Here’s to new life in the new year

The current president of Planned Parenthood is unafraid to use the word "abortion." In a Christmasseason interview with The Washington Post, Alexis McGill Johnson scolded those who would downplay the importance of abortion in her organization's work. She says it is "stigmatizing" to do so.

Last week we came across an old yellow piece of paper that was stained and had holes in it that we had written about several years ago. It was titled “Winners Vs. Losers.”

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A fellow I know was grousing about the past year. His birthday was coming up and he felt, once again, that this year failed to meet his expectations. He was unhappy with the year, unhappy with himself, unhappy with the fact that he'd even allowed himself to hope that 2020, of all years, was going to be better than the previous ones.

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With vaccines heading to the drugstore, with a new Congress and new president taking power, and with the darkest day of the winter 10 days in the past, there is reason to feel a fresh sense of optimism. And optimism is more than a feeling. It is a tool.

One important word during 2020 was improvise! From online and drive-in church services to curb delivery from local businesses and restaurants, people adapted the best they could during the pandemic.

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As we prepare for the 2021 legislative session, Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat recently announced committee leadership and assignments.

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House Democratic leaders are trying to keep the espionage scandal surrounding Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell under tight control. But it's going to be an uphill battle. Republicans are pushing harder and harder to learn more about Swalwell's relationship with Chinese spy Christine Fang. And the Democrats' strongest ally – The New York Times, which has averted its eyes and so far refused to publish even one word about the matter – can't hold out forever.

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Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford tOday issued a statement following passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes targeted relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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