News

Smart meter bill aims at customers’ problems

 

Rep. Dale Derby, R-Owasso, has introduced House Bill 2872 to offer consumers more say in terms of the mandatory installation of smart meters by state utilities. The bill would compel the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to make utilities get written consent for the installation of smart meters and providing for their removal. According to the bill, […]

Rep. Gann is optimistic

 

State Rep. Tom Gann says Oklahomans have every reason for optimism when it comes to the state budget, funding a teacher pay raise and paying for core government services. None of that is dependent upon passing the largest tax increase ever put before the state Legislature, said Gann. “I was emboldened by President Donald Trump’s […]

House leadership list

 

Some Tulsa-area lawmakers are leading key committees in the new session of the Oklahoma Legislature. Here is a list of House committee leaders. Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Tulsa, is vice chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee. Strohm is chairman of the Elections and Ethics Committee. Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, is the chairman of the […]

Lankford: Mexican gangs in control

 

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, came back from a recent trip to Mexico with some troubling facts. “The security and prosperity of our nation are directly affected by that of our neighbors,” said Lankford. “Currently, about 45 percent of Mexico is controlled by approximately 15,000 armed gang members, who engage in drug trafficking, human trafficking, […]

Fallin institutes burn ban

 

Governor Mary Fallin issued a burn ban for much of the western half of the state because of extreme weather conditions and extraordinary fire danger. The governor’s burn ban supersedes any county burn bans currently in place. It expires at midnight on Feb. 16. Additionally, four counties in eastern Oklahoma remain under county commissioner-issued bans. […]

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Opinion

Editorial: Hundreds of millions in new debt

 

Anyone who thinks that public schools are underfunded should take a look at the upcoming bond vote for Union Public Schools. The proposal is for $128,600,000.00. That’s one eighth of a billion (with a B) dollars. The bond issue will pass, just like recent school bond issues in Tulsa and Broken Arrow have gone for […]

Editorial: President Trump is no globalist

 

The “fake news” media are upset because President Donald Trump is not a globalist. They are constantly irritated when he mentions his campaign theme, “make America great again.” And the liberals at MSNBC and CNN get furious when Trump talks about America reclaiming its greatness when he is abroad. And the socialists and communists at […]

Editorial: Government handouts skyrocket

 

Should the government feed everyone in America? The answer from progressives, particularly in public education, increasingly seems to be yes – every American should guaranteed three square meals a day. The free school lunch program is a noble idea. For decades, it has helped poor children who for a variety of reasons don’t get proper […]

Editorial: Amazon bid was a waste of time

 

Anyone could tell you that Tulsa was not going to get the new Amazon expansion with 50,000 employees and a giant payroll. Tulsa couldn’t even make the Top 20. A simple check of the general criteria showed that Tulsa fell short in too many areas for serious consideration. Tulsa, like Oklahoma City, should have put […]

Editorial: California rail is wasting billions

 

California is building an 119-mile bullet train route that was supposed to cost $6,000,000,000.00. Now, according to the Los Angeles Times, it is going to cost $10,600,000,000.00. This could be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the nation. And it is turning into one of the biggest “money pits.” Trains are 19th Century technology. […]

Columns

It would be hard to find a better dog than our little Maggie

    

Our family drove to Broken Arrow about 15 years ago in search of a Boston terrier puppy. We stopped at a modest house where it was obvious that the owner’s primary concern was getting cash for one of his puppies. He kept the momma dog in a small fenced area in his backyard, which is […]

Are Americans losing their interest in self-governance?

    

I have been thinking about what freedom means a lot lately.  It is more than obvious to me that Americans have lost its meaning, primarily because the Progressives have intentionally wanted us to lose sight of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.  These documents are, after all, rather pesky things that get in the […]

And He Should Fight Back

    

It is not uncommon for people to suggest that President Trump tone it down.  Even many conservatives would like for him to give up on twitter.  The president can reach millions of Americans with his own message.  Without twitter, the message would be filtered through a very hostile press.  Why is this somehow not useful […]

President Trump has done a lot in his first year in the White House

    

As this is written, the first State of the Union speech by PRESDT is about 36 hours from taking place and already petulant members of Congress most, if not all, with a “D” behind their name, have publicly stated that they will “boycott” the joint meeting on January 30, 2018. What a bunch of sore […]

Life is simplified at the Sea of Galilee

    

I have written these articles from the four corners of the globe. No, it isn’t some part of a grand scheme to become a roving reporter, writing from third-world countries, jungles or even a small villa somewhere off the beaten path. Truth be told, I had to write my article from these places because I […]

Sports

Phil Niekro swaps tales in Claremore

    

Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro was in Claremore recently for the 14th Annual Field of Dreams Baseball Banquet. Niekro was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, following a 25-year career in the major leagues. He was best known for his wicked knuckleball pitch. “My dad threw a knuckleball at me in […]

Oklahoma State dominates Kansas on their home court

 

Oklahoma State proved that No. 7 Kansas is not unbeatable as the Cowboys upset the Jayhawks 84-79. This was the first Cowboy win in Allen Fieldhouse since 2013. The OSU record at Kansas is 12-61. Kendall Smith pumped in 24 points for the Cowboys and his free throws in the final seconds sealed the deal. […]

Etou leads Tulsa over South Florida

 

Tulsa’s Junior Etou got his sixth double-double of the season and fifth during American Athletic Conference play with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tulsa to a 63-54 win at USF on Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Florida. Etou was joined in double-figures by DaQuan Jeffries, who came off the bench for 16 points and […]

Poor shooting dooms Sooners at UT

 

Freshman sensation Trae Young had a rare bad night shooting and the Sooners were edged by Texas, 79-74, Saturday in Austin. Oklahoma had a chance to pull into a first-place tie with Texas Tech and Kansas with a win but failed to do so. Young made only two three-point shots. He leads the nation in […]

ORU’s offense stalls in road defeat

 

The Oral Roberts men’s basketball team’s offense stalled Saturday as the Golden Eagles fell 82-56 on the road at Western Illinois. ORU finished with just one player in double figures as Sam Kearns scored 12 points. Javan White grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. “They played a lot of one-on-one basketball and we weren’t able to […]

Entertainment

Silver Dollar City in Branson goes all out for Christmas

 

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas has been expanded with 1.5 million more lights (a total of 6.5 million) with light displays nine stories tall. A new feature in 2017 is Christmas In Midtown Light Spectacular. The festival features an evening light parade, two Broadway-style original musical productions, a 5-Story Special […]

Ageless Paul McCartney revisits the Beatles in OKC gig

    

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul McCartney opened his concert here Monday night with a rousing performance of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. But the 75-year-old McCartney didn’t make it seem hard for him to captivate a nearly sold-out audience for almost three hours. And it wasn’t hard to enjoy this energy packed concert. McCartney, who […]

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 […]