plates, our community of 1,246 people won the fight to regain access to local healthcare. However, despite the valiant efforts of an entire community, the hospital shut its doors for good before our sophomore year.

Happy Loving Day: Remember Love Conquers All

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Happy Loving Day! I had never heard of this holiday celebrated on June 12 before I started researching holidays to note on the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy desktop calendar. This holiday is one in which Oklahoma should certainly rejoice.