Columns

Memorial Day should always be a special remembrance

    

Monday is Memorial Day. For most Americans, it’s just another three-day weekend. It signals the end of the spring semester and graduation for some. It means you have to get serious about lawn care and public swimming pools officially open.  Gas prices go up because of vacation travel and government-mandated gasoline blending. Teens start summer […]

Questions remain about Tulsa’s proposed zoning code

    

Last week was the beginning of what will be a series of articles regarding Tulsa’s new proposed zoning code. I attended a meeting held by Kirk Bishop of Duncan Associates, the consultant who has written the new code, and who has been holding public forum meetings to present it. The meeting I attended was hosted […]

If the Legislature Won’t, Business Must

    

The State Chamber just sent to its members two reports from the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative. The two reports are entitled, “Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform” and “Oklahoma Education at a Crossroads.” To the casual observer, it would seem the State Chamber publishes its alarming statics each year without achieving any tangible results.  The […]

Transporting oil by pipeline is safer than using trains or trucks

    

On May 6, there were radio and TV news reports of another oil unit train being derailed with a resulting fire that caused the evacuation of a small North Dakota town. First reports indicated that a number of cars were burning, but later reports pared the actual number of cars involved in the fire to […]

Happiness – even without the yogurt

    

I am probably the only guy who has ever gained four pounds from eating fat-free yogurt. While most people have what they call a sweet tooth, I have been cursed with something called a sweet body. I blame my craving for sweets on my grandmother. She could make cookies, cakes and pies that caused you […]