Ruling has major implications for Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA- The Supreme Court Thursday in a landmark 5-4 vote upheld provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. The decision means that the bulk of the act will go into effect in 2014 unless Congress acts to repeal all or portions of the act before then.
By Butch Morris
I have a little advice for candidates in this yearâ€™s elections. Watch your language. Or more specifically donâ€™t use negative campaign ads.
I know. I know. Some say if they didnâ€™t work politicians wouldnâ€™t use them. However as a precinct official I heard more people comment that they wouldnâ€™t vote for either of the two biggest offenders in the primary election because of their mud slinging. In other words, the guy no one had every heard of got some votes.
Courtesy of Bearcat Video
The releases coming to DVD this week are a collaboration of horror, comedy, drama, and espionage.
Intruders (R): Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Clive Owens stars in this new horror movie.
The Three Stooges (PG): While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up staring in a reality TV show.
By Butch Morris
Push for a Better Americaâ€™s 4th of July Picnic was a lot of fun under the shade trees across from the Fair Building. Just the right amount of shade and breeze on a warm summer day. Kinda reminded me of, â€śback in the day.â€ť
We fed 75 people. I assume everyone got all they wanted to eat. Kudos to our chef, Merle Redman. Merle did a great job and weâ€™re thinking about putting him on Full Time.
By OSU Extension Service
With just a few weeks of summer already past, most Oklahomans have been running their air conditioners nonstop for a while now. And as any resident of this state knows, the temperature will not be cooling off for some time.
As the weather warms up, many homeowners see their utility bills rise as well, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.
The Level 1 Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse Course (A.D.S.A.C.), required to those who have had driving privileges suspended or revoked due to a DUI, DWI, APC or other drug/alcohol related misdemeanor or felony charge, will be presented by Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism and/or Other Drug Abuse, Inc. Individuals who have had only one alcohol or drug related drivers license suspension, prior to July 1, 2003, may attend the Level 1 course. Individuals, who were charged AFTER July 1, 2003, should contact Kiamichi Council prior to registering for the course.
Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock.
The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. "Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto famed explorer Porter Stone's archaeological team to investigate a series of harrowing and inexplicable occurrences that are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries-old curse behind Pharoah Narmer's elusive "double" crown of the two Egypts"--Provided by publisher.
The Storm by Clive Cussler.
Tea Party News
By Butch Morris
The big topic last week were the local elections and the Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling on health care. Both topics which can make a big difference in our lives.
The local election whittled down the number of Sheriff candidates to two. Terry Duncan and John Arthur. These guys still need your support in the run-off election in August. Donâ€™t neglect to vote. Weâ€™re not done yet.
By Tracy Steffenson
While the official start of summer is June 20 this year, the Pushmataha County area has already been experiencing elevated heat levels with much more still to come.
The hot days of summer are not something to be taken lightly. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 500 Americans die from heat-related illnesses each year. By contrast the average mortality rate in the United States from tornadoes, earthquakes and floods together is less than 200.
There are those individuals who suffer in high-level temperatures because they are unable to cool down.
Jane Dunlap, Pushmataha County Clerk, recently achieved Basic Certification for County Clerks. To complete the basic level in the county clerkâ€™s certification program, Dunlap took a minimum of seven courses for a total of 75 hours of instruction. She was honored at the County Clerkâ€™s Annual School held recently in Tulsa.