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 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    June 1, 2019 

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 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]...

 

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...

 

What Shall it Profit Apparatchiks to Win Rigged Elections and Lose their Souls?

As designed, the $80,000 rigged special election on February 19 tax votes in Lee County proffered low (3.6%) turnout results similar to convicted felon Hubbard’s $3 million wasted on our 2012...

 

"Malice in Hubbardland" (cont.) Signs, chief swapping & special election abuse

“I don't like the looks of it,' said the King: 'however, it may kiss my hand, if it likes.' 'I'd rather not,' the Cat remarked.” The King and the Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll...

 

"Malice in Hubbardland"

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." Alice and The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. During this...

 

The Scourge of 'Straight Ticketers'

Straight-ticket voting enables a voter to cast all their votes for one party with a single mark at the top of the ballot. This duopoly party enhancing practice finally died in most States. Little surp...

 

Giggin' for Dollars in Opelika as forecasted: OPS they did it AGAIN!

How do you make $14 million as the first Gig City in Alabama? Spend about $60 million... Some readers may recall last November's piece entitled, "Giggin' for Dollars in Opelika: Scent of a Birmingham...

 

"Peoples' Paper" 19th Anniversary May God Grant the Alabama Gazette many more years!

Empty screen before me once again, hands at the keyboard [see Mark 9:43-47 below] contemplating what to address for this month’s column... • The ray of hope for corrupt politicians upon reversal...

 

Revisiting an Economist's Perspective on the 1st Commandment

Prof. Thornton's recent book, The Skyscraper Curse offers sound perspective on booms and busts in our economy making business cycle theory accessible to the current, 21st-century audience. Long time r...

 

Write on Voter; Right ON!

The primary runoff is in the record books with over 87% percent of registered voters not participating in party elections they funded, some saying in fear of making an error for actual or accused...

 
 By John Sophocleus    News    July 1, 2018

Alabama Power finally 'zaps' the Canary in the Drummond Mine: time to 'dissolve' the BCA…

Bill Britt (4/18/18 Alabama Political Reporter) stated current and former BCA members thought the board’s vote to demand Canary’s resignation was good news for the State’s future and those...

 
 By John Sophocleus    News    June 1, 2018

State School Board Races: worthy inquiry to Secretary Merrill?

Recent political Kabuki theatre has some contemplating Gov. Ivey’s dating preferences and Judge Sue Bell Cobb’s campaign hiring practices. How candidates deal with these may be revealing. I also...

 
 By John Sophocleus    News    May 1, 2018

Alabama Sheriffs Lawsuit: Outrage v. Issue

Much ink has been spilled these past months to highlight outrageous observed results from our Alabama law enabling sheriffs to transfer ‘inmate food provision’ monies in their favour. These...

 

Parole P.G.T. Beauregard to Beauregard, Alabama

New Orleans Mayor (wannabe actor) Mitch Landrieu has made many appearances recently from 60 Minutes to the usual 'talking head' TV morning circuit displaying removed statues stashed in secret...

 

The Auburn Greed

Every year another batch of young souls descend upon Auburn University embarking upon a four year (oft a five or six year) mission to better themselves in hopes of one day being heralded as “an Aubu...

 

Toward a more rational, Constitutional immigration policy…

The immigration debate is heated up once again. In true “reality showmanship” Pres. Trump has made for some great sound bites and TV coverage but little of substance. When asked as a candidate...

 

Binary Choice: Source Of Our Bipolar Political Dysfunction

Much ink has been spilled since Doug Jones’ (49.9%) close victory over Roy Moore (48.4%) in the US Senate special election. It is my hope Democrats devastated by Trump’s win and Republicans...

 

"… a decree from Caesar Augustus for all to be taxed"

My first Gazette Christmas column contemplated how many were still haunted by Miss Greer Garson’s voice in the opening narration of the 1958 animated version of “The Little Drummer Boy,” one of...

 

Giggin' for Dollars in Opelika: Scent of a Birmingham Sewer?

There's a different scent in the wind on Goat Hill with Felon Hubbard in the rear view mirror. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon has shown himself a different Spirit than his predecessor he once shilled...

 

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

The more commonly remembered (88th Anniversary) stock market crash of 1929 resulted from “an overbought, overvalued, and excessively bullish market, rising even as economic conditions were not...

 

Battles for the Tallassee Armory: 20th Reenactment

Tallassee Armory Guards (SCV Camp 1921) 20th remembrance of the "Battles for the Armory" War Between the States reenactment is appropriately set for Veteran's day weekend November 10 and 11 this year....

 

Blessed With Many Fathers:

Empty screen before me now, heavy hands upon the keyboard, I struggle to type this month’s column… informed hours ago of the death of my father-in-law, Dale Miller, via phone from my bride. She...

 

Hodgkinson's Disease: how House members 'progressed' into larger targets

Congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson most reproduced quote (linked to a Change.org petition) asserted, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump &...

 

Brother Against Brother: searching for common ground

“Brother against brother” oft conjures remembrance of how a voluntary coalition of States morphed onto the forced coalition of states result observed these past several score. Mr. Trump swore his...

 

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