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 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    August 29, 2019 

The happens in the summer of 1969

As we say goodbye to the summer of 2019, allow me to reminisce with you and indeed commemorate more than likely a summer exactly 50 years ago that was undoubtedly the most momentous summer in American history – The Summer of 1969. It is amazing...

 

We must stand with Israel

Israel means so much to our nation. The American people have no better friend. As the only democracy in the volatile Middle East, Israel is one of our greatest partners on the global stage. And Israel, particularly Jerusalem, holds a close personal...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 29, 2019 

Theater of the absurd and anti-American

Americans are already suffering through perhaps the longest presidential election in history. Absolutely refusing to accept the results of the 2016 election, many Democrats are still fighting to reverse that result, but with 2020 upon us, dozens of...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 29, 2019 

Gas prices to jump; head to Atmore

Over the years covering hundreds of county commission meetings and city council meetings the most complaints I've heard expressed was the condition of roads, bridges and ditches. Those complaints...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 29, 2019 

Keep a close eye on Dorian this weekend

We don't want to sound like we're crying wolf every time a hurricane comes out of the Caribbean and has a potential to cause issues in our area, but we still want to inform people of the possibility and tell them that they need to stay on top of the...

 

End violence by returning to values

The recent violence in our country – and the passionate debates it has sparked – have led me to reflect on the emotional state of our country and the battle being waged between good and evil. I thought back to comments I gave earlier this year at...

 

Hot political summer in the city

It has been a long hot summer in Montgomery, and I do not mean at the Capitol or Statehouse, but in the City of Montgomery itself. There is a heated and pivotal mayor’s race. It has been considered a foregone conclusion that Montgomery will elect...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Hong Kong struggling to remain free

Literally on the other side of the world, Hong Kong seems too distant and far removed to capture our attention, but Hong Kong is quite relevant with some poignant lessons for all freedom loving people. Occasionally making news in the West, Hong...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Sunday sales a plus for Flomaton

It took a while, but Monday afternoon the Flomaton Town Council voted to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. Flomaton followed the steps first taken by Atmore when Atmore became the first...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Job fair shows employment is available for all

Need a job? Want a job? There are jobs available. Escambia County Commissioner Karean Reynolds of Atmore partnered with Atlas Industrial Outsourcing to hold a job fair this past Monday at Atmore City Hall. Some 150 people showed up and many of those...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 15, 2019

White supremacy replaces Russian collusion

After perpetuating a preposterous hoax for over two years, the corrupt cabal of Federal Bureaucrats, Democrats, and media determined to topple President Trump have found a new grotesque lie. The accusation that Trump colluded with Russia to steal...

 

The story of Col. Floyd Mann

One of the legendary figures in Alabama political lore is Floyd Mann. Colonel Mann was Public Safety Director for two governors. His lifetime friend, John Patterson, made him his Public Safety Director while he was governor, 1958-1962 and Governor Al...

 

A Washington success story

One of the first actions I took after being elected in 2013 was to visit all the hospitals in Southwest Alabama. Big and small, rural and urban, I visited them all. And I spoke directly with doctors and hospital leadership about issues they and...

 

Arguing is just a waste of breath

Arguing. Why do we spend so much time doing it? I've thought about it recently when I've watched the national news. I thought about it again when my daughter got into an argument online with a...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Forget politics, it's time for football

I'm a little tired of talking about gun control, immigration and politics, so I'll talk about what's really important to people, especially in the south – football. If you're like me you have to...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Services need to match the money it costs

Everybody likes the services provided by tax dollars but nobody really likes paying taxes. We especially don't like it when our elected officials begin raising taxes for fees to provide those services. At Monday night's Flomaton Town Council meeting...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Trump ends America's racist caste system

Many Americans are probably unfamiliar with a “caste system.” Some may recall from long forgotten Social Studies courses that south Asian societies particularly Hindus subscribed to and some still do to a caste system. A caste system is the...

 

Agents fight despite false media attacks

The border agents, military and law enforcement personnel at our southern border are doing their best in difficult circumstances to combat both illegal immigration and attacks from Democrats and the national media. Today I’ll discuss the second...

 

The 1950's story of Phenix City

There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus,...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Juvenile justice can help curb tragedies

In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, I could easily start quoting a lot of old sayings like 'guns don't kill people, people kill people' and 'if you outlaw guns,...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Drive safely, school is on

A few months ago we wrote a story about the new speed device purchased by the Flomaton Police Department that shows motorists what the speed limit is and how fast their vehicle was traveling. Police Chief Bryan Davis said the data collected showed...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Century may need to have a sale

From the outside looking in, I think it is time for the town of Century to at least begin receiving proposals from companies that might be interested in purchasing the town's natural gas system. I've...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Life without, is right move for sex offenders

They say you learn something new everyday. We learned something new last week when we learned that a person over the age of 21 who is found guilty of certain sex crimes on a child under the age of 6 'shall' be sentenced to life in prison without the...

 

Community newspapers get it right

Editor's note: The following editorial was published in the July 27-28 weekend edition of the Oxford Eagle in Oxford, Miss. It was written by Managing Editor Anna Gibbs Guizerix, a Jay native and a 2013 graduate of Jay High School. Guizerix can be...

 

Gov. Ivey gets it right again

Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable. She knows what she is doing. It should not be surprising given her...

 

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