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  • No Homeland Funding without Prohibition on Amnesty Actions

    Rep. Martha Roby|Mar 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today voted against the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriations Title because it did not contain language prohibiting funding from being used to implement President Obama’s unlawful actions on illegal immigration. “I could not support a Homeland Security Appropriations Title that does not prohibit funds for implementation of executive amnesty. Yes, the recent court action gives us some hope that the Judicial Branch will finally rein in...

  • Willful Ignorance?

    Marcia Chambliss|Mar 15, 2015

    As I have increased my participation in the political process over the last six years, the realization of just how little our citizenry knows or even cares about our system of government is probably the most frustrating, and at times, the most discouraging aspect of politics. My discouragement has little to do with the lack of involvement in party politics but rather in the basic knowledge and understanding of the system of checks and balances at the federal level envisioned by our Founders...

  • Inside The Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Mar 15, 2015

    March 18, 2015: Alabama may be in the lower tier of the country in some categories but not when it comes to providing health insurance for children. In that one category we excel. Brian Lyman with the Montgomery Advertiser provided an excellent study revealing that Alabama leads the south in taking care of its young people when it comes to giving them health coverage. A recent Georgetown University study showed that Alabama leads the south when it comes to healthcare for children. Remarkably we...

  • Attacks on Faith, Family, and Freedom

    Bobbie Ames|Mar 15, 2015

    When America's Constitutional Republic was founded as a Christian Nation, the entire culture reflected Moral Absolutes. While it is true that not every citizen was what we call a “born again Christian believer,” everyone enjoyed the blessings of liberty brought to our shores, the fruit of moral absolutes. Our Republic was birthed by the Protestant Reformation and the Biblical mandate that formed courageous character. Education was important from its inception. From the home school around the...

  • The Battle Concerning Charter Schools...

    Dr. David Nichols|Mar 15, 2015

    Among the many legislative bills which will be introduced during Alabama’s legislative 2015 session is one with strong support of progressive lawmakers. They plan to introduce the bill in the upcoming spring session of the Alabama’s State Legislature to provide a plan and process for the initial creation of a few charter schools. The bill will limit the number of charter schools to be established to fewer than a dozen during first fiscal year. Charter schools which exist throughout the cou...

  • What Merit Does Judge Moore's Argument Have In Relation To Gay Marriage In Alabama?

    Ron Holtsford|Mar 15, 2015

    The Constitutional law in Alabama bans marriage between two people of the same sex. It is law. The Amendment was overwhelmingly approved by Alabama’s voters. As a law, there was no decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that the law was unConstitutional. Now a Federal District Court Judge has ma­­de a ruling based on a case in Mobile County. Judge Callie Granade’s ruling was based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “Section 1. All persons born or natural...

  • I Am Ashamed

    Robert Tate|Mar 15, 2015

    Over the past several months, I have become increasingly embarrassed, and to be quite honest, ashamed of the majority of people running this great country of ours, Democrat and Republican. With every passing day, another item makes its way to the forefront of the news to further anger and disillusion most of us who pay attention to what is going on in the world around us. With that in mind, here is a not-so-complete list of some items that bug me right now. ­– I am ashamed that we have an ad...

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

    Steve Long|Mar 15, 2015

    Now, if you've been listening to me for any bit of time, you've probably guessed what my favorite hunting season is; turkey hunting! Starting March 14th for everyone, and March 7th and 8th for youth season, turkey season is just around the corner. This year, the season's starting a bit earlier than we're used to, but that suits me just fine! Since we're pretty darned close to the start of the season, make sure your shotgun or bow is in great working condition. Keep up with your ammo, gear, and...

  • Wild Among Us

    Ron VanHerwyn|Mar 15, 2015

    As human society grows, animal habitat goes, and our homes are not just our own castles anymore. Looking for a place to raise their families, industrious raccoons, squirrels, and other small creatures gnaw and claw their way into roofs, attics, basements, vent pipes, and chimneys. They ask for so little: shelter from the elements, sustenance for their babies, a soft spot for nesting and nursing. The raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and other wild animals who find their way into the cracks and...

  • AU + UA x COMBINE = NFL $$

    Ed Jones Sports Editor|Mar 15, 2015

    Last month thousands of “football people” converged on Indianapolis, Indiana for a most important week. Thirty-two NFL teams will have had at least six representatives move into hotels and motels near Lucas Oil Field, the site of the 2015 NFL Combine. Over 300 players from college teams are annually invited to participate in their first “audition” for the best job that they will ever have. Depending on how well they perform, they will become instant millionaires if they are drafted high enough...

