Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Business Owners Seek Change of Direction for Country

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Business Owners Seek Change of Direction for Country

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Watching the election results, Jack and Carol Selby joked that they will need to begin taking tranquilizers if Barack Obama is re- elected.

"All the taxes and 'Obamacare,'" Jack Selby said, referring to the health care law passed last year and federal income taxes that are slated to rise on Jan. 1. "For a small business, we are looking at a big hit. We are an "S" corporation and I personally have to pay taxes on our profits."

The couple, who are in the mid-60s, have been small business owners for 29 years, operating the Bixby Funeral Service.

"We'll have the TV on until 10:30 or 11 and then we'll leave it in Jesus' hands," Jack said, with a chuckle.

Jack Selby graduated from Bixby High School in 1966. He worked for a local funeral home a decade before launching out on his own on Aug. 1, 1983.

Today, however, he is worried how the economy affects the families who come to his business.

"People are cutting back on traditional funerals," Jack Selby said. "They are going to cremation and while that is cheaper in the short term, there is a burden people carry as they are not able to properly grieve."

It is important that families be together to help cope with a loss, he said.

"If there is no service and no coming together, people just are not able to process that grief," Jack Selby said.

He said the trend toward cremation is partly due to practices started in California.

"So many of our trends start there and move east," Jack Selby said. "For years, people lived on the farm and died on the farm. Society is changing. We are seeing an erosion of our traditional values. They are not as important as they once were."

Carol Selby finds it difficult to comprehend how anyone can vote for Obama after the past four years.

"We in Oklahoma will vote for Romney," Carol Selby said, referring to 2008 when all 77 counties voted for John McCain. …

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