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  • University of Alabama Dance Marathon

    Guest Writer|Mar 1, 2019

    The University of Alabama Dance Marathon raises $248,796.19 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Children’s of Alabama Birmingham UADM exists to provide financial and emotional assistance to the children and families undergoing treatment at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Children’s of Alabama, in Birmingham, AL. Dance Marathon, the main event of UADM, is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at over 150 schools across the nation who raise money...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Mar 1, 2019

    State Revenues Up as Legislature Prepares for Session and Crafting of State Budgets March 6, 2019 The Governor has been inaugurated and the Legislature has had its organizational session. The quadrennium has begun. Therefore, it is time for our state officials to get to work. Among the three branches of government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial, our 1901 Alabama Constitution renders our Legislative Branch as the most powerful. Some of you who witnessed the Wallace Era may disagree and...

  • Two Paths Forward for Healthcare

    Daniel Sutter|Mar 1, 2019

    Numerous prominent Democrats now support Medicare for All, the most recent proposal for a single-payer healthcare system. A recent Trump Administration report, Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition, offers a different path forward, detailing the numerous ways government restricts competition and increases costs. Medicare for All suggests that we would be turning away from markets and private insurance to government healthcare. In truth, government rules have...

  • BITS AND PIECES – EVIL ON DISPLAY

    Robert Tate|Mar 1, 2019

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of evil on display here in the good ole’ US of A. Here goes a small sample of what I have seen over the past month. 1. Martha Plimpton: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen /goonies-star-martha-plimpton-says-she-had-her-best-abortion-in-seattle. Who? Yeah, exactly. She was one of the child actors in the 1980s movie, The Goonies. She is now a washed up nobody who was being interviewed recently by former Planned Parenthood medical director Willie Parker....

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

    John Sophocleus|Mar 1, 2019

    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 Statewide special election sham result (14% turnout 49 days before a general election) to rob the ETF back in 2012 and 4.5% turnout to get the last Lee County sales tax to pass after failing twice on a general election. I’m confident most of my readers are familiar with Mark 8:36-38 (KJV) scripture the...

  • POLISHING A T#RD - A Conversation on Racism

    Tobias Grant|Mar 1, 2019

    Having an honest and productive conversation about racism is a lot like trying to polish a t#rd ball. It can be done (MythBusters Episode 113), but it’s stinky and messy and in the end what have you really accomplished? I will try anyway. As the Alabama representative of my eclectic collection of friends, late on February 18, I was confronted with the comments of a Mr. Goodloe Sutton of Linden, Alabama…because somehow it’s my responsibility to address the comments made by an 80-year-old...

  • Can a city such as Birmingham decide to remove existing historical markers or monuments if the city feels it should no longer honor them?

    Ron Holtsford|Mar 1, 2019

    I am sure you are referring to the reaction of the past few years mostly to mentally unstable individuals who have committed crimes of murder and hate and shown to wave the Confederate battle flag believing it to be a sign of supremacy and racism. For a bit of history, about 122,000 Alabama men served the Confederacy in the various segments of its military. Of those it is believed that about 35,000 died during their service leaving about 20,000 widows and 60,000 orphans. Dependent on the age of...

  • The Native Peoples of Alabama

    Bobbie Ames|Mar 1, 2019

    The Indians were the first native people of Alabama, as we know. Before Europeans came to Alabama, the native people had been here for many generations. They had built mounds and discovered natural resources in abundance. Careful Alabama History still tells of their lives, filled with sports, music, art, religion, recreation and occupations. Indian ballplay was a favorite sport, reminding us of football. The ball was made of deerskin and the object was to get the ball over the goal line. The...

  • Potpourri for March

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Mar 1, 2019

    The month of March brings in windy, kite-flying days, and much activity in the garden scene. March is the official month of Spring, and the harbinger of warm balmy weather. The dormancy of most trees and shrubs is broken with a burst of buds on the limbs and stems. We have already seen the flowering of the majestic Japanese magnolias, the fragrant old-fashioned Kiss-me-at-the-gate, beautiful camellias and sasanquas. Every time I see these flowers, it makes me so grateful I live in the south....

  • Speckled Trout Fishing In Mobile Bay | Finatics Fishing Charters

    Steve Long|Mar 1, 2019

    Finatics Fishing Charters offers every kind of fishing you could think of in and around the Gulf of Mexico and the Mobile Bay system. With that being said we cut our teeth and continue to target SPECKLED TROUT more than any other fish. Along with being a wonderful fish for the dinner table, it is a great fish to target whether you’re a novice or a seasoned fisherman. They can be caught all year long and have a 10 fish per person limit in Alabama. In this post I am going to be focused on the...

  • The Great Shutdown

    John Martin|Mar 1, 2019

    During this past December and January, the United States suffered the longest government shutdown in its history—over a month. But was it really a shutdown? Of course not. Like all of the previous ones, it was only partial. Only “nonessential” functions were cut. And to really rub it in, many departments that were truly nonessential kept on trucking with no layoffs at all. Politicians are constantly afflicted with the syndrome of spending more to fix problems they created by spending...

  • What I Don't Like About Football

    Ed Jones|Mar 1, 2019

    This column will be devoted to the many things that I don’t like about modern day football. As addicted as I am to the sport, there are certain trends that do not enhance the game of football. Even worse, these trends are in some cases very bad for football. Most football fans do not see those trends, or care about their impact on the game. However, as a traditionalist, they are an abomination to me. What is so frustrating is that there is little that can be done about them now. When you make...

