Opinion

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Yes, Dr. Fauci, you do need to have some humility here

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“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and public face of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, told the New York Times in December.

“Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”

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Latest COVID-19 relief package has several important priorities

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Last week, Congress passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, providing coronavirus relief and federal appropriations until Sept. 30, 2021. The bipartisan, bicameral package included a number of important priorities.

Key priorities included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act include:

RAMP-UP Act:

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Price transparency will protect Oklahoma patients

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It’s simple: When you step into your doctor’s office or go to the hospital for a routine service or procedure, you should know the cost. Unfortunately, however, too many patients are left in the dark regarding their bill.

The lack of price transparency for medical pricing in the United States causes fear and headaches for many families needing care.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you El Reno

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To the Editor:

On behalf of my leadership who I’ve copied, thank you so much for your kind e-mail. Honestly, it all comes back to the community - so thank you and Mayor White for being such amazing ambassadors for El Reno. You have some amazing city leaders and members, and we appreciate working with you all as well as Shana Ford, Karen Nance, Ali Hernandez and Steve Maddox, to name a few.

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To diversify economy, get rid of the penalty on work

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For too long, Oklahoma has tried to diversify its economy by passing special-interest tax breaks and subsidies. That bureaucrat planning has failed.

It doesn’t have to be this way if lawmakers embrace the policies that are reaping job growth in other states — and elimination of the state income tax, the penalty on work, is the most obvious tool for success.

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Separation of church and state not found in Constitution

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In the present year of COVID-19, tyrannical governors shut down religious services, a First Amendment right, as fast as they could.

During the summer months, Antifa defaced and with ropes tore down statues of our past national heroes including those who made America free, as for example, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and they even threatened to destroy statues of Christ.

They also set afire churches, one, St. John’s Episcopal, located near the White House. In these states there is definitely developing hostility against the Constitution and liberty.

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Biden’s HHS pick no friend of free speech, unborn

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Joe Biden says he will name radical abortion activist Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services secretary. Becerra is more than just an ardent supporter of abortion — he is actively trying to put David Daldein and Sandra Merritt in prison for exposing the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses sale of body parts from aborted babies.

Though Becerra, like Biden, claims to be Catholic, his record involving the lives of unborn babies and those who work to protect them is terrible.

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Gun control: It ain’t gonna happen, America

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A few weeks before the 2020 election, I visited a local gun shop. It was a madhouse. Weapons flew off the shelves as fast as customers could get their wallets out.

Ammunition was in short supply too. Why? Well, on the front door, a flier warned that, if elected, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would act quickly to push “gun control” legislation through Congress.

“Panic buying” before a big election, just in case, is the norm. That means booming business for gun dealers, but there’s just not much reason for gun owners or would-be gun owners to worry.

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Giving thanks to society’s economic benefactors

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With all the attention commanded by the presidential campaign, election and aftermath, plus the ongoing COVID-19 story, many other issues have faded into the background.

Though escaping the headlines, some of these other issues will be with us for a long time, and contributions to the public discussion of such issues will often have a long-term impact.