Shedding Light on the Common Good
Included in my great-grandmother’s diary is a story recalling an evening in the year 1902. Earlier that year, she and my great-grandfather and their children had moved to a homestead eight miles south of what is now known as Carnegie, Oklahoma. Before there was an Alden community, there was simply an expanse. Before section lines and the Ozark Trail were cut in and before other quarter sections were settled, there were no landmarks. The land was new and unfamiliar to them.
GOP rank-and-file quietly builds Obamacare alternative
"The only alternative that Obamacare's critics have is, well, 'let's just go back to the status quo,'" said President Obama recently, "because they sure haven't presented an alternative."
It's an argument Democrats make all the time -- often, these days, to divert attention from the ongoing problems of their troubled national health care scheme. But still, why haven't Republicans presented an alternative to Obamacare?
Inhofe bill perpetuates culture of fear politics in America
My faith in Washington was restored to some degree this week. A bipartisan budget deal, where both parties made concessions for the betterment of the country came into play and passed the House. Democracy works, and it's beautiful.
Then our fabulous Sen. Jim Inhofe decided budget reform was boring and a wiser use of his time would be protecting his government from the tyrannical force of the gays.
Editor stranded in ice storm experiences truest form of humanity
The last week brought horrors in the form of winter weather to Oklahoma and Texas. Snow and ice covered more than 300 miles of land and left many stranded in terrifying situations, and I was one such person.
Fightin' Words: OSU win would spark new Bedlam era
It's described still as a lop-sided rivalry, although there have been years in the past when it wasn't always a given that the Sooners would top the Cowboys.
Supposing is good, but finding out is better for the Common Good
West of Tuttletown, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley, my wife and I discovered a faded and weathered sign pointing up a dirt trail to “Mark Twain’s Cabin.” We eased off the narrow highway into the ruts that our GPS identified as Jackass Hill Road with the hill itself as our destination.
Agricultural protection measures key to state’s economic future
The roots of agriculture run deep in Oklahoma and there is no question that our farmers and ranchers feed the world.
Dorman lays out legislative plans for end of year
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I had a great time with my family on Thanksgiving. I was certainly thankful for Samantha, my niece, as she hosted our family dinner with almost twenty-five people present. It was nice to be able to spend time with the family and catch up with each other as it does not happen enough.
Turkey Day game predictions
It's not Thanksgiving without football.
Biggs thankful for 2013, looks forward to next legislative session
It is the time of year when the family holiday trips are in the works, Thanksgiving dinners are planned and Christmas shopping is started. Time seems to be flying by as we wrap up 2013. It is a time to be thankful and count our blessing. As we reflect on the past year, many are looking forward to what 2014 holds. While the upcoming session does not start until February, December 13 is the deadline day for Representatives to file the bills they want to address during the upcoming session.
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