News

Federal Waste: $2.6m for chimpanzee care

 

Senator James Lankford’s report entitled, “Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball,” lists $473.6 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending. The current federal debt is $20.49 trillion. The one-year deficit for Fiscal Year 2017 was $666 billion. “The outrageous federal deficit remains too high,” Lankford said. “Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., seems to be […]

Sales Tax Overview Committee is satisfied with progress

 

Tulsa’s Sales Tax Overview Committee is satisfied that city officials are finishing projects that have been financed by selling bonds to be repaid by increased sales tax. In a report, the committee states that “projects have either been completed as promised, are in the process of being completed or are awaiting the availability of funds […]

New age limit law helps firefighters

 

Almost 200 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments two years after successful legislation eliminated the age limit for new volunteers. House Bill 2005, authored by Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. AJ Griffin, took effect Nov. 1, 2015. The law eliminated the 45-year-old age limit for new firefighters by giving them the ability to […]

Hiring event will assist veterans

 

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for veterans, transitioning military, Guard and Reserve, and family members on December 14 from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at 4000 Thunderbird St., Norman. Employers and career seekers interested in attending this free event should register at www.okmilitaryconnection.com as early as […]

Winter weather can be hard on pets

    

STILLWATER – For those pet owners whose pets spend a good deal of time romping in the back yard or passing the time in a patch of sunshine on the deck, the arrival of winter may be a rude awakening for those furry friends. Although Oklahoma has not experienced a deep freeze just yet, it […]

Weather

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Friday 12/15 0%
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Sunny. High 53F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 64F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
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Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 55F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
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Monday 12/18 20%
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A few clouds from time to time. High 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Tuesday 12/19 10%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 63F. Winds light and variable.

Opinion

Editorial: More school administrators?

 

Here is some good news and bad news from Tulsa Public Schools. The good news is that some private donations have been given amounting to more than $350,000 to supplement staffing. The bad news is that the money will be spent on administrators and not classroom teachers. And more bad news is the money will […]

Editorial: Sexual harassment and liberals

 

The liberal news media, fueled by Democrat feminists, has launched a total assault on bad sexual behavior. Sort of. Hollywood figures like Harvey Weinstein (and a host of others) and political figures like Sen. Al Franken and former President Bill Clinton are being called on the carpet because of provable sexual assaults on young women […]

Editorial: Illegal drug usage is an epidemic

 

America, Oklahoma and Tulsa have a crisis concerning the abuse of illegal drugs and prescription painkillers. The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) proclaimed a public alert about the dangers posed by drugs as a result of the current opioid crisis. “The threat is unprecedented,” said ASCLD President Ray Wickenheiser. “Some of the clandestine […]

Editorial: Fake conservatives vote for taxes

 

Some “conservative” state lawmakers can’t handle the heat from agency heads, bureaucrats, chamber types and the liberal media. They fold like a cheap tent when their stated values are challenged. In November, Gov. Mary Fallin, Republican leaders and Democrat leaders tried their hardest to enact the biggest tax increase in state history. Even though revenue […]

Editorial: Homosexual conspiracy of silence

 

Why did Republican Brian O’Hara lose to Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman in the November 14 special election in Senate District 37 in Tulsa and Sand Springs? The biggest reason is a conspiracy of silence by the liberal media. That happened because most voters – and lots of Republicans who didn’t vote – didn’t know of Ikley-Freeman’s […]

Columns

Christmas has some really great and really awful movies

    

My good friend Brian Shoop was a guest on my radio show (Tulsa Beacon Weekend on KCFO AM970 at noon on Saturdays) on Thanksgiving weekend and we talked about Christmas movies. Brian is a professional actor, someone you would recognize if you saw him because of his work in commercials and movies. Here are some […]

America should relocate its embassy to Jerusalem now

    

There are reports that President Trump will announce that Jerusalem should be recognized as Israel’s capital, and that the American Embassy will be moved there.  The announcement could come as soon as December 8, one day before this article is published. The embassy move was decided long ago, but for political reasons it has been […]

Schools and a Joke

    

Last month, Greg Barrack who teaches 9th grade through 12th grade students at Tulsa Memorial High School, wrote an excellent article entitled “To Help Fund Schools, Districts Need to Consolidate.” The article begins by citing the loss of teacher talent flowing to neighboring states.  He admits people are trying, but the easy way out is […]

The anniversary of Pearl Harbor reminds America to be diligent

    

This week should remain in our hearts and minds as memorable, but not really for joy or in a happy way. December 7th is the 76th anniversary of the attack by carrier-based aviation units of the Imperial Japanese Navy on our naval base at  Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on a Sunday morning. We should recall that […]

The One wise men found under the star

    

I love globes. I am not sure how many I own, but I could start my own globe store. I have big globes that are made of precious stones; I have plastic globes; I have square globes; and I have a globe that floats between two magnetic fields. Some of the globes are antique and […]

Sports

Why pick Alabama over Big Ten champion Ohio State?

    

Alabama fans are celebrating the team’s entry into the College Football Playoffs, but you might offend them if you suggest the got in through the back door. The College Football Playoff is in its fourth season, and features the four best teams in college football as determined by a 13-member selection committee comprised of current […]

Oklahoma State vs. Va. Tech in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando

 

Oklahoma State’s bowl opponent has many ties to Oklahoma. The No. 17 ranked Cowboys (9-3) will play No. 22 Virginia Tech of Atlantic Coast Conference at 4:15 p.m. December 28 in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando Florida. Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, a native Tulsan who played at Union High School, began his college […]

After meeting with Tennessee, Gundy will stay at OSU

 

Coach Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State University. For now. With a wave of college coaches getting fired, Gundy and his remarkable record at OSU has drawn a lot of interest from big name schools. Former OSU head coach Pat Jones reported that Gundy was offered the job at Florida and there were reports […]

Oklahoma needs to win TCU rematch to make the playoff

    

There is a lot at stake in Saturday’s game between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 12 TCU in the Big 12 Championship game in Arlington, Texas. A win by OU (11-1, 8-1 in the Big 12) would virtually guarantee the Sooners a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff. The Big 12 was shut out […]

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 […]