McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

February 3, 2013

Mullin holds town hall meeting at KTC



Mullin stressed the importance of becoming involved.
“Remember, the Constitution wasn’t written by one person, so everybody’s opinion counts,” he said.
District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, asked about the possibility of getting a law passed requiring food stamp recipients to get drug-tested. That would require federal action, since the food stamp program originates under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
While Mullin didn’t disagree with the concept, he pointed to the experience of the state of Florida, which did institute such a program.
“It’s costing them more to do the drug tests” than they’re saving by cutting off food stamps to those who test positive for drugs, he said.
Mullin said he had a “pity party” one night when he was far from home at the nation’s Capitol and he felt his family needed him. However, he said he eventually fell asleep after realizing he was making an effort to solve the nation’s problems.
He exhorted those present to participate more in helping the nation meets its challenges.
“We’re all going to have to get involved; we’re all going to have to sacrifice a little bit.”
He also cautioned those present about thinking he could work on everything they want.
“If I try to solve everybody’s problem, I’m not going to be effective at anything,” Mullin said. Those who want the same things he’s working on will be pleased, Mullin predicted. Others... not so much.
“What I challenge you to do is choose your target,” Mullin said. “What are you passionate about? What is your pet peeve?”
“I want you to do more than what you’re doing,” Mullin said.
“Are you going to stop the first time it gets hard or someone says you can’t do it?”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
NDN Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.