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Mary & Joseph: UNplanned Parenthood 33BC

Most Gazette readers require no reminder of the ‘unplanned’ (in this world) birth we venerate each Christmas. Some may recall a similarly titled 2015 Christmas column years ago. After accusation o...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    December 1, 2019 

Daylight Wasting

This past November 3, we all ran our clocks back one hour to switch from daylight saving time back to standard time. From then until next spring, we lose an extra hour of daylight every afternoon. As...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    December 1, 2019 

Coup d'etat or Unleashing Secretariat

America is at a crossroads, either we follow Nancy, Adam, Jerry and Chuck in their unceasing attempt to remove President Trump or we as a country participate in a historic 2020 landslide election and...

 

A Coward Dies a Thousand Deaths: I wish it were so few…

This month is the ten year anniversary of submitting my first Alabama Gazette column. It addressed eminent domain abuse; the infamous Kelo decision in the US Supreme Court and more specifically...

 

Enough is Enough

Back in the 1990’s, WACV Radio talk show host, Don Markwell, regularly featured Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar as a guest on his program. One day, a caller chimed in and complained about people speed...

 

Guns - Personal Responsibility - Shall Not Be Infringed

While the gun control debate escalates after mass shootings, I want to begin this article with a few simple questions that might deserve simple answers. Does a Saturday night special or an AK-47 on...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    October 1, 2019

Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a painless and peaceful procedure of ending the persistent suffering and trauma of the terminally ill and others who have decided that death is a better option. In current usage, it is...

 

The AU Horror Picture Show: Bride of Felonstein meets YellaGrubbear

Recent ‘rocky’ times at Auburn University display a cult horror picture show on how ‘warped’ private interests extract wealth from students and taxpayers. No surprise to frequent readers of...

 

Hypothetical – Bernie or Elizabeth, Was this your idea?

Recent ‘rocky’ times at Auburn University display a cult horror picture show Right thinking, fact driven Americans have hit their high water mark, frustrated with the liberal news media...

 

Humane Executions

In spite of what some people claim about the cruelty of capital punishment, there are some people who are just too dangerous to be allowed to exist. See my May, 2017 article for my argument on this...

 

THE "GIFT" THAT KEEPS ON GIVING – $4 Million

I often find myself taking a life inventory at different weigh-points, assessing if I am adequately contributing to leave a positive mark in the world, on my watch. We can never give enough back. I...

 

I'm a God Supremacist

There, I've said it. Perhaps I’m a little giddy penning my first column in retirement. More likely as the so-called ‘Cold Civil War’ gets hotter, I recall those of Antonin Scalia’s Spirit,...

 

Steven 'Crash' Leath Hits The Silk Like A Good Auburn Man

I painfully witnessed ‘unonimous’ [sic] installation of Leath as AU’s 19th President at the University Ballroom March 20th 2017; it was a sound forecast he would “crash and burn” if/when...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Civil Asset Forfeiture

The concept of civil asset forfeiture is one of the cruelest impositions our government has ever imposed onto the people. In essence, it allows law enforcement officials to become legal pirates to...

 

Qualifications? Meeting a payroll

Governor Hunt once told me, “John, before anyone runs for office or becomes a journalist, they would be well-served to have met a payroll first. What a profound statement and I agree 100%. If you...

 

Resting Under the Shade of the Trees..William George "Bill" Anthony 21 September 1944 – 1 June 2019

Dixie lost a great patriot of Southern heritage and longtime champion of our Southern way of life. Many in the Sons of Confederate Veterans [SCV] Alabama Division and small government activists at lar...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2019

Too Many Laws

This year’s legislative session has been one of the most counterproductive we have had in recent years—from the rammed in gasoline tax increase, to overspending, to more extreme seat belt penaltie...

 
 By John W. Giles    News    July 1, 2019

Kayo - One Man Sawmill - Last Generation

As we travel down the road of life, we often meet extraordinary people, who enrich our path beyond measurable standards. This is an amazing story about a rare, yet simple man named Kayo, who in my est...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2019

The Abortion Dilemma

The topic of abortion is probably the most controversial political issue that exists today. Opinions range all the way from abortions on demand to outright prohibition in all cases no matter what....

 

US 280 and College Avenue: 20 years of devastation…

Another horrific crash at this infamous “T” of US 280 & AL 147 has many decent folks angry again and our corrupt county commissioners running for cover. It broke my heart to once again see a medic...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Reverse Recidivism Rate

Recidivism rate is the tendency of a criminal to commit a crime and return to prison. This is one of those areas where fuzzy math drives you crazy getting to the facts. According to the National...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Sen. Ward Kudos and APAEP in our Prison Crisis Debate

Kudos to Sen. Cam Ward [R-Alabaster] head of the Senate Judiciary Committee blocking the ethics bill proposed by Marsh and Albritton. Reported dead in Ward’s committee by Bill Britt [APR 4/18/19]...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Should Children be Voting?

In our nation’s beginning, our founding fathers wrote our Constitution to specify that American citizens must be 21 years old to be eligible to vote. This was considered to be the minimum age for a...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    April 1, 2019

Big Electromagnet Pulling Left

As I watch what is happening to core philosophies and belief systems internationally, domestically, and now in our own state, I am just shaking my head and looking down in dismay. The question I am...

 

Passed Gas Tax - more Goat Hill flatulence…

Gov. Ivey and our Goat Hill legislators ‘passed the gas’ tax to fuel a more over-built/unsustainable road system in Alabama. Pray for our posterity and those of limited means weathering the next...

 

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