News

Family Research Council Values Bus stops at ORU

 

The Family Research Council Action Values Bus is driving coast to coast to encourage and equip voters to vote their values on November 8. Launched by FRC Action and Concerned Women for America, the Values Bus Tour helps inform citizens in key states and communities across America. The Values Bus will cover over 20 states […]

Defenders of Liberty winners announced

 

Tulsa Beacon columnist Randy Bright was given the Thomas Paine Award Saturday night as part of the 2016 Defenders of Liberty Grassroots Activism Awards. Bill Bickerstaff, the husband of Tulsa Beacon proof editor Cathy Bickerstaff was given the James Madison Award. Here is a list of the award winners of the fourth annual event, which […]

AG Pruitt joins 20 states against new overtime changes

 

Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Oklahoma along with 20 other states filed a complaint in federal court challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. If implemented, the new rule (without congressional approval) will more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers. The impact for businesses and state […]

Trade deal with South Korea

 

On September 8, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with officials from the South Korean province of South Gyeongsang. The signing took place in Changwon, South Korea, with a small delegation, including a representative from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce joining Secretary Benge. The agreement is the result of […]

Bridenstine promotes weather enhancement program

 

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, along with U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, congratulated Spire, Inc., a private sector weather company, on earning the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first contract […]

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Opinion

Editorial: Re-elect Rep. David Brumbaugh

 

State Rep. David Brumbaugh is one of the most effective and conservative lawmakers from one of the most conservative districts in Oklahoma, if not America. Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, is a successful small businessman who entered politics to be a public servant and a citizen legislator. His business background plus his background as a school board […]

Editorial: Progressive tyranny by the NCAA

 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is punishing the State of North Carolina for its refusal to bow to radical homosexuality. The NCAA announced it will move seven championship events this year from North Carolina because of a new state law that prohibits men dressed as women from entering public restrooms. The idea is for the […]

Letter to the editor: Obama wants a one-world government

    

EndTime Ministries reports that President Obama was promoting the idea of a one-world government in his speech to the United Nations this month.  Here are some excerpts from Obama’s speech: “I believe America has been a rare superpower in human history insofar as it has been willing to think beyond narrow self-interest; that while we’ve […]

Letter to the editor: Playing the race card

    

On a recent afternoon, I was driving south on Memorial Drive at 2 p.m. By the curb, I saw a black man harassing a black woman and she is fighting him. Normally, I would have picked up my cell phone and reported this to the Tulsa police. However, based on the news of the day, […]

Editorial: School boards set teacher salaries

 

State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister thinks that the Republican-led Legislature decides teacher salaries. That simply isn’t true. Local school boards set teacher pay. State statute sets a minimum salary for teachers but apart from that, lawmakers don’t determine how much public school teachers make. Hofmeister, a registered Republican, constantly joins the liberal news media (particularly […]

Columns

Cucumbers were the big winners in our summer garden

    

Well, we had mixed results in our summer garden this year. Having a garden motivates us to go into the backyard every day and putter around. It gets us outside when we probably would prefer just sitting inside with the air conditioning. And it is exciting to see something grow. Every year, we try some […]

Danger for churches is increasing in the United States

    

In my last two articles, I have discussed how the left has eagerly and purposely attempted (and for the most part succeeded) in blaming many social problems on conservatives, and more specifically, on Christians.  These problems, according to the Civil Rights Commission,  include racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and Christian Supremacy. It is not difficult to […]

Not the Same Party

    

I have marveled for years how the Wall Street Journal can put together such a fine newspaper on a daily basis.  If you don’t read it you should. On September 22, Andrew Stein, a prominent New York Democrat who served in elective positions for over 25 years, wrote an excellent article entitled, “Party Loyalty Can’t […]

The late Phyllis Schlafly was a big proponent of the Constitution

    

According to my copy of the U.S. Constitution, as published by Hillsdale College, the Convention of the new “united States of America” agreed by “Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven to take effect ‘upon Ratification of the […]

Man’s insurances vs. God’s assurance

    

In a week I will turn 65. I heard that in Scrabble, the word “sixty-five” is only 25. I look forward to getting older, because the alternative is quite gloomy. But in this journey of turning 65, I had to sign up for Medicare. It was like going back to kindergarten and learning my ABC’s […]

Sports

TU has historic comeback win; Arnold Palmer passes

    

All I can say is, “Too bad this wasn’t a home game for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.” Tulsa’s football team scored its biggest come-from-behind victory in school history. After being down 31-0 in the second quarter, the Golden Hurricane came back to beat Fresno State, 48-41 in double overtime. “What a game! We spot them […]

OU faces TCU as defeats mount for college heavyweights

 

What do Oklahoma, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Missouri, LSU, Auburn, Mississippi and BYU all have in common? With just a month gone in the college football season, all of these traditional football powerhouses have lost at least two games and none have a winning record. BYU, Notre Dame, which fired its defensive […]

OSU mistakes prove costly; Pokes host Texas Saturday

 

A failure to convert on fourth down and a fumble on the one-yard line proved costly to Oklahoma State as the Cowboys were inches away from upsetting Baylor Saturday. OSU lost 24-35 to the Bears after Baylor recovered a fumble late in the game and drove the length of the field for a touchdown.  OSU […]

Tulsa crushes North Carolina A&T; Fresno State is next

 

Turnovers by North Carolina A&T and some great play by the Tulsa defense characterized the first half of the game on Saturday as the Golden Hurricane cruised to a 58-21 win over the Aggies. There were 16,111 fans in attendance on what was a beautiful afternoon at H.A. Chapman Stadium. “I thought really another good […]

OSU heads to Baylor in an early, crucial Big 12 game

 

Baylor upset previously unbeaten Oklahoma State last season and knocked the Cowboys out of a shot at the Big 12 title and a crack at the national playoff. The stakes are a bit lower this season as unranked OSU (2-1) travels to No. 16 Baylor in a key Big 12 battle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. […]

Entertainment

Fun, fun, fun at Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Every trip to Silver Dollar involves a wonderful new discovery. Just 200 miles from Tulsa, Silver Dollar City is a great destination for a weekend trip from Oklahoma. Where else can you get a taste of the Ozarks, top-notch entertainment, rides for the kids, handmade crafts and lots of fun for all […]

Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise is a delight

    

BRANSON, Mo. – It takes a lot of energy to spin the paddlewheels that propel the Showboat Branson Belle. But you could argue that there is even more energy in the Celebrate! on stage of the boat billed as “America’s Most Entertaining Dinner Cruise.” The 700-seat Mark-Twain-style Showboat Branson Belle was built on the shore […]

Surprises galore at Hamner’s Variety Show

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Watching this show, you keep asking yourself, “How did they do that?” and “That is hard to believe.” Maybe that’s where they got the name for Hamner’s Unbelievable Variety Show. In a wonderful theater on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway (away from the traffic of Highway 76), illusionist Dave Hamner and his […]

Expanded attractions await visitors to Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City has never lacked for rides, entertainment and culture. Now it has even more. Families have no worries here about the wholesome nature of Silver Dollar City – and the great fun during the Star Spangled Summer of 2015. This year, Silver Dollar City opened Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million […]

SIX is an energetic show that reaches across generations

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Nobody falls asleep when Six is on stage. The six Knudsen brothers’ show is nearly two hours of incredible singing, infectious comedy and pure energy. But no musical instruments. You have to see this show to believe it. Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen sing, dance, make funny comments and […]