News

O’Hara wins SD37 vote; GOP loses a House seat

 

Former Jenks City Councilor Brian O’Hara won the GOP primary September 12 for the special election for Senate District 37 and will face Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman in the special election on November 14. That election is needed due to the retirement of Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, who is leaving to pursue a business opportunity. O’Hara […]

BACK IN SESSION: Schultz wants a quick decision

 

With a special session starting September 25 , Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz called on lawmakers to put partisan politics aside and come together on a plan to fill the $215 million budget hole created by court rulings this summer. “The special session is rapidly approaching and all we’ve seen so far is political […]

Lawmakers seek preparation for budget battle in special session

 

State Reps. Lewis Moore and Bobby Cleveland announced today they are challenging Republican lawmakers to prepare for a line-by-line budget review ahead of a pre-session Republican Caucus meeting in December. Moore and Cleveland hope lawmakers will each find $50 million to $100 million in budget reductions and efficiencies. “We have spent too much time and […]

Balanced Budget Amendment conference draws state support

 

An Oklahoma delegation of state Senators Micheal Bergstrom, Nathan Dahm and Julie Daniels as well as Reps. Mark Lepak and John Bennett, former Rep. Gary Banz and attorney Mark Nuttle was in Phoenix, Arizona, last week attending the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) Planning Convention. The gathering was preparing the rules and guidelines for a future […]

Sen. Marlatt resigns and Fallin calls for another special election

 

Governor Mary Fallin ordered a special election to fill the vacancy in Oklahoma Senate District 27 caused by the irrevocable resignation of former Sen.Bryce Marlatt. Marlatt, a Republican, resigned from office after being charged with sexual battery following a complaint by an Uber driver. The filing period for the special election is Oct. 2, 3 […]

Weather

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Opinion

Editorial: Increasing the national debt

 

The Democrats, the Republican leadership and President Trump all agree that the United States must increase its debt ceiling to fund the government. This is making the swamp bigger. During his campaign, Trump never promised to be a fiscal conservative or committed to a smaller federal government. His talent for making deals has supplanted the […]

Editorial: Downtown parking subsidies?

 

While Tulsa teachers are underpaid and city streets crumble, Mayor G.T. Bynum wants to spend millions to subsidize parking garages in Downtown Tulsa. Bynum recommended to the Tulsa Development Authority to give $1,670,000.00 to First Place LLC project for a new 500-space parking garage at the corner of Main and Fourth streets. This sweet deal, […]

Editorial: Fallin’s useless special session

 

Gov. Mary Fallin really wants a tax increase. Fallin twice ran for governor and ran as a fiscal conservative. In other words, she used to believe in the Republican Party Platform, which is for a smaller, more efficient government, and tax cuts. Fallin doesn’t believe in that anymore and since she is a lame duck, […]

Letter to the editor: Pope didn’t quote the whole passage

    

As his charter plane left Columbia on Sunday and flew over some of the hurricane devastated areas, Pope Francis was asked about “man-made climate change.”  He sharply criticized climate change doubters, and said, “Those who deny this must go to the scientists and ask them.  They speak very clearly.”  Francis said scientists have also clearly […]

Letter to the editor: Our spiritual heritage

    

Consider the situation at the time of the Solemn Assembly called by the Prophet Joel. The people of Israel were guilty of flagrant, unconfessed sin. The sin had not been put away, either. God visited them with a remedial judgment – an overwhelming invasion of locusts, a fierce drought, fields ruined. The prophet issued orders: […]

Columns

Mixed results from the backyard garden this summer

    

Now that spring has sprung and fall has fell, it is time for our backyard garden update. We sort of cut back this summer for several reasons. First, our daughter got married in August, so we anticipated marital activities might draw us away from a big garden. We were right. I planted three varieties of […]

Venezuela is an example of an unbalanced government

    

This past Sunday, September 17, passed nearly unnoticed as Constitution Day, the day that our Constitution was signed in 1787 by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Americans take our Constitution for granted, and an increasing number view it with indifference, or even worse, hostility.  No other country has  one that is like ours […]

Where Is Inflation?

    

The Wall Street Journal reports that the world’s largest economies are chalking up stronger growth. But the puzzle is, where is inflation? The U.S. economy grew at an annualized 3 percent in the second quarter and many experts expect the growth to reach 4 percent in the fourth quarter.  Yet, consumer price inflation advanced only […]

Here are just some of the big problems with cellphones

    

People don’t believe me when I tell them I don’t carry a cellphone but it’s true. I worked in Denver for six months back in 2000-2001 and I had a cellphone back then because it was a temporary assignment and I didn’t want to pay to have a phone installed where I lived. But I […]

Sports

Why is Penn State No. 4 and OSU No. 6? TCU up next

 

Why is Penn State ranked No. 4, two spots above No. 6 Oklahoma State? Both the Nittany Lions and Cowboys have played and defeated Pittsburgh. Penn State struggled and depended on some late scores to win 33-14 while OSU completely dominated Pitt at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 59-21 last Saturday. Penn State has beaten Akron, […]

2017 has no resemblance to 2014 in OU-Baylor preview

    

NORMAN – In 2014, then-No. 10 Baylor rolled into Norman and blistered then-No. 16 Oklahoma 48-14 as the Bears’ passing attack amassed almost 400 yards. Former quarterback Bryce Petty (now with the New York Jets) connected with former Bear Corey Coleman who had 15 catches and 224 yards receiving. With that victory, Baylor had won […]

Drillers fall in Game Five

 

After a rain delay of over an hour, the Tulsa Drillers and Midland RockHounds battled in game five of the Texas League Championship series Sunday night at ONEOK Field. A crowd of 2,136 watched as Midland cruised to a 1-0 win, to capture the team’s fourth consecutive title. Midland scored an unearned run in the […]

Late field goal dooms TU: New Mexico is here Saturday

 

Tulsa’s offense was prolific again but it wasn’t enough Saturday as the Golden Hurricane fell to Toledo, 54-51, when the Rockets hit a last-second field goal. It was a 33-yard field goal with no time remaining that gave the host Rockets the win. “It was two good offenses going at each other with balanced attacks, […]

Ohio State win gets rid of the bad taste from 201l6 loss

 

In 2016, a home loss to Ohio State dropped Oklahoma’s record to 1-2 and eliminated the Sooners from a spot in the college football playoff. This season, under new head coach Lincoln Riley, a 31-16 win over then-No. 2 Ohio State on the road has vaulted OU to a No. 2 ranking and made them […]

Entertainment

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 […]

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. […]