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Articles from the April 1, 2020 edition

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  • Always Choose Faith over Fear

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Apr 1, 2020

    I'm not sure how you and Marie labeled any carryovers to other pages/sections ... ------------------------- A message of encouragement from Lester and Janeese Spencer As Christians, because of Easter and the Resurrection, we are people of faith! Through the resurrected Christ, God has given us His Spirit of power, love and self-discipline! “God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” Paul, 2 Timothy 1:7 With the onslaught of information being...

  • Coronavirus Pandemic 2020

    Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2020

    WASH HANDS, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS . . . COVID-19, otherwise known as the Wuhan virus, continues to run its course, as yet another, in a long list of viruses, that spreads around the world and will ultimately take its place in medical journals and history books. The difference in this particular virus is that it has taken on strong political overtones in our country, rhetoric that has been conspicuously absent in years past. The numbers published by the media on an...

  • U.S. Senate Runoff Moved in July

    Steve Flowers|Apr 1, 2020

    The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delayed until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years. Neither are spring chickens. Sessions will be 74 and Tuberville will be 66, when the winner takes office. This is not the optimum age to be a freshman U.S. Senator because seniority equates to superiority in the U.S. Senate. Given their age of...

  • What are the legal issues facing us with the Corona Virus (COVID-19)?

    Ron Holtsford|Apr 1, 2020

    I think it important first if I may to express my inward thoughts. Besides my beautiful wife, I have my seven-year-old son. I’ve thought on how to address this pandemic with my family. My almost 89 year old Dad said to me that besides the fear that the Germans might march in during World War II he has never seen this affect on America. I see this as a time when our children and grandchildren see if we really walk the walk. To this I have said plainly that God is in control. Regardless of what...

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  • It Was a Threat Worthy of a South American Dictator

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Apr 1, 2020

    Wednesday on the steps of the Supreme Court Democrat Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer threatened Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Schumer said the following: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price...You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Sounds like Michael Corleone in the Godfather, not the Leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate. He...

  • Trump is Right, Can He Ever be Wrong?

    John W. Giles|Apr 1, 2020

    Trumps ability to fill stadiums and maintain an unshakable base of support is defined by his adversarial opponents as a cult. To the contrary, in the face of a daily tsunami of hostile incoming artillery, Trump has stared them down and marched full speed ahead championing an over achievement in his delivery of campaign promises. In my lifetime, since working the grass roots in 1980 for Reagan, we have never seen ANY elected official deliver beyond expectations surpassing campaign promises like...

  • Billionaires and the Good Society

    Daniel Sutter|Apr 1, 2020

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders contends we should not allow billionaires. His view produced interesting debate exchanges with Michael Bloomberg, who has a net worth of $53 billion. Are billionaires good for America? A first consideration is the source of the riches. Were they earned from a successful business, or by stealing from or swindling others? Bank robbers and con artists do not benefit our economy. For those who inherited their wealth, we should consider the original...

  • There is Never a Wrong Time to do the Right Thing

    Robert Tate|Apr 1, 2020

    If you have been reading my column long enough, I am sure you already know one thing for sure; I love WWII history. Whether talking to folks at Orange Theory, meeting a new First Officer or basically most people I come into contact with, they quickly realize this. Give me WWII, airplanes, German Luftwaffe, British Royal Air Force, or the USAAF and I am happy as can be. With that love of history, unfortunately often comes disappointment. Something or someone I may have held in high esteem,...

  • Never Write When You Are Angry

    Robert Tate|Apr 1, 2020

    There is an idea out there that when you write a column of any kind, one should not be angry when writing. Although I adhere to this most of the time, I am going to violate this rule. Having already submitted my Robservation, “Never a Wrong Time,” the Gazette was gracious enough to let me write another column since this edition is going to focused as a digital version. I felt the need to get this off my chest instead of waiting for next month although certain aspects will be continued...

  • Socialism and the Horrors of Communism

    Daniel Sutter|Apr 1, 2020

    Bernie Sanders’ pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination continues to bring popular attention to socialism. Polls continue to reveal socialism’s considerable appeal to many Americans. Opponents of socialism often offer up the horrors of 20th Century Communism as a rebuttal. Is this history relevant today? Received wisdom holds that young Americans know no history. So here’s the history lesson: communist regimes in the 20th Century produced over 100 million deaths, numerous famines...

