Each year on Sept. 17, we rightly celebrate the single most important document ever written for securing liberty from the ambition of tyrants. 

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Dear Doctor: We thought our 4-year-old son had caught a cold at daycare because he had a slight fever, but then he got these weird red spots on his feet.

Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) remembered the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, when planes were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in a field near Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.

Although many people are unaware of it, we have an important holiday next week. Constitution Day will fall on Sept. 17 and commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 of our country’s founding fathers. 

Even though the U.S. House of Representatives was not in session, I kept a busy schedule during the extended work period.

Many people don’t think about charitable making or giving until the holidays. That could be a mistaken assumption on my part, but it seems to be that way. Now, I know it’s still hot and no one wants to think about fall/winter making while temperatures still soar into the mid-90s. But that’s exactly what we need to do.

Here’s a statement few people will dispute: Competition works.

Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement in response to the diversion of federal funds from military construction projects to border security needs...

Last week, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ruled drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped cause the opioid crisis in the Sooner state by using deceptive marketing tactics and downplaying the addictive nature of their painkillers. The judge ruled that J&J had to pay the state $572 million.

While lawmakers debate numerous issues of significance, an important matter surrounding personal freedom and national security quietly looms in the background.

It got up to over 90 degrees again this weekend. It feels more like the middle of summer than the end. Despite that, the county fair has come and gone. And I missed it.

When most people hear the term MIA, or missing in action, they think of it in relation to the military. In a recent speech to the Turning Point Council, I referenced how this acronym can also describe three attitudes that hurt our children.

Last week brought some significant news for Oklahoma that affirmed the tremendous talent and potential that exists in our state’s medical and research communities. 

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau takes a head count of our national population. 

Billie Jean Floyd writes: If you expect 911 to respond quickly, you have the responsibility to post an address that can be seen easily.

“The doctor told me I need more fiber in my life, so I went to the yarn store.” Or, in our case, Hobby Lobby.

As September takes us from the summer’s heat to the cooler days of fall, I am reminded that just like the year, our lives have seasons.


Growing up, my parents worked multiple jobs. As an adult, my wife and I have done the same. Now some prominent politicians suggest that two-job workers are a sign of economic weakness. That shows they don’t understand family budgets or the truth about the broader economy.

Every child in Oklahoma deserves to be inspired by the very power of education itself and the potential of a bright future, and Oklahoma’s teachers help to make this possible each day. 

There’s something about the Jeffrey Epstein story that’s hellish.

 "I’m 95 and was recently diagnosed with dementia."


A “Red Flag Law” is a law that permits police or family members to petition the state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who they perceive to present a danger to others or themselves.


Over the summer months, Oklahoma state lawmakers are dedicated to preparing for the upcoming legislative session.

If I were to tell you that people shout “Boomer” at OU football games and wear orange to OSU games, no one would bat an eye. Yet if I say, “Oklahomans strongly support school choice,” some policymakers will run screaming for the exits.

On Saturday Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell (a federal facility) of an apparent suicide. Epstein was a well-connected billionaire who counted Presidents Clinton and Trump as his friends. He was also friends with England’s Prince Andrew.

The economic success that America has experienced lately is truly historic.

My husband was in agony recently, and it turned out he was passing a kidney stone.

One year ago in my weekly column, I wrote about the Community Eligibility Provision, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that helps to fund free breakfast and lunches for all students in eligible schools. 

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is asking for nominations from the public for its Laura Choate Resilience Award, Steven A. Novick Advocacy Award, and Moran Kidizenship Award.

The United States has been a long time friend and ally of the Jewish state of Israel.

Dr. John Garber writes, "Responding to Wednesday’s editorial letter, let’s stop for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Wait a minute, not those types of breath!"

The U.S. House of Representatives recently wrapped up its legislative activity before heading into the August work period, and I am proud to report that lawmakers ended on a high note with passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

It was an amazing evening last Friday, as the Heroes Ball and Sidekicks Ball hosted more than 370 adults and 30 kids for a night of fun and celebration.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has green lit 99 interim studies to be held over the summer months, which means legislators will be back in Oklahoma City for meetings soon.

Certainly, most people recognize the importance of ensuring a competitive and fair wage for hard-working Americans.

Each year, Congress must authorize the necessary funding and resources for our nation’s defense.

Earlier this summer, President Trump gave his 30-day notice, required by law, that he intends to submit the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal to Congress for ratification. USMCA rebalances the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and is, undoubtedly, a benefit for Ok…

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ADA [ndash] Memorial services for Carolyn Yvonne Hudson, 71, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of God of Prophecy, Ada. The Rev. Kendell Martin will officiate. Mrs. Hudson passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at an Ardmore hospital. She was born Oct. 21, 1947, in Ada to Eula Bell Wr…