Columns

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 […]

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 […]