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Articles from the February 15, 2015 edition


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  • The Restructure of America Through the "Choice in Education"

    Bobbie Ames|Feb 15, 2015

    The restructure of the public educational system is far more reaching than the schools. It is the restructure of the Nation through Education. A careful investigation reveals that it is international in scope and entirely socialistic in philosophy. It is promoted by the United Nations, and already, similar methods have been implemented in numerous European countries. "Choice in Education" sounds wonderful. However, the "Choice" that we are hearing about is not the choice of grass roots parents...

  • How can the Federal Government force the State of Alabama to accept same sex marriage?

    Ron Holtsford|Feb 15, 2015

    In 1996 the Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress, which stated that States did not have to accept same sex marriages performed in States that allowed such. Section 3 placed into law a non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, which included governmental employee insurance benefits, social security survivors' benefits, bankruptcy, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns. This also excluded same-sex spouses from the laws that protect families of federal...

  • Economic Motives of Defense Attorneys

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Feb 15, 2015

    This column continues the discussion of the economics of law practice. It is the fourth in a series. First, we described the strong ties between law and economics. We pointed out that because the practice of law is a business, the economic motivation of the lawyers handling the litigation can actually make the legal system less efficient for conflict resolution. Quick resolution of legal disputes does not promote the economic interest of the law business. Defense lawyers who charge hourly rates...

  • Inside The Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Feb 15, 2015

    February 18, 2015: The legislature and the governor are preparing for the first Regular Session of the quadrennium. The Session will begin March 3. Legislators need to arrive in Montgomery with their lunch pails and sleeves rolled up ready to go to work because the proverbial chickens have come home to roost. They are facing a gargantuan budget crisis in the State General Fund. They cannot spend this four years cussing Obama Care and passing unconstitutional and meaningless bills dealing with...

  • Small Game Are A Great Way To Keep Everyone Active In The Outdoors, Regardless Of Age.

    Steve Long|Feb 15, 2015

    Ladies and gents, the end of deer season is nigh upon us. We're in the home stretch of what's been an up and down season, with weather changing nearly every day. I've seen just about every season of weather Alabama's got in the past couple of months, and let me tell you, we've had a feast or famine hunting season to go with it. But don't you worry about the end of deer season, for our friends in the northern zone. While the rest of us lucky sons of guns in the southern zone get our 10 day...

  • Joiner, Saban...

    Ed Jones Sports Editor|Feb 15, 2015

    JOINER On Sunday, February 1, 2015, the last vestige of the glory days of Sidney Lanier High School came to an end. Legendary basketball coach Bill Joiner fittingly passed away as the half-time of the Super Bowl began at the age of 83. What a fitting way for him to go. As the coach in the pressbox for Coach Bobby Wilson's great football teams of the same era, Bill would scramble down the stadium steps as fast as his old bad knee would allow in order to give Bobby and the rest of the Lanier...

  • Improving Our 2nd Amendment Civil Right in Alabama

    John Sophocleus|Feb 15, 2015

    As I’d like to make this an uncharacteristically short column, I’ll not address all the flawed reasoning from extremist who’ve successfully imposed the unconstitutional result we observe today. All FEDERAL gun laws are prohibited as guaranteed by our 2nd Amendment civil right. Republicans giving us the first unconstitutional gun laws in their successful effort to assert federal hegemony and set us on our soviet path are generally accepted by Lincoln apologists to be defended at all cost...

  • Time For Alabama Local School Superintendents To Be Appointed – Not Elected

    Dr. David Nichols|Feb 15, 2015

    For decades local public school officials, politicians and legislators have debated the method in which local/district superintendents are selected. Nationally, 97.8 percent of all local district school superintendents are appointed. The only exceptions are six southern states which have both appointed and elected superintendents: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. According to the Alabama Association of School Boards, there are currently 138 local school...

  • Making The Most Of Marriage

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Feb 15, 2015

    I once had the privilege of meeting Art Linkletter. Many of you will remember his famous interviews with children and his book, Kids Say the Darndest Things. It’s interesting to find out what kids think about marriage. In answering the age-old question about whether it is better to be single or married, Anita, age 9, answered with some good insight: “It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them....

