News

Tulsa closing schools in West Tulsa

 

The Tulsa School Board targeted three West Tulsa elementary schools for closure in a reaction to an anticipated $12 million reduction in state aid for next year. Superintendent Deborah Gist recommended closing Park and Remington elementaries plus Early Childhood Development Center-Porter. Those elementary students would be shipped to Clinton Middle School and Clinton students would […]

Officer Betty Shelby Is found innocent

 

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby innocent of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher. The verdict came back on May 17. The case had drawn national attention because Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who had […]

Budget dominates the end of session

 

As usual, budget talks heated up in the Oklahoma Legislature as the session was scheduled to close this week. There is speculation that the major tax increases proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin won’t get passed unless she calls for a special session this summer. Lawmakers were negotiating behind closed doors last week to hammer out […]

Liberalizing liquor laws?

 

The State Senate passed Senate Bill 211, by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, by a vote of 26-14. The measure now heads to the House. If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the proposal would have to appear on the ballot with another initiative. County commissioners could vote to put it on […]

Gun measure gets signed

 

A bill that makes it legal for people to draw their weapons in self-defense, but not have to shoot an assailant, was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Senate Bill 40, authored by Sen. Michael Bergstrom, allows a person to point a weapon at a perpetrator in self-defense or in order to thwart, stop […]

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Opinion

Editorial: Remembering America’s heroes

 

Americans enjoy the greatest freedoms in the world because of those who died in defense of those freedoms. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is when we recognize those who have died in military service. We celebrate it on May 29 this year. Waterloo, New York was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by […]

Editorial: Abortion and global warming?

 

Radical feminist Gloria Steinem believes the world is suffering from “global warming” because America dragged its feet in legalizing abortion. What? It’s true. This 83-year-old progressive thinks America and the planet are “overpopulated” because we have not let enough women kill their own babies before they are born. She said, “Listen, what causes climate deprivation […]

Editorial: More fake news in Oklahoma

 

Even though Oklahoma is predominately conservative, the mainstream media – including the liberal Tulsa World, the TV stations and most radio stations – jump at the chance to criticize common-sense situations. Oklahoma is having a state budget shortfall. State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said one way to relieve the financial pressure from publicly funded […]

Editorial: Immigration and the rule of law

 

Can a society survive without the rule of law? The debate over illegal immigration ranges from the deportation of 11 million (or more) illegals to deportation of illegals who are convicted criminals to – believe it or not – no deportation whatsoever. There are some radical groups, especially in California, don’t want anyone sent home, […]

Editorial: Abortion abolition is important

 

When state lawmakers work to abolish abortion in Oklahoma, the liberal media and many Democrats complain that they are wasting their time by concentrating on pro-life legislation that will undoubtedly be overturned by the liberal Oklahoma Supreme Court. Yet you don’t hear one word of criticism over the passage of a bill by Sen Ervin […]

Columns

Every 70 years or so, the Biggs Family hosts a wedding

    

Our lovely daughter Sarah is getting married in August to a wonderful young man, Josh. Sarah is a special part of our family. Most of the babies born in our family recently were boys. In fact, we had 13 boys born in a row until Sarah was born. That string stretched over 72 years. My […]

It is in the very best interest of America to support Israel

    

With so much of our attention being focused on the day-to-day activities of life, current events, upcoming elections and family activities, it is easy to forget how important it is to support Israel and its right to exist in peace. The fact that Israel even exists is a miracle, and many believe, myself included, that […]

Stay the Course, Mr. President

    

Recently, William Galston wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Trump’s Tanking Approval Numbers,” in which he points out the president is not only in trouble within the beltway, but with supporters who question his fitness for office. The “never Trumpers” and Democrats have done an excellent job in raising doubts in peoples’ […]

Liberal media leads the charge to criticize President Donald Trump

    

The level of corruption and mean-mouthed accusations spewing from those of the C/S persuasion has not in my lifetime reached such a low level in the United States. It seems that each day, those of that group in media and politics succeed in attaining a new cellar of outright lies and name-calling. The “journalists(?)” in […]

Snakes and helping those who are lost

    

For a couple of months, Titus the Honorable and I have been planning a big adventure. Of course, planning with a 3-year-old only takes about a minute. This last Saturday was our big day: Just Titus and me, heading off on a journey into the dark forest to look for snakes. Now, the dark forest […]

Sports

Big names at Memorial Tournament

    

Each year, Folds of Honor hosts one of the biggest gala events and golf tournaments in the area, known as The Patriot Cup Invitational. The annual fundraiser is held during Memorial Day weekend at the Patriot Golf Club in Owasso. Folds of Honor is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the spouses […]

TPS cuts back on middle school sports

 

Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist and the school board are cutting funding for middle school athletics but elimination of most programs has been avoided for now. The district will save about $100,000 by dropping low-participation programs and another $80,000 by shifting funds from high school activity accounts, which get private donations and revenue from events. All […]

TU vs. OSU basketball

 

The University of Tulsa has renewed a home-and-home nonconference basketball series with Oklahoma State. The Golden Hurricane will play at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Dec. 19. TU will host the Cowboys during the 2018-19 season. OSU has a 71-39 lead in the series, which began in 1917. TU won 66-56 two years ago for its first […]

Tough OSU schedule

 

According to CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have the toughest 2017 football schedule in the Big 12 Conference. “Oklahoma State will play the most difficult schedule in the Big 12 this season, and it’s not hard to see why right from the jump,” Fornelli wrote. “Two of the Cowboys’ three nonconference games […]

Jaguars sign Westbrook

 

Dede Westbrook, a wide receiver from Oklahoma and a fourth-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed his rookie contract with the team. “It feels great,” Westbrook said. “I’m here for the next three-and-a-half or four years, and being able to supply for my children and family is great.” “It just wasn’t […]

Entertainment

The Showboat Branson Belle concert cruise has all you want

    

BRANSON, Missouri – Fine food, fun, fantastic music and a relaxing concert cruise over Table Rock Lake are the hallmarks of the Showboat Branson Belle. You can hardly tell when the 700-passenger paddle-wheeler eases away from the dock. The excitement begins when the show starts. The Showboat Branson Belle adventure begins with a great meal […]

Sight & Sound in Branson spotlights the saga of Moses

    

BRANSON, Missouri – “Let My people go.” Throughout the history of the Hebrew nation, the story of how God delivered the Israelites from slavery into the Promised Land has been inspiration for Jews and Christians. That story is being brought to life daily here in the Sight & Sound Theatre’s spectacular musical production of Moses. […]

Christmas is a special occasion at Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Visiting Silver Dollar City during the Christmas season is like a trip back in time to better days. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, it was wonderful to see the lighting of the gigantic five-story Christmas tree in the Main Street Square. It was almost as much fun to see the faces […]

Pierce Arrow serves up great music, comedy and a warm Christmas show

    

BRANSON, Mo. – They shoot straight at Pierce Arrow. Pierce Arrow, one of the most popular shows in Branson, has a great blend of music, comedy and Christmas spirit. Four vocalists – Tony Turner, Travis Spratt, Scott Fraker and Dan Britton – have amazing range. And even though Pierce Arrow has a distinctive Christian atmosphere, […]