Page 8 God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM January 8, 2020 TeeShirts - Caps - Buttons Caps - $12.50 TeeShirts - $20/$25 Buttons - $5 Great Gifts Donations to: Stephens County Republican Party Pick up at: Chisholm Trail Community News 3456 North Hwy 81 - Duncan AUTHENTIC TRUMP 2020 Merchandise Monthly Meeting Thursday - 7:00 pm Red River Tech Center Health Services Bldg (east) More Info at 580-656-7951 Come Join the Party! 2nd Thursday Each Month Updates on Current Campaigns and Issues Meet Local, County, State & National Elected Officials FAIR and BIASED by Steve Fair A conservative view of national, state and local politics IS OKLAHOMA NOWA SANCTUARY STATE? A sanctuary is a jurisdiction that has an ordinance, law or executive order that interferes with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) ability to enforce United States illegal immigration laws. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is an independent, non- partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation’s only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States. CIS maintains a comprehensive list of sanctuary states, cities and counties. In spite of Oklahoma not being a sanctuary according to the U.S. Department of State, over 3,000 refugees have resettled in Oklahoma since 2010. As of April 2019, CIS shows no Oklahoma city, or county as a sanctuary for immigrates, but after last week, perhaps CIS needs to update their map. Last week, Governor Kevin Stitt sent a three sentence letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating Oklahoma would continue to allow refugees to come to the Sooner state. This comes after President Trump signed an executive order which allows cities and states to bar refugees. Governor Stitt said 48 faith leaders in Oklahoma reached out and requested the State to continue to accept refugees. “As part of their relocation, these refugees undergo a thorough legal vetting process and are often reunited with family already living in the States. I appreci- ate Oklahoma churches who have assisted these individuals, and stand ready to continue to do so, to ensure the success of refugees in our communities,” Stitt said. In their letter to Stitt, the faith leaders said: “Refugees play an important role in Oklahoma’s economy. Refugees are employment authorized from the day they arrive and are eager to em- brace the dignity of work, a right that was generally denied them in the countries from which they came.” Three thoughts: First, Stitt’s position on immigration has changed. In 2018, Stitt said at a Muskogee County GOP event: “First off, I support President Trump. We’ve got to have strong borders in our state. We’ve got to know who’s coming into our country. I do not believe in sanctuary cities. We have to be a state of laws. And as governor I will enforce laws. I will enforce the immigration laws. We will not have sanctuary cities. We’ll have to tell our law enforcement that they’re going to have to enforce the laws.” By Stitt allowing the refugees (who are illegals) to continue to come to Oklahoma, it has become a de-facto sanctuary state. That is not what he campaigned on in 2018. Second, not all people of faith agree with Stitt’s position. Perhaps those faith leaders who have the largest congregations and influence key donors want Oklahoma to be open to allowing illegals to come to the state, but many faith leaders across the state want immigration laws to be enforced. While they have compassion for the refugee’s politi- cal and economic situation, they understand that illegal means illegal and until the refugee has adhered to the law, they should be barred from resettling in Oklahoma. Third, enforcing the law is not easy. The law is the law is the law. While having personal compassion for the refugee’s situation is admi- rable, allowing refugees (illegal immigrates) to enter the state is not enforcing the law. The governor should have taken Trump’s out and barred the refugees from resetting in Oklahoma until they had fulfilled all legal requirements for immigrating to the U.S. Steve Fair is Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republi- can Party. He can be reached by phone at 580.252.6284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His blog is stevefair.blogspot.com . Be a Storm Spotter this season Oklahoma is known for being very ‘weather active’ with temperature swings, high winds on occassion, snow and ice, and ... tornadoes! The various early warning systems help keep citizens safe and of particular interest is being a Skywarn Spotter. Here is how anyone interested can help out by becoming a spotter in the National Weather Service Norman, OK program. Steps to Becoming A Skywarn Spotter: The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as amateur radio, to participate as a Skywarn storm spotter. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Indi- viduals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules. The courses are “The Role of the Skywarn Spotter” and “Skywarn Spotter Con- vective Basics”. The courses will require you to register with the Meted Training Site. Review our basic spotter training modules. They are available on our YouTube Spotter Training playlist. Participate in one of our spotter training webinars or attend one of our regional training sessions in your area. Check our latest training schedule for dates and lo- cations. A training session is set for Tuesday February 4th, 6:30 pm at the Red River Techonolgy Center, 3300 West Bois d’arc in Duncan. Register with Spotter Network. This is not required, but Spotter Network gives you additional training and other methods for contacting us. For information about joining a local spotter network, contact your local Emer- gency Management office. Your local and county officials can provide additional information about how spotter groups are organized in your community. Many spotter groups in the small communities in central/western Oklahoma and western north Texas are led by local volunteer firefighters with assistance from law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and other community volunteers such as CERT volunteers. Beginning Beekeepers class Southwest Oklahoma Beekeepers Association will hold a one day Beginning Beekeeping class on Saturday January 11 at the Red River Technology Center in Duncan. The class will begin at 9:00 am, with registration at 8:45 and runs until approxi- mately 3 pm. An option to order lunch or attendees can bring a sack lunch. The class will meet in Room B123 in the Morris Business Building (west side of campus), 3300 West Bois D’arc. Park in front and enter in the front door, or the overhead door on the east side of the building. The class is an introduction to the art of raising, nurturing and caring for bees and the eventual harvesting of honey. VFW to hold monthly meet Hugh H. Cherry VFW Post 1192 will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 9, at 1900 hours. Come early for coffee, donuts and friendly comrad- ship. The meeting will be held at new HQ, 3288 West Highway 7. For more information contact Larry E. Davidson, Quartermaster at 580-255-4697 or 467-6364. email email@example.com There is no charge for the class, however, the workbook is available for $20 at the class. It is requested that prospective students call 580- 736-0640 in advance so that enough materials can be prepared. MedFirst Urgent Care Grand Opening A new independent medical care business will open it’s doors in Duncan on January 12. MedFirst Urgent Care will begin servicing the Duncan community. MedFirst Urgent Care, located at 1315 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Suite A. will be hosting a grand opening to the public on January 11, 2020, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvre and refreshments will be provided along with a gift box for the first 100 guests. This urgent care facility is brand new with the newest technology providing patients results fast. There are multiple exam rooms, a procedure room, and an X- ray suite. The urgent care will provide area residents with an integrated healthcare solution, serving patients based on their individual needs. MedFirst Urgent Care will offer urgent care and occupational medicine services for non-life threatening conditions on a walk-in basis without the need for an ap- pointment. Walk-in treatment is available for everyday illness and injury, includ- ing treatment for fall and winter ailments such as colds, flu, and upper respiratory infections. The clinic advanced services including X-rays, labs, stitches, and treatment for broken bones, sprains, and strains. The urgent care offers services for business and job seekers to include, pre-employment physicals, DOT physi- cals, treatment for work-related injuries, as well as vaccines and immunizations. As a community health care partner, MedFirst Urgent Care believes strongly in the importance of working with fellow community health care providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. When necessary, MedFirst Urgent Care can help refer patients within the broader health care system, including referrals to specialists, primary care physicians, and hospitals. MedFirst Urgent Care accepts most insurance plans, and a competitive self- pay option is available for uninsured patients. MedFirst Urgent Care will be open seven days a week, including evenings, and most holidays.