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Border Crisis needs lawful solution

Decades of bad immigration policies have undermined our laws and led to the worst conditions at our border we’ve ever seen. U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended a staggering 56,278 unaccompanied minors this fiscal year. The Department of...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 20, 2019 

One vote can make a difference

Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator. A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 20, 2019 

Russian collusion supplants American collegiality

Rough and tumble, partisan politics have always been pointed. Cut throat campaigning and bruising elections are common; and passionate philosophical and policy debates are standard fare for American politics. So fierce competition in politics is...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 20, 2019 

Keep dumping, you'll get trashed

OK, I get it. Several months ago I published pictures, ran stories and wrote a column and editorial about the illegal dumping at the dumpster behind Flomaton Town Hall. The town's response was to plac...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 20, 2019 

Smith didn't need to hurt them again

Within hours after Brewton resident William Douglas Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to multiple sex crimes against young boys we began receiving telephone calls questioning why someone who molested so many young boys got off with a 20-year...

 

We can't stay slient on abortion

For most of the history of our country, it was widely accepted, as I firmly believe now, that life begins at conception, that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. The thought of prematurely ending a pregnancy was considered in...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Past prominent state legislators

The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent that primary, powerful, state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions. Current Alabama State Senators Del Marsh, Jabo Wagg...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Where have all the fathers gone?

Despite technological conveniences and innovations, modern society is bizarrely skidding toward moral chaos and civil collapse. Our prosperity enhances, excuses, and even masks our cultural decay. We may enjoy unparalleled creature comforts and be...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Watch your speed, Flomaton does

I can't remember how old I was, but I know it was in my elementary school ages when I was riding in a car with my grandfather. We approached a stop sign and he stopped. I guess it was one of those...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Crapps lets his district down on failing to vote

Flomaton Councilman Buster Crapps has repeated the phrase that it is the council's responsibility to look out for the money and it's the mayor's responsibility to manage the employees. He's said it in several different ways, but he's been consistent...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    June 6, 2019

You'd have killed that coon too

I've seen the Facebook video, I've seen the Facebook posts. I didn't go looking for them, they were forwarded to me about Atmore Mayor Jim Staff killing a raccoon with a shovel. I've seen the...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Head to the council chambers

We may sound like a broken record, but if you live in Flomaton and you get this issue of the Tri-City Ledger before 1 p.m. today (Thursday), you need to be at town hall. We've written about it, people have talked about it, people have called us...

 

We deserve the whole story now

It is fitting that last week, now-former Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced his resignation and return to private life and his shuttering the office of the Special Counsel. Just the day before his announcement, I filed a bill to get some real...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    June 6, 2019

A controversial waste

After almost two years of intense yet insipid national turmoil, the Special Counsel investigating the 2016 Presidential Election finally completed and submitted their report. Due to previous indictments of several Russians, we knew the Special...

 
 By Fred Kelley    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Looking inside the death chamber

I drive by the sign every time I head south on Hwy. 21 to the interstate. The sign says William C. Holman Correctional Facility. Most of the time the gate is raised, the road is open to driving past the prison and the area is quiet. On rare days the...

 

All who have gone before

War-time letters throughout our nation’s history can offer us a window into the personal sacrifices of our fighting men and women. Perhaps one of the most famous was by Major Sullivan Ballou of the Second Rhode Island Infantry, written just before...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 30, 2019

It does take an act of congress

A good many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no nonsense, good- government legislation fails to pass even though it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators. You will recall old sayings...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Delusion in journalism's dying ivory towers

The past few years “Fake News” real and imagined has become so prevalent that almost every news item is treated with distinct suspicion. Various polls show about 60-70% of the public considers the media highly biased or particularly...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Lottery and hospitals on life support

Here we go again. Unless a miracle occurs the voters in Alabama will not have an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment to decide if we want a lottery or not. State Sen. Greg Albritton's...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Next Thursday is a big day for Flomaton

Next Thursday will be a very important day for the future of Flomaton. At 1 p.m. at town hall, the citizens of Flomaton are asked to show up for a question and answer period with John Robert Smith about the possibility of implementing a Form Based...

 

Give an inch, they take rights

Last week I had the great experience to join my colleagues in a little friendly competition at the Congressional Clays Competition hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. It was great to express our Second Amendment rights with some...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Deer & road legislation in works

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I thought maybe he had a serious personal problem or had...

 
 By Pete Riehm    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Securing our liberty

Our brilliant Constitution is the foundation of our beloved republic. Its poetic preamble lays out the reasons for our noble purpose. Although this seminal document is integral and vital to our very freedom, we tend to take it for granted and seldom...

 
 By Joe Thomas    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Social media promotes 'fake news'

Social media can be a great tool, but it can also be a Devil in disguise. I'm not a big social media person because I don't know if what I'm reading is factual or some of that 'fake news' President...

 
 By Our View    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Remember why we are celebrating

For many people, this will be a long weekend with Monday off to celebrate Memorial Day. There will be family gatherings, there will be trips to be the beach or to the river and Monday night Flomaton Speedway will put on a fireworks show. We just hope...

 

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