News

Sen. Nathan Dahm tops OC Conservative Index

 

According to a conservative index ranking by the Oklahoma Constitution newspaper, State Sen. Nathan Dahm is once again one of the top conservatives in the Oklahoma Legislature. Dahm is a declared candidate for First District Congress, a seat held by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who will not run for a fourth term in 2018. Three […]

Cigarette tax/fee ruled unconstitutional

 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that a $1.50 “fee” on cigarette sales is really a “tax” and its passage by the Legislature was unconstitutional. The court noted that lawmakers introduced four bills to hike the cigarette tax but those bills were abandoned because they lacked the required 75 percent votes for passage. The […]

Tulsans will see about 90 percent of the solar eclipse

 

The middle part of America will witness an eclipse of the sun on August and Tulsa will be not too far from the direct path. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen. The path of this eclipse on […]

After the tornadoes, Governor declares a state of emergency

 

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for four counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Aug. 5-6. The counties included in the governor’s declaration are Mayes, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner. The storms resulted in more than 170 businesses and homes damaged. Thirteen people were transported to local hospitals […]

Yazel has help for tornado victims

 

Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel is reaching out to property owners who have sustained property damage as a result of the tornado that hit Tulsa early Sunday morning. An Oklahoma statute allows for property (both real and business personal property) which suffers a functional loss to be reassessed for that year at the fair cash […]

Weather

Clear
Wednesday 08/23 10%
Clear
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 08/24 10%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 88F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 08/25 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 87F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 08/26 40%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 08/27 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 86F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Opinion

Editorial: Campaign laws are worthless

 

Campaign laws in Oklahoma are a joke. They simply are not enforced. And even when a candidate does something obviously criminal, the worst they get is a minor fine or a slap on the wrist. If you are a candidate for office and you want to run a crooked campaign, you can do so with […]

Editorial: Socialized medicine kills people

 

Socialized medicine killed Charlie Gard. This poor baby had the misfortune to be born in London, England and have a rare genetic disorder. Doctors at the state-run hospital informed his parents that he was bound to die and they could do nothing for him. Like most parents, their reaction was to seek help from another […]

Editorial: Is Tulsa becoming a sanctuary city?

 

Is Tulsa a sanctuary city? Most Tulsans would say no. The majority of citizens support legal immigration but want the deportation of illegal aliens, especially those who commit crimes while being in this country illegally. A third of the cars in Oklahoma don’t have liability insurance and at least a portion of those are in […]

Editorial: Morality in the U.S. Military

 

President Donald Trump struck a blow for traditional morality and common sense on July 26 when he announced that the U.S. military would ban so-called “transgendered” individuals from being a part of the military. This reverses the immoral policy of ex-President Barack Obama, who tried to open the door to those who pretend to change […]

Editorial: Correcting county jail funding

 

The City of Tulsa is not paying its fair share for the operational costs of the county jail. That is the problem in a nutshell. County officials, including Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo and County Assessor Ken Yazel, think it is patently unfair for citizens in Tulsa County outside the City of Tulsa to subsidize […]

Columns

Football is tough to play but it is so much fun to watch

    

My Dad had two rules for my four brothers and me growing up – don’t ride motorcycles and don’t play organized football. Why? Because you can really get hurt with either activity. My Dad loved to watch football and he actually played varsity football at Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Oklahoma, back in the late […]

North Tulsa moratorium suggestion is not a good idea

    

I found last week’s City Council meeting to consider a city-wide moratorium on small retail stores disturbing, but I also found it to be encouraging that there seems to be little support for the idea from Tulsa residents. According to a Tulsa World editorial, the moratorium is an initiative being forwarded by City Councilor Vanessa […]

So Little Help From the Swamp

    

A number of people were hoping that when the U.S. Senate went on its vacation or recess, President Trump would use the time to make recess appointments of officials his administration needs which have been blocked by Democrats using arcane Senate rules.  Oklahoma Senator James Lankford estimates that at todays’ pace, it would take the […]

Some ‘news reporters’ got it wrong about the August 6 tornadoes here

    

After 1:30 a.m. Sunday, August 6, in the midst of rather heavy thunderstorm activity, a tornado suddenly developed and touched down in the vicinity of South Yale Avenue and East 41st Street South in Tulsa. Those familiar with the area remember it as being mostly merchant and restaurant activity on either side of 41st with […]

Doing not-so-random acts of kindness

    

I don’t know why I see things differently than most people, but I do. Our staff sat in the office, stunned, as we saw the news of the first plane slamming into the Twin Towers in New York City. We were sitting there in shock, mouths wide open, as we continued to watch the replay. […]

Sports

Once again, the Professional Bull Riders show was fun

    

It was a bucking good time at the BOK Center last weekend as the Built Ford Tough Series Professional Bull Riders rode into town for their annual visit. Many Oklahoma bull riders competed in the Express Employment Professionals Classic, and when the two days of competition were over, Hulbert native Ryan Dirteater finished second place, […]

Oklahoma State football may rise to new heights in 2017

 

Coach Mike Gundy thinks Oklahoma State football may be poised for an outstanding season in 2017. Already ranked No. 11 in the preseason coaches poll, the Cowboys return one of the best offenses in the nation with a top-rated quarterback and one of the best receiver corps in America. “We’ve evolved into something really special […]

All the right factors are in place for Riley to be successful

 

A host of factors favor new Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley at the onset of his first season at the helm of the Sooners. Unlike almost all coaching changes, Riley didn’t have to hire a new staff or to get to know the players. “What made this so unique was the continuity,” Riley said during […]

With two good years under his belt, Montgomery settles in

    

Philip Montgomery is beginning his third season as head coach of The University of Tulsa football team, and over the past two years, he and his family have acclimated well to the school and the community. “The kids have been going to school here, my son has graduated from school now, my daughter and my […]

Three new coaches will shake up the Big 12 in 2017

 

Who is the best football coach in the Big 12? Coach Bill Snyder is the undisputed dean of football coaches in the Big 12 Conference. He turned what was the worst team in college football history into a powerhouse. That title of dean of coaches will probably shift to Gary Patterson of TCU or Mike […]

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. […]