  • Southern Cuisine for March

    David Spooner|Mar 1, 2019

    Have you ever watched a carpenter preparing to make a piece of furniture, or a artist starting to put their vision on a canvas? Or watched a professional chef prep for a meal? Have you noticed what anyone preparing to paint, assemble, repair, or prepare a meal have in common? They have all of the materials, be it paint, wood, tools, and if need be, instructions, on hand and easily accessible before they started. I have lightly covered this before. The term mise en place means "everything in its...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY'S RESOURCES FOR WOMEN

    Kylle McKinney|Mar 1, 2019

    March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support. Social Security plays an important role in providing economic security for women. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. In the 21st century,...

  • 3rd Annual Dementia Friendly Alabama Golf Classic

    Dr. John Bitter|Mar 1, 2019

    Friday, March 29, 2019 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Prattville, AL (Senator Course) Central Alabama Aging Consortium, the Area Agency on Aging for Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, established the Dementia Friendly Alabama Initiative in 2016 to provide dementia education, training and resources to those serving and those living with dementia. This year we have partnered with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) who will perform a rescue on the course to highlight their efforts...

  • The Lifesaving Station

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Mar 1, 2019

    On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little life-saving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for those who were lost. Some of those who were saved and various others in the surrounding area wanted to become associated with the station and gave of their time, money, and effort to...

  • Seasonal Reasoning

    Hannah Johnson|Mar 1, 2019

    Your Time Again? You were married and for whatever reason you are single now. You’ve spent your life planning retirement with your mate, but now entering your golden years single is not always the way you envisioned. You probably had planned on growing old with your spouse. Sometimes we don’t understand why we lose people, but there may be answers to your broken heart. According to The Washington Post “Adults between the ages of 55 and 64 are also turning to websites and apps more often,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2019

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Mar 1, 2019

    SHERIFF OF THE YEAR DERRICK CUNNINGHAM Sheriff Derrick Cunningham received the Robert D. "Bobby" Timmons SHERIFF OF THE YEAR award during the President's Banquet on Tuesday night, February 26, 2019, while attending the Alabama Sheriffs Association Winter Training Conference. As Sheriff Derrick Cunningham sat among his colleagues during the Present's Banquet, talking and making faces and displaying his sense of humor as he always does, he was in awe that his name followed "SHERIFF OF THE YEAR."...

  • Autauga County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Mar 1, 2019

    THREE NEW DEPUTIES FOR AUTAUGA COUNTY The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office graduated three new Deputies from the Alabama Advanced Criminal Justice Academy on February 26, 2019. Sheriff Sedinger swore these deputies in on February 28, 2019. Help us welcome Deputy T. Manley, Deputy A. Evans and Deputy T. Powell to the Sheriff’s Office....

  • Tears and Laughter: Beware Of Chicken Fever As Spring Draws Near

    Amanda Walker|Mar 1, 2019

    Based entirely upon my casual observation, women seem to be more susceptible than men, and children ag it on, but for some reason many people who have never so much as grew a turnip patch suddenly get the urge to raise chickens when daytime temperatures start climbing toward 70. All that has to happen for someone to catch chicken fever is to visit a farm supply store. A woman can go in there, maybe just shopping for a new pair of bib overalls, and then, innocently enough, she will see the cute l...

  • "Finding Balance"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Mar 1, 2019

    Recently, I was listening to a Podcast and one of the speakers referred to the word “ego” as an anacronym. E-G-O….Edging God Out. For me, and maybe for some of you, this is idea or concept is thought provoking, to say the least. There’s a story in Greek mythology about a young man named Narcissus. He was a very handsome young man and he knew it. One day he saw his reflection in a stream and he became enamored with the image of himself. He couldn’t pull himself away; he stared into the...

  • Fighting for Those Who Fought for Us

    Rep. Martha Roby|Mar 1, 2019

    Here in Alabama’s Second District, we are fortunate to share our portion of the state with two of our nation’s finest military installations: Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery and Fort Rucker down in the Wiregrass. I’m honored to serve our district that is home to these installations, thousands of active duty and reserve personnel, and more than sixteen thousand military retirees. In fact, according to last year’s federal statistics, our district has the thirteenth largest...

  • What Issues Are Most Important to You?

    Rep. Mike Rogers|Mar 1, 2019

    I want to hear what issues are most important to the folks across East Alabama. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, so I can better represent you. Thank you for taking the time to participate. My website is https://mikerogers.house.gov/ Please check any issues you would like to hear more about. Abortion Agriculture Budget Defense Economy and Jobs Energy Environment Gun Rights Health Care Immigration Medicare Social Security Taxes Veterans' Issues Other Washington, DC 2184 Rayburn HOB...

  • President Trump Hits a Home Run

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Mar 1, 2019

    The never-Trumper faction of the Republican Party was wrong. The mainstream media was -- and continues to be wrong. The Democrats just don’t get it. Two years into the Trump agenda to Make America Great Again the state of our union is incredibly strong and getting better every day. The President has kept his promises. He even listed them in his second State of the Union Speech. The president has governed as a true conservative Republican. He's upheld the principles that have made this the...

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