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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.”

Wed
30
Jan
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Justice Department Shouldn’t Be Snooping on Journalists

At a time when President Trump regularly attacks the news media, the Department of Justice may be preparing to make it easier for the government to obtain journalists’ private communications data.

The public relies on both journalists and whistleblowers for vital information about our government’s most controversial activities. Weakening the current rules that protect reporters — as well as their sources — would undermine freedom of the press and endanger activities at the heart of the First Amendment.

Wed
23
Jan
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Teresa L. Alexander 55, of Bourbon, Mo.

Teresa “Teri” L Alexander, age 55, of Bourbon, Mo., passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Mo. Teri was born April 30, 1963, to George E. Montgomery, Sr. and Jackie (Shannon) La Liberte in Oahu, Hawaii, while her father was stationed in the Navy.

Teri attended Cordell High School and later met Greg Alexander in Clinton, and they were married April 4, 1996. They made their home in Oklahoma until 1997, when they moved to the Bourbon area. Teri was employed as a waitress and in the healthcare industry as a caregiver.

Teri was a selfless, caring person and a wonderful mom. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, along with cooking, playing with her dogs, camping, swimming. She was very loved by her family and many friends.

Wed
23
Jan
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ACA Paperwork Poses A Big Problem For Businesses

Fewer and fewer employers are offering health benefits. In 2001, 68 percent of firms sponsored health plans. In 2017, that share dropped to 53 percent.

Part of the problem is that insurance premiums have soared, pricing many employers out of the market. For businesses with fewer than 200 workers, the average health plan cost about $2,900 per worker in 2001; it cost more than $6,400 in 2017.

But pricier policies aren’t the only reason that health benefits have grown less common. Onerous government regulations have had a huge impact. Compliance costs keep climbing -- and many firms are nearing a breaking point. They need relief so they can continue to offer health insurance to their employees.

 

 

Wed
23
Jan
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Decisions Are Made By The People Who Show Up

Are you satisfied with the current direction of our city? Would you like to see changes in how Cordell is managed?

Whether you’re happy or looking for a change, the time has come to make your voice heard.

The municipal candidate filing period for Cordell opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, and closes at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. During those three daysthe composition of the April 2, 2019, election ballots will be set. Your options for the six open offices will be determined.

 

 

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Wed
16
Jan
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Energy Production Benefits All Americans

In just a few months, energy companies may begin exploring for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalists warn this will destroy the remote area’s pristine beauty and endanger local wildlife.

Thankfully, their fears are unfounded. Opening ANWR to energy development will enrich nearby communities and the nation as a whole -- without noticeably disrupting the local environment.

ANWR, usually pronounced “Anwar,” is a 19.6-million-acre wilderness area in northeastern Alaska -- about the size of South Carolina. The federal government established ANWR in 1980 and decreed it off limits to energy exploration, except for a 1.5-million-acre section known as Area 1002.

Wed
16
Jan
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Kicking the Can Down the Road is a Bipartisan Sport in Congress

The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies.

Naturally, the Trump administration has recklessly ignored this evidence. In every way, it’s tried to make it easier to extract and burn fossil fuels — and harder to hold polluters of all stripes accountable.

But what about the other side in Washington? Unfortunately, Democratic leaders are also acting like they don’t understand the urgency of the problem.

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Wed
02
Jan
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Washita County OHCE Meeting Update

By Lowayne Piercey

The Washita County OHCE County Council met at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 11, 2018, for a fall council. Lowayne Piercey opened the meeting with a welcome. Lois Johnson led the group saying the flag salute.

Lois Johnson gave the thought of the day. Lowayne Piercey called roll and all four county clubs had representation. Minutes were not available due to the passing of our secretary.

Jane Shull gave a treasurer’s report and suggested that due to funds getting low we should think about having a fundraiser in the near future.

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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It’s A New Year at The Beacon

By Bob Henline

You may have noticed a few changes in The Beacon over the course of the past month. We hope you like what you’re seeing!

One of the big changes we’re working to implement is a more robust opinion page, but that can’t happen without you, the reader.

I believe the opinion page of a community newspaper should be a catalyst for community conversations. It’s a place where we can discuss issues facing our community, give thanks to those who are working to make a difference, or to call attention to local concerns.

 

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