Charles Biggs

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Now is the time to get serious about your backyard garden

    

It’s time to get serious about a backyard garden. We have a spot in a corner of our spacious backyard that is our primary garden. In years past, we have planted every inch with everything from corn (that didn’t work) to jalapeno peppers to carrots and sweet potatoes. We got peppers but they weren’t too […]

James Lankford helps make changes in Washington, D.C.

    

U.S. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, has to be one of the busiest lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Lankford serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and others. That’s a lot to say grace over. The […]

We don’t see television shows like The Rifleman anymore

    

One of my favorite shows growing up was The Rifleman, starring the late Chuck Connors. It was set in the Old West and every episode was a morality play. The good guys always won. Filmed in black and white, The Rifleman had a five-year run on ABC that began in 1958. The setting was a […]

NFL, NBA, NCAA want to dictate law to lawmakers

    

The National Basketball League wants to determine who can use what bathroom in North Carolina and the National Football League wants to do the same in Texas. The liberal lawyers and teams owners in these sports leagues apparently fancy themselves to be state legislators. The NBA was so made at North Carolina that they moved […]

The only way to avoid driving on Tulsa’s bumpy streets

    

What’s the best way to travel in Tulsa? By helicopter. That’s because so many major streets are torn up. Instead of concentrating on a handful of projects and finishing them quickly, city leaders have a habit of starting projects all over the city and taking their own sweet time in getting them done. They obviously […]

Who runs Oklahoma’s turnpikes and what can we do?

    

Turnpike tolls are going up in Oklahoma because the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is borrowing millions and millions of dollars to spend. Who benefits from toll roads? There is a an argument that toll roads are good because they are “user pay.” In other words, if you don’t want to pay the tolls, don’t go on […]

We usually don’t get too much snowfall in Tulsa winters

    

According to records, Tulsa’s record amount of snowfall for a season was the winter of 2010-11 when we got an amazing 26.1 inches of snow. A year later in the winter of 2011-12, we got the 10th least amount of snow on record with 1.7 inches. We live in that part of the country where […]

Open borders and illegal immigration hurt the United States

    

The records I have seen seem to indicate that the Biggs Family came to America from England. That was probably 200-300 years ago. I know my family has roots that go back to Tennessee and Arkansas. My paternal grandparents are buried near Greenbriar, Arkansas. My mother’s family, the Rogers, were from West Virginia. I don’t […]

Valentines Day means flowers, candy, a card and dinner

    

When I was a youth, on Valentines Day you gave your girlfriend red roses, a heart-shaped box of candy, a card and dinner at a nice restaurant. After 34-plus years of marriage, I still want to make Valentines Day special for my wonderful wife and that usually means flowers, candy, a romantic card and dinner […]

Book paints a portrait of Oklahoma

    

“The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People,” Volume One: Ancient – Statehood By John J. Dwyer Red River Press, $49.95 This book is an important work and should be mandatory reading for every student before they graduate from public schools in Oklahoma. This historical work begins its coverage in ancient Oklahoma, including early […]