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  • Honoring the Legacy of Miss Bobbie

    Feb 1, 2021

    Mae Hackney Ames, affectionately known to the many that loved her as "Miss Bobbie," passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Mrs. Ames was born in Washington, North Carolina, attended Greensboro College, then East Carolina Teacher's College, now East Carolina University, majoring in Elementary Education. Later, she received a Master's Degree in School Administration from the University of Montevallo. She married John Brewer Ames in 1950 and together they raised five children. Her legacy is one...

  • Big Issues Facing Alabama Legislature

    Steve Flowers|Feb 1, 2021

    The 2021 legislative session has begun. It will be a monumental and difficult session. Due to COVID restrictions, the logistics of just meeting will be a task. House members will be spread out all over the Statehouse to adhere to distancing requirements. It is still uncertain as to how the Press and lobbyists accommodations will be handled. A new virtual voting console system has been installed to allow for House members to vote since all will not be on the House floor. There are a myriad of...

  • Prison Issue still a Tar-Baby

    Steve Flowers|Feb 1, 2021

    As the 2021 Regular Legislative Session looms, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the prison issue. The situation has grown more dire and imminent because the U.S. Justice Department has now filed suit against the State of Alabama. When Kay Ivey took office in January of 2019, she and the new legislature knew that they were going to have to address the prison problem in the state. Fixing prisons is not a popular issue. It wins you no votes to fix a broken prison system. Prisoners do not vote....

  • Where do We Find Such Men?

    Robert Tate|Feb 1, 2021

    With all the post-election negativity swamping the news daily, I started to write a Robservation concentrating on some of the buffoonery taking place in Washington. And I think we can all agree that at times it is too much to bear. I for the most part have stopped watching most news programs and I have found that even my beloved WSFA to be disappointing at times. Over the next several years, I will certainly have the opportunity to write on much of what is going on. But there is one thing I am...

  • I Don't Really Have Anything, Why Do I Really Need A Will?

    Ron Holtsford|Feb 1, 2021

    I get that question all too often. Even poor people have more than they probably think. Do you have a home (even a mobile home)? Do you have a car or truck? Do you have any money in a bank? While there are some ways around transferring a home, vehicle or bank account to a loved one or loved ones after death there are exceptions and even then it probably needed to be planned before your death and placed in the proper format. A proper Will takes care of those items in one document. It’s true...

  • The Rally of January 6

    John Martin|Feb 1, 2021
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    Today’s American people who are well informed can have no difficulty understanding that Donald Trump has been one of our most patriotic presidents in recent years. But because “The Donald” had refused to go along with our current corrupt elected and appointed officials and fought the Deep State with everything he had, the so-called “mainstream” news media and certain portions of our population have literally crucified him in their efforts to shame and defeat him on all fronts. The...

  • Those Who Make Peaceful Divorce Impossible Will Make Domestic Violence Inevitable

    John Sophocleus|Feb 1, 2021

    I ask forgiveness from any reader who recalls JFK’s famous 1962 quote, but paraphrasing seemed apropos after comments on last month’s column addressing ‘peaceful transfers of power’ bantered about by mass media, politburo members and pundits. I’ve wondered what my parents thought when hearing, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” from this soon to be assassinated President making such great gains toward freedom – e.g., reducing...

  • Marxist Hatred of the South

    John M Taylor|Feb 1, 2021

    “I wouldn’t know, I’ve only ever killed communists.” Polish soldier Rafal Gan-Ganowicz’s likely facetious response when asked what it was like to kill a human being. In a 2015 YouTube video, BLM (Black Lives Matter) co-founder Patrisse Cullors described herself and fellow organizers as “trained Marxists.” Radical leftists (e.g., Antifa) seem determined to destroy America and Marxists appear to have a long-standing hatred for Southern Christians. Marxists, whose religion is...

  • Will Student Loans be Forgiven?

    Daniel Sutter|Feb 1, 2021

    November’s elections imply we will likely see some Federal student loans forgiven. Current student debt levels reflect the morphing of a reasonable program. Loan forgiveness may produce significant changes for higher education. President-elect Joe Biden has indicated a willingness to forgive $10,000 in loans per borrower via executive order. A Democratic Senate will likely result in Congressional action; Senators Charles Schumer and Elizabeth Warren want $50,000 in loans forgiven....

