Columns

11th commandment: ignore the first ten?

    

When I was growing up, my parents were very proud of me, but their expectations weren’t all that high. It’s a sad day when your parents throw you a “You Finally Graduated” party and are thrilled because you graduated in the top half of the bottom third of your class. There was a time when […]

Getting together for Thanksgiving can be a real challenge

    

Thanksgiving can be a challenge when your have family that lives on the other side of the country. The Biggs Family is pretty much located in Tulsa (except for one nephew who is studying at Northwestern University in Chicago). For us, Thanksgiving is almost always watching football, eating a great meal, visiting, watching more football, […]

American leaders refuse to see the dangers from Paris

    

How can I write about anything else after what happened in Paris last week? We are largely a country of good, compassionate people, but we are also a country that is for the most part able to see and understand what is going on more than our own leadership.  And it sickens us to think […]

Only in America

    

Later this month the United Nations Climate Change conference will get underway in Paris.  President Obama certainly will be heralded as a great visionary with his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Although two State Department studies concluded there was no negative environmental impact, the president alone killed the deal which would have employed 30,000 […]

Americans should be diligent to ensure sanctity of the ballot box

    

In many places around the nation, there is a coordinated move under way to defraud the legitimate voters by illegally registering tens of thousands, if not millions, of names on the registration rolls in numerous states.  The method takes on a number of forms, but in every case it seems that the ultimate goal is […]

If Bernie Sanders is giving away free stuff, here’s what I want

    

Sen. Bernie Sanders is a socialist and polls show that 25 percent of the Democrats want him to be president. He believes that rich people should no longer be rich but should be taxed heavily and the money given to poor people. His message is very popular – among poor people. Sanders wants to give […]

Private ownership is vital to maintaining a free society

    

We will soon be adopting a new zoning code in Tulsa, following the lead of many other cities in the United States and Europe.  Even before they have been adopted, I have heard of one project that has been cancelled because the developer’s plan for his property differed with the city’s idea of how it […]

Making Matters Worse

    

If you just arrived from Mars, you might want to know how things are going in Oklahoma.  On what fronts? During the good times, with the price of crude above $100 a barrel, things were great. Aerospace and aviation were also doing well and with agriculture prices up farmers and ranchers were buying new equipment.  […]

America needs to abolish the IRS and implement the Fair Tax

    

Some time ago there was a story in the Tulsa daily paper that was headlined: “Report: IRS refunded $4B to ID thieves.” This caught my eye, but the sub-heading went on to say: “Some of the fraudulent tax refunds went to addresses in other countries last year.” Writer credit was given to Stephen Ohlemacher of […]

Here’s when to use an exclamation point!

    

Today, I feel vindicated. I just read an article that the exclamation point was not put on a typewriter key until 1970. I graduated from high school in 1969. I think I have just figured out my problem. Mystery solved. In my formative years, how did I ever express my joys, my life, my dreams […]