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It is important to have people in your life who will motivate you at a young age to achieve beyond what others might feel is possible. Having someone who believes in you can make a world of difference in life. I am fortunate that I have had many like that who have encouraged me to go above a…

For the second time during his term in office, President Trump has had the opportunity to place a new justice on the Supreme Court. His first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was an excellent one, and since joining the high court, Justice Gorsuch has served faithfully and diligently. When Justice…

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy primarily works on state issues, but occasionally a federal issue will appear that demands our attention. One federal issue that we feel compelled to weigh in on is the Farm Bill, specifically a proposal within the House version that prevents some fo…

Were I living in Ada, I would certainly vote for Josh Edwards in his bid for DA.

The August congressional recess is a great time for Congress to do important work back in the district and abroad. During the first week of August, I had the opportunity to travel with five of my colleagues to frontline states and important North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in Europe…

In an Aug. 11 editorial, The Oklahoman newspaper argued for greater accountability for some parents who accept free school lunches for their children.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who attended our first meet-and-greet event Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church and to thank Trinity for having us. We enjoyed meeting friends — old and new.

For decades, the United States has grappled with the often contentious and theocratic regime of Iran.

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As the local Branch Manager of the Gateway Mortgage Group office in Ada, and as a long-time, personal friend of Kevin Stitt, I would like to respond to the negative political ads attacking this Oklahoma-based company that has done so much for so many people.

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There has been a lot of talk about this in the last couple of years, but to me, as a real, credentialed, credible journalist working among real journalists, the issue is very clear: Without journalism, freedom and democracy are in serious danger.

As we at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy work to help reform and improve public policy, one of the most frustrating things we hear is the mistaken assumption that children cannot or should not try to change the world. Young people, some say, should “wait their turn” to speak out on…

As the United States continues the historic buildup of its defense capabilities, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has committed to increasing security investments as well. Russia seeks to change the international order by stressing our alliances, undermining national institution…

There is a tremendous amount of discussion following the op-ed piece I authored last week that compared the similarities of the Lott case to the Williamson case featured in The Innocent Man. Dialogue concerning our justice system should be welcomed; our community has not had a discussion reg…

A historic number of Oklahomans voted in the 2018 Oklahoma primary elections. Regardless of your party affiliation or political beliefs, it was great to see an active and engaged citizenry getting out and voting. 

I read Josh Edwards’ article in The Ada News concerning the Perry Lott case. He also discussed the Ron Williamson case. In his article, he inferred that the present District Attorney, Paul Smith, was involved with the Ron Williamson case. He has, as a lawyer, tried to spin these two criminal…

Norman — Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate and appoint Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and assistant to the president for science and technology.

Despite much controversy and reporting surrounding the U.S. – Russia summit in Helsinki, Finland, America’s foreign policy with Russia under President Trump’s Administration has been stronger than the previous three administrations. But as the United States continues to fight the advances of…

The country has been tangled in many debates lately that seem to create partisan divides in our daily conversations. However, it is important to note that there has been serious bipartisan work completed in Congress. Recently, the House has considered and passed multiple pieces of sweeping l…

This Administration’s policy toward Russian aggression and interference around the world has been tougher than the actions taken by the three previous administrations when confronted with the same behavior by Vladimir Putin.

My folks get a kick out of the Sandra Bullock movie “Miss Congeniality.” If you’re not familiar with it, an FBI agent goes undercover in the Miss United States pageant to find out who is planning to bomb the show. Bullock’s character is rough and tumble, but she learns tact and congeniality …

Seven decades and three years ago this week, a young elementary school teacher and a young Southern Baptist minister brought forth upon this earth the human force that would, one day, decide that it might be interesting to write a column for The Ada News.

Less than two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court after three decades of service. Appointed by President Reagan in 1988, Justice Kennedy was one of the court’s conservative voices, though in recent years he has been the deciding “swing vote” in …

I wrestled for some time with the decision to feature this week’s creature — the least bittern — due to the fact that I’ve never actually seen one in Pontotoc County. But I’ve seen one near here, in southern Johnston County. 

It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Indeed, other than our Native American population, that is true.

In late June, Oklahoma received the bad news that the state now ranks 44th in the nation for measures related to overall child well-being, down from 36th the year before. The ranking comes as part of the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in collaboration wi…

As the leader on the global stage, the United States is re-entering an era of military pre-eminence. Our nation’s military needs to be restored to advance America’s competitive military advantage to rival those of nations like China and Russia, as stated in the recent national defense strate…

Today, Christianity encounters a world where authoritarian leaders seek nothing but power, and where avaricious marketeers seek nothing but profit. Indeed, we Christians must wrestle with the moral and spiritual challenges of being the love, the grace and the compassion of Jesus Christ in to…

I got a little grumpy last week about fireworks. I didn’t mean to be a “Dicky Downer,” but this time of the year is a disaster for our nonhuman friends. They just don’t understand what is going on.

My heart goes out to the staff of the Capital Gazette, to their friends and colleagues at the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Tribune Publishing family — to all journalists who may be feeling vilified and maligned by our nation’s current political climate.

It has been quite a busy week in Washington, D.C., and despite the fervor and fireworks on Capitol Hill, Congress has accomplished a number of legislative items amongst the debate on immigration. Although that debate is still occurring, some of the fundamental work that Congress is obligated…

This time of year, our thoughts turn to the founding of our nation.

It has not been a good year for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as the agency has been rocked by the discovery of widespread financial mismanagement and neglect, followed by the resignation of several agency leaders. As was widely reported, tens of millions of dollars were shifted f…

What seemed to be once impossible, has finally come to fruition. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week. For the first time in history, a U.S. President and a North Korean leader met in an official capacity in an effort to strengt…

"Protecting our farmers and ranchers is essential to the agriculture community and our nation’s economy."

The rise of white supremacy together with right-wing nationalism as a movement in this country is an alarming development.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is pleased to be a key partner in “2018: Oklahoma Year of the Child” — an effort to encourage interest in children’s issues with candidates for office. OICA compiled a list of what we felt were the top twenty positive bills from this past legislative…

U.S. Rep Tom Cole released the following statement after H.R. 2606, the Stigler Act Amendment of 2017, was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation amends the Stigler Act of 1947, which restricts Native American allotted land to only persons of one-half degree of Nati…

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In an emotionally charged political climate, where actions taken against DACA recipients have produced stories and videos of families being torn apart, a viral video is making the rounds.