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Give an inch, they take rights

Last week I had the great experience to join my colleagues in a little friendly competition at the Congressional Clays Competition hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. It was great to express our Second Amendment rights with some...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Deer & road legislation in works

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I thought maybe he had a serious personal problem or had...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Securing our liberty

Our brilliant Constitution is the foundation of our beloved republic. Its poetic preamble lays out the reasons for our noble purpose. Although this seminal document is integral and vital to our very freedom, we tend to take it for granted and seldom...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Social media promotes 'fake news'

Social media can be a great tool, but it can also be a Devil in disguise. I'm not a big social media person because I don't know if what I'm reading is factual or some of that 'fake news' President...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Remember why we are celebrating

For many people, this will be a long weekend with Monday off to celebrate Memorial Day. There will be family gatherings, there will be trips to be the beach or to the river and Monday night Flomaton Speedway will put on a fireworks show. We just hope...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 16, 2019

June 6 is important day for Flomaton

I echo Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant's statement that he wants a huge crowd to show up June 6 when John Robert Smith comes to Flomaton to hold a series of workshops to explain how Smart Growth...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Be Hurricane strong Friday

For most Flomaton High School fans, Dec. 6, 2018 will be etched in their minds forever. That's the date the Hurricanes captured the school's first state football championship with a 23-12 win over Piedmont at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the campus of...

 

Stop the crisis: close the loopholes

Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, they have turned a blind eye to infanticide, promoted overregulation of American businesses, and sought socialist measures in the United States, oftentimes at the expense of the taxpayer....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Infrastructure package is legacy

The five day Special Legislative Session that addressed the increase in the gas tax to fund an Infrastructure Rebuilding Program for the state was a remarkable success. I still marvel at the adroitness, efficiency and expediency in which the...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Tyranny of the tech state

With constant encroachments on our liberty and privacy for security and persistent prosecutorial misconduct, concerns about a coming police state are quite valid. However, the greater growing threat is the tech state because it’s incremental,...

 

Write what you think you know?

Write what you know. A long time ago my Mama told me to do that. Fast forward a few years, and my husband told me the same thing. Write what you know. Its simple words, but how do you write when you...

 

American values leave no room for Socialism

Last week, I was honored to address a group of newly naturalized citizens of the United States. It was an experience that gave me the opportunity to reflect on a question as old as our nation itself: “What does it mean to be an American?” In the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Alabama should thank Shelby

Our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby, turns 85 this week. In March he reached another milestone – he surpassed Senator John Sparkman as the longest serving U.S. Senator in Alabama history. Shelby has been our senator for 32 plus years. Alabama...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be killed

Willie Nelson warned Mamas to not let their babies grow to be cowboys because it was a hard lonely life. Alabama Representative John Rogers (D-Birmingham) tells Mama’s to not let their babies grow up at all or more precisely don’t let them even...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Hold parents responsible for vaccines

We have many laws on the books that are not only designed to protect us, but are also designed to help other people. But there are loop holes in some laws, closed holes in others and sometimes it...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Our local bar raises the bar

As we've done in the past, we covered two trials last week where seniors from high schools across Escambia County (Ala.) made up the jury pool to decide the fate of two suspects charged with real crimes. Sponsored by the Escambia County Bar...

 

A big win for Alabama's rural hospitals

A handful of stories in Washington generally get about 90 percent of the media’s attention. Don’t get me wrong, many of those stories are important, but much of my time in Washington is also focused on getting things done for Alabama that...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Prisons issue- front & center

Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our transgressing citizens their rights as determined by the...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Democrat's race to the bottom

Already flailing about wildly for months, Democrats are frantically grasping at anything and everything to find a winning message for 2020. The only Democrat common denominator is abject rabid hatred for President Trump. They desperately want to...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Do you really know where you live?

Several weeks ago when multiple tornadoes roared across Alabama with at least one touching down in Troy the question came up about giving people warning and wondering if people in the tornadoes'...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Too early to decide on the lottery bill

We agree with State Rep. Alan Baker that it's too early to start making judgement over whether we will support an Alabama lottery bill sponsored by State Sen. Greg Albritton that passed the Alabama Senate and is now heading to the House of...

 

Alabama the beautiful

As the weather continues to warm and summer temperatures approach, I am reminded of the incredible natural beauty that lies here in Alabama. For many schools throughout Southwest Alabama, April marked Spring Break for students and teachers, and so...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    April 25, 2019

The flame of faith is flickering

Gazing into a fire can be hypnotic. And so the world was captivated watching the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burning live on TV. It was a surreal spectacle. Built in 1160, Notre Dame has been an architectural marvel and an icon of...

 

Who will replace Doug Jones?

It is a foregone conclusion that a Republican will take out our anomaly liberal democratic senator, Doug Jones, next year. The question is which Republican will be the nominee and capture the seat. The early favorite is U.S. Congressman Bradley...

 

Who will replace Doug Jones?

It is a foregone conclusion that a Republican will take out our anomaly liberal democratic senator, Doug Jones, next year. The question is which Republican will be the nominee and capture the seat. The early favorite is U.S. Congressman Bradley...

 

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