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  • China's New Military Strategy Is To Push The U. S. Out Of East Asia

    Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2015

    At the turn of the 20th century, Germany, historically a great land power, decided to challenge Britain to a naval arms race. It didn't end well. Now another traditional land power, China, is eager to make its own naval challenge, this time against the U.S. The question is whether Washington can deter China's ambitions before they develop a deadly strategic momentum. We write this after reading China's new military strategy, an English translation of which was published this week on the eve of...

  • The Fate Of Our Land In The Hands Of A Few!

    Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2015

    America is still the greatest country in the World! Have a blessed 4th of July!...

  • Show-N-Tell Summer Camp at Camp Chandler August 3rd-7th

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Jul 1, 2015

    Summer time is upon us and that means it's time again for Show-N-Tell Summer Camp! The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will be hosting our annual Show-N-Tell Summer Camp at Camp Chandler for Montgomery County youth between the ages of 9-11. This week-long camp will be held August 3rd-7th and is totally free and promotes positive interaction and life-rewarding skills. Children are bused from Montgomery to the camp site on August 3rd, stay overnight the entire week and are bused back to...

  • Tribute To My Dad

    Robert Tate|Jul 1, 2015

    My father had been sick for a while. He had recently lost both of his legs due to injuries he sustained while serving in the Army during and after the Korean War. The injuries never fully healed and as he got older, poor circulation took its toll on his legs. I used to call my dad every day, sometimes three or more times, just to check on him and talk. I loved hearing his voice and discussing life in general. I always asked him how he was feeling and his usually annoying answer was, “The same...

  • The 800th Anniversary of Magna Charta

    Bobbie Ames|Jul 1, 2015

    The signing of the Magna Charta on the 15th of June, 1215, was an attempt to begin to restore the ancient Christian liberties of the British Isles. The 1775 Seal of Massachusetts during the American Revolution (left) illustrates the significance of this document to our own independence. A colonist stands with a sword in one hand and the Magna Charta in the other. This individual, representing the colonists, is willing to defend his God-given liberties based on the ancient written Charter of...

  • The Declaration and Magna Charta

    Bobbie Ames|Jul 1, 2015

    July 4, 1776 was the culmination of a process of time that brought ancient ideas of liberty to the highest expression in history. The story of liberty in the Western world began centuries earlier, however. The ideas in the Declaration were not new as Thomas Jefferson told us. He had heard these ideas from the pulpit and they had been articulated decades before that. Many of these same ideas of liberty were recovered in 1215 in the document known as Magna Charta. Their origin began in the gospel...

  • Soldiers Sacrifice to Serve Our Country

    Hector Oswaldo Chavez|Jul 1, 2015

    Military life can be very stressful for Soldiers and their Families. Soldiers are constantly being bombarded with training, deployment, re-acclimation to the home front, and then repeating the cycle many times over. As the military is gaining more knowledge and researching the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), there are concerns that many soldiers are resorting to alcohol and substance abuse to alleviate the pressure of various transitions as has...

  • When In The Course Of Human Events... 2015

    John Sophocleus|Jul 1, 2015

    As our Declaration of Independence carefully and specifically enumerated well-reasoned grievances for seceding from the British Empire, the cycle of tyranny which results from any command economy is once again upon us. One of the most active political operatives in Alabama working to reverse our corrupt path to tyranny recently reminded me of the power a well organized ‘militia’ can muster. Showing significant numbers at the right time can make a great difference in our long-run course of...

  • House Passes Trade Framework Bill

    Rep. Martha Roby|Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to advance a bill setting strict parameters for how international trade negotiations are reviewed and ratified, sending a standalone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill to the Senate. The House passed the same measure, but it was linked to a separate Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that failed to pass when U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) and a majority of Republicans voted against it. Thursday, the House voted...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Jul 1, 2015

    Last week’s verdict that VictoryLand be allowed to reopen is justice served. The people of Macon County voted for a constitutional amendment to allow for electronic bingo. The issue of pari-mutuel style casino betting and the closing of the ultra-modern and successful luxury gaming resort in Macon County has been laid to rest. There have been extensive studies and articles that crystallize several obvious observations. First of all, gambling or gaming is an extremely profitable venture and it...

  • Choot Em, Bama Style

    Steve Long|Jul 1, 2015

    Summer's rolling along, and the weather's been plenty hot! True to Alabama, we can count on plenty of heat and humidity in the coming days, as it's always been. But this year, one thing that will be different is gator hunting. Now, the alligator hunting permit registration permit began June 2nd, and will run all the way through July 14th. Now, you get to put in for the lottery for permits for each zone at http://outdooralabama.com/registration-instructions, just like always. However, instead of...

