Addressing the opioid crisis in Oklahoma

Prescription opioids kill more than pain and there is a current drug crisis killing a wide range of people in communities nationwide – including Oklahoma.

While debate rages to determine if drug companies misrepresented the risk of addiction or medical professionals excessively prescribed; the point is that all types of people from all walks of life and at all ages suffer addition delivered first by trusted prescription. Continue reading

Martin Luther King condemned both sides

Martin Luther King Jr.

Whenever President Donald Trump — or any political leader — stands up to condemn all of the violence at a national tragedy such as Charlottesville, Va. regardless of the causes, political or otherwise, those calls should be embraced, lest the result be that some forms of political violence be justified — and perpetuated as a consequence.

That was what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached. He said, “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.”  Continue reading

Rep. Jim Bridenstine expected to lead NASA is reporting that National Air and Space Administration (NASA) may finally be getting an administrator – pilot and Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R) who is expected to provide clarity in leadership for the agency.

While rumored for months, NASA Watch first reported Tuesday the President will nominate Bridenstine as administrator and Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President John Schumacher as deputy administrator. But there have yet been no official confirmations.     Continue reading

Warning: Solar Eclipse can damage vision

As Oklahomans prepare for the first solar eclipse viewable across the contiguous United States in decades, optometric physicians are warning that improper viewing can cause permanent eye damage.

The eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, and will appear as a partial solar eclipse in Oklahoma. For a narrow band of the country that cuts across the central United States it will appear as the first total eclipse since 1918.    Continue reading

Gov. Fallin calls for special session

Governor Mary Fallin

Governor Mary Fallin today said the Legislature must return in special session to deal with the $215 million shortfall caused by a proposed smoking cessation fee being struck down.

“No money can be spent from any state fund unless the Legislature specifically appropriates it,” said Fallin. “Let’s be clear. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) does not have the authority to transfer monies to the affected agencies from different sources without legislation directing him to do so.”  Continue reading