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Setting our funding priorities

I know this may be hard for you to believe, but there was a major, bipartisan victory in Congress last week that failed to gain any of the attention it deserved. I want to highlight some of the progress we made last week and explain why it should...

 

The 1986 gubernatorial race

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, allow me to share an epic Governor’s Race with you. The 1986 Governor’s race will be remembered as one of Alabama’s most amazing political stories. In 1978 Fob James sent the Three B’s, Brewer,...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    September 20, 2018 

Desperate Democrats becoming dangerous

There is nothing more dangerous, unpredictable, and vicious than a cornered wild animal; and we are now learning there is nothing more desperate and dangerous than Democrats losing political power. Democrats have been extreme in their rhetoric for...

 

Use history to prepare for the future

Floyd the barber told Andy Taylor that Calvin Coolidge was the one who said 'everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it'. If my memory is right Andy responded that Calvin...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    September 13, 2018

Truly honor Curtis Glaize with seatbelt

No one here at the Tri-City Ledger knew Curtis Roberson Glaize. We learned a lot about the young man this week as we talked to fellow classmates and others who knew the 24-year old graduate of T.R. Miller, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash ear...

 

Our booming American economy

When you turn on the TV or log onto your computer these days, you are bombarded with negative news stories about the latest s0-called scandal from Washington. I’ve said it before, but I believe it is so true: we need to tune out the noise from the...

 

Illegal Immigrants and Census

Conservative Republicans, like Jeff Sessions, have been obsessed with illegal immigrants for years. Sessions is and has always been a stickler for obeying the laws of our land. He is the most honest, upright, squeaky clean, politician I have ever...

 

Profound sadness for the loss of innocence

It's hard to watch human beings drift away into certain danger. Our society has surely become coarse, but we still have compassion for our fellow man. We don't like to see anyone hurt especially the innocent. Physical danger to another is...

 

Buckling up the belt saves lives

When I arrived on the scene shortly after 9 p.m. Monday I saw a crashed up car and a man holding a baby. I was at the intersection of Highway 113 and Highway 31 in Flomaton where a vehicle had plowed...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    September 6, 2018

Base storm concerns on facts not fear

We talked to Escambia County Emergency Management Director over the past few days about how Tropical Storm Gordon would effect our area. We put a lot of trust in Adams because he's getting his information from the horse's mouth and not off of Faceboo...

 

What will Congress do next?

The House returns to session this week after the month-long August District Work Period, and there are many important legislative items that need our attention. August was a busy time back in Southwest Alabama listening to the people I have the honor...

 

Remembering the 1978 election

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, let’s reminisce about an epic Governor’s Race. The 1978 Governor’s race is one of the classics in Alabama political lore. That Governor’s race between the three heavyweights, former Governor...

 

Dragging down children

America is a very diverse nation with plenty of strange folks and different strokes. Pretty much anything goes and can be found to scratch whatever itch, but until lately overt weirdness resided in late night clubs, various entertainment venues, or...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Use better drugs for death penalty

It appears now that we are asking death row inmates whether they want to die from lethal injection or nitrogen gas. I don't know whether they still have the option of the electric chair, gas chamber o...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Control bills by voting in local races

You don't care whether or not your sewer rates go up. You don't care whether or not your water rates increase. You don't care whether the potholes on your street are filled. You don't care whether the clogged ditches near your home are cleared. You...

 

The value of town hall meetings

No one can deny that the political climate in our country today is pretty divisive. Protests and outbursts are becoming more and more common. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise when you consider that a certain group now considers themselves “the...

 

BCA: back, bigger and better

Alabama Power is and has always been a force in Alabama politics. Some entities may have influence in the Legislature, but the power company has the ear of folks in all three branches of State government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. If you...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Standing alone in a deep murky swamp

Withstanding a relentless and vicious onslaught, Donald Trump has been under constant siege since announcing his candidacy for president. Certainly brash, Trump’s abrasive in your face style still makes some uncomfortable with a scrappy president....

 

Life doesn't have a speed limit

It is mindboggling how quickly life can change. I’ve always heard the phrase “the speed of life”, but honestly never really gave it much thought. Working at the newspaper will teach one just...

 

Recognizing our interns

A Congressional internship is an incredibly rewarding experience that helps young people gain skills and knowledge that will serve them well in whatever career path they choose. I’m pleased my office offers internships to college students and...

 

Chapman- On Rane plane ride?

Recently, I wrote about Alfa’s influence in Alabama politics. In my August 8 column, I said, the Alabama Farmers Federation still controls the Legislature. They use to play in the Governor’s Race. However, they got burned badly by Bob Riley when...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 23, 2018

Racism ruse is the progressive's excuse

Earlier this month the national media breathlessly warned the country that white nationalists were descending on our nation’s capital for a huge "Unite the Right" rally. Raw racism would be on display flaunting their white supremacist ideals and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 23, 2018

What schools deserve the money?

I received a letter from the Alabama Department of Education the other day announcing that 50 schools across the state will received $20,000 each because of the good job they did in third grade...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 23, 2018

Punishment doesn't seem to be enough

In our opinion, former W.S. Neal Elementary School special education teacher Lisa Carolyn Odom got off lightly following her guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor charge of computer tampering. The prosecution in that case was handled by the Alabama...

 

It's time to head to the football field

Its here. It is finally that time of year again. Fall? You ask? Well in a way, but only because it signals the time of year for the best season of all: football season in the south. There is just...

 

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