Columns

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 […]

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 […]

Venezuela is an example of an unbalanced government

    

This past Sunday, September 17, passed nearly unnoticed as Constitution Day, the day that our Constitution was signed in 1787 by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Americans take our Constitution for granted, and an increasing number view it with indifference, or even worse, hostility.  No other country has  one that is like ours […]

Where Is Inflation?

    

The Wall Street Journal reports that the world’s largest economies are chalking up stronger growth. But the puzzle is, where is inflation? The U.S. economy grew at an annualized 3 percent in the second quarter and many experts expect the growth to reach 4 percent in the fourth quarter.  Yet, consumer price inflation advanced only […]

Here are just some of the big problems with cellphones

    

People don’t believe me when I tell them I don’t carry a cellphone but it’s true. I worked in Denver for six months back in 2000-2001 and I had a cellphone back then because it was a temporary assignment and I didn’t want to pay to have a phone installed where I lived. But I […]

Hurricane Irma is a test for Florida’s building standards

    

One of the news videos I clearly remember from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston was that of two homes, neither of which had been flooded, but one was completely intact and just a few feet away, the other was completely demolished. We are used to seeing  images like that in Oklahoma after a […]

It’s Right in Front of Your Nose

    

You may have seen the article about Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist taking time to again teach a third-grade class.  The plan was not only to get back to the classroom, but also to emphasize vacant teaching positions.  As the Tulsa World reported, the opportunity for Gist to teach likely wouldn’t have presented itself […]

Some of the most outspoken critics of Republicans are Republicans

    

It is most disgusting to me that we should be subjected to a continuous barrage of mean-mouthed, sometimes downright vile and usually blatantly untrue pontifications from the mouths of the leaders of the Democrat Party and congressional leaders of both parties. Senate Pro-Tem Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, reportedly said that there is serious question about the […]

A true perspective about Robert E. Lee

    

When President Abraham Lincoln learned of the firing on Fort Sumter by P.G.T. Beauregard and the inchoate Confederate army, he issued a call for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion.  The reason he gave? To preserve the Union.  He said nothing about the war being fought to end slavery.  In fact, going back to […]