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  • Tangled Webs and Telephone Cords

    Oct 1, 2019

    "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." – Sir Walter Scott But identifying who is being deceitful here in this Watergate-esque scandal is less than clear. There is so much bias, incompetence, deception, and potential law-breaking that it is very difficult to be objective, and ultimately that is the problem. It is the type of scandal that removes one's faith in government and anyone involved with it. So in an attempt to untangle and better understand this mess, l...

  • 2020 Senate Race Right around the Corner. GOP Field is Probably Set.

    Steve Flowers|Oct 1, 2019

    Even though qualifying does not begin until October 8, 2019, the field is probably set for the GOP Primary in March to unseat the anomaly Democrat, Doug Jones, who is sitting in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate Seat. First District Congressman Bradley Bryne and Secretary of State John Merrill may be the favorites to lead the field and square off in a runoff. Either of the two will probably win by a 60-40 margin over Jones in November. The wild card in the race is the iconic character, Roy M...

  • Do I understand that there is a recent change in Alabama Medicaid that allows them to recover from probate?

    Ron Holtsford|Oct 1, 2019

    Yes, that is correct. It is however conditioned on certain criteria and in my view will cause some changes in estate planning and in debt collection by creditors. Whenever an estate is opened in an Alabama probate court, the named personal representative whether appointed for a testate (having a Will), intestate (no Will) estate or the person initiating the settlement of a Small Estate (with or without a Will where the probate assets are less than twenty-five thousand dollars), must file a...

  • ONE TRICK PONY

    Robert Tate|Oct 1, 2019

    I am sure most of us are familiar with this term. It means that someone has only one thing they are either good at or one issue that they feel strongly about. I don't want to be that person. Many pro-death abortionists are exactly that. No matter what happens in the world, no matter what crazy laws the government tries to pass or how good or bad the economy is doing, they will fight for their right to kill babies by the millions. No other issue on planet Earth galvanizes them like abortion and...

  • Euthanasia

    John Martin|Oct 1, 2019

    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 defined as the “painless inducement of a quick death.” People use this process on a regular basis when they see their beloved pets in distress from incurable diseases and/or unrecoverable injuries. But many are squeamish when it comes to applying the same mercy onto human beings. Some even sup...

  • History Comes to Troy

    Daniel Sutter|Oct 1, 2019

    Troy University will host an exhibition from The Remnant Trust from September through the end of November. The artifacts and books included afford an opportunity for Alabamians to see some history. Founded in 1999, The Remnant Trust is a foundation dedicated to preserving items important to the history of individual freedom and human dignity. Partnered with Texas Tech University since 2014, the Trust has a collection of over 1,400 documents for research and exhibitions like the one coming to Tro...

  • The AU Horror Picture Show: Bride of Felonstein meets YellaGrubbear

    John Sophocleus|Oct 1, 2019

    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 this column how AU gave rise to felon Mike Hubbard, who perfected ‘The Art of the Steal’ of using governments for personal gain in Alabama. Bobby Lowder mentored Felon Hubbard in the dark arts when Hubbard began in AU Athletics having just ‘grifted’ in from the Georgia jock adulation scene. The ‘plot sicke...

  • Hypothetical – Bernie or Elizabeth, Was this your idea?

    John W. Giles|Oct 1, 2019

    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 fabricating stories about conservatives. Every day, since the November 8, 2016 election (almost 3 years ago), liberal Democrats and members of the counterfeit media have worked around the clock fabricating, packaging and pounding this president with false claims, which have become hypotheticals on steroids. Wel...

  • THE ROAD AHEAD

    Ed Jones|Oct 1, 2019

    No other state in America has two football teams ranked in the top ten this year. Alabama has reclaimed number one as Clemson came within one play of losing to North Carolina on September 28th. At press time, Auburn is holding on to the number seven spot with a road trip to Gainesville staring them in the face. Florida is number eight and should be a slight favorite. Prior to the season, I wrote that Alabama would be favored in every game in 2019. I also wrote that Auburn would be underdogs in...

  • 22nd Annual "Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory" Civil War Reenactment in Tallassee, Alabama

    4nd Annual “Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory” Civil War Reenactment in Tallassee, Alabama November 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2019 Sponsored by The Tallassee Armory Guards, SCV Camp 1921 Gibson’s View Plantation Tallassee, AL School Day November 8, 2019 ($5 per student) “Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory” Reenactments start @ 2PM on Saturday & Sunday School Day Reservations: Call Nan Todd @ 334-324-8655 or email wacqradio@elmore.rr.com or call Randall Hughey @ 334-283-6...

  • 9 Ways to Conceal Movement While Hunting

    Steve Long|Oct 1, 2019

    New research out of the University of Georgia Deer Lab is providing unique insight into the rate at which white-tailed deer process visual images and how they perceive their environment. It appears that deer actually receive visual information at a much faster rate than we do, making them more sensitive to movement. Any movement to them will appear to be in slow motion, which, of course, allows them to react more quickly. And, while this finding is true at all times of the day, it is at sunrise...

