House leadership applauds tax cuts, Capitol bond vote

Republican House leaders say they have passed the heart of their agenda as the deadline for introducing bills passed in the 2014 legislative session. The question remains if the Senate will approve the same bills even though both chambers are […]

Tobacco sales regs in proposal

Two measures by state Rep. Doug Cox aimed at regulating tobacco sales have passed out of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. House Bill 2361 would prohibit the distribution, sale and transportation of cigarettes to anyone who is not an authorized […]

Pruitt fights ‘sue and settle’ deals by the federal government

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) alleging the FWS engaged in “sue and settle” tactics when the agency agreed to settle a […]

Suit claims Chinese undercut firms

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese oil equipment supplier for selling equipment in Oklahoma at artificially low prices, gaining an unfair competitive advantage over lawfully licensed Oklahoma companies in violation of the state’s antitrust […]

TCC has most incoming freshmen

Tulsa Community College enrolled 4,219 first-time freshman students in fall 2013, giving TCC more new freshman than any other public college or university in the state. The first-time college enrollment number reflects 1,520 Tulsa Achieves students entering college in fall […]

Vote no on new county sales tax

Tulsa County voters should reject both propositions on the April 1 ballot. While a case can be made that more jail space is needed and that the juvenile center needs to be replaced (or expanded), it can be done without […]

Poor teachers vs. rich superintendents

Most public school teachers make between $31,600 (zero experience, bachelor degree) and $46,000 (25 years of experience and a doctor’s degree). Tulsa School Superintendent Keith Ballard makes a base salary of $174,500 and has a total compensation package of $259,821.00. […]

Homosexual Boy Scoutmasters?

Christians who thought the Boy Scouts of America should allow openly homosexual scouts but deny leadership to adult homosexuals should open their eyes. According to the American Family Association, earlier this month, “the pro-gay machine inside the Disney Corporation flexed […]

Letter: Give Me Liberty Tour is mesmerizing

Central Baptist Church in Muskogee on East Side Boulevard recently hosted the Give Me Liberty Tour which is making the rounds all across the state to tell about our American history  accurately and as dramatized by three pastors – Paul […]

Letter: The Poverty Ladder

A conserving approach for our government is to encourage a “Poverty Ladder” which basically solves poverty at the lowest rung. It requires the family (with government’s help) to become self-sufficient. If the first rung did not solve the problem, then […]

Upsets ruin tourney picks

After tracking my NCAA Tournament predictions from last week’s column, I’m rethinking the idea of opening a fortune-telling shop on Brookside. One of the first picks that had me fooled was thinking the OU Sooners (No. 5) would beat North […]

NCAA play fuels coach speculation

One coach improved his resume and another cast doubt on his future as Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all lost their first-round games in the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Tulsa Coach Danny Manning surprised many by winning a share of […]

Iowa State, Baylor still in

The Big 12 was rated the top basketball conference for most of the season but only two teams – Iowa State and Baylor – survived to the Sweet Sixteen. The Southeastern Conference (Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee), the Pac-12 Conference (UCLA, […]

Oklahoma State evaluates youthful talent in spring ball

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has high hopes for quarterback J.W. Walsh during spring practice. “J.W. always has had great leadership and we want him to have a great feel for what we want to accomplish on offense from […]

No. 5 seeded OU draws North Dakota State in Round 1

Oklahoma could easily be two wins away from a spot in the Sweet 16. OU drew a No. 5 seed in this week’s NCAA Tournament and will face North Dakota State, winner of the Summit League. OU will be heavily […]

Trains are nice as long as taxpayers don’t subsidize them

My first train ride was back in 1981. I drove over toward Enid and picked up the Lone Star train that started in Chicago and ended in Houston. My assignment was to write a story about that trip because it […]

Go see The Story of Noah in Florida, which is Bible based

Each year for the last seven years, my wife and I have gone to Florida to see one of the two plays now being produced by Mike Graham of the non-profit company Power and Light Productions. Along with hundreds of […]

Inept and Unconcerned

Those two words perfectly describe the Obama administration’s outlook and policies.  From foreign affairs to domestic programs, the president is inept and unconcerned. Entertaining at the White House and long vacations are what the Obamas enjoy most.  Helping their fellow […]

Push for ‘same-sex marriage’ is part of the socialist agenda

Recently, U.S. Attorney General, Erik Holder suggested to the state attorney generals that they should not take action to defend duly enacted state laws or constitutional provisions that define marriage as between one man and one woman. This, in my […]

Knowing, understanding are different

I had a thought today.  I know this surprises you as much as it did me. For the most part, we are not a thinking people. Someone says, “Buy this,” and we buy it. Our society as a whole has […]