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 By John W. Giles    Opinion    August 1, 2020 

MLK 2.0 – Content of Character

The American stage is now set and ripe for a new leader to emerge in the black community, but it will not be the likes of Al, Jessie, Elijah or Maxine. Their tactics flamed out decades ago, but there...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    August 1, 2020 

Election Reforms

Term Limits   One of the most popular ideas is term limits. I have heard quite a few people propose a limit of twelve years for anybody in our congress—two terms for senators and six terms for...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    August 1, 2020 

Part Two: For this reason I take a knee...

Author John Taylor [fellow Alabama Gazette columnist introduced last edition] provided some quotes from his Union at All Costs book to help illustrate ‘Judas rhetoric’ to cloak avarice for...

 
 By John Taylor    Opinion    August 1, 2020 

Are You From Dixie?

Besides appreciating where I came from, my love for the South and its traditions originated with my late mother, Mary Alford Taylor. She was very easy going; however, if anybody talked badly about the South, she would become instantly defiant. It...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Trump's Three Questions

My father, W.O. Giles, Sr., taught my brothers, sister and I a famous slogan we can all recite, even today. He would say: "There is your side, their side, find what is right and do not move." This...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Our Confederate Heritage

One of America’s greatest tragedies was what many of us call the “Civil War,” also known as “The War Between the States,” “The Great Rebellion,” “The War of Northern Oppression,” and...

 

Part one: For this reason I take a knee...

In his prayer for the Ephesians, Paul doesn’t want them to be afraid, deterred or faint by the tribulations he is enduring. My paternal grandmother lived in Ephesus until forcibly removed at the...

 
 By John M Taylor    Opinion    July 1, 2020

The Confederate States did not Commit Treason

The Alabama Gazette welcomes its newest contributor: John M. Taylor: Married (Susan) with two sons and two grandchildren, most know me by my nickname “Johnny.” After graduating from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City and then...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    June 1, 2020

Jeff Sessions Myths Dispelled

Falsehoods and myths attacking my friend, Jeff Sessions, need to be dispelled. I have known and worked with Jeff for 27 years. Loyal Trump supporters in Alabama have been torn for 3 years over his...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2020

The Oppression Continues

As I am writing this (mid-May, 2020), the American people are still suffering from the sanctions that our governors, mayors and other authorities have imposed onto them and the U. S. economy....

 

The Great Bailout: struggling to our next abnormalcy

The struggle from DC on down to my Lee County commissioners (along with politburo mayors) in the effort toward our next distorted result is full steam ahead. Gamblers on Wall Street – investors is...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    May 1, 2020

Bread Lines - Grapes of Wrath 2.0

I was recently awakened early one morning at 4:00 am with a horrific dream about America. When we were having coffee, I told my wife about the dream, which shook me to the core. The first thing that...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    May 1, 2020

Coronavirus Madness

Toward the end of last year (2019), a new strain of flu erupted in Wuhan, China, spread very rapidly, and soon began killing people. Rumors circulated that it escaped from Wuhan’s level-4...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    May 1, 2020

Blessed With Many Fathers

Columnist John Sophocleus learned of his earthly father's passing while writing his piece for this month’s issue. Adamant about his submission these past ten plus years, he requested The Alabama Gaz...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Trump is Right, Can He Ever be Wrong?

Trumps ability to fill stadiums and maintain an unshakable base of support is defined by his adversarial opponents as a cult. To the contrary, in the face of a daily tsunami of hostile incoming...

 

October 1929 v. October 1987 Black Mondays: a tale of two crashes

These are indeed unwonted times – certainly a first in my ten plus years as an Alabama Gazette columnist. I wholeheartedly concur with the wise decision to not print an April issue for many...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Montgomery's Occupational Tax

This past February 18, under the watchful eye of Montgomery’s Mayor Steven Reed, five of the city’s nine city councilmen, spearheaded by Councilman Glen Pruitt, quickly voted their final approval...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    March 1, 2020

Rush – A Man Way Ahead Of His Time

In 1987, I sold my portion of Giles Enterprises and did a little real estate development in 1988 and in 1989 joined the Hunt Administration as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama. Also...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    March 1, 2020

The Demise of the Democrats

Back in the day, in the 1800’s, the Democratic Party in the United States stood solidly for our fundamental Constitutional principles—liberty, justice, and free enterprise. But as the 20th...

 

What's New Hypocrat? Time to Abolish Parties in the 'Age of Impeachment'

Hypocrisy in overdrive these past months, now less fueled by DC politburo members, is decelerating back to ‘coasting speed’ toward the usual destination of ‘Dershowitzian’ good intentions...

 

Trump Leadership - One Is A Majority

As a young 20 year old budding entrepreneur, I vigorously studied leadership. I was attracted to the vogue readings of the day on leadership, managing and goal setting. I learned that if you put 100...

 

Amendment One: 2020 Vision

Just as the Republocrats $1.2 billion Amendment One [2003] proposal of significant increases for individual income tax payers, the sales tax, property tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, etc....

 

Building Better Roads

Every year, we continue to hear the same old song from our public officials—“Our infrastructure is falling apart…. We need more revenue…. We must have a tax increase.” The rational answer,...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    January 1, 2020

The Nanny

From our very beginning, we the people of the United States have honored and fought for the right to live free and support ourselves without government interference under a sacrosanct principle...

 

Doing the County's Bidding; Malice in Hubbardland spirit still alive and well in Lee County…

Two Lee county officials were bound by law and contract documents to procure bid proposals before spending taxpayer money. Records show one manager was not protected for her actions; the other was...

 

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