  • The New Sheriff in Town

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Feb 15, 2015

    For those that don't know my background, I was appointed by former Sheriff D.T. Marshall in 1999 to come aboard as Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. My duties entailed being the point of contact for Homeland Security of Montgomery County, overseeing the daily operations of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and most importantly managing a budget for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Prior to my appointment, I served as a Montgomery Police Officer in both the...

  • We Live In A Bubble

    Marcia Chambliss|Feb 15, 2015

    Along with millions of Americans, my husband and I recently viewed the movie “American Sniper” which portrays the four deployments of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. As many have expressed on various social media sites, we also left the theatre in silence as we struggled to express the impact of the film and the ugly reality in which our men and women in uniform, along with their families, live their lives in service to our nation. Whether you agree or disagree with our overseas military strategy...

  • Where Do We Find Such Men?

    Robert Tate|Feb 15, 2015

    With the study of history, we often think of the past as places where our heroes have risen above all obstacles by the very nature of their superior moral, physical and/ or spiritual qualities. We have a high regard for the hero while we somehow ignore or forgive them for their faults and shortcomings; no matter how glaring. We put them on pedestals and think of them, or wish for them, attributes and characteristics that may not exist. In turn, it becomes increasingly easy to give them credit...

  • The Importance Of Brevity

    Dr. John Bitter|Feb 15, 2015

    Over the years most of us have had to endure more than one windy speaker. Unfortunately, what most speakers don't realize was that a good speech doesn't have to be a long speech. Fifteen minutes should be the limit for an effective speech. Beyond that we get into boredom. A two minute speech can accomplish as much or more than a two-hour presentation. A case in point is the two-minute presentation given by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Mr....

  • Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

    Kylle McKinney|Feb 15, 2015

    February is the month when we celebrate love and friendship. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also declared February as American Heart Month to bring awareness to the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States: heart disease. We encourage you to wear red all month to promote cardiovascular disease prevention. Just as the heart is vital to our emotional and physical well-being, Social Security disability benefits are often a vital lifeline for people who are...

  • I Feel Vindicated!

    David Spooner|Feb 15, 2015

    I have always enjoyed peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. I like peanut butter, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and cheese between two slices of white toast. But when I tell people that I eat PB&M sandwiches, reactions range from "Oh, How disgusting" to "You're weird". Then I found an article in Garden and Gun by Jed Portman, titled "A Forgotten Southern Sandwich". The peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich! The picture in the magazine is even with my favorite mayonnaise, DUKE'S. I did not know...

  • Flowering Quince

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Feb 15, 2015

    By the time February rolls around each year, there seems to be a reawakening. Bulbs shoot forth and flowering trees come out of what I term hibernation. Montgomery and the surrounding counties will soon have the appearance of a fairyland of flowers shrubs, trees and bulbs. Pansies planted last fall will perk up and bloom along with snap dragons, and dianthus. We should be seeing evidence of poppies forming tiny gray-green clusters close to the ground. Nurseries should be stocked soon with...

  • "Amazing Love"

    Trisston Burrows|Feb 15, 2015

    Well my friends, it’s that time of year again. You know - red hearts, pink roses, balloons, cards, candy, and animals that sing songs of love. Store shelves overflow with symbols of love. They began the day after New Year's to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Do you know that more roses are sold on that day than any other day in the year? All over the world, it is the day that people show their love for someone special. It is a great occasion to express love and appreciation for any of your lo...

  • Roby Celebrates School Choice Week

    Rep. Martha Roby|Feb 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Every student deserves a chance, and every parent deserves a choice," U.S. Representative Martha Roby said marking National School Choice Week in a special video message. "I'm Martha Roby and I'm proud to celebrate School Choice Week. "Every student deserves a chance, and every parent deserves a choice. My state of Alabama is going to be making another big push on improving school choice this year, and we are going to do our part in Congress to make sure federal laws support...