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A fiscal reckoning

When the House returns to business next Monday, we will take up the National Defense Authorization Act I wrote about last week. Then we will take up appropriations bills for next fiscal year, which begins October 1, and likely another Coronavirus...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Alabama's senate race decided

The much-anticipated battle between former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate was the marquee event on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 16, 2020

An appeal for understanding

Americans have been mired in racial turmoil for weeks now and it seems there is no end in sight. All sides are beyond upset, but also somewhat blinded by emotion and manipulated by politics. There are genuine issues at stake, but the looting and...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Better than I thought but still pitiful

I have to admit that Alabama's 17.36 percent voter turnout and Escambia County's 18.03 percent turnout in Tuesday's runoff elections were higher than I anticipated, but it's still pitiful. To put... Full story

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Commission takes right step with vote

We applaud the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission for passing a 'continuity of government' resolution that will allow the county government to continue to function in the event the board does not have a quorum to make decisions. Other local...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Senate and Congressional runoffs next week

Believe or not, coronavirus notwithstanding, we have three important GOP runoffs next Tuesday. You will go back to the polls to elect two Congressmen and a United States Senator. That is assuming that you go vote and are not afraid of germs. It will...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 9, 2020

The second Civil War is here

It is now clear and inescapable that America is under attack; not just physically in every major city, but existentially at every monument across the land. We are long past the initial outrage at the unjust killing of George Floyd and any pretense...

 

Our common defense fund

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee, which I’m proud to be a member of, passed and sent to the full House the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. This is the 60th year in a row that we...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    July 9, 2020

As things change dates change

In the March 19, 2020, edition of the Tri-City Ledger as the COVID-19 pandemic began exploding I wrote in this space not to believe any dates you read in my newspaper, any other newspaper or see on th...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Yes, we do vote Tuesday

Yes, the voting polls will be open Tuesday, July 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Escambia County, Ala. We're not electing anybody to any office. What we are doing is having runoffs on the Republican and Democratic tickets to help pick a nominee to...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 2, 2020

GOP senate runoff in less than 2 weeks

Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate Seat. The runoff between former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting. The two conservatives...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Carney versus Kaepernick

As our major cities smolder upon our 244th Independence Day, some of us may be wondering how many more years we will be able to celebrate our independence and freedom. America has conquered many challenges over the past couple centuries, but this...

 

Our sacred honor

This weekend America will celebrate its 244th birthday. Unfortunately, we do so in a time of a pandemic, a struggling economy, and violent protests. But, it’s still our birthday and we should both commemorate and celebrate it. We usually do a good...

 

A new perspective from the clouds

With everything going on in the world, between COVID-19, state lockdowns, murder by racism, political war-of-the-parties, rioters destroying small businesses that were already in trouble due to being...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Use common sense firing off for the 4th

In the song labeled 'Henry the VIII' it repeats the line saying the second verse is same as the first. It's a song that can drive you crazy. But as we enter the Fourth of July weekend we want to remind people of something we put in this spot every...

 
 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...

 

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