Throughout our history, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women have answered the call to serve in the United States military. For those who volunteer, this choice comes at a cost unlike any other. But it is because of their willing service and sacrifice on our behalf that we get to enj…

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Veterans Day is a wonderful and necessary holiday and a great time to give thanks to those that serve our nation. However, as we move on from this day, it is important to keep the needs of our veterans and active military personnel – as well as their families and children – on our minds all year.

No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s election (this column was penned on Monday), early voting indicates there is a huge, nationwide surge of interest in American politics and government this year. As of Monday afternoon, totals showed more than 31 million Americans and counting had already vo…

In too many communities across the nation, opioid addiction has destroyed and claimed lives, causing unexpected grief and loss for families.

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That’s right, beetles. I had planned a column about something else, but everyone seems to be talking about those pesky little multicolored Asian lady beetles, so here we go.

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Although the fall colors have peaked, there are still some great autumn photo opportunities around us.

The museum began in a conventional fashion until the staff realized that they were simply duplicating what many other institutions were doing. That's when they took things out of cases with labels and made the museum a more hands-on experience.

Just one week to go before Election Day!

Following the recently ended fiscal year, it was reported that the federal government’s budget deficit increased significantly compared to the previous year. While this is certainly discouraging news, the existence of a deficit is not surprising or unusual. Critics are of course quick to bla…

I am sure most of you are pretty tired of this election cycle. The relentless barrage of campaign ads ahead of the Nov. 6 general election is not new, but there does seem to be an increasingly hostile, personal and, in many cases, nasty tone. I am seeing the fatigue in the faces of many vote…

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, the country has undoubtedly been better off. Wages are steadily on the rise, unemployment has reached its lowest level in nearly 50 years, jobs are being created and the economy is booming. Since thi…

I have had the privilege of taking a class inside a prison here in Oklahoma this semester. Going into the class I wasn’t scared but rather intrigued. As a future journalist, I wanted to be knowledgeable about everything. Taking this class was more of a fun learning experience for me. 

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has had the opportunity over the past few months to work with state lawmakers on various issues covered in legislative interim studies. If you are not familiar with these, state senators and representatives can request from the presiding officer of t…

President Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans — known as Medicare-for-All — in which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.

It is around this time of year that I get excited about new opportunities. We are less than a month away from the general election in Oklahoma (the deadline to register or change your registration is Friday), and next year we will see a dramatically different Legislature and governor’s offic…

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate, which have largely centered on decades-old allegations of sexual assault, have led many Americans to come forward and share their own stories about past traumas.

Last week, Congress responsibly fulfilled its most fundamental duty to the American people by funding some of the nation’s most critical and pressing needs. The legislation signed into law by the president not only provides funding to strengthen and support our national defense, but it ensur…

For many youngsters, grandparents play a significant role in raising us and molding us into the people we become. I often think about my extended family and how lucky I was to have so many people in my life who cared about me and helped me grow and develop. Many Oklahoma children, unfortunat…

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…

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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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…

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…