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  • Staying Healthy Takes More than Wearing a Mask
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Staying healthy during these times means doing more than just wearing a mask. It also means ensuring you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, which can help prevent serious health complications and reduce the risk of health issues. Here are a few things you can do to maintain healthy living. I’m not saying I’m necessarily the best at these myself, but I try every day. Stay active. My morning workout is like my morning cup of coffee, I need it to get my day going. Physical activity is one of t... Read more

  • Teachers Help Shape Our Future
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 5, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    It is often said it takes a village to raise a child. The saying could not be truer and I firmly believe our country’s teachers are an important part of that village. Primary education provides the foundation a child needs to be successful for the rest of their life. It could be argued the most important duty we have in our communities is to educate the next generation and we entrust our teachers to fulfill that duty. As the father of six kids who all attend a small, rural public school in Oklah... Read more

  • We Are a Nation of Laws
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Lawlessness is running rampant in cities across our country, inflicting more pain on communities already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. This past weekend, 59 police officers were injured during anti-police protests in Seattle. In Chicago, three people were killed and 59 were wounded from shootings. For more than two months, rioters have been wreaking havoc on the city of Portland. Rocks, frozen water bottles and bricks have been thrown at law enforcement. Mortar fireworks and Molotov cock... Read more

  • We Can’t Let Fear Sacrifice Freedom
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    The COVID-19 pandemic has instilled fear in the hearts of many Americans. Since the pandemic began, there have been numerous mandates attempting to dictate how we must live our lives that have mostly been made out of fear. Experts predicted up to 10 percent of people who got COVID-19 would die from the virus, but that was not the case. Today, over 99 percent survive with most never showing symptoms from the virus. In municipalities and states across the country, one can be fined hundreds of doll... Read more

  • We Must Hold China Accountable
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 15, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its tyrannical government remain a top threat not only to the United States, but the entire globe. Their hostile behavior throughout the past few months has demonstrated their goal of eroding freedom and growing their communist influence. The Chinese government lied about the origins of COVID-19 and covered up how bad it really was for months. They are directly responsible for the pandemic which has cost us too many lives, all while completely devastating ou... Read more

  • Thank You, First Responders
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    Our country has been through a lot throughout the past four months. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and violence and rioting in cities across the country, it has been a trying time for everyone. Through all of this, America’s first responders have risen to the occasion for their communities. Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals have seen the effects of COVID-19 from the frontlines. From testing patients who are experiencing symptoms to providing care for those who have been diagnosed with CO... Read more

  • Thankful for Freedom on Independence Day
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    The 4th of July is always a big celebration for Americans. It’s a day filled with fireworks, barbeques, parades, and more. Have you ever stopped to think about what had to happen in order for us to celebrate on this holiday? On Independence Day, we celebrate the day our Founding Fathers daringly took steps of defiance to separate the colonies from the British monarchy and tyrannical government. They had a vision of a nation governed by the people, for the people. They wrote in the Declaration of... Read more

  • Make a Commitment to Your Health
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    Did you know on average, an American woman is expected to live five years longer than an American man? Since the 1920s, men’s life expectancy has continued to drop compared to women. During Men’s Health Month, I want to start the conversation on how to change this alarming trend. As co-chairs of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and I hope to motivate men to take an active role in their wellbeing, as well as to bring awareness to health issues af... Read more

  • Be an Example for Future Generations
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Will Rogers, “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” once said, “This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it.” Even though Rogers said this more than 100 years ago, it remains true to this day. These days, it feels like our country is more politically divided than ever. Many people dread talking politics with family or friends over fear of upsetting one another and damaging their relationships. Others have lost all respect for elected officials and the office they represent... Read more

  • Living the Pledge of Allegiance
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” As Americans, we have all recited the Pledge of Allegiance thousands of times throughout our lives. In the morning at school, at the start of community meetings and even before Members begin their daily session in Congress, we look toward our flag, place our right hand over our heart and recite those words. Often times, w... Read more

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