News

Even with an $18,000,000.00 increase, DHS will cut programs for kids, adults

 

Despite getting an additional $18,000,000.00, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is cutting services in an effort to get $30,000,000.00 more in state funds in the next fiscal year. State Rep. Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa, said he was disgusted by a press release by the DHS because it made it look like the agency had been […]

State tax revenues reveal the economy is turning the corner

 

The financial picture for Oklahoma state government is turning the corner as evidenced by the June statement – the best report since 2014. State Treasurer Ken Miller reported that at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Oklahoma is experiencing a six-month pattern of recovery. With recessions typically defined as two or more consecutive quarters […]

Teacher of the Year finalists include Tulsa area teachers

 

Three teachers from Broken Arrow, Jenks and Sand Springs are some of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will announce the winner September 19 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The nominees in the Tulsa area are: Donna Gradel teaches science at Broken […]

STDs are rising in Tulsa and OKC

 

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are rising in parts of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports the highest concentration of reported STDs on the city’s east side. Cases of chlamydia in Oklahoma County are 70 percent higher than national averages. And officials think those cases are underreported. Chlamydia can […]

Speaker McCall approves 63 interim legislative studies

 

House Speaker Charles McCall approved dozens of interim studies requested by lawmakers and assigned them to House committees. Speaker McCall approved 63 interim studies after receiving 136 study requests from members. Thirty two requests were either withdrawn by the requester or unapproved and many others were combined. The approved studies will cover a range of […]

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Opinion

Editorial: Trump stands up to liberal media

 

President Donald Trump doesn’t act according to the wishes of the liberal news media. For decades, national media outlets including NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS and local media including the Tulsa World, most TV stations and some radio stations, have tried to impose a politically correct standard on Republican presidents. The same strict code […]

Editorial: Public schools need Bible studies

 

Kentucky has passed a law that allows Bible studies in public schools. According to the First Amendment, such a law should not be necessary but liberals, progressives, atheists, secularists and others have persuaded activists judges to intimidate public school administrators into banning study of the Bible, the most important book in human history. Kentucky Gov. […]

Editorial: Wind farms hamper the military

 

Here’s another problem with wind farms. They are too tall. They are so tall, in fact, that they interfere with military aviation training with bases in Oklahoma. State Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, sponsored Senate Bill 477 in the legislative session but it was put on hold. That bill would have […]

Letter to the editor: Baby fighting for his life in England

    

In London there is a little 11-month-old baby named Charlie Gard fighting to live . . . but the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is being treated, wants to pull the plug on Charlie’s life-support system and let little Charlie die. Sadly, the British government’s single-payer healthcare system bureaucracy supports the hospital’s decision to […]

Letter to the editor: States’ rights

    

As I understand it, big corporations need chief executive officers (presidents). They do not choose up sides and divide into parties and campaign for the office. They do not have everyone (from the elevator operator on up) vote for the new CEO. Corporations choose a hiring committee which can take the time for a careful […]

Columns

Rollercoasters make emotions go up and down, up and down

    

I was never a big fan of rollercoasters when I was growing up. I did enjoy going on Zingo, the famous Tulsa rollercoaster that was on the Fairgrounds as part of Bell’s Amusement Park. Bell’s is no longer in business and it’s a shame that more and more people don’t remember that family amusement park. […]

Incredibly Weak Men

    

Mona Charen, one of the better conservative writers, just wrote an excellent piece entitled, “GOP was Bluffing on Health Reforms.” Ms. Charen starts off with how we have the answer to the question:  Why did not the Republicans have a repeal and replace plan for Obamacare?  Obamacare was passed in 2010 and the leadership had […]

Incredibly Weak Men

    

Mona Charen, one of the better conservative writers, just wrote an excellent piece entitled, “GOP was Bluffing on Health Reforms.” Ms. Charen starts off with how we have the answer to the question:  Why did not the Republicans have a repeal and replace plan for Obamacare?  Obamacare was passed in 2010 and the leadership had […]

Purposeful playing with my grandsons

    

Since the birth of Titus the Honorable, I have become more childlike. Yes, I am the old man stepping carefully through our backyard, wearing a bandanna and carrying a water gun. My 3 ½-year-old grandson and I are on the lookout for predators. Of course, he is much more adept at seeing the tigers, snakes […]

Summer is not that hot if you don’t sweat a whole bunch

    

I think the hottest I have ever been was in summer camp near Ruston, Louisiana, in the middle of summer. There used to be an organization called Bible Memory Association (BMA). BMA was great. Kids and adults got books filled with Bible verses that you were supposed to memorize. Every kid had an adult (usually […]

Sports

Prammanasudh chosen for TU HofF

    

Former University of Tulsa golfer Stacy Prammanasudh, will join an illustrious class of inductees into the TU Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Other inductees will be Ed Dubie (football, baseball, track  and basketball, 1928-31), David Smoot (men’s track and field, 1960-63), Wes Hamilton (football, 1971-75), Lauren Lindsay (softball, 2007-10), and the 1982 TU football […]

OU, OSU and TU football players make preseason lists

 

University of Tulsa senior D’Angelo Brewer, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and offensive lineman Orlando Brown plus Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington were named to the 2017 Maxwell Award Watch List, it was announced by the Maxwell Football Club. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has […]

OU to head ‘down under’

 

The University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team will make a 12-day trip this summer to New Zealand and Australia with four games of international competition in preparation for the 2017-18 season. The Sooners will depart on August 3 and return on August 14. Oklahoma opens its trip in Auckland, New Zealand, against New Zealand Select […]

Clippers get Jawun Evans

 

The Los Angeles Clippers have officially acquired the rights to Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans for cash from the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers chose Evans in the second round with the 39th pick in the NBA draft in June and then agreed to trade him to the Clippers for compensation. Evans, a 6-foot point guard, […]

OU athletics makes money

 

Oklahoma athletics are making a profit. USA Today Sports reported on the 2015-16 finances for NCAA Division I programs and OU athletics was ranked at No. 6 in revenue. Oklahoma earned $150,373,216 in total revenue that year, up from $134,269,349 the previous year. OU’s expenses were $127.4 million. The biggest increase was in contributions. From […]

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. […]

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 […]