Iran sees itself as Islam savior
In early February, the French sent a delegation of over 100 important business executives to Iran to discuss the prospects of commercial ties once the international sanctions against that “Islamic Republic” are eased.
Why should we care? In the second week of February, Iran sent two of its naval “rust buckets” to put in an appearance in international waters off the coast of the United States.
Why should we care? A few days ago, Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi announced that the Islamic Republic is prepared for a “decisive battle with America” should hostilities break out in the Middle East.
Build the Keystone oil pipeline
Building the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline is more than a choice about energy. It’s a choice about keeping America strong and secure and maintaining its place as a world leader.
The pipeline, which needs approval from the Obama administration to be built, is an opportunity to strengthen our nation’s economy and energy future. It can help the economy by providing new jobs — including thousands of new jobs to build and operate the pipeline and more than 100,000 new long-term U.S. jobs linked to increased oil sands development in Canada.
Mounting threats demand missile defense
he South Korean government just confirmed what the world hoped was a baseless rumor. North Korea has indeed restarted its Yongbyon plutonium reactor and is now actively generating nuclear energy from the facility. Refined plutonium generated by such a reactor can be used in the development of long-range nuclear weapons — a decades-long goal of the Kim regime.
Becoming your best medical advocate
From purchasing a new car to finding the best deal on a hotel, Americans are comparison shoppers. According to a study by GE Capital, 81 percent of consumers conduct extensive online research before purchasing major items like appliances, electronics and furniture. Now more than ever, consumers are spending this same time and energy in a different type of online marketplace to make important decisions about their healthcare coverage. Through the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans have purchased private coverage through HealthCare.gov and its state affiliates, and millions more were determined eligible for Medicaid.
Farm bill provides safety net for producers, consumers
Congress delivered America’s farmers, ranchers and consumers what they deserve by passing the Agricultural Act of 2014 — commonly referred to as the farm bill. This five-year comprehensive bill ensures producers have the tools they need to provide an affordable and stable food and fiber supply.
Just like production agriculture in Oklahoma and rural America, farm policy has come a long way since the first farm bill, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. At the time, our country was in the middle of the greatest depression in national history and terrible dust bowl conditions were rampant. America’s farmers and ranchers were in desperate need of assistance, so President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first farm bill into law to help address these issues.
Genesis taking place in Oklahoma’s main street communities
Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst had a monastery in Spain disassembled and shipped to the United States in the early years of the 20th century.
Hearst’s most recent biographer wrote that the publisher intended to erect the monastery on the grounds of his castle in San Simeon, but due to the drop in newspaper sales during the depression he was unable to do so.
Legislature provides new transparency in 2014
You probably won’t see the following story reported anywhere else in the press, as Capitol reporters have been busy reporting on the ongoing race for Speaker of the House, but last week the members of the House of Representatives participated in a historic event.
On Monday the legislative session started, and those of us who are members of the House Calendar committee met and voted for the slate of bills to come before the House.
It was the first committee vote in the history of the House to use a real time voting technology that instantly reported to the public of the committee’s action.
OUR VIEW: Votes needed Tuesday
Voters in the Edmond Public Schools’ District 4 seat will be asked to make a choice Tuesday at the ballot box.
Running for Edmond Board of Education are Cynthia Benson and Stephanie Bills. This is for a five-year term of service on the board and replaces the seat vacated last year by longtime board member George Cohlmia. Bills was appointed by the Board of Education last spring to fulfill the remainder of Cohlmia’s unexpired term.
AS I SEE IT: Honey Crisp apples bring favorite foods to mind
Honey Crisp. That’s the name of the apple I’m addicted to, and I think I know why. There’s the satisfying crunch of teeth followed by a rush of tangy sweetness, but that isn’t all.
The labryinth gets messier in Kashmir
The first modern country in which democracy blossomed was the United States of America. As we are well-aware, the founding fathers of this nation learned from the mistakes of others, drafted a constitution and created a well-knit federal state through adult franchise. Looking at the ruthless and tyrannical dictatorships that people had lived through for eons, democracy had become a necessity.
It cannot, however, be said that democracy was universal in its appeal and acceptance as quite a few variants of it were devised by certain groups to suit their calling.
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