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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 17, 2018 

Can first responders find your house?

I've written several columns over the years telling people they need to drive by their own homes to see what enticing items may be in plain view for a thief to steal. Most thieves are lazy and like...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 17, 2018 

Poll workers have key jobs in elections

We agree that poll workers in Escambia County (Ala.) deserve a raise. Roger Williamson approached the county commission Monday asking for a $50 across-the-board raise for the nearly 150 to 160 poll workers who work the polls on election day....

 

Standing ovation for teachers

Teachers hardly get the credit they deserve for the challenging jobs they do every day. Not only do they educate our children, but teachers also provide guidance, support, and serve as positive role models for the next generation. Their efforts and...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 17, 2018 

Disinterest seems high in primaries

Folks, we are less than three weeks away from our June 5th primary. Besides the governor’s race, all of our secondary constitutional races are on the ballot. As we head into the home stretch, there appears to be very little interest in the primary...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 17, 2018 

Making the world safe according to Trump

The world is a pretty tough unforgiving place. Press and pundits faint at breaches of political correctness, but world leaders play hardball for real, especially when treasure and territory are at stake. Many will spill blood to pursue or safeguard...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Let facts, not social media decide fate

While a picture of the valedictorian, salutatorian and Top 10 walking across the stage at W.S. Neal High School on graduation night would be great, I'm more hoping to take the picture of those...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Holmes gets quick fix for parking issue

We applaud Flomaton Elementary School Principal Diane Holmes for at least temporarily solving the parking issue behind the school. Last week we showed you cars packed in there tight as sardines, by...

 

Fighting childhood cancer

As a father of four, it is difficult to even contemplate a child’s life being cut short due to cancer or another terminal illness. As Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, once stated, “no child should die in the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Primaries are quickly approaching

We are less than four weeks away from our June 5th primary. Those of us who follow Alabama politics have pointed to this year as being a very entertaining and interesting gubernatorial year. However, last year’s resignation by former Governor,...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Two Waffle House tales of disorder and heroism

Sunday April 22nd 2018 was a tragically unlucky day for Waffle House, its employees and patrons. In a horrific senseless attack, a naked madman shot up a Tennessee Waffle House killing four and wounding four others. On the same day, an unruly trio...

 

Saving Alabama's Hospitals

These are positive times for many Alabamians. Our unemployment rate is at an all-time low, major manufacturers continue to locate in our state, and the national championship trophy is back in the state where it belongs. Despite the momentum, our...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Important to know the names of judges

Last week we made you aware that five of the nine seats on our State Supreme Court are up for election this year. In addition, our Court of Civil Appeals and Criminal Appeals have several members up for election. The folks who sit on these courts...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Basic universal income also increases income inequality

The latest socialist fantasy is “universal basic income;” it simply titillates them with dreams of universal control of incomes. Most Americans just want a level playing field, but Socialists are certain average folks cannot compete much less...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Civics 101, you have to declare party

We are about a month away from the June 5 Democratic and Republican primaries in Alabama and things seem awfully quite on the local level because there is only one local race on the ballot in the...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Hope tragedy not needed to help at FES

It took multiple people getting killed at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 113 before the Alabama Highway Department finally agreed to put rumble strips on 113 heading into Flomaton. All of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    April 26, 2018

You need weather apps on phone

If you were at home Sunday afternoon watching TV and watching the on-and-off heavy rains, you probably got a lot of alerts over your TV about tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. My gues...

 

A tax code that works

Each April, Americans across the country face great frustration and inconvenience in filing their taxes. Fortunately, this Tax Day marked the last time Americans would file their taxes under the old tax code. Thanks to passage of the Tax Cuts and Job...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    April 26, 2018

Don't miss electronic recycling

Our guess is most people don't know what to do with old, out-dated computers, television sets, cell phones and other electronics. Our bet is most people simply toss them into the garbage can. Others take their old TV's out on some old county road...

 

Supreme Court races on ballot this year

Among the plethora of races on the ballot this year are the important seats on the Alabama Supreme Court. We have an unprecedented five out of nine seats up for election. Our Alabama Supreme Court as well as our Courts of Criminal Appeals are extreme...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    April 26, 2018

Will blue lightning strike Alabama twice?

The Primaries are quietly easing up on Alabama. Aside from perhaps a few local races, there doesn't seem to be any hotly contested battles to grab the state's attention. There are unlikely to be any Congressional changes and apparently no shake-ups...

 
 By Staff Report    Opinion    April 26, 2018

Local awarded for Scale Back

Sharon Sellers of Monroeville was one of 18 men and women from across the state who won cash prizes in the team grand prize drawing for Scale Back Alabama 2018 participants on Thursday, April 19. In addition, the names of 40 individuals were...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    April 19, 2018

Drug testing not the total solution

I normally don't pay a much attention to things I read on Facebook. My wife and son set me up a Facebook page about 10 years ago and it took me about five years to ever open it up. I've never posted a...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    April 19, 2018

AEDs don't care about state lines

Hats off to Century Mayor Henry Hawkins and members of the town council for voting Monday night to spend $1,103 to purchase an Automated Defibrillator for the Flomaton Fire Department. Our bet is Hawkins and some members of the council are catching...

 

We must balance the budget

When the 115th Congress kicked off last January, I immediately introduced a bill that I believe is fundamental to the future of our country: a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The premise of a Balanced Budget Amendment is pretty st...

 

Power comes from the purse strings

Our antiquated 1901 Constitution was designed to give inordinate power to the Legislature. During the Wallace years, the King of Alabama politics, George Wallace, usurped this power and controlled the Legislature from the Executive Branch of...

 

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