A trip to the supermarket proves America has inflation


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2014 has the same buying power as $99.94 in 2015. And get this – $100 in 2008 (the year Obama was elected) now has $109.89 in buying power. If you don’t believe me, look it uips on and search for the CPA Inflation Calculator. So, […]

Tulsa’s new zoning code could affect agricultural space


In last week’s article regarding my study of the Public Review Draft of the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code, I alluded to the fact that I believed that it contains an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Wikipedia defines a UGB as “a regional boundary, set in an attempt to control urban sprawl by mandating that the area […]

Voting With Your Feet


On June 2, William McGurn wrote an excellent article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Best Poverty Cure:  Escape from Baltimore.” The common sense of his article is that for those trapped in poverty the best option is to find another city “to call home.” The same point can be made for anyone looking for […]

Here is the real reason why we should celebrate Memorial Day


As this is being composed, it is shortly after noon on the Congressionally designated day for the observation of Memorial Day, on the fourth Monday of May.  This day was originated as being, and for many decades was, on May 30 and set aside to pay honor to those thousands who picked up arms and […]

Happy Father’s Day to crazy old men


I have spent the last few days traveling with one of my three younger brothers. We haven’t taken a trip together since we were teenagers. This time, I’m hanging out with my oldest younger brother. Our family is very proud of him; he graduated in the top half of the bottom third of his high […]

Oklahoma deserves better than this


While I am not a big fan of his, I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said – when describing hypocrisy . . .  “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” I think that statement captures what the Legislature has done with the budget this last year and […]

Build lasting memories with family summertime vacations


When our kids were young, I worked for a company that gave me two weeks of paid vacation every year. My family lives in Tulsa and my wife’s folks now live in Orlando. They used to live in North Carolina. One week of vacation was usually reserved for Christmas. My in-laws lived on Lake Norman, […]

Will Tulsa’s new zoning code offer more or fewer options?


As I have continued to study the Public Review Draft of the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code Update, I have become very concerned about one thing in particular as it relates not only to possible church development in Tulsa, but other commercial and mixed use developments as well. The Public Review Draft is available on the […]

The ‘Toyota Effect’


That was the story line of an article by Steve Brown, real estate editor for the Dallas Morning News. The report began by saying, “One of the last empty corners in Legacy Business Park on the Dallas North Tollway is attracting development plans.” Stream Realty Partners is beginning a new 12-story office tower which is […]

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 […]