Charles Biggs

Publisher, Tulsa Beacon
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Presidential candidates have diverse religious backgrounds


Some people say religion and politics don’t mix. I do. So, I wanted to arm our readers with information about the Republicans and Democrats who are running (or about to run) for president. Some may surprise you. Republicans Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Bush converted from Episcopalianism to Roman Catholicism in 1995 and in 2004 […]

A trip to the supermarket proves America has inflation


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2014 has the same buying power as $99.94 in 2015. And get this – $100 in 2008 (the year Obama was elected) now has $109.89 in buying power. If you don’t believe me, look it uips on and search for the CPA Inflation Calculator. So, […]

Build lasting memories with family summertime vacations


When our kids were young, I worked for a company that gave me two weeks of paid vacation every year. My family lives in Tulsa and my wife’s folks now live in Orlando. They used to live in North Carolina. One week of vacation was usually reserved for Christmas. My in-laws lived on Lake Norman, […]

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 […]

Jim Stafford returns to Branson to celebrate his twenty-fifth season


BRANSON, Mo. – It took Jim Stafford 26 years to get in 25 years of entertaining in Branson. After a one-year hiatus in 2014, the affable singer/song writer/guitarist/comedian is back on stage in the heart of the Branson entertainment district. And his long-time fans are really glad. Stafford has consistently been one of the most […]

Summertime is a fantastic time to learn how to swim


Every child should learn how to swim. Actually, every child and adult should learn to swim. And this is a great time of year to start. I was about 7 years old when I went to the city pool at McClure Park at 11th Street and Memorial Drive with my brothers and my Uncle Clarence […]

Memorial Day should always be a special remembrance


Monday is Memorial Day. For most Americans, it’s just another three-day weekend. It signals the end of the spring semester and graduation for some. It means you have to get serious about lawn care and public swimming pools officially open.  Gas prices go up because of vacation travel and government-mandated gasoline blending. Teens start summer […]