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Supporting our military, repaying veterans

One of the highest honors from my time in Congress has been the many interactions I’ve had with members of our nation’s armed forces and our veterans. Throughout the long history of the United States, countless Americans have served our country...

 

Legislature off to a new start

The Legislature has met for their organizational session and elected their leadership for the next four years. Both the House and Senate leadership remain essentially the same as the last quadrennium. Senator Del Marsh, R-Anniston, was elected...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    February 7, 2019

Molech has nothing on abortion bloodlust

On the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe Versus Wade making abortion legal throughout the land, the New York legislature marked the occasion by passing a state law to allow abortion right up until the moment before live birth. The...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    February 7, 2019

Looks like Trump pulled off a winner

To be honest, I didn't watch much of President Trump's State of the Union address, but I did watch some. I opted to go to the Flomaton High School gym Tuesday night because I thought I would get more...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    February 7, 2019

Stay involved in education

Today, schools within the Escambia County (Ala.) School System open their doors to parents for conferences with teachers to visit with those who have the responsibility of educating their children. Teachers have a tough job and it only gets tougher w...

 

Infrastructure should be top priority

As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning. There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders. They are overwhelmingly Republican. The Governor is Republican and all of the...

 

Working for the people

Over the last several weeks, we saw a prime example of how our government is broken. A portion of the federal government shut down, the Coast Guard went without pay as they completed their dangerous missions, and Democrat Members of Congress refused...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Media mobs are the enemy of the people

Fake news is certainly detrimental to our body politic and civil discourse, but it’s apparently also dangerous. On a recent field trip to Washington DC for the “Right To Life” march, Covington Catholic High School students from Kentucky...

 

Ruby Mae Davis

Ruby Mae Davis, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Perdido, Ala. Mrs. Davis was a native of Bay Minette who had resided in Perdido for most of her life. She was of the Catholic faith. The funeral was held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Pelosi played Trump like a puppet

Remember the first Godfather movie that was released in 1972 that featured the cross or T with all the puppet strings? Depending on who wrote about that symbolism, most came to the conclusion that...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 31, 2019

Best to error on caution

We all make tough decisions based on the best knowledge we can get into our brains. This past week a lot of school superintendents across the state of Alabama had to make a decision on whether or not to keep the school doors open in the wake of a pos...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 24, 2019

Folsom's tough love loved by all

I didn't get to know John Folsom until he had retired from his education career. I moved to Brewton in 1984 and moved to Flomaton in 1989. But I heard the stories about Folsom long before I met him....

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 24, 2019

Give a cop a thank you

Have you ever just walked up to a cop and said 'Thank you' for the job they do? Most of us haven't. A Mobile police officer was shot and killed over the weekend doing his job – protecting the people of that community. Last we read there have been...

 

Knowing the sanctity of life

I am proudly pro-life. Millions of Americans are as well. The sanctity of human life is immeasurable, and the countless Americans who feel the same way should not have their voices silenced or their opinions rebuked in the mistaken claim of freedom...

 

New federal judges in Alabama

Regardless of what happens in Donald Trump’s administration over the next two years, he will have a proven record of success as President especially if you are a conservative American. One of, if not the most important accomplishment of any...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 24, 2019

What about toxic feminism

Around since the 1980s, the concept of “toxic masculinity” only gained any traction the last few years as the denigration of anything male became hip in pop culture. Toxic masculinity is the idea that raw manliness or man in his natural state is...

 

Get this show on the road

It is time for the Democrat leaders in Washington to stop posturing when it comes to border security and end the government shutdown. The old expression “get the show on the road” is very apt in this situation. But, truth be told, the show is...

 

How will 2020 census shape Congress?

Preparations are being made to take the 2020 Census. This process is not just a fun game to spell out demographic changes and interesting tidbits about us as Americans. It is a very important mandate dictated by the Constitution. The number of...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    January 17, 2019

Government standoff is about incompetence

With the longest ever shutdown of the federal government, some people are amused, some are enraged, and many are completely unaware. A few may be wondering how did we get here and what is really going on? Sadly, the press is no help; modern media is...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 17, 2019

Gov. Ivey sends a strong message

If you read between the lines, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she will serve her next four years as governor and retire into the sunset. In my book, she will go down as either a great politician or...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 17, 2019

Council makes right call on police patrol

We applaud the Flomaton Town Council for taking the first step toward boosting a law enforcement presence in the town and within the police jurisdiction. Monday night was the first step in what we hope is a long-term plan to make sure we have at...

 

Through the looking glass

With 2018 behind us, it is time to start looking at what you can expect from Washington in 2019. Under Republican leadership, we in Congress aimed to make America better off, and thanks to our many victories through conservative policies, we...

 

The 1940's Congressional Delegation

Recently I came across a copy of an old congressional directory from 1942. It is always fun for me to read about this era in American political history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been first elected in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression....

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Build the 'damn' wall; it won't work

The standoff in Washington, D.C., isn't so much about money, national security or humanitarian efforts; it's about politics, plain and simple. President Trump and the Republicans want $5.7 billion to...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Riverview bridge needs finishing

Progress sometimes hurts. When the state or county has to shut down roads to make repairs it can cause hardships for people who use those roads on a daily basis, whether going to school, work or simply to the grocery store. But those repairs are...

 

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