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Never forget our fallen heros

For Americans from coast to coast, Independence Day is a celebration of our nation’s birthday with friends and family. The day also offers an opportunity for reflection. In Washington, President Trump held a “Salute to America” celebration on...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

2020 races around the corner

Folks, don’t look now, but the 2020 Presidential Election is upon us. Indeed, as many as 21 Democratic aspirants are already announced and campaigning. They are quite a liberal group as you might expect. Leading the pack of Democrats trying to...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

The census & citizenship

Determining citizenship in a census of the United States of America would seem intuitively appropriate and logical. Most Americans probably assume the census is supposed to count all citizens to determine representation in Congress. In part the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

Country gave reparation in freedom

You can tell politics are heating up for the 2020 elections with new cries for paying black Americans reparations for the many years some of their ancestors were enslaved in the United States. It...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 11, 2019 

Keep eyes on the weather

Since Monday, we've been in contact with Escambia County (Ala.) Emergency Management Director David Adams about this possible storm that is brewing off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Adams made his first report to the county commission Monday...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Is freedom fading from glory?

The United States of America is 243 years old this Independence Day. For almost two and half centuries, this great nation has guaranteed the freedom Americans enjoy and too often take for granted. We are quick to proclaim and celebrate our freedom....

 

Border battle reveals Dems divisions

For months, Speaker Pelosi and my Democratic friends have denied a crisis on the border exists. Nothing to see here! But the American people, our border agents, video footage, and even the liberal media insisted otherwise and called for action. The...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Legislative session a success

The 2019 Legislative Session was one of the most controversial yet productive sessions in memory. Governor Kay Ivey’s first Session of the Quadrennial was a roaring success. It’s hard to remember a governor getting everything they wanted since...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Nike should be ashamed

You can't erase history by trying to ignore history. Nike folded under pressure from Colin Kaepernik to pull its Fourth of July Air Mike 1 Quick Strike Force tennis shoe off the market. Kaepernik protested because the flag used on the back of the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Maybe it is time for new county jail

It appears the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission is seriously considering building a new county jail after giving Sheriff Heath Jackson permission to approach Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace about an...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 27, 2019

California moving to silence clergy

For decades after WWII, the Golden State led the country in innovation, prosperity, and progress toward the good life. California set the pace for everything and everyone wanted to go to California. But sadly affluence and apathy allowed absurdity...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Ethics Law not tough enough

State Senator, Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia), has been in the Alabama House and Alabama Senate for over 40 years. That is a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator in history. Jabo Waggoner has...

 

Defending religious freedom

Last week the Supreme Court ruled on an important case with significant implications for the future of religious expression in our republic. The case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, was brought by a nonprofit atheist organization...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Let's make min. wage $100 per hour

You can tell presidential politics is heating up, especially among the growing number of Democrats tossing their name into the hat promising this and that – from Bernie Sanders' plan to forgive more...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Be careful with fireworks this holiday

Do you remember the song 'Henry the VIII' that was made famous by Herman's Hermits in the mid-1960s? Basically, the song continues to repeat itself over and over again with 'I'm Henry the Eighth I am, Henry the Eighth I am I am, and even tosses in...

 

Border Crisis needs lawful solution

Decades of bad immigration policies have undermined our laws and led to the worst conditions at our border we’ve ever seen. U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended a staggering 56,278 unaccompanied minors this fiscal year. The Department of...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 20, 2019

One vote can make a difference

Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator. A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Russian collusion supplants American collegiality

Rough and tumble, partisan politics have always been pointed. Cut throat campaigning and bruising elections are common; and passionate philosophical and policy debates are standard fare for American politics. So fierce competition in politics is...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Keep dumping, you'll get trashed

OK, I get it. Several months ago I published pictures, ran stories and wrote a column and editorial about the illegal dumping at the dumpster behind Flomaton Town Hall. The town's response was to plac...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Smith didn't need to hurt them again

Within hours after Brewton resident William Douglas Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to multiple sex crimes against young boys we began receiving telephone calls questioning why someone who molested so many young boys got off with a 20-year...

 

We can't stay slient on abortion

For most of the history of our country, it was widely accepted, as I firmly believe now, that life begins at conception, that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. The thought of prematurely ending a pregnancy was considered in...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Past prominent state legislators

The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent that primary, powerful, state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions. Current Alabama State Senators Del Marsh, Jabo Wagg...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Where have all the fathers gone?

Despite technological conveniences and innovations, modern society is bizarrely skidding toward moral chaos and civil collapse. Our prosperity enhances, excuses, and even masks our cultural decay. We may enjoy unparalleled creature comforts and be...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Watch your speed, Flomaton does

I can't remember how old I was, but I know it was in my elementary school ages when I was riding in a car with my grandfather. We approached a stop sign and he stopped. I guess it was one of those...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Crapps lets his district down on failing to vote

Flomaton Councilman Buster Crapps has repeated the phrase that it is the council's responsibility to look out for the money and it's the mayor's responsibility to manage the employees. He's said it in several different ways, but he's been consistent...

 

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