Collinsville, Oklahoma
June 16, 2008
Miscellaneous News
Patchwork Quilters /
Stephen Pitts All-State Soccer /
Congressman Sullivan Report /
GI Pajama Party

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Patchwork Quilters June Meeting
New member Hazel Gast displaying her first quilt, made from the grooming scarves of a friend's dog. Hazel made the quilt as a memory gift for her friend.
The Collinsville Patchworkers met June 10 with several quilted projects for Show and Tell. Members presented blocks in Autumn colors to President Rosie Vaught for her previous year of service, and Martha Strickland received a stack of fat quarter fabrics as a Thanks! for providing patterns and directions for last year's Blocks of the Month. A program on shortcuts and handy tools was given by Janet Martin. The next meeting will be July 8, 7 PM, and purple was chosen for the fat quarter drawing. Visitors are always welcome!
-- Linda Pfeffer 371-5508 (6/13/2008)
Martha Strickland demonstrating the Block of the Month pattern, called "Rolling Stone"
John Sullivan at Collinsville's
Hogs 'N' Hot Rods
event June 14, 2008.
June 13, 2008

Protecting private property rights

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Kelo v. City of New London decision, broadened the government’s ability to take your privately owned home, farm, business or place of worship through a process called eminent domain. Prior to this landmark decision, eminent domain laws had been used to take private property for the public good. This has traditionally meant roads, hospitals, etc. However, now we see State and local governments using eminent domain for private purposes, meaning they take over private property and the land goes to a private entity, usually to increase tax revenue.

Earlier this week, I introduced H.R. 6219, the Private Property Rights Protection and Government Accountability Act, legislation which prohibits the government from using eminent domain for private purposes. If governments violate this law, they will not be eligible for certain economic development funds for ten years. In addition, property owners will now have the right to sue the government. No family, business operation or place of worship is safe if the government decides that their property doesn’t measure up and that “public purpose” would be better served and be a better economic gain if it was torn down and replaced by something bigger, glitzier and more taxable.

Honoring our nation’s father’s

On Monday, the House passed H. Res. 1243, a resolution recognizing the immeasurable contributions fathers make to the lives of their children. As we look forward to the celebration of Father’s Day this Sunday, I am proud to have introduced this legislation, which calls on fathers across the nation to use Father’s Day to reconnect and rededicate themselves to their children’s lives. Findings by the National Fatherhood Initiative show that the closer adolescents feel to their fathers, regardless of the type of family structure which they live in, the less likely it is that they will engage in the use of drugs or delinquent behavior. Involved and proactive fathers help to shape confident and productive future citizens. Being a father is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I strive every day to show my children that they are important and loved, and I encourage all fathers to do the same.

Updating health care technology

Recently, I attended an important House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing regarding health information technology (IT). One of the biggest challenges our nation faces is the implementation of health IT on a national scale. Health IT has the potential to save more than $81 billion annually in health care costs, and is critical to reducing the almost 100,000 deaths causes by medical errors each year. By making patient health records electronic, authorized doctors and care givers across the country will be able to have instant access to a patient’s health history. This will drastically reduce medical mistakes and streamline the administration process and the many forms that patients have to go through as they move from one health care professional to the next. As we move toward improving health IT systems in our nation, it is important that we ensure that strong privacy protections for patient records are maintained. Health IT will help make our health care system better and more reliable nationwide.

If you wish to contact Congressman Sullivan regarding a specific issue, please visit our contact web page at
GI Pajama Party July 3rd
Press Release (6/11/2008)

What: GI Pajama Party
Location: Owasso, Wal-Mart
When: Thursday July 3, 2008
Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Thursday July 3 from 3-8 pm the Youth from Bethel Baptist Church will hold a G.I. Pajama party drop point at the Owasso Wal-Mart.

When soldiers are wounded in Iraq, they are taken to the hospital where their clothing is removed and they are given a hospital gown. (The kind that is slit up the backside) The trek to the hospital does not include stopping and getting an extra set of clothing ~ so our Heroes are left standing around with their bare bottoms playing peek-a-boo with every step they take.

On this day before Independence Day
Give a hearty cheer, for those who shed their blood for you.
When the red, white and blue Streaks the sky,
Remember those who for their flag On faraway soil did bleed and die...
&nbs p; (… Gary Jacobson)

Purchase a t-shirt and pajama pants or shorts and drop them by Wal-Mart on Thursday July 3 and sign the large card we’ll send to the Hospital in Baghdad.

We will package a set in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag with a personalized card wishing them rapid recovery and letting them know since they've got our backs its time for us to step up and cover theirs!

For more information contact
Julie Dermody
Stephen Pitts Helped East
In All-State Soccer Game
The 5A East Boys Soccer Team beat the West 4-3, June 6, 2008 in the All-State games. Stephen Pitts (#18 in the submitted photos below) represented Collinsville playing on the East team. The East led 4-0 before the West closed with the final 3 goals in the game played at Tulsa's LaFortune Stadium.