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State Legislature not good stepping stone

Early speculation on the 2020 U.S. Senate race had state senator, Del Marsh, listed as a potential GOP aspirant. He had considered making a plunge into the Special Election contest for Jeff Sessions’ seat in 2017 but opted out. Most astute...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

Communists turn to science

After global cooling fizzled out in the 1970s, we were warned about global warming for a couple decades, but that too failed to gain traction with the masses. Then the global warming alarmists reinvented an impending climate catastrophe as climate...

 

Just say no!

Every year at this time I am reminded of a presidential debate in the early 1980s between Ronald Regan and Jimmy Carter. To a criticism of one of Reagan’s campaign promises made by President Carter, Reagan replied “There you go again.” Those...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

Be warm but be safe as temps drop

We didn't need to call Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton or Century Fire Chief David Adams to get their comments about temperatures quickly dropping below the freezing point. Both would have told us it's prime time for a house fire. We know that...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

Democrats; their own worst enemy

Two years ago I wrote a column in this space that basically said you could put a fork into the Democratic Party in Escambia County (Ala.) because it was done. That same fork now fits for the Democrati...

 

Impeachment driven by Trump hate

An abusive, unlawful practice of the English courts from the 15th to 17th centuries was so rampant and unfair that protections against it were written into our U.S. Constitution. This hated and feared practice took place in the Star Chamber. The...

 

The story & legacy of Dr. Bronner

Dr. David Bronner has marked his place in Alabama political and governmental history. He has headed the revered Retirement Systems of Alabama Pension Funds for 45 years. When Bronner took his present job with RSA, the Retirement Systems had...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 7, 2019

Democrats cry wolf, but whistleblower is a weasel

Since President Trump was elected, Democrats have been crying wolf. First, it was just the old wily orange wolf that was an illegitimate president because he won the Electoral College but not the popular vote. After finally learning how the...

 

Remember to thank a veteran

Veteran’s Day is Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. All across the country VA’s, community centers, towns and cities will be participating in various programs and services to honor our nation’s veterans....

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 7, 2019

Don't take Veterans Day for granted

Monday is Veterans Day, but activities to honor the military services of thousands and thousands of men and women who have served our country actually kickoff at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) with a...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 7, 2019

Ask a teacher who to help for the holidays

November has arrived, Christmas decorations are out in full force in places like Walmart and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you had to label a holiday season, it is now. The problem with the holiday season is there are people who try to...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Time to hide the children

Despite being only some fraction of 1% of our population, we are inundated with trans-gender news and propaganda. Some women want to be men and a few men want to be women, so they can win sports championships. Most Americans find it all just weird;...

 

Republicans must get off sideline to fight

For weeks, Democrats have been holding secretive impeachment proceedings behind closed doors, out of sight of the American people. Chairman Adam Schiff of the House Select Committee on Intelligence has been interviewing witnesses in a restricted...

 

Light shown on Poarch gambling monopoly

Recently an organization was formed with the name, “Poarch Creek Accountability Now.” This nonprofit group is headed by former 40-year veteran State Senator Gerald Dial, who retired from the Alabama Senate in 2018. The stated goal of this...

 

Traditions mean different things

Traditions mean many different things to many different families. They can be important to some members of the family and mean about nothing to other members of the same family. Sometimes they can eve...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Get the facts right before speaking

My mother called me Sunday about a newspaper ad in the Tuscaloosa News from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians setting the 'record straight' about a group that has started a campaign against Poarch's mo...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Tyler leaves legacy of safety

We knew Mike Tyler, we just didn't know him as well as most people in the Appleton community and throughout the fire departments that stretch across this county. Tyler, 67, died Oct. 20. He had served as the chief of the Appleton Volunteer Fire...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    October 24, 2019

Teachers can't teach students alone

Flomaton Elementary School and Flomaton High School made an 'A' for the first time under the current Alabama Department of Education report card scores. I say current, because I learned new tests to d...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    October 24, 2019

Halloween is not like it was in past years

Many years ago Halloween was one of those days young children always looked forward to as they headed out through the neighborhood seeking treats in their plastic jack-o-lanterns or bag. Most people over the age of 50 remember their parents would...

 

How do you solve Syria?

Recent developments in Syria highlight the need for the United States to revisit its broader Middle Eastern policy. Early last week, I joined a small meeting of House Republicans for an update on Syria from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper where he...

 

Pate, Ainsworth & Hawkins under the scope

We have two men who were elected to statewide constitutional offices last year, who seem to be doing a good job. They are both working quietly and diligently in their new posts. Rick Pate was sworn in as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner in...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    October 24, 2019

How deep is China's reach?

Despite the dire implications for any future freedom in Asia, Americans have been watching the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong with only a mild passing interest. So they were caught off guard when the National Basketball Association (NBA)...

 

Can't take the 'Southern' out of the girl

Ohio. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that far away, but I’ll tell ya, boy, is it far. Those people up there don’t wear crimson and white to support their good, God-fearing...

 

Congress must investigate Biden Scandal

While Democrats recklessly intensify their partisan scheme to impeach President Trump, the Biden scandal has escalated to a level Congress can no longer responsibly ignore. As more details come out regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings...

 

Edwards, Alabama legend passes away

One of the most outstanding congressmen and leaders in Alabama history is Congressman Jack Edwards. He passed away three weeks ago at age 91. He was born with the full name of William Jackson Edwards, III. However, he was always known as Jack....

 

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