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Remembering my first Christmas holiday

This being the season to celebrate Christmas I decided to write my Chistmas memories all this month. My earlist memory of Christmas must have been when I was almost five years old. It had to be 1945. We had just moved into our new house here at Barne...

 

Santa Claus and I are watching you

People with small children love this time of year for many reasons as we inch closer and closer to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. One of the things they love about this time of year is that it's a...

 

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s note: Christmas is a time to reflect on all the hopes and fears around the world. Years ago an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun newspaper saying her friends had told her there was...

 

The Life of President H.W. Bush

Our nation came together last week as we mourned the loss of a truly great American. No matter our race, religion, creed, or political party, we were drawn toward the light that was President George H.W. Bush. His life spanned nearly one hundred...

 

Probate office once most powerful

In Alabama political history, the office of Probate Judge was the most powerful and prestigious position. In the old days, in every county in Alabama, the probate judge was not only judge, he also appointed all county positions, hired all county...

 

French fires for fuel, freedom or just frenzy?

Bombarded daily with incessant sniping and salacious allegations, Americans are weary of the high drama constantly spinning out of Washington, so we have little interest or patience for all the bickering and nonsense from Europe. Who cares if...

 

Politicians can learn from football

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities” is sadly forgotten in the modern American political system. Instead we now face ‘A tale of two parties’. In Dickens’ book, the horror of living duri...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    December 6, 2018

Erasing borders to eviscerate sovereignty

The past few decades the United States inexplicably has been unable to control our borders. Illegal immigration has been the driving factor and focus, but it’s not unreasonable to expect the most powerful nation on earth to have some modicum of...

 

Down the home stretch

Some of the greatest sporting events in history have come down to the wire. Those bottom of the ninth, fourth and inches, double overtime plays are what stand out in our memories as the greatest successes or the worst defeats in sports history....

 

A look at the winners and losers

Now that the dust has settled on this year’s elections, let’s look back at who are the big winners and losers of the year. The obvious winner in the Heart of Dixie is the Republican Party. The GOP retained the reins of the state’s highest...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    December 6, 2018

Hurricane season has been a ride

I remember years ago when T.R. Miller was either winning state championships, losing in championship games or being just so close to making the big game. Then Coach Jamie Riggs said while winning a...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    December 6, 2018

Be careful, holidays to help scams

'Tis the season is also 'Tis the season to be cautious of scams, thefts and other tragedies that somehow show up as we enter the Christmas season. We all want to feel a little more generous during the Christmas season. It makes us feel a little...

 

Illegal immigration is illegal

There are no two ways about it. Illegal immigration is illegal. The images of a caravan of illegal immigrants trying to push across our southern border is deeply troubling. We have laws in the United States for a reason. Everyone is bound by the...

 

Analysis of Alabama's General Election

A few last thoughts and observations on our November 6 General Election in Alabama. Our new 55th Governor looked and sounded more like the old Kay Ivey, than the one we have seen the past few years and during the campaign. She was vibrant, succinct...

 

Coarsening culture erodes civility & common decency

Most Americans are still decent kind folks, but it seems only our worst examples make the news or social media. The people Christmas shopping largely seem to be rude and even the products are crude. Shoppers are literally brawling and cursing one...

 

Go green to support Hurricanes

History was made this past Friday night in Brundidge, Ala., when Flomaton High School defeated Pike County in the Class 3A quarterfinals of the state playoffs. It was a classic. History was made...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 29, 2018

Honor Austin, become an organ donor

Are you an organ donor? It's one of the most important things we all need to do. And it's simple. When you either get your first driver's license or renew your current one at the Escambia County Judge of Probate's office, among a few other things you...

 

Let us all give thanks

On October 3rd, 1863, President Lincoln issued a Proclamation on Thanksgiving establishing the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday, encouraging every American - at home and abroad - to give pause and give thanks. Thanksgiving had...

 

Americans may lose control, but God won't

Despite the best economic times in at least a generation, it seems America is spinning out of control. No matter how much the people clamor, the federal government just can't or won't control the border. California has lost control of wildfires...

 

The Alabama vs. Auburn game

The only sport that Alabamians enjoy more than Alabama politics is college football. We especially love the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. Folks, this is Alabama/Auburn week in Alabama. The Alabama vs. Auburn annual event is one of the fiercest...

 

Don't be politically correct on drugs

Unless you've had your head buried in the sand you've read a lot about the opioid epidemic. I read a story this weekend that Blue Cross/Blue Shield will no longer pay for the pain killer OxyContin,...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    November 22, 2018

Others can see what you post on web

They put these public service announcements all over the radio and television stations basically telling you to be careful what you post on Facebook or on the Internet because what you think is private becomes very, very public. We can remember when...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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