  • Aardvark

    Ron VanHerwyn|Oct 1, 2019

    Aardvarks are small pig-like mammals that are found inhabiting a wide range of different habitats throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. They are mostly solitary and spend their days sleeping in underground burrows to protect them from the heat of the African sun, emerging in the cooler evening to search for food. Their name originates from the Afrikaans language in South Africa and means Earth Pig, due to their long snout and pig-like body. Aardvarks are unique among animals as they are the...

  • Southern Cuisine for October

    David Spooner|Oct 1, 2019

    Fall has not arrived so any mention of warm soups and stews, fruit pies just out of the oven and canning the fruits and vegetables I have in the freezer would be premature. I'm staying with the theme of preparing meals and dishes that are served cold or at least room temperature. And meals that do not require heating up the kitchen. The air conditioner for my kitchen is overwhelmed with heat from the dishwasher. I stand in front of the opened refrigerator not to get ideas for meals but to get...

  • Potpourri for October

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Oct 1, 2019

    When I was young, growing up in South Alabama, when October came around, our thoughts turned to all the fun things that would be happening. The county fair was always a big attraction, not only for all of the rides, but for funnel cakes, cotton candy, caramel popcorn, boiled peanuts, and the prize bulls. Of course, just walking around and people watching brought smiles to our faces. Usually, around that time rodeo events would have entertained us. Those were simpler times, but very nostalgic....

  • Just A Few of My Favorite Quotes

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Oct 1, 2019

    We all need to be encouraged, inspired and challenged, right? One of the ways I do that is by reading quotes. So, I often search for and screenshot quotes I like and keep them on my iPhone for future reference. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa “Stand for what is right even if you stand alone.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter....

  • Halloween has become an issue among Christians!

    Russell K. Tardo|Oct 1, 2019

    Long considered harmless fun, many are now questioning its history, nature, influence and fruit. The revitalization of Satanism and Witchcraft and their obvious association with Halloween has caused Christians to wonder whether they should participate in it at all. There is no denying the bizarre and occultic nature of Halloween decorum (certainly witches, devils, ghouls, monsters, vampires and ghosts are not Christian in character!). But in spite of that, some Christians defend their participation in the holiday asserting their “liberty” in Ch...

  • Postmodernism: The Attack on Biblical Christianity

    Bobbie Ames|Oct 1, 2019

    Last month “the Education Page” article highlighted socialism as the downfall of America. But it made it clear that American Constitutionalism is the path for healing of our nation. This month, we wish to dig deeper into our problems, as postmodernism is the greatest threat to Biblical Christianity in our nation. • How many American citizens are knowledgeable about the prevailing secular postmodern philosophy across our nation? • How many pastors have equipped their congregations to oppose it? A...

  • Understanding Social Security Spouses' Benefits

    Kylle McKinney|Oct 1, 2019

    Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your retirement, here are a few things to remember: Your spouse’s benefit amount could be up to 50 percent of your spouse’s full retirement age amount, if you are full retirement age when you take...

  • A DoDEA Americas School Selected as a 2019 Blue Ribbon School

    Oct 1, 2019

    PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA - A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas School was recognized recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama is one of the 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized across the nation, and one of the three DoDEA schools recognized. The award is based on the school's overall academic excellence or their progress in...

  • Honoring Our Heros

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2019

    John F. Morrow ~ 97 Battle of the Bulge Hero John F. Morrow is a 97 year-old WWII veteran who served as a U. S. Army tank driver in the liberation of Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. Lt. General George S. Patton was his commander during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, a region in southeast Belgium that extends into Luxembourg, Germany and France. The Battle of the Bulge was the major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II taking place from December 16,...

  • German Exchange Students

    Students from LAMP High School in Montgomery and 19 students from the Gymnasium Grossburgwedel (school) in rossburgwedel, Germany are participating in the German American Partners Program (GAPP) for two weeks. GAPP is a student exchange program between the US and Germany. Visiting German Students and their US host families gathered at the home of Michael & Amy Belcher for a welcome dinner on September 18, 2019....

  • Tears and Laughter: Why I Sound Southern

    Amanda Walker|Oct 1, 2019

    I was recently a guest on a podcast and some of my readers – specifically my mother and daughters – listened to it. A couple of their friends who were trapped in the car with them at the time had no choice but to listen too. The main thing we were supposed to talk about was a column I had written on the difference between being Southern and being country, but ended up we talked mostly about the wastewater situation in parts of Lowndes and Wilcox counties that were headlining the news that wee...

  • Letting Go

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Oct 1, 2019

    I once heard a wise person say that “Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different than it was.” This definition of forgiveness really spoke to me….and maybe it will speak to you as well. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a constant attitude.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Think about it… Those words can absolutely set you free in your life and in your relationships, if you allow them too, because letting go is a choice. You limit yourself fr...

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