News

Crowded Ballot: June 28 ballot will have federal, state, county, city primaries

 

Tulsans may vote for up to 10 city, county and federal races on a loaded primary ballot on June 28. Republicans and Democrats could see on their ballots – depending on where they vote – primary races for the U.S. Senate (Sen. James Lankford’s seat); U.S. House of Representatives (Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Rep. Markwayne […]

Libertarians and Independents

 

Five Libertarian candidates filed for races that will be on the ballot in Tulsa in November. Dax Ewbank of Guthrie is running against U.S. Sen. James Lankford and Democrats Mike Workman of Tulsa and Steve Perry of Oklahoma City. Libertarian Frank Grove is challenging State Sen. Gary Stanislawski in District 34. Democrat Thomas Ryan is […]

Judicial reform bill advances in the State Senate

 

The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill that would allow voters to change the way judges are nominated in the state of Oklahoma. House Bill 3162, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman, places a state question on the ballot for November to allow voters to change the section of […]

Open carry amendment?

 

House Bill 3098 would let citizens openly carry firearms without a permit and House Joint Resolution 1009 would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to make it hard to restrict gun rights in the state. Groups are opposing the legislation, including the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, the State Chamber, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City […]

Criminal justice reform

 

The Senate has given bipartisan approval to a slate of criminal justice reforms.  The four measures, which were proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Justice Reform Committee, would still hold criminals accountable, but represent a different approach to dealing with nonviolent offenders that she claims will help reduce chronic prison overcrowding, reduce recidivism, and ultimately […]

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Opinion

Vote for Rep. Jim Bridenstine

 

Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he would not vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Even though he was threatened and told he would lose key committee assignments, Bridenstine stayed true to his word and voted against the Republican Speaker. And he lost no committee assignments. Bridenstine is running for […]

Vote for Tom McCloud in D-67

 

The Oklahoma House of Representatives needs commonsense, conservative leaders with business savvy to navigate the state through tough economic times. Tom McCloud is the right man for the job in House District 67 in South Tulsa. McCloud is the founder and publisher of Community Spirit magazine, a unique Christian publication that has chronicled the achievements […]

The truth about vaccinations

 

Progressives put their social re-engineering over common sense and science. A good example is the furor over mandated vaccinations. The liberal line is that everyone must be vaccinated for every known disease to protect not only themselves but those whom they contact. That is not true. People like Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D., say that unvaccinated […]

Letter to the editor: Need new state license plates

    

Praise the Lord that Tulsa has a Christian voice in the Tulsa Beacon! I am most appreciative of its overall news coverage plus all the regular submissions by various noted writers. In reference to a recent article stating “Oklahoma needs new license plates,” I will second that suggestion for the following reason: Oklahoma needs a […]

Letter to the editor: America’s judgment is coming

    

America continues to deny God and The Word of God.  These haters of God continue to deny the historical fact that America was founded by people who believed in the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The God who said that in the beginning, He created the Heavens and the Earth and […]

Columns

There are good and bad options for a summer float trip

    

It’s been years since I floated down the Illinois River in Northeastern Oklahoma. I think I only did that three times – twice with church groups and once when my in-laws, George and Martha Campbell, came to Tulsa for a visit. We went on a weekday to avoid the crowds and the water was flowing […]

Despite Earth Day, climate change is not caused by man

    

There is an old saying that if you tell a lie long enough, people will believe you, and you will begin to believe it yourself. Earth Day is no exception.  It seems that those who have the political agenda of wealth distribution and political control simply won’t give up the idea that climate change is […]

What’s at Stake?

    

For nearly eight years, people have wondered what President Obama is up to. What were his plans and what type of legacy would he leave behind? It really is not a difficult question to answer if you consider that America’s enemies are not Mr. Obama’s enemies. His enemies are American institutions and basically – you […]

Trump is wrong when he says he was cheated in Colorado process

    

There is an old adage that goes: “You can’t play the game unless you know the rules.” This is true and applies not only to baseball, football, basketball, golf, soccer or any other game in the sporting world as well as business, politics or international diplomacy. Well, it seems that some of the candidates have […]

Organized wife/disorganized husband

    

I must confess, I am not an organized person. There are really only three types of people in the world: those who are organized, those who are not and those who think they are. The organized people of the world spend their lives trying to get the rest of us organized. They want us to […]

Sports

Thunder overcomes Dallas to advance

 

Oklahoma City will face another Texas team – San Antonio – in the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs after the Thunder dispatched Dallas in five games. Oklahoma City won at home Monday night by a score of 118-104. The Thunder is now the only Western Conference team to win each of its […]

The late sportswriter Jim Riggs was a mentor and a friend

    

I was a 13-year old batboy for the Jamestown Expos when I first met Jim Riggs in 1978. He was the beat writer for our local newspaper, The Post-Journal, covering the team and working as the official scorer. With his quick wit and my quirky sense of humor, we hit it off real fast and […]

Cowboy fans get a look at young players in spring game

 

Fans got to see some young players Saturday as the black team defeated the orange team 23-7 in the annual spring football game at Oklahoma State. “The scrimmage went well for us from a health standpoint,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We were able to tackle and had a physical scrimmage. We had 100 plays and […]

TU signs five basketball players, class increases to nine

 

Tulsa has signed five new basketball players, two high school seniors and three college transfers. That’s a total of nine new players for Tulsa for the fall. Joseph Battle and Will Magnay are high school seniors, while Eugene Artison, Curran Scott and Jaleel Wheeler are transfer students. Artison is a freshman at The College of […]

What can a sports fan do when a DVR goes kaput?

    

This may seem like a petty issue, but for a sports fan, on a weekend, having your DVR crash could be quite devastating, especially when it holds programming that has true value. For the second time in less than ten years, we’ve had our DVR at our house just die; no warning, no way to […]

Entertainment

Expanded attractions await visitors to Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City has never lacked for rides, entertainment and culture. Now it has even more. Families have no worries here about the wholesome nature of Silver Dollar City – and the great fun during the Star Spangled Summer of 2015. This year, Silver Dollar City opened Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million […]

SIX is an energetic show that reaches across generations

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Nobody falls asleep when Six is on stage. The six Knudsen brothers’ show is nearly two hours of incredible singing, infectious comedy and pure energy. But no musical instruments. You have to see this show to believe it. Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen sing, dance, make funny comments and […]

Jim Stafford returns to Branson to celebrate his twenty-fifth season

    

BRANSON, Mo. – It took Jim Stafford 26 years to get in 25 years of entertaining in Branson. After a one-year hiatus in 2014, the affable singer/song writer/guitarist/comedian is back on stage in the heart of the Branson entertainment district. And his long-time fans are really glad. Stafford has consistently been one of the most […]