Columns

A really fun cruise down to Honduras, Belize and Cozumel

    

Bienvenidos from Mexico, Honduras and Belize. On Christmas Eve, our family boarded the Carnival Freedom and set sail on a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean. It was a lot of fun. Normally, we couldn’t afford for six of us to take a week-long cruise but we have cruised with Carnival before and got a discounted […]

Why is Justice Dept. suddenly interested in the RLUIPA?

    

On December 15 of last year, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter out to state, county and municipal officials all over the country reminding them of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Ironically, it was just before the presidential election in 2008 that I received […]

News or Fake News?

    

It was again reported that state revenues missed the mark. Revenues in December were down 12 percent. It was the ninth time in 2016 that general revenue receipts “fell short of the target.” When added all together, Oklahoma faces a $900 million budget hole which will trigger automatic spending cuts. Individual income tax receipts and […]

We still have a lot to learn about what causes local earthquakes

    

It seems that almost everyone involved in any way with government has an opinion on the sudden rise in earthquakes – in numbers and now intensity – in Oklahoma. Although not involved in government in any way (except for paying the excessive taxes to support the bloated bureaucracy in all levels of government, even down […]

Speed bumps, honking horns and Red Rover

    

I’ve concluded drivers’ training is a U.S.-only thing. That’s because I’ve traveled the world as a missionary and have driven in most of the countries where I’ve served. If you aren’t close to Jesus, you will be within a mile of taking the wheel in another country. Just last week, I was driving a team […]

As Obama exits, Americans finally have a genuine hope

    

There is a renewed hope for America. First Lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey that America has lost hope due to the election of Donald Trump as president (she didn’t mention his name but it was obvious who she was talking about). This is the same Michelle Obama who said she was never proud of […]

Obama’s anti-Israel bias has been around for many years

    

Secretary of State John Kerry’s disgraceful anti-Israel speech recently belies the anti-Israel sentiment that is prevalent in the Obama administration, especially Obama himself. Kerry’s insistence on a two-state solution without requiring the acceptance of Israel’s right to exist by the Palestinians and his insistence that Israel reduce its borders to where they were before the […]

Change Can’t Come Fast Enough

    

Although the U.S. economy continues to limp along, consumer confidence has hit its highest level since 2001. This index reflects newfound optimism after election of Donald Trump. Regardless of factory orders tumbling 2.4 percent in November when economists thought it would rise by 2.3 percent, consumer confidence index jumped to 113.7 from a revised 109.4 […]

President-elect Trump seems like he will keep his promises

    

From my point of view, it appears that President-elect Trump is already acting on some of the items contained in his Contract With America issued last month (shades of Newt Gingrich in 1994 – which is credited for a major takeover of majority in the House of Congress). When that group of promises made by […]

Lessons from Maria and mountain man

    

Sometimes is the smallest things that moves me the most. I just came back yesterday from Mexico where I was serving with 22 missionaries as we went about evangelizing. When I first started, I worked there in the garbage dumps of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Families would come from all over Mexico trying to get a […]