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  • Wishing All the Fathers Out There A Happy Fathers Day

    Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2017

    The Alabama Gazette hopes you have a BLESSED and Happy Fathers Day on June 18, 2017...

  • Roby Joins Ivanka Trump, Fellow Lawmakers at White House Listening Session on Human Trafficking

    Rep. Martha Roby|Jun 1, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) joined a group of national leaders and lawmakers, including Ivanka Trump, at the White House for a listening session on human trafficking. Since her recent assignment to the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Roby has made it a priority to address the growing problem of human trafficking. Last month the Committee approved Roby's bill, the Global Child Protection Act, which seeks to close loopholes in the law and crack down on global sex...

  • WHERE IS A WINSTON CHURCHILL WHEN WE NEED HIM? AND YES, WE NEED HIM!!

    Robert Tate|Jun 1, 2017

    I just returned from a 3-day trip, turned on the news and saw where 19 people have been killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Again, the sorrowful, cowardly words, “New Normal” raises its ugly head. No, I will not accept that. I won’t. I can’t. I refuse to. Anytime I go to the movies, a concert, the mall or out to dinner, I am supposed to have a reasonable expectation that I will get killed by some cretin with a grudge against the whole world? I DO NOT THINK SO!! Let...

  • Brother Against Brother: searching for common ground

    John Sophocleus|Jun 1, 2017

    “Brother against brother” oft conjures remembrance of how a voluntary coalition of States morphed onto the forced coalition of states result observed these past several score. Mr. Trump swore his oath of office hand on the Lincoln bible to then speak of another FDR (increasing debt per capital twelve fold) type federal spending model in his inaugural address. President Trump recently asserted war between the States could’ve been avoided. Accomplished with compromise [lowering] tariffs to...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Jun 1, 2017

    As the race for our open U.S. Senate seat begins, let’s look at the lay of the land. First-of-all it will be a sprint. The race is upon us with the primaries on August 15 and the run-off six weeks later on September 26. The Republican primary victor will be coronated on December 12. We, in the Heart of Dixie, are a one party state when it comes to major statewide offices. Winning the GOP primary is tantamount to election. Therefore, our new senator will probably be elected on September 26. Wit...

  • Why is it not criminal to burn a United States flag?

    Ron Holtsford|Jun 1, 2017

    Patriotically and emotionally if the destruction of an American flag is done in a manner of disrespect, I would think that it should be criminal and I would say give that individual a chance to live in another country! I guess this country is so big on tolerance that about the only thing that I see as intolerant by this country is being disrespectful of minority groups (racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, etc.). For me to be a southern Christian white male, proud of my heritage I...

  • Our Offended Nation

    Marcia Chambliss|Jun 1, 2017

    Have you been offended today? No? Well, you’ve likely not checked social media or various news outlets to learn what is trending as the offense of the day. It seems that there is a long list of things that are supposed to offend me, but in many ways it’s just becoming tiresome chatter. As I read and learn about these issues that are now serving as “triggers” for insult, I realized that our culture seemingly exists in a state of perpetual offense and outrage at any thought, speech, or...

  • IT'S NOT TOO LATE!

    Buddy Hicks|Jun 1, 2017

    It seems like things are just getting busier and busier. You get up in the morning and life takes over. Whether you're trying to get kids to where they need to go, both spouses are working or you travel for your job. There is always something going on or someplace you need to be. Time is precious and it feels like there is not enough of it to go around. When your day is finally over, you may only feel like relaxing before going to bed. Then you get up and do it all over again. Day after day, it...

  • It All Starts in the Home

    Chris Beeker Jr|Jun 1, 2017

    In his State of the Union address in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared “an unconditional war on poverty in America.” Since that time, our nation has spent trillions of dollars fighting a war it cannot win. That money has only given us welfare-dependent people who cannot see the importance of meeting their own needs. The “war on poverty” turned out to be another democrat debacle that has done nothing to eliminate poverty; in fact, there are more Americans living below the...

  • 2017 Regular Session of Alabama Legislature... What was Accomplished?

    Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2017

    The end of the legislative season could not come soon enough for most Alabamians. As the gavel struck sine die (without further meeting) on Friday May 19th, many legislators, lobbyists and lay people left shaking their heads, some in disbelief, others in resignation, and a few with smiles on their faces. After a historic transition of leadership at the helm of state government, many feared what might transpire in the remaining time of this legislative session. However, what may be more...

  • Christian Apologetics:

    Bobbie Ames|Jun 1, 2017

    Several of our students from Emerald Mountain Christian School have accepted scholarships to attend The Summit in Manitou, Colorado, this summer to study Christian Apologetics. Students and teachers have attended the sessions at the Summit since the ministry was begun by Dr. David Noebel. He has been a college professor, a college president, and a candidate for Congress. He is an author, an editor, a public speaker, an ordained minister, and a recognized expert on Worldview analysis. He has...

  • Keep Cool While the Heat Is On

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Jun 1, 2017

    I know it’s hot outside, after all, it’s June. However, the title of this article may be a bit misleading. It’s really not about summer heat, but heat of a whole different kind, the heat of a man-made furnace. No doubt you are familiar with one of the most dramatic and exciting stories in the Bible. It comes out of the book of Daniel. You will remember the incredible experience of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were thrown into the fiery furnace. As far from reality as it might seem, i...