  • October 1929 v. October 1987 Black Mondays: a tale of two crashes

    John Sophocleus|Apr 1, 2020

    These are indeed unwonted times – certainly a first in my ten plus years as an Alabama Gazette columnist. I wholeheartedly concur with the wise decision to not print an April issue for many reasons, mostly driven by loss of distribution points with so many businesses closing. I’m nonetheless blessed to be included in this ONLINE-ONLY edition. Seems apropos in the midst of this current crash to repost my October 2017 Gazette column on the anniversaries of 1929 and 1987 crashes. Rewarding to...

  • Montgomery's Occupational Tax

    John Martin|Apr 1, 2020

    This past February 18, under the watchful eye of Montgomery’s Mayor Steven Reed, five of the city’s nine city councilmen, spearheaded by Councilman Glen Pruitt, quickly voted their final approval of a 1% city occupational tax. Three others voted “no.” Councilman Tracy Larkin, who was ill and absent, did not vote. Reed claimed it would bring in $45 to $55 million in extra revenue every year, beginning in 2021. This tax is essentially an income tax on everybody who works and earns his...

  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Kylle McKinney|Apr 1, 2020

    Social Security Benefits Will be Paid On Time Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to mainta...

  • From Pigskins to Rawhides

    Stan Hurst|Apr 1, 2020

    As I practiced social distancing on my 800-pound motorcycle these past weeks; touring Montgomery I saw empty fields and only the sounds of birds singing at the ballparks I visited. No baseball, who could have imagined it. Not the familiar sounds of high school, college and youth baseball filling the air, rather silence. No family outings to watch kids playing baseball, soccer, basketball nor any other sport. The silence is deafening! High school softball cancelled, major league baseball...

  • Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Apr 1, 2020

    A  Message from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Office Protocol: Covid-19 (Coronavirus) As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office is actively working on plans to limit exposure of our deputies with the general public. As a result of the pandemic, the Montgomery County Commission issued a resolution on March 17, 2020, closing all county complexes to the general public for 14 days. The tentative reopen date is set for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Montgomery County...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2020

    Brigadier General Marvin Kent Speigner: Age 96 Brigadier General (BG) Marvin Kent Speigner served in the U. S. Army for 35 years. His medals and awards are: Combat Infantry Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Three Stars, World War II Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Alabama Commendation Medal and Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal. BG Speigner was...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for April

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Apr 1, 2020

    Reprinted from the April 2017 Alabama Gazette As we have heard all of our lives, “April showers bring May flowers,” and hope this will ring true as I have enjoyed the low water bills from the City. The garden chores should not be mounting if we have kept weeding on a periodic schedule; however, there are some of us who just turned our backs for a few weeks, and wake up to find the soil covered with winter weeds. Luckily the dock, and others do have shallow root systems, and take very little...

  • Southern Cuisine - April

    David Spooner|Apr 1, 2020

    It is difficult not to comment on what is going on in the world today. First, the news is changing and updating so fast you cannot keep up. The vocabulary of everyday conversations includes phrases such as "self-quarantine" and "social distancing." What happened to the times when the only social distancing was to keep away from Aunt Eunice? She would coral you in a corner at Thanksgiving and ask why you are not married and why are you not going to become a doctor. She knows someone at the bank...

  • "Live with Abandon"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Apr 1, 2020

    Recently, I was doing the dishes. Well, to be honest, my hands were doing the dishes but my mind was elsewhere. I was thinking aboutsituations in life and how to proceed. It was in this moment a thought occurred to me … asupernatural thought or message, if you will. Just as clear as day, God said, “Live with Abandon.” I was reminded of Peter. When he was in the boat and looked out to see Jesus walking on water. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you....

  • Tears & Laughter: The Tissue Shortage of 2020

    Amanda Walker|Apr 1, 2020

    While I do understand that the toilet tissue shortage has been caused by panic buying in response to the coronavirus, I can’t help but to blame Auburn fans to some extent. How much tissue have y’all wasted on those trees at Toomer’s Corner? And now look at us. I saw a couple of women on the news a few days ago who were tied up fighting over a 12-pack of Charmin. That didn’t worry me though. People having to be taught the proper way to wash their hands and all of the cancellations are...

  • Coronavirus and Diabetes: Knowing Your Risk

    Apr 1, 2020

    by Mary Elizabeth Adams Many people are concerned about their risk for contracting this novel coronavirus, COVID-19. And for good reason. For people with diabetes, we are being consistently told we are high-risk. Questions are flying around the internet with people trying to comprehend just how “high-risk” they are, given their specific type of chronic illness. While everyone (globally) is still assessing the life cycle and repercussions of COVID-19, we do have some early data to help us...