First Drillers’ game Downtown draws mixed reactions


I went to see a Drillers game downtown for the first time this month and overall, it was a good experience. Some men from my Sunday school class decided to buy tickets for a Friday night game and I went along. As a boy, I went to many baseball games at the old Oiler Park, […]

London fire shows density can have a terrible price tag


As I write this article, firefighters are still sifting through the remains of the Grenfell Tower in London, searching for 58 people who are still missing from the 24-story apartment building that was completely engulfed in flames.  Nineteen people were hospitalized – ten of whom were listed in critical condition.  Due to the severity of […]

Dealing in Grace


A recent New York Times Sunday edition wrote an article about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  The article was entitled, “For Insight into the Secretary of Education’s View, View Her Education.” The column written by Erica Green centers on Holland Michigan’s Christian High School where Ms. DeVos graduated in 1975. Holland Christian is one of several […]

Parenting disputes should be settled in a manner to help the children


A recent news story in the daily paper (print) stated that the Osage Nation Tribe had won a round in their charges against the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) regarding the invasion of their tribal allotment lands, now labeled Osage County, by wind-energy operators. Of course, the space limitations on this writer would not allow […]

A wedding at the end of a trip to Utopia


Earlier this month, I had a special wedding to attend. I guess all weddings are special, but not to me. This one was, though. Two of our Awe Star missionaries, Amy Web and Justin Armbrister, were getting married. Not only have the bride and groom served with us, but the father of the bride has […]

State revenues should be called revenues


At the recent Wagoner County Republican Fish Fry, Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University was the keynote speaker.  This is a portion of what he said; “Words do mean something. They have definitions. As thinking, moral agents, we intuitively know, for example, what the definition of ‘is’ is, and we also know that changing […]

Fracking actually helps the environment


Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health. Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels. For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into […]

Lincoln Riley has big shoes to fill as Bob Stoops retires


When I read that Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops had purchased a $2.5 million home in Chicago earlier this year, I wondered if that was a prelude to an early retirement. I can’t say I predicted that because I didn’t relate those thoughts to anyone. But when OU gave Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley a huge […]

‘Intelligent urbanism’ raises a whole host of suspicions


Years ago, in the early 90’s, there was a term for the condition that President Trump addressed in his June 9 speech: The Third Deficit. It was called the Third Deficit then because the first two were already taken: one was the budget deficit and the second one was the trade deficit.  The Third Deficit […]

The Numbers Don’t Add Up


Today more and more people are critically looking at the cost of a four-year degree and wondering if it’s worth it. In early June, Richard Vetter and Justin Strehle wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Diminishing Returns of a College Degree.”   The article starts by saying in 1775, only 721 students […]