Special to Guthrie News Page By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner It has been an exciting and challenging year at the Oklahoma Insurance Department. We’ve dealt with tornadoes, high winds as well as earthquakes. We’ve implemented meaningful programs to help Oklahomans understand and respond to their insurance needs. We’ve also asked the State of […]
Since coming to Guthrie in 2012, I’ve learned to appreciate the vastness of the Bluejay Nation. Also, with improved travel, internet and social media, the world today is much smaller than the world of generations past. I continue to be reminded of this through occasions where people I’ve known for many years also have a Guthrie connection.
In January, the state will issue its financial statements for the 2016 fiscal year. These are perhaps the most important documents produced by state government. They will show the actual effect of the energy sector’s downturn on state government spending.
The holiday season is upon us. For us human-types, this time of year can be great. Presents, fancy meals, decorations, nostalgia, and family all come together to give us the warm fuzzies. For our pets, though, the holidays can be a time of major stress. So, as you prepare to celebrate with friends and family, […]
Earlier this year, the attentive listener may have overheard the following emanating from their local politician: “I sure hope I don’t have an opponent this year. It would be nice to have a free pass this time.”
By John D. Doak Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner It took a while for winter weather to get to Oklahoma. And while this season can make for some postcard-type scenery, it can also present some hazards. That’s why it’s important to know what your insurance will cover this winter season. At Your Home Winter storms in Oklahoma […]
Last week I wrote some advice to new office holders based on lessons I’ve learned over the past few years. Here is some more, for what it is worth.
I have a senior dog. Her name is Spectre, and she’s a 10-year-old Boxer. She’s funny and sweet; sometimes she’s as playful as when she was in her prime. Most times, though, she likes to sleep and cuddle—which is absolutely fine. She’s earned her rest and her snuggles. There’s another side to my senior dog, […]
It is at this time of year when the House of Representatives benefits from the inclusion of the new members, collectively known as The Freshmen.
Superintendent of Guthrie Public Schools Dr. Mike Simpson shares his monthly column.
When I think of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has always been at the very top. I’m not sure if it is the meal or the time away from school. Maybe the chance to eat the meal, followed by football or even an opportunity to eat leftovers later that day.
There was a time when if a cat reached the age of 10 we applauded its long life and figured it was done. But these days it is not uncommon to have senior cats live to be 15, 18, occasionally even 20 years old!
This month marks a special anniversary. It’s been a year since I launched an initiative called Oklahoma Fosters, which renewed our efforts to find foster families for the hundreds of children in state custody and coming into state custody.
Pets age at a faster rate than humans. Because of this, senior pet care should include a complete physical examination twice yearly. In fact, the need for vaccinations becomes less important than the need for complete blood work to evaluate the function of your pet’s internal organs. Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what is necessary […]
Last Tuesday I took note of a rather exciting event. Hidden in the news of election day, only careful observers noted a press release from the incoming Speaker of the House. He used the occasion to announce something exceptional: he will reduce the amount his office spends on personnel by nearly $500,000.
This is the time of year when many of last session’s approved legislative initiatives take effect. Traditionally, this means many new laws are going into place. All too often, these are unnecessary laws that create additional fees, new government debt and inappropriate spending, unnecessary and confusing regulation, or worse. Unfortunately, this year is no different. […]
Because November is National Pet Diabetes Month, Dr. Anna Coffin wants to bring awareness to a problem that is on the increase. Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering free pet diabetes screening for any pet showing signs of diabetes during the month of November. Read more: Signs Of Pet Diabetes
I have learned much about human behavior and individual character by watching and observing legislators — especially during the chaotic “deadline weeks.”
October 29th is National Cat Day, or as my cats like to think of it, National Cat World Domination Day. Or maybe National It’s My World You Are Lucky I Let You Live In It Day. It is supposed to be a day we focus on the nearly 4 million cats that are taken in […]
Imagine the scenario of the business owner who manages his business in a flurry of hurried and ill-thought-out decisions. Actually, this may not be too hard to imagine as I suspect you have seen the bad outcomes from those who operate their business in this manner. They gain a bad reputation and are likely to […]
Let’s face it; pet nutrition is vital to your pet’s health. There are many places to seek information on-line, some of them good and some bad. In fact, a recent survey reported six out of ten pet owners are researching pet health topics online before or after visiting their veterinarian. Dr. Anna Coffin recommends consulting […]