  • Muskrat

    Ron VanHerwyn|Jul 1, 2015

    ­ The muskrat is a large rodent that is about a foot to two feet long. It has a stocky body, a rounded head and a long, scaly black tail that is 7 to 12 inches long. Its tail is laterally flattened, that means it is flattened vertically! Its tail works like a rudder and helps the muskrat maneuver in the water! It has thick, soft, glossy, reddish-brown to dark brown fur on its upper sides and paler fur on its undersides. It has a thick coat of fur under its guard fur that is waterproof. It may...

  • Memories...

    Ed Jones Sports Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    "There's a time to be living...a time for to die."...

  • Individualism In the Legal Profession

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Jul 1, 2015

    Individualism in the legal profession, like other walks of life, thrives on legends and myths. The profession cherishes certain images. One of these images is the image of the rugged individual. Rugged Individualism is an important part of the American tradition. Pioneers were rugged individuals. The legal profession, an adversaria profession, fits right into this picture. Up until the Civil War the primary method of legal education was apprenticeship. Would-be lawyers “read” the law in the...

  • Have We Lost What it means to be an American?

    Marcia Chambliss|Jul 1, 2015

    Another Independence Day celebration is upon us, yet I have to wonder if the meaning of the day hasn’t been lost to the America we’ve become. Holidays that once celebrated the history of our nation have seemingly become little more than retail sales events or long weekend relaxation trips rather than reflection on the significance of the day in history. But given the trend in certain segments of our culture to trivialize and/or demonize America and its accomplishments, the change in how...

  • The New Nationwide Crime Wave

    Heather Mac Donald|Jul 1, 2015

    The nation's two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. In Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night. Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years. In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over...

  • I Am Considering Selling My Business; What Do I Need To Consider From A Legal Standpoint?

    Ron Holtsford|Jul 1, 2015

    There are several things to consider and much of that is based on the type of entity that your business may fall under. For starters is it a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), a Corporation or a couple other forms that no longer exist? Have you talked to your accountant to consider tax implications? How are you valuing the price of the business? Are you selling the whole business or only a part of it? Are you selling the...

  • Avoid The Summer Slide For Your Children

    Dr. David Nichols|Jul 1, 2015

    What has become called the “summer slide” takes its toll on our school-aged children. We all recall those sunny warm carefree days of summer when we were released from the confinement of school walls, classrooms, class schedule bells and the restraints of being restricted to that uncomfortable desk. No more rules, books, computers, homework, reading, exhausting examinations and getting up at the crack of dawn to be at school on time! It means freedom to play most all day, to go on family...

  • Social Security Turns 80

    Kylle McKinney|Jul 1, 2015

    Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The new law guaranteed a basic income for retirees and, at the time, the unemployed. Over the years, Social Security has expanded its safety net to provide benefits for retirees, people with disabilities and the chronically ill, and spouses and children of deceased workers. The agency has evolved to serve the needs of a changing America. Now, we’re celebrating this historic...

  • What Golden Years?

    Dr. John Bitter|Jul 1, 2015

    They landed at Normandy, were shot at by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, endured the Inchon landing, sweated it out in the jungles of Vietnam, lived day after day in the expectation of a Russian invasion of Western Germany, or fought in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern theaters--in defense of their country. Most of them endured the Great Depression, where the minimum wage for those who were lucky enough to have jobs was 25 cents an hour; only to see their country morph into a wartime environme...

  • The Christian Patriot

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Jul 1, 2015

    What is patriotism to a Christian? It is more than singing patriotic songs, waving the flag, and feeling emotionally stirred over our nation’s heritage. As we come to celebrate this Independence Day, let’s consider some things distinctive to Christian patriots. Christian patriotism isn’t hostility but firm convictions. It’s very easy to demonize those who take opposing stands with regard to political issues. The conflict between our two political parties isn’t as simple as a struggle...

  • Community Cookbooks

    David Spooner|Jul 1, 2015

    Community cookbooks have a head start on the community based web sites such as PINTEREST and Food52 and the gazillion sites that inhabit the blog universe. For as far back as I can remember these spiral-bound gems were the go to source for everything from recipes, stain and spot removal and advertisements for local businesses and the history of the organization that published the book or for a local charity. NPR in an article on their web site says most began as a way to raise funds for a common...

  • Plant of the Month -- Allamanda

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Jul 1, 2015

    I hope everyone has kept their patriotic spirit up since Memorial Day the end of May because the 4th is upon us. Happy Birthday America. We know that the new settlers from Europe came to the shores of this country with deep roots in gardening. Be it herb gardens, vegetable gardens and flowers thrown in the mix, they looked to gardens for healing and sustenance. I have been to Williamsburg several times and loved seeing these historical gardens laid out from authentic plans, with historically...

  • "Celebrate Freedom"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Jul 1, 2015

    July fourth is Independence Day. All across U.S.A. people will celebrate the tremendous freedom we enjoy. Truly we are blessed! We who know Jesus Christ as our Savior have another kind of freedom to celebrate. We are free from the bondage of our sin and death. I Corinthians 15:3-4 gives a concise picture of the freedoms we have in Christ. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried,...