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Alabama is like a big front porch

The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, “Alabama is like a big front porch.” She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life. Even recently, as I’ve traversed the state, I am always amazed at how...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Divided nation renders split a decision

The president’s party historically loses an average 25 House seats in midterm elections. Republicans lost about 30 plus House seats and counting, but gained seats in the Senate. Despite constant hype that the electorate would rise up to repudiate...

 

Words can't express our gratitude

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world’s largest, deadliest, and costliest war to that date drew to an end. The guns that boomed over field and forest in Europe fell silent. World...

 

Veterans deserve more than we provide

Veteran’s Day has always held a special place for me. Now I admit, when I was younger, it was special because well, it’s my birthday. As a kid I remember how jealous my friends would be that I...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Escambia County Democrats are done

After crunching the numbers from the Nov. 6 General Election I came to one conclusion: You can stick a fork in the Escambia County (Ala.) Democratic Party because it's done. I don't think I'll live...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Beware: jury scare is just a scam for cash

There's a scam going around you need to be made aware of. We received an email from Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain last week warning people of the scam. He sent the email after he had two individuals come to his office...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 8, 2018

Voting is a freedom most don't use

Just to let you know, I'm writing this column on Thursday, Nov. 1, five days before the General Election that took place Tuesday, Nov. 6. I normally wait until the Wednesday morning after an election...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 8, 2018

The right call was made in FHS game

We really don't know who to give the kudos to for the decision on Oct. 26 to keep Flomaton High School starting quarterback Daquan Johnson on the sidelines during the second half of Flomaton High School's 20-13 victory over T.R. Miller High School....

 

No place, no time for hate

At a recent church service, the sermon focused on the 12th chapter of Mark’s Gospel, which describes Jesus’ answer to a question from a scribe about which Commandment is “first of all.” Jesus replies with the Shema: “Hear O Israel, the...

 

More than elections going on in Ala.

Our gubernatorial election year politics ended yesterday. However, there have been other political maneuverings and developments going on behind the scenes, which may ultimately have more long-term ramifications in the Heart of Dixie’s political...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 8, 2018

Did America choose to act or to talk?

By the time you read this, the tumultuous 2018 midterm elections will be over. We will know if Democrats were successful in their anti-Trump crusade to retake the House. This is dangerous ground for a columnist to write a column before a watershed ev...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Straight votes are for lazy people

“I can't vote for a Democrat.” “I'll never vote for another Republican.” I've heard both of those comments or very close to them over the past several weeks as we head into Tuesday's General...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Veterans died to let us vote

If you didn't read it on the front page, we want to remind people that today (Nov. 1) is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 General Election. The circuit clerk's office at the courthouse will be open until 4 p.m. today to...

 

Farmers are our future

This past week, I had the pleasure of visiting many fine farmers and foresters throughout Southwest Alabama to learn more about the incredible work they do on a daily basis. This was part of my annual “Ag Matters” agricultural tour, which brings...

 

Vote in general election next week

This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole Robert Bentley spoiled my parade. Back in the old days, governors could not succeed...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Take a breath; separate hate from partisanship

This midterm election has been particularly punctuated by high drama and marred by egregious allegations. Certainly rough and tumble, there are always dirty tricks in politics. Seeking to gain advantage or win votes is one thing, but demonizing...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    October 25, 2018

Look closer at proposed amendments

In addition to multiple races that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot in Alabama there are four constitutional amendments that will be added to the original document passed in 1901 that the last time I...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    October 25, 2018

Voter turnout shows lack of caring in Ala.

We read with interest a story published by al.com this week that looked at voter turnout in all 67 Alabama counties during the June primary elections. They ranked the counties from one to 67 based on the percent of registered voters in each county wh...

 

Conservative policies are working

Rarely in today's world of instant communication and “the loudest voice wins” politics do we hear positive stories in the news cycle. Now, though, I would like to draw attention to a story that has proven to be good news, but has, for the most...

 

Frank Johnson and the Free State

Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the tumultuous times of the 1960’s. We lived through the Civil Rights revolution. Those of us who grew up here in the Heart of Dixie witnessed the transpiring of racial integration first hand. Most of the...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    October 25, 2018

Democrat platform: deception & turmoil

From the very moment President Trump won the election two years ago, Democrats have been sternly and somewhat spasmodically warning voter outrage would send the Republicans packing in the next election. Here we are just weeks from Trump’s first...

 

Infrastructure vital to Ala. economy

There are very few places in the United States that can boast the sort of diverse infrastructure we have here in Alabama. There are 11 interstates, over 3,000 miles of freight rail, 5 commercial airports, and more than 132,000 miles of rivers and str...

 

The real story of Shorty Price

Since this is Alabama vs. Tennessee week and we have a Governor’s Race in three weeks, allow me to share the Story of Shorty Price. Alabama has had its share of what I call “run for the fun of it” candidates. The most colorful of all these...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    October 18, 2018

It's all in the economy

Imagine for a moment a world where reality is relentlessly blurred by constant complaining and whining about irrelevant, trivial, and even fake news. A place where facts are ignored or hidden. A place where an overwhelming obnoxious media echo chambe...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    October 18, 2018

Judge has opened 'Pandora's Box'

I've been saying for years the judicial system in Alabama was on the verge of collapse due to lack of funding and an order issued by Mobile County Circuit Judge James Patterson on Sept. 24 will either...

 

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