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 […]
Earlier this year I wrote about one of the major factors which led to state government’s recent “day of fiscal reckoning.” I described the decades of financial malfeasance by state officials such as their action of giving away retirement system benefits with no way to pay for them.
October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month! To help you prepare for bringing home a shelter dog, Stefani Fortney has some professional tips to remember. Read more: Four things to prepare before bringing home a shelter dog
We have now completed what I call the best high school homecoming festivities in our state. The Bluejay football team didn’t disappoint with an exciting 23-20 victory over Lawton Eisenhower that kept many alumni at the stadium longer than they probably wanted. I met numerous alumni that are very proud of Guthrie High School and their hometown. Many […]
Many taxpayers believe the Legislature operates as described in American Government class. They learn that a bill becomes law after first being approved in a committee, then by votes in the House and Senate, and finally being signed by the Governor.
When Dr. Anna asked me to tell my story, I was hesitant. I didn’t really want to talk about it. I mean, it’s personal, right? But she kept asking, and telling me how others had the same problem, and how talking about it was the best way to teach people about it, so here goes- […]
Those who visit the capitol at lunch or dinner time are likely to notice the dependency/entitlement mindset of some of its occupants. The careful observer may overhear the efforts of lawmakers to enjoy a first class meal at someone else’s expense: “Let’s find a lobbyist to take us out,” or “I’ve got XYZ lobbyist lined […]
October 2nd is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Did you know that more than 50 percent of pets in the United States are overweight? Pet Obesity is a growing problem and is becoming an epidemic. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t recognize that their pet is overweight. This week’s blog will help you determine if your pet is overweight. Read more: […]
The power to appropriate money provides the Legislature with one of the strongest tools with which they exercise input over state agency conduct. In some respects, this is a role which makes the Legislature the most powerful branch of state government.
Since September is National Pain Awareness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss arthritis in cats. Dr. Anna says that many owners do not recognize the signs and symptoms that cats display when they are in pain. 90% of cats over the age of ten are affected by arthritis.
By John D. Doak Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner September is National Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time to prepare yourself and your family for Oklahoma’s unpredictable winter and spring. Preparing for all types of emergencies now will help you handle the unpredictable when it does strike. Here are few things you can do as part of […]
Last winter I took a phone call with great news. It was a call from a new House candidate in another district who said, “Jason, I have made a decision. I am not going to accept lobbyist money.”
This year World Rabies Day is September 28, 2016. Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering a discount on Rabies vaccines from September 19 – 24. Read more: Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.