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 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 4, 2020 

Stellar group studying gambling in state

Another legislation session has passed, and Alabama still has no lottery. Actually, the legislature does not in itself have the authority to pass a state lottery, they can only authorize a ballot initiative to let you vote on a lottery. It takes a...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 4, 2020 

When tragedy is hijacked and our unity is burned

On Memorial Day, the nation was shocked when a horrific video went viral showing the callous senseless killing of a man on the pavement already in hand cuffs. George Floyd was being arrested for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit money. Video shows...

 

To create a more perfect union

I was a young teenager in the late 1960s, but I remember the riots and violence that occurred around the country, and especially in the large cities. I was concerned that we were headed down that road again with racial violence around the country in...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 4, 2020 

Don't confuse protesters with thugs

The video of Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of of George Floyd as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe sparked outrage. It was a disturbing video and the screams for...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 4, 2020 

Trayton needs to be a wake up call for all

We didn't know Trayton Gage Adams. What we know now is the 6-year old Flomaton resident died last Thursday afternoon when a four wheeler turned over with him as a passenger. You didn't have to know Trayton for your heart to sink when you heard the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Mike Hubbard conviction finally upheld

Over the past four years during my travels and speaking events over the state, the most asked question posed to me has been, “Why in the world is Mike Hubbard not in jail?” It was four years ago in June 2016 that the Speaker of the Alabama House...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Biden exposes more than Democrat racism

Increasingly pathetic and pitiful, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has become a comical caricature of awkwardness and incompetence, but it’s not all funny. Besides creepy and weird, Biden has a real knack for incredible gaffes. Easily tongue...

 

Tough times make our country great

This year, during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Memorial Day provided an even more unique opportunity to reflect upon what makes our nation great and the shared values we hold as a people. Though our celebrations may have been scaled down,...

 

Oh! For the love of a talker

I want to start by saying that I love my son, but Lord, is he a talker. He is a normal rambunctious 6-year old, but I dare say he might have a better grasp on the English language than some...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Mental health system failing us all

The state of Alabama failed Rufus Evans III and his family. It failed Tyler Dawayne Lisenby and his family. Alabama's mental health agency failed everyone in the community and it fails people...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Remember the fallen on other days too

As expected, Monday's Memorial Day event on the front lawn of the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton was a touching ceremony. To be honest, we were a little surprised to see so many people there as we continue to battle the coronavirus. But most...

 

The absent Congress

Last Friday the House of Representatives took a truly unprecedented step. The Democrat majority voted to change our rules and allow members to vote online in committee action on bills, and to vote by proxy on passage of bills and resolutions....

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Speaker Rayburn and Rep. Jones

The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 21, 2020

When Americans are afraid

Amid myriad mixed signals about facemasks, incessant sensationalized reporting, and even outright fearmongering, Americans are repeatedly instructed to be afraid. The Chinese corona virus is certainly dangerous, but we are being told this pandemic...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Pause to honor those who gave it all

I've talked to several people over the past month or so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some had been in lockdown, others had 'essential' jobs but schedules got moved around. Most all agreed...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Be smart with the openings

It appears we are slowly creeping back to normalcy in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more things are opening. In-person court hearings such as district court and municipal court have resumed. Libraries are opening their doors and yes, you...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 14, 2020

The 1965 special succession session

The legislature meets in regular session every year for three-and-a-half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 14, 2020

The coup that keeps giving

The wheels of justice move very slowly; sometimes the movement is imperceptible. The Trump Campaign and then the Trump Administration have been under siege for going on four years. Most Americans have known the FBI and CIA spied on the Trump Campaign...

 

Don't wait on opening the economy

Last week Governor Ivey issued orders allowing Alabama’s restaurants, hair salons, barbers, and other personal service businesses to reopen Monday under social distancing guidelines. This is an important step towards safely reopening our state’s...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 14, 2020

Planning for future critical

The town of Century and the town of Flomaton are both experiencing problems with water pumps. Both are about to spend a lot of money to fix those problems. The town of Flomaton voted Monday afternoon to go to its line of credit and borrow $117,680...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 14, 2020

Judges have guidelines on bonds

I hear the complaints and I'm sure judges hear the same complaints. I look at some, not all, social media complaints. The complaint is why can a person being charged with drug trafficking get a $1...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Budget is number one priority for session

The 2020 Regular Legislative Session has resumed after a six-week hiatus due to the coronavirus shutdown of the state and nation. The session must end by May 18, 2020. The only thing they will do is pass barebones budgets. The most important and...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Freedom really is fragile

After about two months of national crisis, the Chinese virus pandemic seems to be giving way to paranoia and power lust. Make no mistake, COVID-19 is a very real threat; it is certainly contagious, viciously attacks the respiratory system, and is...

 

Alabama has benefited from Federal action

Closing down the American economy has a real and enormous effect on the lives of countless Americans. Layoffs and job losses are devastating for individuals, families, and communities. In good times, it generally takes three to six months for...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Parker spent life trying to help others

Being in the newspaper business is not always easy in terms of covering the news and writing opinion pieces about what's going on in our community, state or nation. Relationships can sometimes be...

 

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