Oklahoma has been exact to me ― certainly better than desirable. i was born in Meeker almost 80 years in the past, after which raised and educated in Bartlesville. That revel in prepared me for a lifestyles that I wouldn’t exchange for anything. I earned a degree from the Naval Academy, a 2d degree later, and turned into capable of fly the sector’s best jet aircraft for twenty-four years. I persisted to see the sector in a 2nd career, with travels stemming from positions at the White residence, Pentagon and FAA headquarters ― all in Washington, D.C.
nowadays, as a North Carolina resident (due in huge element to our five grown youngsters’s homes), I stay concerned with issues that have an effect on our destiny, and those of our youngsters and grandchildren. My spouse (also from Bartlesville) and i additionally live attuned to Oklahoma issues thru communications with our Oklahoma siblings and also through The Oklahoman.
Two of the dominant problems presently attracting our attention are the southern border disaster and the Russian invasion of Ukraine — and Congress has made them intertwined ― rightly or wrongly. i’m mainly near the latter issue. As a central authority executive 20 years ago, i used to be privileged to visit Ukraine and paintings with its authorities leaders ― both in Kyiv and someplace else in Europe. I got here to recognize their preference to be part of NATO, which required reforming their government (with emphasis on getting rid of corruption) and vastly upgrading their navy and civil technology.
Then, within the summer time of 2022, less than six months after Russia released its invasion, I visited Ukraine once more ― this time for three weeks of delivering food from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to Mykolaiv, Ukraine. Amidst artillery shelling there and in Odessa, I saw the willpower, resilience and gratitude which are so feature of the Ukrainian human beings. once again, just a 12 months ago, my spouse and i have been struck via the perception (that I take delivery of as truth) that we’re all on this together. So, when the possibility to offer more assistance arose, we opened our home to 2 Ukrainian refugees ― a then-37-12 months-vintage mom and her 8-yr-old son. these days, she has a task in a supermarket deli, is making ready her U.S. tax return, and he is halfway thru the 1/3 grade. And of route, for them, there’s no result in sight.
Individuals who could fake that Vladimir Putin’s desires are restricted to conquering Ukraine have a one of a kind information of global history from what I found out in Bartlesville colleges. he’s shrewdly watching how the us and other allies of Ukraine are reacting. i can best believe how overjoyed he is that many people want different troubles to face in the way of assisting in Ukraine’s defense.
That brings us to nowadays in Oklahoma. Sen. James Lankford, with what seems to be the interest of our kingdom in mind, has cooperated (oh my goodness) to offer both aid to Ukraine and a border deal that his colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham, says is as right as can be for years — no matter the subsequent presidential election. And for that? he is censured by way of members of his own party.
Sen. Lankford has provided what a extensive majority of usa citizens aid. the ones identical people might welcome an awakening on the a part of the ones so important of Lankford and the artwork of compromise. What i will say with supportive evidence is that individuals who are searching out the entirety they need are much more likely to return away with in the direction of not anything. That’s why the border crisis is unresolved, and that’s the sad state of our politics these days.