  • On Remembering

    Michael J. Brooks|Jun 1, 2017

    It’s among the shortest verses in the New Testament, and it’s also filled with some mystery. Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). Mrs. Lot is a minor figure in the Old Testament. We don’t even know her name. We only know she looked back at the burning Sodom and died Some believe this word is about disobedience; that is, God told Lot’s family not to look back and that’s all we need to know. In this regard, it would be like our first parents in Eden who were told not to...

  • Predators are a Problem in Bama

    Steve Long|Jun 1, 2017

    I recently had lunch with Barry Estes with Alabama Hog Control, and we were talking about deer hunting and deer population. Barry made a point that really made me think. He said deer hunters spend tons of money on food plots, fertilizer and soil samples, but if they have a predator and hog problem, they are wasting money. He is dead on! Predators and hogs are knocking our deer and turkey populations down tremendously. Why not take some of your planting money and put it towards predator and hog...

  • Pronghorn

    Ron VanHerwyn|Jun 1, 2017

    Pronghorn is antelope-like animal that lives in North America. There are four subspecies of pronghorn that can be found in Mexico, Arizona, throughout the Great Plains and in the Canada. Pronghorn inhabits open grasslands and deserts. It can survive on the altitude of up to 11 000 feet. Main factors that decrease number of pronghorns in the wild are habitat loss, hunting and manmade fences for the livestock (they disturb natural migratory routes). Mexican population of pronghorns is critically...

  • ­Bama Dominant...Why?

    Ed Jones|Jun 1, 2017

    Maybe people will figure out why Alabama has had a definitive dominance over Auburn during the Saban years. No matter how hard one pulls for Auburn, no matter what the pre-season prognostications are, no matter how many Heisman Trophy candidates Coach Gus Malzahn has at his disposal, no matter how many new coaches Malzahn hires, no matter how many coaches Nick Saban loses, no matter what the schedule difficulty is, in ten years Coach Nick Saban has lost only three games to Auburn, one to Tommy...

  • Southern Cuisine

    David Spooner|Jun 1, 2017

    Did you know that the third largest household expense is for Food? I think the two largest are housing and transportation. I cannot help you with where you live and how you get about, but I have touched upon, in past articles, ways to save on food. Keeping a well-stocked pantry and purchasing fresh local fruits and vegetables are not just money saving practices but also healthier. I have stressed upon reading the fine print in the ingredients list hidden on the back of the food packaging. After...

  • Potpourri for June

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Jun 1, 2017

    June not only is the month for brides and weddings, but the first month of summer. Children are out of school, families take trips to the beach and our new graduates find themselves floating on cloud "9". For those of us who are not caught up in all this joy and celebration, we can spend free time sprucing up the garden scene, adding swathes of colorful flowers across our home landscape. This month is a great time to complete our summer garden schemes made in the dead of winter. Or if you are...

  • How do we define indivisible?

    Dr. John Bitter|Jun 1, 2017

    If we were looking for a definition of the adjective indivisible we would learn that it means “unable to be divided or separated.” Now that's relatively straightforward and simple. It means that something that is indivisible is something that is a tight, complete entity that can't be chopped up into bits and pieces, into smaller portions that can be dealt with and employed according to one's individual wishes. Such as “One nation indivisible,” as the U.S.A. is supposed to be....

  • Adding Additional Security to Protect What's Important to You

    Kylle McKinney|Jun 1, 2017

    Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cybersecurity program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure. Most people who do business with us online use our my Social Security portal, where, if you...

  • Victimless "Crimes"

    John Martin|Jun 1, 2017

    DID YOU KNOW that right here in America, “The Land of the Free,” we have FIVE TIMES the percentage of our population in prison than the rest of the world? Of every 100,000 of our people, we have 756 locked up behind bars. This is a sharp contrast to the world average, which is only 158. And of our 50 states, Alabama has the third highest incarceration rate [after Louisiana (1) and Mississippi (2)]. Yes, the Gulag Archipelago is right here in our own back yard. Since 1977, our prison...

  • Two men in the Black Belt, 2017

    Amanda Walker|Jun 1, 2017

    The focal point of my backyard is a ten acre pond. Before it was a pond, it was a cotton field. You can't tell it just by looking anymore, but through the woods is an antebellum home that once oversaw it. It still stands silent and majestic. Its walls don't talk at all. We could ride over to the river. We could be there within five minutes and from a secluded cliff we could look down at the sparkling Alabama River that once brought people in and carried away bales of Black Belt cotton. But the p...

  • News from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Jun 1, 2017

  • Lunch with the Sheriff

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Jun 1, 2017

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger invited all the County Employees and Courthouse Staff to have Lunch with the Sheriff. This was an appreciation lunch for all the employees as a thank you for supporting the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office works daily with these departments. Lunch consisted of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, mac & cheese, chips, desert and drinks. We would like to thank Merchant Food for the utensil kits, Buffalo Rock for the drinks, Arnold's Bread for the buns,...

  • "Freedom!"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Jun 1, 2017

    Recently, my husband, Brian, and I participated in a bible study called Freedom. What a life-giving experience it has been for both of us! "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 Sadly, for many Christians today, they don’t have freedom. They may go to church, but they still carry burdens and guilt. God wants us to know that Jesus came so we can be free. Completely free! How about you?...

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