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Discerning Voters Desperately Needed

It's a New Year yet, once again, very little has changed in the world of politics. While most of the nation was celebrating the birth of our Savior and spending time with family and friends, our...

 
 By www.Forbes.com    News    January 1, 2016

Here Are Obama's New Executive Actions On Gun Control

President Obama introduced a new group of executive actions to reduce gun violence at an emotional press conference Tuesday. The order, which has not yet been signed into legality, is designed to bypass a gridlocked Congress. Republicans have...

 

The Origin of Old Glory-----our American Flag

It is the story of freedom, liberty, and equal justice under law. Our flag has gone through the evolution of our ideas and of our free institutions. The flag is our symbol, our emblem for our ideas,...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2016

AMATEURS, RANK AMATEURS

Here I sit, shaking my head. Next year cannot come too soon for me. That is, next year’s presidential election. It has hard for me to fathom the level of mediocrity that emanates from within this...

 

Congress' Festive Omnibus Bill: 2015

Some have said my columns have become too angry, too much serious reporting, etc. instead of Sophocleus opinin' so I thought I'd lighten things up with a poem about the current holiday season: Twas...

 

Inside the Statehouse

January 13, 2016: Last week we discussed the presidential race. The GOP race for the nomination has been one of the most illuminating in history. Never before have political novices been the frontrunn...

 

Some Children Do Need Psychotropic Medication

I would like to discuss the current trend I am seeing as a clinician in regards to medication not being prescribed to children with mental health concerns. In these same cases, the primary care...

 

ARBITRATION ANNULMENT ACTION NEEDED

In September and October, I wrote articles describing the dangers that are inherent in corporate America’s ability to impose arbitration on the consuming public. I pointed out that the power of disp...

 
 By John Martin    News    January 1, 2016

A Christmas Gift for Gazette Readers

Almost everybody is familiar with the song, “My Favorite Things,” that Julie Andrews sang in the movie, “The Sound of Music.” Here is a new version with a special lyric to fit these troubled...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    January 1, 2016

We need COLDER weather to get the deer moving!

Well ladies and gentlemen, the weather hasn't exactly been top-notch this season so far. We're finally starting to see some weather that resembles December, but to this point in the season, the deer...

 

What to do if injured or baby wildlife is found

Many wild animals are cute, especially babies, and it might be tempting to try and care for one on your own. This is not a good idea! Wild animals can be aggressive and can carry parasites and...

 

First there were two...Now there are four...Soon there will be eight!

Starting with the football season of 2014, a four team play-off was initiated. This may or may not be better than what we had with the BCS Championship Plan with only the top two teams participating....

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    January 1, 2016

Do I need to think about any legal issues for the New Year?

Without specifics about yourself I’ll make this answer generic in a personal and in a business sense. I’m presume you looked at your financial estate planning (401k, mutual funds, stocks and...

 

January Potpourri

My, my how time flies. It seems only yesterday that I was waxing on about the January 2015 garden. This year, according to all of the weather procrastinators, we will be experiencing mild...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    January 1, 2016

Southern Cuisine

The word of the day is Compendium. The definition of compendium is; a collection of detailed information about a particular subject. The particular subject here is Southern Cuisine and cooking in...

 

Christmas for the Homeless

We would like to thank everyone for the generosity in donating to the homeless. We have been overwhelmed with all the donations over and beyond the items requested. Thank you again to all those that...

 

Autauga County officers receive medals

On August 13, 2015 while headed towards the Sheriff's Office from a call Sgt. Steve Adams and Deputy Jeff Bert were flagged down by a man in pick-up truck. They followed the subject in the pick-up...

 

BE NICE

As children old timers were taught to be courteous, especially to their elders. From around the 12th or 13th Century comes the French word courtesy. The noun courtesy refers to an act that is...

 

A NEW CHAPTER

Christmas is past, and the new year is upon us. And what a year 2016 promises to be. A year of challenge. And opportunity. Every new year’s sunrise represents the dawning of fresh opportunity. Have...

 

PRAYERS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Nikos Kazantzakis is an odd Greek name some of us may not recognize. Perhaps you know his work better than his name. Among other books, he wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ. In...

 

TEST YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY KNOWLEDGE

National Trivia Day reminds us that knowledge about Social Security empowers you and prepares you for retirement. Remember, the more you know about Social Security, the more control you have over...

 

"New Beginnings"

Before us stretches a new year, a new beginning. The old is past, put away forever. God invites us always to forget about all the distrust and fears, all the anxieties of the past, all the resentments...

 

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