It was the speech that officially launched a new and dangerous ideology: do whatever it takes to raise taxes — even it it means ignoring the Constitution. In February, the Governor addressed the Legislature and called for an array of new and increased taxes. The Governor demonstrated savvy political sophistication and a modicum of Republican […]
This month I served on a panel for the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition Summit. We heard from experts who talked about how an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE) such as abuse, neglect, divorce, parental incarceration and poverty or witnessing domestic abuse or substance abuse can hinder children in school. Unfortunately, Oklahoma has one of the highest […]
In last week’s article I described my initial optimism for this year’s legislative session and detailed the opportunities afforded to this year’s legislature. I explained my initial belief that a new generation of legislative leaders were coming into leadership who understood the need for reform. My early optimism appeared justified. Appropriations officials held substantive and […]
In 2003, Guthrie Pet Hospital was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s top honor, AAHA accreditation. Our hospital is inspected every three years to verify that we are maintaining AAHA standards. That means your pet is being cared for by one of the top 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada.
Canine Influenza Virus, also known as dog flu, was first diagnosed in the United States in 2004. Since then, the virus has spread across the United States. The dog flu is a Type A Influenza virus which is highly contagious and affects dogs and cats.
Perhaps you read these articles a few months ago and took note of my optimism about this year’s legislative session. As the legislative year progressed, you likely also noticed my sentiment devolve into strong disapproval. I have imagined the confusion of the reader who in the past six months suffered the whiplash effect of three […]
By: Blake Wimsey Special to Guthrie News Page Blake Wimsey operates Foundation Insurance in downtown Guthrie.
In 1997, Dr. Anna Coffin moved back to her hometown and purchased Guthrie Pet Hospital. Over the years, Guthrie Pet Hospital has earned certification with AAHA, Cat-Friendly Practice, and Fear Free. To celebrate the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital will be holding an open house on July 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Read […]
As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, legislators commenced a rapid fire process of throwing out various tax increase proposals in an apparent attempt to see what they could get before those impacted by the new taxes could engage. This made an absolute mockery of any semblance of transparency in the legislative process.
If you are not familiar with the legislative process, you may not know that there are actually several different kinds of legislation filed each session. For example a bill is a proposed new law or a proposed current law to be presented to the Legislature for consideration. There are other kinds of legislation besides bills […]
By Governor Mary Fallin Special to Guthrie News Page With a nearly $900 million budget gap, this session was indeed one of the most challenging. Keep in mind, it comes on the heels of having to deal with a $1.3 billion budget gap last year – the largest budget hole in state history.
As I think back over the recently concluded legislative session, I recall an especially notable moment during one of the frequent tax increase sessions of the Appropriations and Budget Committee.
June 24 was Cat World Domination Day. I’m pretty sure this was something started by cats to convince us that they have not, in fact, already taken over the planet. This is just their way of making us say, “OH, look at the cute kitty. Isn’t it sweet when they think they are big and […]
By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Special to Guthrie News Page The first day of summer is June 21, and many Oklahomans are ready for a vacation. One-third of Americans are planning to take a trip this year, according to AAA. Before you hit the road or board a plane, consider these insurance suggestions […]
Over the course of the past several months I have written about an array of tax increases attempted by the legislature. As this year’s legislative session has been brought to an end, I thought it a good idea to describe the tax increase attempts that were not successful.
There are so many misconceptions about pet food ingredients. Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss common ingredient terms seen on pet food labels so that you can make an educated decision about what to feed your pet.
Last week I wrote about two new taxes that were recently approved by the Legislature. Because these new taxes did not meet the requirements of the Constitution, I believe they will be thrown out by the courts.
You’ve heard the saying; you can’t judge a book by its cover. Well, you can’t judge pet food from the packaging. Reading pet food labels can be confusing, especially if you don’t understand the lingo. Dr. Anna Coffin will unravel the mystery of pet food labels and try to dispel many myths and mysteries about […]
By: Blake Wimsey Special to Guthrie News Page Blake Wimsey operates Foundation Insurance in downtown Guthrie. 1. Insurance is BORING How many of you reading this think insurance is fun? When you find yourself with some free time on a Sunday afternoon, do you cuddle up with your auto insurance policy and a cup of coffee […]
No single elected official can control every piece of legislation and every aspect of the budget. It’s a collaborative process involving two legislative chambers representing 149 districts and the governor.