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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 30, 2020

What does 'Black Lives Matter' mean?

To be honest, I don't think I'd ever heard about 'Black Lives Matter' until George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and a white police officer named Derek Chauvin was arrested after numerous videos...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Responsibility is key to slow down COVID

Although we weren't sold on face masks in the beginning we've learned to accept them. To not only protect ourselves but to protect others. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a mandatory face mask order for people in public. We see some with masks, we see...

 
 By Bradley Byrne    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Education in the time of the pandemic

Last week I had a virtual conference with the leaders of the local school systems in our district. Starting a new school year is a difficult task in the best of times. Doing so in the middle of a pandemic with the disease spreading as it is now...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 30, 2020

It will be Trump vs Biden in November

The presidential race is onward. It will be incumbent Republican Donald Trump vs. former Vice President and 36-year veteran Democrat, Delaware U.S. Senator Joe Biden in the November 3rd General Election. Both men have clinched their parties...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 30, 2020

It's Democrats who refuse election results

In 2016 when Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Candidate Trump if he would accept the election results and he simply said he would have to consider the circumstances at that time, Hillary Clinton howled that’s “horrifying.” Then she, Obama, and...

 

In memory of John Lewis

The day I was sworn into Congress, a man I had never met before but had heard a lot about and admired approached me to introduce himself and welcome me to the House. His name was John Lewis. He told me he was born and raised in Troy, Alabama, and...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 23, 2020

GOP primary over, fall elections begin

The field is set for the November General Election and more than likely the races were decided on July 14. We had some good races including the race for our junior U.S. Senate seat as well as two open Congressional seats. Tommy Tuberville won an...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 23, 2020

The sinister racism of identity politics

Merriam-Webster defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” The racist bromides that blacks are lazy or...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Census numbers mean money or not

A U.S. census official said if if the 2020 census was over today, Alabama would likely lose two congressional seats and about $13 billion in federal dollars and that Florida wouldn't be far behind. In...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 23, 2020

COVID-19 is here, be safe

We have tried our best to keep everyone informed on the developments of COVID-19. Granted, sometimes our figures may not match up with numbers you see posted on Facebook or other social media outlets. We made a decision at the beginning to base our r...

 

A fiscal reckoning

When the House returns to business next Monday, we will take up the National Defense Authorization Act I wrote about last week. Then we will take up appropriations bills for next fiscal year, which begins October 1, and likely another Coronavirus...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Alabama's senate race decided

The much-anticipated battle between former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate was the marquee event on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 16, 2020

An appeal for understanding

Americans have been mired in racial turmoil for weeks now and it seems there is no end in sight. All sides are beyond upset, but also somewhat blinded by emotion and manipulated by politics. There are genuine issues at stake, but the looting and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Better than I thought but still pitiful

I have to admit that Alabama's 17.36 percent voter turnout and Escambia County's 18.03 percent turnout in Tuesday's runoff elections were higher than I anticipated, but it's still pitiful. To put...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Commission takes right step with vote

We applaud the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission for passing a 'continuity of government' resolution that will allow the county government to continue to function in the event the board does not have a quorum to make decisions. Other local...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Senate and Congressional runoffs next week

Believe or not, coronavirus notwithstanding, we have three important GOP runoffs next Tuesday. You will go back to the polls to elect two Congressmen and a United States Senator. That is assuming that you go vote and are not afraid of germs. It will...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 9, 2020

The second Civil War is here

It is now clear and inescapable that America is under attack; not just physically in every major city, but existentially at every monument across the land. We are long past the initial outrage at the unjust killing of George Floyd and any pretense...

 

Our common defense fund

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee, which I’m proud to be a member of, passed and sent to the full House the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. This is the 60th year in a row that we...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 9, 2020

As things change dates change

In the March 19, 2020, edition of the Tri-City Ledger as the COVID-19 pandemic began exploding I wrote in this space not to believe any dates you read in my newspaper, any other newspaper or see on th...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Yes, we do vote Tuesday

Yes, the voting polls will be open Tuesday, July 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Escambia County, Ala. We're not electing anybody to any office. What we are doing is having runoffs on the Republican and Democratic tickets to help pick a nominee to...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 2, 2020

GOP senate runoff in less than 2 weeks

Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate Seat. The runoff between former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting. The two conservatives...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Carney versus Kaepernick

As our major cities smolder upon our 244th Independence Day, some of us may be wondering how many more years we will be able to celebrate our independence and freedom. America has conquered many challenges over the past couple centuries, but this...

 

Our sacred honor

This weekend America will celebrate its 244th birthday. Unfortunately, we do so in a time of a pandemic, a struggling economy, and violent protests. But, it’s still our birthday and we should both commemorate and celebrate it. We usually do a good...

 

A new perspective from the clouds

With everything going on in the world, between COVID-19, state lockdowns, murder by racism, political war-of-the-parties, rioters destroying small businesses that were already in trouble due to being...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Use common sense firing off for the 4th

In the song labeled 'Henry the VIII' it repeats the line saying the second verse is same as the first. It's a song that can drive you crazy. But as we enter the Fourth of July weekend we want to remind people of something we put in this spot every...

 

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