We are thankful
This season marks a time of thankfulness, giving and reflecting. We remember rich and bountiful harvests of days past, even before we became a nation, and we collectively embrace that same spirit of gratitude today.
City’s traffic solutions disappoint resident
To the Editor:
I am totally disappointed with the city officials in Edmond. I live in an addition where it is difficult and extremely dangerous to exit or enter the neighborhood.
We have had numerous traffic accidents and a fatality last month; yet the city continues to say “you do not meet the criteria for a traffic light.”
HEY HINK: Nuclear option stinks of political hypocrisy
On Feb. 12, 2003, Miguel Estrada became the first federal judicial nominee whose appointment was derailed by a filibuster in the Senate. His nomination was opposed by a group of Senate Democrats determined to obstruct as many of President Bush’s appointments as possible. This first defeat by filibuster was proof of the effectiveness of this Democratic campaign.
Statistics indicate during President Bush’s first term, 67 percent of his Court of Appeals nominees were confirmed where President Reagan’s success rate was 85 percent and President Clinton’s was 71 percent during their first terms.
The Blessing of Adoption
November is National Adoption Month, a month set aside to highlight the need and benefits of adoption, particularly for children in foster care who are waiting for a loving and stable home.
This month takes on a special significance for our family because we have recently adopted twin girls — adding two more to the three children we already had. Yet at the same time we have nearly doubled the joys and blessings of children in our lives.
My wife Christie and I never planned on becoming adoptive parents, but the one truth we have learned from this experience is to never discount what the Lord has in store for us.
Growing our family had not been on the radar screen for us — having just taken on the job of Congressman and all the duties involved in that — we really had our hands full with the businesses, the ranch and life in general. But the situation presented itself and we prayed long and hard over whether we should proceed with adopting the girls.
A time for giving thanks to Oklahoma
I am thankful. I am very thankful. I am thankful for my wife of 18 years. She is a wonderful mother to our two children. She is a great helpmate to me. She has a very busy schedule, but when her other family obligations permit, she has served alongside me and in my stead at multiple state events. I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for Oklahoma. I’m thankful our state has a rich history and heritage. Our state personifies hard work, fulfilling big dreams, and working together. I’m thankful for the small businesses that account for over 97 percent of all our employers. They are the backbone of our economy and employ so much of our workforce.
50 years can't fade a day to remember
I don’t remember what I had for lunch last Wednesday or Thursday, but I do recall what I was doing and what I was eating on Nov. 22, 1963, when I learned that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.
Kennedy helped build local restaurant dynasty
In the late 1970s Oklahoma City was awash in wealth generated by the oil boom, and some of that newfound wealth could be seen at the disco establishments Michael’s Plum and Pistachio’s. At both places, couples danced to disco music amidst glittering globes and mirrored walls as oilmen who had recently become millionaires celebrated their good fortune by buying drinks for all of those present.
Occasionally, the sound of a helicopter landing on a school playground near Michael’s Plum could be heard and people from faraway places would soon be showing their moves on the dance floor.
And, a national publication reported that a Oklahoma City banker was seen by out-of-town investors drinking champagne out of a cowboy boot at Michael’s Plum. It was also said that cocaine and other drugs were readily available at both establishments, and that some of the customers who were not wearing expensive suits and tipping generously were in fact federal drug agents looking to make a bust.
OUR VIEW: Consider storm shelter petition carefully
Thousands of Oklahomans are expected to sign a petition seeking a state bond issue to pay for installing storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school. And after seeing the destruction wrought in Moore — again — we certainly support the need for school districts to vigorously pursue adding storm shelters to their buildings.
However, the mechanism that we choose to pay for this endeavor needs to be carefully considered.
It is time to modernize county government
Next month I will chair a legislative hearing convened to consider the training qualifications of county officials. The hearing was requested by state Rep. Marty Quinn. Quinn wants the committee to take testimony and consider needed reforms in this area.
EDITORIALS: Economic war with China; Ban on trans fats
The hemorrhaging of U.S. industry is due to a wound inflicted in an economic war with China that we refuse to fight. / Never mind the critics, the government is doing our health and our wallets a favor by banning trans fats.
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