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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Houston, our voters have a problem

I used to facetiously say Union Town, Ala., was my hero in terms of voter turnout, but it’s dropped to number two on my list. While we, here in Escambia County, Ala., seem to stay away from the...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Money needed to maintain town cemetery

If you have loved ones buried in Flomaton Cemetery, you need to read the letter to the editor on Page 5A written and signed by Dewey Bondurant Jr., Jim McCutchin and Melissa Johnson about what the future brings. Bondurant, McCutchin and Johnson are...

 

Back to school priorities

Over the next few weeks, students across Southwest Alabama will head back to school. The start of a new school year always comes with special emotions for students, parents, and teachers. In Washington, I am the only Member of Congress from Alabama...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Alabama politics will stay the same

Now that the dust has settled on the primaries, allow me to share with you some thoughts on the Alabama political stage. There is an old saying that says the more things change, the more they stay the same. This old adage is true in Alabama...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

The pursuit of happiness is back

Echoing Jimmy Carters’ dismal stagflation (the miserable national condition of stagnant economic growth and high inflation), then President Obama warned the nation just a few years ago of the “new normal.” The new normal was a perpetual economi...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 2, 2018

America's new 'non-working' class

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne all but said it; economic developers have said it: If you want a job in the United States, there is a job available for you. But that's the problem. We've got too many people w...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Chicken Little might have had a point

Chicken Little told us the sky was falling. If Chicken Little took a tour around the Escambia County Courthouse, he would say the ceiling is falling. We attended the walk-through with Escambia County Commission Chairman Raymond Wiggins, architects,...

 

Is the US ready for RIMPAC?

Imagine the scenario: a massive earthquake strikes an impoverished island country. It is followed up by multiple aftershocks and a tsunami. Countless lives are lost and thousands more are injured. The United States and partner nations are called in...

 

More analysis of GOP runoff

Currently, congressmen/women win reelection at a 98 percent rate. The communist politburo does not have that high of a reelection percentage. Maybe we have more in common with the Russians than Washington CNN reporters think. It is hard to get beat...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 2, 2018

The bane of social media

Social media has invaded the daily routine of people across the planet; and the younger you are the more likely it saturates your life. Older generations remember “My Space” and are aware of if not using Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, but the yo...

 

Standing up for ICE

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, commonly known as ICE, is the federal law enforcement agency tasked with enforcing our nation’s border control, customs, trade, and immigration laws. The agency was formed back in 2002 when...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 26, 2018

GOP primary runoff analysis

The storyline of last week’s GOP Primary runoff was the extremely low turnout. The big surprises to me were the big victories by Steve Marshall for Attorney General and Martha Roby for Congress. Their winning was not a surprise; however, their...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Crying wolf until the sky falls

Like the boy who repeatedly cried wolf, Democrats and the overwhelmingly liberal media have been incessantly screaming the Russians are hacking for over a year. Well, DUH! The Russians have always been trying to penetrate American systems, they...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Don't blame police for doing their job

I was pointed to a few Internet posts where the Flomaton Police Department was being ridiculed by some and applauded by others for arresting an Andalusia man Sunday afternoon on drug trafficking...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Citizens give police extra eyes and ears

Policing is not rocket science. It's not a knock on police officers, but like newspaper editors we don't have crystal balls to see the future or know what all is going on unless someone tells us. We have some very good police officers and...

 

Americans are better off now

Two years ago, I joined other Republican House members in unveiling our “Better Way” agenda. The agenda covered everything from national security to tax reform to the economy. It was a bold vision about a different path for America that wasn’t...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Fantastic runoff election races

You have the results of Tuesday’s runoff elections. I had to go to press with my column before the results were known. There are some fantastic runoff races which should be close and interesting. The four best will be Troy King versus Steve Marshal...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Trump thumps Europe

Like the dinner guest who candidly mentions the soup is cold, President Trump stunned the tender sensibilities of Europe’s elite ruling class on his no holds barred European excursion. Unvarnished truth and blunt honesty are just not done and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Russian influence? Where's yours?

I'm still scratching my head over all the time, effort and money being spent to determine whether the Russians 'meddled' or interfered with the 2016 presidential election that sent Donald Trump to...

 
 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...

 

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