Columns

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 […]

America must remain diligent when it comes to Islam

    

This is a particularly difficult subject to write about because it is so easy to cite prejudice as a motivator.  And it doesn’t matter that as I write this article today there has been yet another example of a Muslim mowing people down with a truck, following up with a knife attack, because these kinds […]

Competition of Ideas

    

On September 26, repeal and replacement of Obamacare sputtered to an end as four GOP senators indicated they would not support the Graham-Cassidy Bill. For the last seven years, Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare yet when it came to making the change they couldn’t do it.  They choked and took a knee. The bill by […]

Here are some OCPA suggestions to make up the state budget deficit

    

As mentioned previously, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma called a special session of the Legislature, which began September 25, ostensibly to cover an estimated revenue shortfall for the next fiscal year of $216 million. Also mentioned was that an email from OCPA (Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs), listed 11 items that could be altered or […]

My ‘forever home’ is not in this world

    

I think I’m going to have to stop watching Home and Garden TV. I do like the show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. (Those of us who have followed them for a long time just refer to them as Chip and JoJo.) But I need to stop watching the rest of the shows, […]

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 […]

This is a growing threat to our way of life in America

    

Americans are, by nature, a peace-loving people.  It is in our DNA to be compassionate and helpful to not only our own citizens, but people of other countries.  We are equally willing to send our own young people to die in wars to protect people in other countries and to send assistance and money to […]

Punishing Hard Work

    

Heather MacDonald wrote a very good article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Higher Ed’s Latest Taboo is Bourgeois Norms.” The latest taboo it seems are those norms that built our country like hard work, self-discipline, marriage and respect for authority. Last month, two law professors published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for […]

Special session was a clear result of a lack of legislative leadership

    

Because of the failure of the leadership of the Oklahoma  Legislature, with the cooperation of the office of governor, we are now facing having to fund a special session, called by the governor and convened on September 25. This is necessary because the Legislature did not follow the State Constitution, which the members should know […]

My family in Red River, New Mexico

    

Family. It is one of the most powerful words in the world. Depending on your past, it will stir your heart warmly or will cause you pain. The older I get, the more important family becomes. So today, I want to share with you what it means to me to be in a family. You […]