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  • Supreme Court Decisions have Widespread Impact!

    Jul 1, 2022

    Almost 50 Years Later ... Roe V. Wade Overturned! (Slip Opinion) SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES NO. 19-1392. Argued December 1, 2021—Decided June 24, 2022 Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives. Pp 8-79. Following excerpts from Eagle Forum of Alabama newsletter https://alabamaeagle.org/2022/06/roe-v-wade-overturned/ Almost fifty years after...

  • Jamey Johnson ~ True Son of Alabama

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Jul 1, 2022

    Another milestone in Alabama’s illustrious country music history occurred when Jamey Johnson became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. My wife Judy and I were very fortunate to be Jamey’s guest at this momentous occasion. This is an important exclamation point for the eleven-time Grammy nominated songwriter and true son of Alabama. Jamey is one of few musicians in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country...

  • Do Campaign Ads Pander?

    Steve Flowers|Jul 1, 2022

    During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on television. The frustration can best be summed up by a thoughtful writer’s comments, “Steve, it is sad with all the issues we need to face in Alabama (health, education, infrastructure) we continue to dumb down our elections. I found the Kay Ivey ads revolting and racist.” The writer went on...

  • Bending the Universe Toward Justice

    Justice Will Sellers|Jul 1, 2022

    Dr. Martin Luther King argued that the arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice. This geometry lesson was used to illustrate a belief that history is pulled gravitationally towards freedom. One of the early “moral arcs” occurred 807 years ago this month when the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede. This critical event would set in motion several important concepts now ingrained in our system of government. Perhaps the most important ideas acknowledged by the Magna Carter...

  • School is in Session

    Robert Tate|Jul 1, 2022

    Several years ago, I first wrote this column. Since then, gun violence in this country has gotten worse – no doubt. At the same time, however, I am not about to sit here and blame an inanimate object for the dirty sins in a man’s heart. Not going to happen. Evil people will always do evil things. If all he has is a hammer, guess what? That is what he/she is going to use. But with all the recent shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and just the other day in Vestavia Hills, the common and not...

  • Trouble in Hubbardland?

    John Sophocleus|Jul 1, 2022

    More rumblings in ‘low turnout’ Lee County as voters try to reject Hubbardland, the epicenter of corruption in our State. Although in prison and well paid with back door hush money via the Auburn mafia/Yellagrubber coconspirators [www.alabamagazette.com/story/2019/10/01/opinion/the-au-horror-picture-show-bride-of-felonstein-meets-yellagrubbear/1750.html] Felon Hubbard still calls the shots. Reading Mike’s ‘code’ from prison dialog transcripts leaves little doubt. The Hubbard Boulevard...

  • The Mythical Abraham Lincoln

    John M Taylor|Jul 1, 2022

    On May 30th, the Lincoln Memorial celebrated its 100th birthday. Named after Abraham Lincoln, one memorial feature is the symbol of fasces (rods bundled together and bound with a red strap), which is also the symbol of fascism. How could there be a more accurate description of the philosophy of Abe Lincoln? Many share similar views, including author Greg L. Durand in America's Caesar: The Decline and Fall of Republican Government in the United States of America. After reading about Lincoln over...

  • Any recent interesting Supreme Court decisions?

    Ron Holtsford|Jul 1, 2022

    Yes, one in particular concerned a then 13-year-old school girl who stepped off a school bus in Florida and was struck by a truck in 2008. The young girl now 14 years older is in a permanent vegetative state. The case is SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES No. 20–1263, GIANINNA GALLARDO, AN INCAPACITATED PERSON, BYAND THROUGH HER PARENTS AND CO- GUARDIANS PILAR VASSALLO AND WALTER GALLARDO, PETITIONER v. SIMONE MARSTILLER, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SECRETARY OF THE FLORIDA AGENCY FOR HEALTH...

  • Overpopulation

    John Martin|Jul 1, 2022

    In a mere two centuries, the human population on our planet has jumped from an estimated one billion people in 1804 to eight billion this year (June 2022)—a milestone right on schedule with the fictional movie, Soylent Green. Statistics like this have been scaring people for many years. Even back in 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote about the prospect of mass starvation, death, and social unrest if we don’t bring its explosive growth under control. Then in 1968, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote an alarmist...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jul 1, 2022

    Sergeant First Class James Owen Dozier: Age 97 Sergeant First Class (SFC) James Owen Dozier served eight years in the United States Army including four years of active duty followed by four years in the U.S. Army Reserve. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Motor Pool driver and service person immediately and then as Cannon Crewman in combat. His military decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons include European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (EAME) with one...

  • Burn The Ships

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jul 1, 2022

    When I was in seminary I served as the Volunteers in Mission Coordinator for all the United Methodist volunteer mission teams that came to serve with the Methodist Church of Mexico. I served directly under Methodist Bishop Alejandro Ruiz who was the Bishop of the Central Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico. My territory included all of central and southern Mexico so I traveled with teams extensively in this region of this beautiful country. On one my journeys I went to visit the...

  • Sarah Ross Wyatt Adams and William Patrick Weatherly Joined in Holy Matrimony April 2, 2022

    Jul 1, 2022

    Sarah Ross is the daughter of Mary and Sam Adams of Montgomery, and granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Adams of Troy, Alabama, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie M. Martin of Enterprise, Alabama. The bride is a graduate of Montgomery Academy and Auburn University with a degree in English. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Subsequently, Sarah Ross successfully completed board certification after graduating from Samford University with a nursing degree. She is currently...

  • Tears & Laughter - Guns for Hire and Wet Nurses Needed

    Amanda Walker|Jul 1, 2022

    I don’t encourage a whole lot of dabbling in soul searching, but consider questioning your relationship with whoever it was that encouraged you to vote for Joe Biden. I didn’t. A lot of us didn’t. Granted, not enough of us didn’t, but finally, we have no qualms about admitting it. It is easier than ever to explain why. Even easy to recruit some over to the other side. The sect of the population that needs a pop star or a half-ass celebrity to tell them who to vote for maybe shouldn’t...

  • "A Little 4th of July Funny"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Jul 1, 2022

    Happy 4th of July! I recently came across a funny parable (author unknown), and I thought I’d share it with you...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for Uly

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Jul 1, 2022

    “A Little 4th of July Funny” Well, Happy Fourth of July and here's to all the festivities, family and food. As I have said in past articles, we as Americans should go out of our way to show our patriotism. I am proud to be a United States citizen and try to do my part to express this sentiment in quiet ways, such as planting a red, white and blue flowerbed for everyone to see. I display the flag out in front of my home, and always have family and friends over for an old fashioned barbeque...

  • God will Never Leave You

    Gary Miller|Jul 1, 2022

    If you hunt or fish long enough there will come times you must give up your passion for other things. I can remember years ago opening a business during hunting season. The timing of the opening was not optional. You can imagine how often I got to hunt that year. Absence did make the heart grow fonder. Another year was nearly the same. I was trying to finish a Master’s degree. That, along with all the other things in life, made it late into the year before I was able to get in a treestand. I...

  • Southern Cuisine - July

    David Spooner|Jul 1, 2022

    It was time for my yearly pilgrimage to Saint Francisville, Louisiana. It was time for the literary festival celebrating Walker Percy's life and works. There are lectures about “The movies of the Moviegoer” by Read Mercer Schuchardt, “The History and Culture of Barbecue.” with John Shelton Reed and “Walker Percy–A Personal History” by a friend of mine since college, Dave Duty and much more for any Walker Percy fan. And if you know anything about Walker Percy, there is always Crayfi...