News

Shelley Brumbaugh to seek House District 76

 

Shelley Brumbaugh, the widow of State Representative David Brumbaugh, will run for her husband’s vacant seat in House District 76. “Not only is there unfinished business that David was committed to in his role as Chairman of the Republican House Caucus, but I also have a legislative agenda to be completed in support of our […]

Nunley, Gaddis win in District 75 primaries

 

Republican Tressa Nunley and Democrat Karen Gaddis will face each other in a special election July 11 to fill the vacant seat in House District 75. Nunley got 64 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, with Nik Berg getting 28 percent. Former Tulsa City Councilor Skip Steele got 7 percent of the vote […]

Danny Stockstill to run for congressional seat

 

Tulsa police chaplain, small business owner and pastor Danny Stockstill announced he will run for Oklahoma’s 1st District Congressional seat. U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he would not run for a fourth term in 2018. Bridenstine is a top candidate for chief administrator for NASA and if he gets that post, there would be a […]

Bill to cap charitable deductions is pulled: Coburn and Baptists kill HB2347’s $17,000 limit

 

Taxpayers who donate to charities, including churches, dodged a bullet last week as lawmakers pulled a controversial bill that would cap the deduction for contribution. House Bill 2347 by Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, and Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang; and Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, and Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, was pulled after a firestorm of protest […]

Lankford: Comey lost trust

 

Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma,  who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, commented on the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump. “James Comey had an incredibly difficult job in his role as FBI Director and I am grateful for his service,” Lankford said. “The issues that our law enforcement, intelligence […]

Weather

Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 05/23 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 50s.
Clear
Wednesday 05/24 10%
Clear
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 69F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Thursday 05/25 10%
Clear
Sunny skies. High 82F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 05/26 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High near 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 05/27 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mostly cloudy skies. Scattered thunderstorms during the morning. High around 85F. SSE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Opinion

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 […]

Editorial: More gambling for Oklahomans

 

Do you want to help public education? Gamble more. Do you want teachers to make more money? Gamble more. Do you want ACT scores to rise in Oklahoma? Gamble more. That’s the conclusion of Gov. Mary Fallin and a majority of senators and representatives. They have modified the “state lottery for education,” stripping away the […]

Letter to the editor: Methodists battle homosexual issues

    

The Rev. Karen Oliveto is the pastor of a United Methodist Church (UMC) in Colorado.  However, she is also a self-avowed practicing lesbian married to another lesbian – and she now has been consecrated as Bishop of the UMC Mountain Sky Area, which includes churches in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, as well as one […]

Letter to the editor: How these cases were once handled

    

No one needs to be told the tragedy of Officer Betty Shelby being charged with manslaughter for the shooting of a man with a lengthy felony record. The only thing I can add to the narrative is that I, as an eyewitness to similar proceedings in the early-to mid-seventies, can tell you how that type […]

Columns

Mowing the summer lawn is a love/hate relationship

    

I have a love/hate relationship with my lawnmower. I love mowing my yard, a corner lot, because it is good exercise. I always work up a sweat and after it is done and I have cooled down, it always feels good. And I love when my yard looks pretty. I am not possessed with having […]

Who Is Kidding Whom?

    

You may have seen that Tulsa City councilors are considering a proposed moratorium on grocery stores in Tulsa’s food deserts or better known as North Tulsa. As the councilors see it and as reported in the newspaper, “The problem is that full-service grocery stores may be getting stifled out of the market in food deserts […]

After repealing Obamacare, the Congress should reform taxation

    

The House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States has finally sent to the Senate a bill to, we are told, change the ACA (Affordable Care Act) before it completely collapses, financially, of it’s own misplaced direction. Well, what can we expect from a 2,000+-page monstrosity that was pushed through both Houses of […]

A lost soul and a rediscovered ring

    

I am not into jewelry at all. I like buying it for my wife, but when it comes to myself, I have only two rings and a couple of watches. But the other day, I was asked to speak at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. It was an incredible opportunity as I haven’t been on that base […]

State budget issues dominate in May

    

The legislature is required by law to complete its work and finalize the budget to adjourn sine die no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May.  With that date just a little more than a week away, we have been working diligently to meet this deadline on time and agree on a […]

Sports

Summit Tournament coming

    

If you haven’t watched the Oral Roberts University baseball team play this season, you’ve missed some very good college baseball. However, with the Summit League baseball tournament coming to J.L. Johnson Stadium next week, you still have time. The Golden Eagles have had some very impressive performances this season, having swept a three-game series at […]

Graduate transfers can provide immediate help for state teams

 

With spring training completed, Big 12 coaches addressed some issues including policy concerning graduation transfers, the addition of a 10th assistant coach and other topics. Oklahoma State could get immediate help from graduate transfers. OSU’s defense ranked ninth in the Big 12 last season, allowing 7.15 yards per pass attempt. The Cowboys moved top corner […]

OU’s Riley gets a hefty raise

 

The University of Oklahoma is pleased with assistant football coach Lincoln Riley and they have increased his salary to show appreciation. OU Board of Regents approved a three-year contract extension for Riley, OU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, that will pay him $1.3 million a year, making him one of the highest paid assistants in […]

Charlie Hough had a great MLB career

    

Charlie Hough had a very successful 25-year career in Major League Baseball as a pitcher. His bread-and-butter pitch wasn’t a screaming fastball or a hooking curve, it was a floating and fluttering knuckleball. Hough was in Tulsa this week working with the Tulsa Drillers, filling in for the team’s pitching coach. His current title with […]

Overshadowed by Mixon, Perine could excel in the NFL

 

While ESPN pundits were demonizing former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, the Washington Redskins drafted Samaje Perine – who owns the school record for rushing yardage. The Cincinnati Bengals took Mixon in the second round despite an incident three years ago when he slugged a coed after she pushed him and slapped him in the […]

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, […]