Commentary

Fri
23
Jun

The Living Faith

Fear can kill us; but Jesus’ disciple conquers it

 

Fear is one of the rarest gifts from God that takes care of our survival. Fear helps us to be cautious of what we use and handle in daily life for better or for worse. But such wonderful feeling of fear should not become a dangerous factor as ‘Phobia’, which in Greek means an irrational and intense fear of certain persons, situation or things. In common usage this term refers to ‘social phobia’ of negative attitudes or prejudices against certain persons or groups, such as:  Christianophobia: fear or dislike of Christians or Christianity; Islamophobia: fear or dislike of Muslims or Islamic culture; and Xenophobia: Chauvinism, racial intolerance, racism and dislike of foreigners. 

Fri
23
Jun

A Few of My Favorite Things with Katina Holland

Throw Together 

Dishes

My husband, Larry, was great at creating a meal out of just about anything.  Cooking was his passion and he loved to put it together himself instead of getting boxed meals.  We always kept the shelves stocked with certain essentials and he could just pull from the pantry and make something delicious.  He passed away 6 years ago, but I still make some of those dinners he loved to throw together.  This week, I want to share some of Larry’s cooking.  

What’s great about these meals is there is no real recipe.  Everything is more or less to taste. You can use different meats or sauces. Change the spices and seasonings.  Feel free to add mushrooms and/or olives, etc. These are the base recipes I use.  Have some fun and add your own variations.  I don’t make them the same every time.  They are also very easily adjusted to feed a crowd.

Fri
23
Jun

Life on Council House Square

Think Okmulgee First, and ‘Talk Local at the Lokal’!

 

Okay, confession – I stole part the title of this article from Julie Collett while she was presenting at ‘Talk Local at the Lokal’ this past Wednesday morning. Julie said the phrase, “Think Okmulgee First,” in response to a question regarding what the community could do to support her and her business, ‘Truly Yours Salon at Vintage Way Boutique’. Did you know she is Rustic Cuff dealer? You don’t even have to drive to Tulsa anymore to shop high end!

Fri
23
Jun

Mullin it Over

America is Still the Land of Opportunity

Since its beginning, America has been known as the land of opportunity.  Millions of immigrants left their own homes to find something in our country not readily available in their own: an opportunity to succeed.  A large part of that success is defined by having a job.  In Oklahoma, just like in all other parts of the country, people want a job that gives them purpose, allows them to provide for their family, and creates a chance for a better life. 

It’s our job in Congress to make sure the federal government doesn’t stand in the way of those opportunities.  Our workforce should continue to reach their full potential by taking advantage of opportunities that benefit their careers.  That’s why this week, the House is taking up legislation to improve the opportunities for Americans in the workforce and help every American reach their full potential. 

Fri
23
Jun

Lighting the Path Ahead

In my six years as president of OSU Institute of Technology, I have learned that the university’s loudest cheerleaders and biggest champions are our graduates. Time and time again, I hear stories from our alumni about how this campus and their instructors changed their lives for the better and set them up for success along their career paths. That is why celebrating our alumni every year at the Alumni Homecoming & Hall of Fame Reception is one of my favorite nights of the year.

 

Q: How was this year’s Alumni Homecoming Reception?

 

A: Held last Saturday, this annual event not only serves as an opportunity for our alumni to come back to campus but also honors those select alumni chosen to be inducted into the OSUIT Alumni Hall of Fame.

Wed
21
Jun

Mullin it OVer

Family First

When Christie and I first decided to enter into public service, our first concern was our family.  When we were first honored enough to be able to represent the great state of Oklahoma, one of the first questions asked was: “Are you going to move our kids to Washington?”  Our five kids are country kids through and through.  Christie’s family and my family are generational in Oklahoma.  The decision was easy – we are staying at home.

Very often, I get asked how I manage being a Member of Congress and father of five.  My response is: “I am blessed with a great wife.  She raises us all.” 

Wed
21
Jun

Night at the Orpheum

 

Cars 3

The third installation in the Disney/Pixar franchise, Cars, continues the legacy of the first one by touching audiences with an inspiring message. Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, a racecar that faces concerns about his age and racing speed in Cars 3. 

Most of the film focuses on Lightning McQueen and his ability to beat new comer, Jackson Storm, voiced by Arnie Hammer, who judges McQueen for being an “old school racer.” However, the character that steals the show is Cruz Ramirez a racecar trainer that wishes to join those she trains on the track. 

Fri
16
Jun

Nothing clear in next year's medical marijuana vote

By Catherine Sweeney 

The Journal Record

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – As Oklahomans come closer to voting on medical marijuana, the political climate surrounding the topic remains hazy. 

Last summer, an advocacy group called Oklahomans for Health garnered enough signatures to put medical marijuana on the ballot. A lawsuit surrounding what will be State Question 788's text was settled in March. 

"The state question is on the ballot in 2018; we’re just waiting to see if it will be on the primary ballot in June or on the general ballot in November," said Chip Paul, the organization's founder. "We will have a medical marijuana vote in 2018." 

Fri
16
Jun

Life on Council House Square

Share Your Story

Let’s try something! Recently, Chris Azbell, a City Councilman and well-known community leader, contacted me to share a great idea he had. He suggested I use this column to ask local citizens to send in their extraordinary stories. The kind of stories you may have shared with only your family and close friends about the incredible events you’ve experienced in your life – these need to be shared with our entire community! Okmulgee is filled with a variety of amazing people (like you!), and I think my readers and I would both like to hear about the history you’ve witnessed firsthand throughout your life.

Fri
16
Jun

Lighting the Path Ahead

I believe the most powerful force within any community or organization is the people within that community or organization—they can either be a positive or a negative force. By collectively establishing and maintaining a set of cultural norms and belief systems, they can be extremely entrenched and formidable. But I am equally convinced that one person can positively influence an entire community. Let me explain why.

Q: How can one person make a difference in his or her community?

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