Columns

7 things found only at grandma’s house

    

As I wrote about my grandmother’s cooking last week, I got to thinking about her house. I loved going to both my grandmothers’ homes. They lived about an hour away from us, and each weekend we would visit. When the summer came, I spent extended time there.  As I was reminiscing, it dawned upon me […]

Legal plunder from the public purse

    

Is it a core function of our state government to pay for museums, especially in challenging economic times? Consider this – Oklahoma has just gone through one of the most trying budget times in its history. Legislators were greeted (almost from day one) with a $611 million dollar budget deficit gap to fill due to […]

Here are your twenty-one easy ways to lose your money

    

After 50 years of helping people solve business and personal problems, I have discovered a few ways to lose one’s hard-earned money. Listen carefully for these phrases and your objective of losing money will soon be attained. “This opportunity is available for only a short time…” “You have been selected as a winner of a […]

Summertime is a fantastic time to learn how to swim

    

Every child should learn how to swim. Actually, every child and adult should learn to swim. And this is a great time of year to start. I was about 7 years old when I went to the city pool at McClure Park at 11th Street and Memorial Drive with my brothers and my Uncle Clarence […]

Tulsa’s new zoning code should not be restricting churches

    

This is an article I wrote for the July 2, 2009, issue of the Tulsa Beacon regarding the conclusion of the PlaniTulsa comprehensive planning done by the urban planning consultant John Fregonese, and the initiation of the re-writing of the new Tulsa Zoning Code. As I continue my study of the new zoning code draft […]

Unexpectedly, Really?

    

As Bloomburg reported, consumer confidence “unexpectedly” fell in May by the most in more than two years.  Americans seemed worried on all fronts. The University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment dropped from 95.9 to 88.6 in May.  The resulting outcome was lower than “the lowest estimate of 68 economists surveyed.” A stalled U.S. economy […]

Bad decisions by federal judges are hurting America’s industry

    

An Associated Press story appeared on May 16 in the Tulsa daily paper which was headlined: “Judges’ rulings a setback for coal mines.” It carried a sub- headline of: “Agency is told to review how burning coal impacts global warming.”It struck me from the wording of the two headings that the writers had bought into […]

Evangelism adventure was ‘in tents’

    

You know the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him tap dance”? That’s how I felt when I was approached by a traveling evangelist to join his team. Before we had TV, every community had some type of tent meeting when a famous evangelist came to town to […]

Obama is wrong on ‘climate change’

      

President Barack Obama’s approach to climate change is based on an acceptance of the conclusions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Perhaps the most widely cited of these conclusions are those of the 2013 IPCC report which stated: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal” “Human influence on the climate system […]

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 […]