  • RESOLUTION Honoring President Donald J. Trump

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Feb 1, 2021
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    President Donald J. Trump accomplished more than any President in our Country’s history. He is the greatest President ever. As a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee, I will pass the Resolution during our Winter Meeting in February and I will work to get every State Republican Executive Committee in the Country to pass the same Resolution. WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump was one of the greatest and most effective Presidents in the 245-year history of this Republic; and...

  • The Necessity of American Leadership in a post-COVID World

    Justice Will Sellers|Feb 1, 2021

    Thirty years ago, the world seemed like a more stable place. The United States was at the height of international prowess and had deftly negotiated with almost the entire world to oust Sadam Hussein from Kuwait. President Bush and his foreign policy team had built an international coalition to acknowledge that aggression against another sovereign state would not be tolerated. Even those countries that did not physically participate in the military coalition agreed to refrain from public dissent...

  • BIG GOP Crowbar – Prying Trump From Supporters

    John W. Giles|Feb 1, 2021

    CAUTION!!! There is a new wave internally erupting and clamoring among GOP strategist, political consultants, highly financed K-Street corporate brokers and many elected headliner “Republicans In Name Only” (RINO’s). They are attempting to drive a wedge between Trump and his 72 plus million base. Notions like, Trump is not the Republican Party, stop the conspiracy talk because Trump lost the election, get over it, the Deplorables are a cult, and Biden won the election fair and square....

  • Hammerin' Hank We'll Miss You

    Stan Hurst|Feb 1, 2021

    Major League Baseball Home Run leader and Mobile Alabama native, Hank Aaron passed this month, and he will surely be missed. The 86-year-old right-hander passed away January 22, 2021. Hank Aaron is the home-run king of Major League Baseball totaling 755 Home Runs eclipsing Babe Ruths’ 714. Hank Aaron hit 30 home runs a season for 15 seasons. He also hit 24 or more home runs every season from 1955 through 1973. Aaron had a total of 3,771 hits and his lifetime batting average is .305. While...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2021

    MAJ Ell White II & SGM Lenora White Major Ell White II Major Ell White II served 25 years, 11 months, and 11 days in the U.S. military including over four years in the Navy, over five years in the AL Army National Guard and over 15 years in the Army. His Military Area of Concentration (AOC) was Senior Human Resources Manager. His military medals, awards, and ribbons included: Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge after participating in firefights, ambushes, and combat operations during his...

  • Southern Cuisine - February

    David Spooner|Feb 1, 2021

    Here is February, the Canned Food Month, National Cook A Sweet Potato Day, the Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, and the Hot Breakfast Month. With these month-long celebrations there is Oatmeal Monday, the second Monday of February, and the 3rd weekend of February is National Margarita 2eekend. Then Super Bowl Sunday is National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day). Have you figured out why I have mentioned all these holidays? You are right –except for...

  • Tears & Laughter: We the People Get Along Just Fine

    Amanda Walker|Feb 1, 2021

    Now that he is in office, Joe Biden has the task of trying to unite the United States. He says it is his intention. He is committed to it. I think it is possible. I really do. I don’t know how much President Biden will have to do with it, but I do think peace is possible. Mainly I think it is possible because I see us getting along. There may be pockets of civil unrest across the country, but mostly it is politicians who aren’t getting along. We the people get along fine. If you can find a...

  • Nothing Less Than Perfect

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Feb 1, 2021

    As children, we all dream about happily ever after. We pine away waiting for the knight on the white horse or daydream about love that is never anything less than perfect. When you think of perfect love, who do you think of? While many of you probably said Cinderella and Prince Charming; when I think of perfect love, my thoughts turn to Adam and Eve. You might say that’s kind of a bad choice for “perfect love.” But if you think about it, Adam and Eve, while best known for the single worst...

  • Random Reflections From A Deer Stand

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Feb 1, 2021

    I’m writing this article from a deer stand as I look out into the woods and onto a small green field on a beautiful and sunny winter day! I love deer hunting, and I just love being in the woods! There is something about men and women hunting and the connection many of us have with the wilderness. Now I know a lot of women who love the woods, too, and I know a few that love to hunt as well. My wife, Janeese Spencer, doesn’t like to hunt, but she has a very special appreciation for God’s...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Feb 1, 2021

    NOTE: There was an error in the printed version of the February 2021 Alabama Gazette. We accidentally reprinted the January article. This has been corrected online. February is often called the transition month, moving the world forward toward spring and away from the dark winter months. Notice that the days are getting longer, but we still have cold weather which I term any temperatures below 50 degrees. I just love the mild weather of the Deep South where nights can get below freezing but...