Columns

Who is this guy who looks like Dad?

    

While spending an unexpected night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my oldest son, I had a lot of time to think. I used this time to reflect on what I would do differently if I could start the parenting journey all over again. I know we can’t live in the past, but […]

Global warming is not the real crisis

      

The public is being told by politicians, bureaucrats, and activists that global warming will cause more extreme weather. Yet both the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) have said the exact opposite. In 2012, the IPCC said that a relationship between global warming and […]

More gun control is not the answer

    

The Gun Control advocates are at it again, continuing to push their agenda to erode our Second Amendment rights with every tragic mass-shooting that occurs in our country. We are all deeply saddened when there is even one life lost in these deeply troubling events. But we must not allow our emotions to override our […]

Should the age of a presidential candidate make a difference?

    

Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he took office as president of the United States in 1981 and 77 when he left. Reagan was 56 when became governor of California in 1967 and he was 64 when he left that post in 1975. Reagan ran for president in 1976 against President Gerald Ford, who […]

The Islamic takeover of Europe is coming to America

    

In a recent editorial in the online version of Architect magazine entitled Freedom of Worship, A growing demand for mosques brings NIMBYism in Europe to a whole new level, the writer brought home more evidence that Europe is being inundated with Islam: “Remember the explosive debate in 2010-2011over the so-called ‘Ground Zero Mosque’?  That was […]

Inside Out

    

The week began with more pessimistic news concerning America’s labor participation rate.  Don’t get caught in believing the economy is improving because it’s not.  Just 62.4 percent of civilian Americans 16 and older were working or looking for work.  This has caused the jobless rate to drop to 5.1 percent. But, who would not count […]

Minority protests by Muslims are not very worthwhile in substance

    

Frankly, it is offensive to me to hear from and read about some self-appointed leaders of these “minority groups” rant and rave about how it is so terrible what some of the Republican presidential candidates have said about them – particularly the way they manage to misrepresent and falsely state what the speaker has said. […]

Keep vehicle taxes where they belong

    

A legislative body is much like a “choir.”  It is made up of many “voices” and those voices need to be heard.  If not, you just have “soloists” and that doesn’t help the deliberative process that Oklahoma’s state government should have. I have learned to appreciate that process as House Majority Caucus chairman.  With so […]

NFL Internet gambling and Oklahoma casinos wreck lives

    

People used to watch NFL games because they liked football. Now, it seems people watch the NFL exclusively to gamble. You can’t turn on any pro football game now and not see a rash of commercials for Internet gambling sites. They show happy “football fans” who spend $35 and turn it into two million dollars. […]

Here to Stay Because We Need Him

    

The New York Times reported that Donald Trump sees a major collapse in the Republican campaign and a depression for the television industry should he prematurely exit the presidential race. According to Mr. Trump, a presidential campaign without him would be so “boring” that no one would watch.  He also said, “I have made Fox […]