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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Politics shouldn't enter the court

It makes me cringe every time I hear or read about the 'left' or 'right' of the U.S. Supreme Court. They want to talk about 'conservative' judges vs. 'liberal' judges. Judges should be judges. I'm...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Tough, hard choices for commission

The Escambia County (Ala.) Commission has some tough decisions ahead. Those decisions deal with trying to figure out what to do with a courthouse that was built in 1959 that is aging and has issues. We attended Tuesday's administrative workshop and...

 

Celebrating our nation's freedom

On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. On this important day in our nation’s history, our Founding Fathers put their signatures on a piece of paper that not only...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 5, 2018

The Fourth, Trump and Big Jim

Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, “I Am the Nation” in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway. The message found in Mr. Whittaker’s essay is still appropriate for this Independence Day, so I have ch...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Do Americans still crave greatness?

The short answer is yes, but there are many pernicious factors eroding our desire and will to maintain and uphold the greatest republic in history. Foundationally great, America is the only nation on earth that enshrines the God given rights of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 28, 2018

July runoff; no Democrats allowed

I took a week off of politics to talk about baseball and Mississippi State got eliminated from the College World Series so I've swapped my Bulldog hat for a Hog hat as Arkansas tries to bring the SEC...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Don't make the front page next week

The top headline of the July 6, 2017 Tri-City Ledger read 'Fireworks explosions injure two'. We don't want to write that headline or worse next week or the week after. During last year's Fourth of July weekend, 40-year old Grady Barnes Jr., and...

 

Alabama's Number 1 Industry

Agriculture is our country’s oldest industry. Since the beginning, America’s farmers have worked the land and sustained our communities. Today, agriculture is the top industry in rural America, and it remains the number one industry in Alabama....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Best political races of the year

The best races of the year have been for Attorney General and Lt. Governor, as well as Agriculture Commissioner and for the 2nd Congressional district. The Attorney General post is considered the best stepping stone to Governor and U.S. Senator. It...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Hypocrisy, tantrums and now intimidation

After initially subsiding early in the Trump administration, illegal immigration has been steadily surging again the past few months. Obviously, controlling illegal immigration is an important primary goal for Trump, but large numbers again...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Union Town sets the voting bar high

I would hope that the people of this country would like for us to have fair elections where those eligible to vote are the ones who go to the polls and cast ballots. That might be a dream since the...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Silbernagel has a dream, let's help her

We tip our hat to Maggie Silbernagel in her quest to develop a foster care home in Flomaton for young boys who have fallen between the cracks due to no fault of their own. You read everywhere about the need for foster parents and those willing to ado...

 

Protecting a Gulf Coast tradition

Down here on the Gulf Coast, fishing is a way of life for many people. It is a tradition that spans generations and is one way we bond with our family and friends. In fact, some of my fondest memories happened while casting a reel. I remember my...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Analysis of Gubernatorial Primaries

Now that the dust has settled from last week’s gubernatorial primaries, let’s analyze the outcome. Governor Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox won very impressive victories. Ms. Ivey beat three well financed opponents without a runoff....

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 14, 2018

America- not good enough for Obama

Iconic liberal columnist of the New York Times, Maureen Dowd, recently penned a particularly amusing and poignantly enlightening column about our 44th President: “Obama – just too good for us.” Not for weak stomachs, her syrupy sycophantic...

 

Bourdain's death will not be forgotten

Last Friday, suicide claimed the life of another victim, Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain initially made his claim to fame because of his culinary skills before eventually merging his talents of journalism...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 7, 2018

2,480,406 didn't vote on Tuesday

With unofficial returns from Tuesday, Atmore native Lyn Stuart lost her bid for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to Tom Parker by 15,652 votes and 19,917 registered Escambia County voters...

 

Use rabies clinic to help on vaccines

Dr. John Bagwell has retired, but Dr. Hal Noble has picked up the noble task of holding a rabies clinic in certain parts of Escambia County this Saturday, June 9. Shots are $12 and he comes to you. A complete list of where Dr. Noble and his staff wil...

 

Making progress in America

These days, it is hard to turn on the television or log onto the Internet without being bombarded with the latest “news” of what is happening in Washington. The media gives far too much attention to names like Stormy Daniels and Roseanne instead...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Buck's pocket to gain new members

You voted Tuesday on a crowded ballot. Historically, in Alabama we have voted more heavily in our Governor’s race year than in a presidential year. That is probably because we were more interested in the local sheriff and probate judge’s races, w...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Distraction from England's shame

There was quite a row recently across the pond when a young somewhat overbearing British activist was expeditiously arrested, tried without counsel, convicted, and jailed in less than a day. The self-described citizen journalist, Stephen...

 
 By Kevin McKinley    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Sharing the community mule

The nature of Southern rural life has always been about neighbor sharing with neighbor. From Virginia to Texas and from Tennessee to South Florida, it's a unique thing to be a Southerner and...

 
 By Russell Brown    Opinion    June 7, 2018

U.S. has long standing with immigrants

The United States has always had a large immigrant population. This population has often been made up of large groups of people fleeing the hardships of their own lands to find a better life. Others seek purpose. This is the beginning story of a...

 

My long summer history with fishing Dixie Landing

The garden had been planted, well some of it. The early part was planted and producing somewhat. For our Sunday dinner, new potatoes had been "grabbled" out from the roots of the biggest plants. Holes had been filled back in so as to allow for the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 31, 2018

Let's go over this Civics issue again

I talked with Escambia County Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain this week and he told me he had to send back 15 absentee voter applications Friday because those requesting a ballot filled out...

 

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