Declaring criminal intent at school

Chicago protests against violence

The Chicago public school system has decided to defy the President of the United States and provide children a vivid example of criminal conspiracy unusually reserved for backroom education union meetings. No wonder Chicago property crime and violent murders are surging – they teach the young that law doesn’t matter.

More than 392,000 students attend public schools in Chicago, and on Tuesday a letter was sent home with each of those students telling their parents that Chicago schools will not “assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law.” In fact, the letter actually says that federal officials will not even be allowed “to access CPS facilities.”   Continue reading

Talihina Veteran Center relocation bill

Sen. Frank Simpson

Late Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation 30-10 to pursue possible relocation of the Talihina Veterans’ Center.  Navy veteran and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, Sen. Frank Simpson is the author of the Senate Bill 544 that he filed following the questionable deaths of two center residents in the last five months.

“Two lives have been tragically lost at this veteran’s center in recent months for whatever reason – staff shortage, infrastructure issues, lack of training.  Those reasons don’t matter when we’re talking about people’s care and safety.  Our veterans deserve better and this should never happen while in the state’s care,” said Simpson, R-Ardmore.  Continue reading

Oath of Hypocrisy – the Politicians’ “Disease”

Opinion:  As I physician, I proudly recited and adhere to the Oath of Hippocrates, which commands physicians to “use treatment to help the sick according to [their] ability and judgment … and [to] abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm.” Physicians don’t all think alike—medically or politically—but when a patient’s health is at stake, we find a way to work together for the patient’s best interest.

In 2016 a bipartisan Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, ostensibly designed to speed up research and drug approvals. They should have legislated a cure for a highly contagious disease that infects politicians in staggering numbers: chronic, relapsing, terminal hypocritical churlishness (the “Disease”).    Continue reading

REAL ID Act approved by committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 1845, the REAL ID Act, on Wednesday.

Sen. Pres. Pro Tempore Mike Schulz issued the following statement Wednesday after the Senate Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 1845, the REAL ID Act, co-authored by Schulz and House Speaker Charles McCall.

“With committee passage of this bill, the Senate is addressing an issue the vast majority of Oklahomans want us to quickly resolve.”     Continue reading

Tobacco through a different lens

Opinion:  It’s been more than twenty years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been in medical practice in Tulsa for about ten years and my mother and sister decided to tour China – one of their bucket list excursions. I had gone home to Bartlesville to visit my father left behind to mind the homestead and we were sitting, chatting in our den. He got out of his chair, walked up to where I was sitting and, lifting his chin, pointed to a lump on his neck.

“What do you think this is?” Before I touched it, I knew, but I reached out and pressed against the hard lump just under his chin. Continue reading