Charles Biggs

Publisher, Tulsa Beacon
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Unlike years ago, Halloween is a dark holiday these days


Here is what Halloween’s become in America. First, it’s about selling candy. When our kids were little, they would wind up with a huge bag of candy – way more than they should eat for weeks. Sometimes we tried to solve this problem by buying the candy and then either giving it away at work […]

When natural disasters strike, it’s good to be prepared


With all of the recent earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, ice storms, snowstorms, tsunamis and drought, it pays to be prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publishes a 200-page booklet on how to prepare for certain natural disasters. In the past 20 years, our family has dealt with a terrible ice storm, a horrendous […]

No. 9 OU defeats unranked Texas; KSU road trip is next


No. 9 Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said everyone plays their best against the Sooners. That was the case in the Cotton Bowl last Saturday when the unranked Texas Longhorns (3-3, 2-1 in the Big 12) battled back from a deficit to take the lead late but still fell to the Sooners, 29-24, in the Red […]

The Emmys showed how rotten network TV has become


I watch less TV these days and there is a good reason. It stinks. No prime time network shows are worth watching. There are some good shows on certain cable channels and there are a handful of reality TV shows that are decent. Most of my TV time is spent on football or an occasional […]

OU’s hopes for the season are on the line against Texas


NORMAN – No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 in the Big 12) faces unranked Texas (3-2, 2-) in a critical matchup for the Sooners if they want to win the conference and have a shot at the playoff. The Sooners, heavy favorites at home, lost to Iowa State 31-38 Saturday while the Longhorns struggled to beat […]

The NFL and NBA are losing fans over their protests


Most of the bigwigs from the National Football League and the National Basketball Association are disrespecting the U.S. flag and our military because they don’t like President Donald Trump. On September 24, more than 100 NFL players took a knee or stayed in the locker room during the ceremonial playing of the national anthem. These […]

Everyone will pay for the aftermath of these hurricanes


Everyone in America is going to suffer financially because of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Some think that almost half a million cars were flooded in Texas and most are beyond repair. Many will be salvaged for parts but some will make their way across the country and into the hands […]

America needs a ‘Lewis Awakening’


What must be done when a nation, like the United States, turns its back against God and falls into apostasy? Is there hope for a great re-awakening? The answer seems to be yes if you study the Lewis Awakening (1949-1953) on the Island of Lewis. This was chronicled by the Rev. Duncan Campbell in The […]

Young running backs help OU slide past pesky Baylor


Who said it was impossible for Oklahoma to replace Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon? No one apparently told OU running backs Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon. Adams carried for 164 yards and Sermon added 148 yards last Saturday as the No. 3 Sooners effectively came alive with their rushing attack and held off pesky Baylor […]

Mixed results from the backyard garden this summer


Now that spring has sprung and fall has fell, it is time for our backyard garden update. We sort of cut back this summer for several reasons. First, our daughter got married in August, so we anticipated marital activities might draw us away from a big garden. We were right. I planted three varieties of […]