  • Montgomery County Law

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Mar 15, 2015

    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office would like to recognize one of our own, Corporal Jodie Woodfin, as an outstanding Investigator with our agency From the beginning of his tenure in Investigations, Corporal Woodfin has exceeded many of the expectations of a new Investigator. His work ethic and desire to help others has proven him to be a vital asset to our agency. In addition to solving numerous property crimes, Corporal. Woodfin has also worked directly and indirectly on several cases...

  • Once Again Repudiating my state License to Marry While Reaffirming God's Blessings & Dominion Over my Marriage

    John Sophocleus|Mar 15, 2015

    I applaud our Alabama counties refusing to issue govt. licenses to marry. I implore other counties to follow this course to get out of the marriage license business. True Christians do NOT look to government for definition, permission and validity to affirm and proclaim God’s blessings. Sad so many seem compelled to side with one of two flawed arguments as the next round of Roy Moore v. Myron Thompson, et al "Duel of Wits Between Two Unarmed Opponents" unfolds... just as BOTH sides were wrong a...

  • Economic Motives of Plaintiffs' Lawyers

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Mar 15, 2015

    Last month we explored the economic motives of defense attorneys. This month we will discuss the economic motives of plaintiffs’ attorneys. Both defense attorneys and plaintiffs’ attorneys must operate their offices as a business, if they are to be successful. They are both motivated to earn a living practicing law. There the similarity ends. Defense lawyers serve corporate America and liability insurance companies, in large measure. They must practice law in a way that is pleasing to corporate...

  • The Silent Hour Which Speaks Loudly

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Mar 15, 2015

    To think about one’s death is a sobering reality. Some may even want to read no further learning the subject of this article. A friend put it this way, “Didn’t they realize that to die is to die, whether you are seventeen, forty-nine or one hundred and ten years old? Didn’t they know our death is our death and that each one of us has to die?” It is something we will only have once so we probably need to give some thought to it. As a Pastor of many years, I am well acquainted with death fro...

  • Welcome To Obamaball

    Dr. John Bitter|Mar 15, 2015

    Travel with me into an imaginary world of the future. Imagine if you will the Bizarro world of “Obamaball.” Come with me as we arrive at a fictional ball game in Fantasyland. We're in the top of the ninth inning and the score is tied. A relatively unknown batter strides to the plate. A hush descends over the field; the batter nervously adjusts his ill-fitting cap, smiles at the crowd and notices that the umpire is frantically trying to inform him that he's facing in the wrong direction. Und...

  • Social Security Questions and Answers

    Kylle McKinney|Mar 15, 2015

    Question: I’m gathering everything I’ll need to file my taxes this month. Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? Also, where can I get a replacement 1099? Answer: Some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. Still, no one pays taxes on more than 85 percent of their Social Security benefits. You must pay taxes on some portion of your benefits if you file an individual federal tax return and your combined income exceeds $25,000. If you file a jo...

  • Southern Cuisine

    David Spooner|Mar 15, 2015

    I touched on the need for a stocked pantry in my last article. There have been books and websites about pantry stocking and I don't want to dwell too long on the subject. If you are starting out in a new apartment fresh from college, your pantry will be basic and mostly stocked with comfort food. Southern Living's Test Kitchen has a quick list of 10 items that could be a good start for you: Beans-great for side dishes, salads, or in pasta. Rice-easy and versatile side dish. Pasta-Quick main...

  • Plant Of The Month - Gladiolus

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Mar 15, 2015

    March madness in our part of the country describes the many tasks that befall the avid gardeners when the temperatures get warmer and we suddenly see our gardens with a clear eye. Where does one start? I always start with the planning instead of the planting. If we made a rough plan last fall, then time to get it out and make decisions. Are we changing color schemes? Should we add perennials and biennials? Should we have a formal plan where we have long swaths or entire area with one plant and...

  • "Declare The Word Of God"

    Trisston Burrows|Mar 15, 2015

    As a child of God, you have the power within you to overcome the world. That includes everything in the world and everything the world brings your ways. I John 5:4 tells us, “….for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God. As you hear the word of God and store it in your heart, your faith in God grows stronger. When the enemy tries to attack you through sickness, fear,...

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