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Giving our students the best

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is probably the single most-asked question of any child throughout the world. Here in the United States, many children are able to achieve their dreams through hard work, dedication, and a...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Legislature passes infrastructure law

Gov. Kay Ivey made infrastructure improvement in the state her cornerstone issue for this year, and more importantly for her term as governor. Within less than three months in office she and the Legislature have successfully accomplished this...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Israel is not the target

Newly elected freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives are causing substantial consternation for the Democrat Party particularly the leadership. Drifting left for decades, Democrats lurched left under President Obama, but following the...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Flomaton council takes positive step

I applaud the Flomaton Town Council for agreeing to spend about $3,000 to have John Robert Smith spend a day in Flomaton to discuss the possibility of the town adopting a Form Based Code that could...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    March 14, 2019 

Don't let lack of insurance rumble home

Do you have earthquake coverage in your homeowners policy? It's a question that's really never answered until an earthquake hits close to home. Our bet is most people in California have earthquake insurance. We remember back in 1997 when there was...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    March 7, 2019

State prepares for crafting budgets

The Governor has been inaugurated and the Legislature has had its organizational session. The quadrennium has begun. Therefore, it is time for our state officials to get to work. Among the three branches of government, Legislative, Executive and Judi...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    March 7, 2019

The seduction of socialism

Democrats, liberals, progressives, or however one characterizes leftists have been flirting if not having a downright love affair with socialism for more than a century. Until recently, socialism was generally considered taboo in America. We are a...

 

Defending the Second Amendment

This past week, Democrats in Congress again launched an attack on our Constitution and the rights we cherish as Americans. This time, they came after the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms. H.R. 8, the latest Democrat-led gun control bill...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Selling the gas system is first step

When I first read the grand jury report about the town of Century, I thought 'Ouch', thinking it was a major slap in the face of the entire town. I read it again. It still stings. But the one thing th...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Giving help to really help out

Like most of us, we were watching and listening Sunday afternoon as storms roared through our area. If you were attempting to watch TV you got interrupted. This area dodged a bullet; but we can't say the same for the people in Lee County who got...

 

How 'green' do we really want to go?

If you've read this column over the years, you know I like to listen to public radio as I ride up and down the road. I like it because I feel I get a very unbiased account on many of issues. They do...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    February 28, 2019

Keep an open mind on codes in Flomaton

Over the past 20 or so years we've seen the town of Flomaton attempt to implement zoning within the town limits only to see those efforts die. We've long advocated that zoning was needed to attract businesses and we know we've lost potential...

 

Crossroads immigration

Growing up, my parents taught me the basic values of fairness and following the rules. I think these values were common in households all across our state and country. In today’s society, those two basic values need to be applied to the ongoing...

 

2020 campaigns gearing up

A lot has happened politically in the first quarter of 2019. The governor and all of our constitutional officials have been sworn in and have begun their four-year terms in office with Kay Ivey as Governor, Will Ainsworth as Lt. Governor, John...

 

America is not a racist nation!

Americans are fiercely independent and will fight to preserve our cherished freedoms, but they are also the kindest most generous and genuine people on the planet. We constantly send private and public aid to people of every ethnic and racial...

 

Staying focused in Washington

Before the new Congress began at the start of this year, I made a prediction: with the new Democrat majority, we could expect crazy season from the left, with Democrat members taking every chance they could to undermine President Trump. I don’t...

 

Ala. leads way with women in goverment

There has been a lot of talk about the advancement of women in politics over the past year. It has been suggested that more progressive states have led the way with this change. Alabama can very well make the case that we lead the nation in women tak...

 

McCabe leading sedition

Sedition is a somewhat esoteric word. Seldom used, it means “conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state.” Depending on what side you are, you could be considered a patriot or a villain. Rebels like Ho Chi Minh, Ma...

 

Counting illegals in census is scary

I've been told on numerous occasions that I'm not the brightest apple in the bunch, but I have a hard time understanding why we should count illegal immigrants in the census that takes place every 10...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    February 21, 2019

Keep your money local

If you watch TV or surf the internet, you've seen those tear-jerking advertisements seeking donations to help save starving and cold dogs. 'For as little as $$$ a month you can help this animal find a safe home' is how most of these commercials...

 

Choosing Greatness

Last week, President Trump gave the State of the Union address to the nation. I can say that in all my time in Washington, this was the best State of the Union I have had the honor of attending, and it seems most Americans agree. The President’s...

 

AEA dead? NEA should go home

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) was the most powerful and influential political organization in Alabama for close to three decades. The late Dr. Paul Hubbert was the builder and King of this powerful organization. He became known as the King...

 

A rational president with an irrational opposition

President Trump’s second State of the Union address was magnificent! Although not an orator, his delivery was excellent and his speech writers crafted a great speech. Of course Democrats and their henchmen in the mainstream media again trashed...

 

Stay involved with local politics

It seems that just about every week we have a story about a municipality holding public meetings to get citizens' input on how tax dollars should be spent in their respective cities or towns. Most...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    February 14, 2019

Extension office opens doors for all

Our feeling is that most people take it for granted that when they go to the grocery store they will find meat, vegetables and other items they all need to make dinner. We doubt that anybody pauses to think about how that pork chop, steak, potato,...

 

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