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 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Don't believe COVID dates published

Escambia County (Ala.) School Superintendent John Knott says we will start school on Friday, Aug. 7; we've got dates for the beginning of college football, high school football, major league baseball...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Enough! Otherwise it won't end

America has been roiled by rioting for weeks, but what started as protests to voice outrage at the callous unjust killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police was quickly hijacked by domestic terrorists, namely ANTIFA. ANTIFA is an extremist...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 25, 2020

How has COVID-19 affected politics?

As we end the first half of 2020, there is no doubt that the coronavirus is the story of the year. The coronavirus saga of 2020 and its devastation of the nation’s and state’s economic well-being may be the story of the decade. How has the...

 

America needs building up, not tearing down

Our brilliant Founders built our democracy upon two different but complimentary pillars. The first and more obvious pillar is our constitutional system itself, what the writers of the Federalist Papers called the “new science of politics.” Our re...

 

America must remember those lost

Our 2020 public observance of Memorial Day in Escambia County Alabama was once again held on the courthouse grounds in front of the monuments bearing the names of the 175 Escambia County heroes who died during World War I, World War II, Korea, and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Hardee's needs lesson from YMCA

I want to congratulate, applaud and give a big thumbs up to the Brewton Area YMCA. I can't say the same about the Hardee's restaurant in Flomaton. On June 18 the YMCA learned that a member who had...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 25, 2020

COVID-19 is still here and it's spreading

Just about every health official predicted it, and now their predictions are becoming true. COVID-19 cases are increasing at a rapid pace after our so-called opening. We've all been out and about, there is no real social distancing, people are...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Fatherless, Godless, hopeless

America is ablaze literally and figuratively. In a prolonged temper tantrum, anarchists and assorted malcontents have rioted, looted, and burned cities across the country for weeks. Average Americans are aghast watching incessant senseless violence o...

 

Racism exists and it's our fault

Does Racism exist? Yes. It does. There's no running from it. It's been here and has been here for centuries. Especially here in the south. To argue it, is stupid. To deny it, is ignorance. To ignore i...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Why Wallace said "No" to U.S. Senate

My next book on Alabama politics will expound on who I believe have been the top 60 political leaders in Alabama over the past 60 years. More than likely in any political historian’s book George Wallace and Senator Richard Shelby would rank as the...

 

Keeping our heads during these times

These last few weeks have riveted the country’s attention on police brutality. The murder of George Floyd was an atrocity, and unfortunately it’s not the first one. As we have so often in our history, it’s time for America to respond with...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Flomaton, Century lag on census

According to the U.S. Census' website, as of June 15, Flomaton ranks dead last in Escambia County (Ala.) in terms of how many people have filled out their 2020 census form and Century's response is a...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Tuberville stole the playbook; and it's working

We'll give Tommy Tuberville credit for either being a great politician or surrounding himself with people who know about politics. As a football coach he studied the playbook of his opponents and as a candidate for the U.S. Senate he stole the...

 

Good news on the economy

First it was the public health experts whose projections were wrong about COVID-19. They predicted far more spread of the disease, and death from it, than we have actually experienced. They also predicted that those states which opened up before...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Trump and Sessions battle via Twitter

The U.S. Senate runoff between former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was put on hold by the coronavirus. The original primary on March 3 had Tuberville and Sessions in a dead heat. The runoff...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Stop! Stop the madness

Please pause for a moment; take a deep breath and stop whatever you are doing. America is having an anxiety attack. Literally everyone is upset and emotions are fever pitch, and with good reason. After months of questionable quarantine, the nation...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Can't bury truth by burying history

Taking down confederate monuments don't change history. Changing the names of colleges doesn't change history. Taking Elmer Fudd's gun away from him won't slow down gun violence. We can't bury the...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Harrison, Jay deserve a big congratulation

Too often we are accused of 'sensationalizing' bad news to sell newspapers. Granted, drugs, sex and violence sell more newspapers than other stories, but is that a reflection on us or on you, the reader? We talked to a group once and said we could...

 
 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...

 

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