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Articles from the August 1, 2019 edition


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  • Those Who Bake the Pie Get to Eat It

    Steve Flowers|Aug 1, 2019

    Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable. She knows what she is doing. It should not be surprising given her background and experience. Kay Ivey has been around state government for most of her adult life. She has dealt with the Legislature for over four decades. Her adroitness in the passage of the Infrastructure package was similar to the legislative success...

  • August 14th is Celebrated as VJ Day. Why did the United States inter its Japanese- American citizens?

    Ron Holtsford|Aug 1, 2019

    After Pearl Harbor and the means in which the sneak attack was carried out, Americans became highly suspicious of the Japanese. There were over 110,000 Japanese living on the United States West Coast of which about 70,000 were citizens. Many lived near strategic military areas on the West Coast, which was also closer to Japan and thus more susceptible to attack. Some Japanese- Americans were very committed to the mother country, having sent tinfoil and money in Japan’s war with China. Some...

  • The Squad

    Robert Tate|Aug 1, 2019

    This is almost too sad to write. By now all of us have read or heard of the exploits of the fearsome-foursome; the freshmen Congresswomen also known as “the Squad.” These four women, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the Occasional Cortex) D- New York; Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan; Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachussetts; and Ilan Omar, D-Minnesota are quite the treat. Almost a day no longer goes by without one of these women making some kind of news. The latest, free press courtesy of our POTUS who simply...

  • America's Providential Heritage In a Godly Inspired Rule of Law "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Ronald Reagan

    Bobbie Ames|Aug 1, 2019

    With great excitement and full understanding of God's Providence of his voyage, Columbus proclaimed: “It was the beginning and the end of this enterprise that it should be for the increase and Glory of the Christian religion.” In America's very first covenant, “The Articles of Confederation,” Christian principles were laid out clearly as teachings from the Bible. Our founders and early Christian leaders sought to incorporate our legal and political principles which were in complete...

  • Steven 'Crash' Leath Hits The Silk Like A Good Auburn Man

    John Sophocleus|Aug 1, 2019

    I painfully witnessed ‘unonimous’ [sic] installation of Leath as AU’s 19th President at the University Ballroom March 20th 2017; it was a sound forecast he would “crash and burn” if/when sabotaging the gains of President Gogue’s stewardship. AU’s Board of Trustees [BoT] unanimously selected Steven ‘Crash’ Leath after a six-month national ‘search’ which provided little on how it was conducted. Eerily similar to our Lee County Commission Chair who correctly misspoke...

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT MALZAHN

    Ed Jones|Aug 1, 2019

    Auburn is heading into the seventh season under Coach Gus Malzahn. Over the last six years, no coach in America has been under scrutiny as much as Malzahn. Some of this just comes with the territory. Most of it comes from the Auburn fan base made up of alumni and faithful supporters of the Auburn football program. Some of it comes from sports writers who have never worn a jockey strap. All of it is detrimental to the success of the program under the direction of Gus Malzahn. Not all of it is...

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture

    John Martin|Aug 1, 2019

    The concept of civil asset forfeiture is one of the cruelest impositions our government has ever imposed onto the people. In essence, it allows law enforcement officials to become legal pirates to literally steal, at will, people’s money and property on the slightest pretense that it might in some way or another be associated with a crime. That includes the mere possession of a “large” (undefined) amount of cash. In many cases, police have pulled people over on our highways, demanded to...

  • Qualifications? Meeting a payroll

    John W. Giles|Aug 1, 2019

    Governor Hunt once told me, “John, before anyone runs for office or becomes a journalist, they would be well-served to have met a payroll first. What a profound statement and I agree 100%. If you have kept up with my resume, I worked for the Hunt administration in economic development during the late 80’s early 90’s. I worked primarily in the area of Small Business and later with all exiting business and industries. My father was a small business entrepreneur and that mantle passed down...

  • Potpourri for August

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Aug 1, 2019

    Southern Gardening The dog days of summer are upon us and for the most part, the flowers we have been tending should now be mature and in full bloom. If we have been weeding all along, we should not have too much to do in this area. For instance, most of my beds are sunny with masses of tall zinnia. These Pacific Giants, thankfully, have shaded out most of the weeds. However, in another area, I lost a stand of phlox due to over watering and must go to work weeding. The area though is ideal to...

  • Southern Cuisine for August

    David Spooner|Aug 1, 2019

    According to my WSFA weather app, the heat index that day was up to 109 degrees. It was almost hard to breath. I was outside picking figs, tomatoes, jalapenos, and pears. Not being a complete fool, I would pick figs and go inside to cool off. Then pick tomatoes and go cool off. Repeating the picking and cooling until I could not stand the heat anymore. I had not finished the picking, but with that heat, I was thinking about waiting until autumn before I went out there again. I waited until...

  • Social Security CAN HELP if You're Young and Lose a Parent

    Kylle McKinney|Aug 1, 2019

    For young people whose parent passes away, Social Security is here. Losing a parent is both emotionally painful and, often times, devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and seniors when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies. You should let Social Security know as soon as possible when a person in your family dies. Usually, the funeral director will report the person’s death to Social Security....

  • Honoring Our Heros

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2019

    Lt. Col. George C. Winn 95 Lt. Col. George C. Winn is a distinguished veteran of three wars, namely, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War serving 31-plus years with three years in the U.S. Navy and 28 years in the U. S. Air Force. Winn received 21 awards and decorations. The most notable awards are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition, he received four foreign decorations including the RV Chuong-My Medal which...

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Aug 1, 2019

    Senior Fishing Rodeo Our Senior Fishing Rodeo will be held on Tuesday, September 10th, from 6:00am-12:00 noon (weather permitting). The event will be held at the Montgomery County ponds, Highway 231 South across from the Sweet Creek Farmer’s Market. Montgomery County senior citizens are invited to grab their rods, reels and bait and come out and join the fun and fellowship with Sheriff Cunningham and Staff! We hope to see you there! Citizens Academy We are getting geared up for another...

  • Autauga County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Aug 1, 2019

    Happy Retirement Barbara! The Sheriff’s Office hosted a retirement party for Mrs. Barbara Rhodes this afternoon. Mrs. Barbara has been part of the backbone of the Sheriff’s Office for the past 17 years. Her smiling face will be greatly missed around the office. We wish her a long and healthy retirement. We will miss you! Please visit soon!...

  • The Five Seasons of a Great Life (What season are you in right now?)

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Aug 1, 2019
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    Part One Have you ever considered that your life is a journey through different seasons? Your life is not just a meaningless series of ups and downs but rather an evolution of you becoming all you were designed and meant to be! Of course, when it comes to the seasons of life, one can evolve into a wiser person who grows closer and closer to their creator through each season or one can chose to waste each season and keep repeating the same bad habits and learn nothing. One path leads to a more in...

  • Tears and Laughter: Anxiety Has Become A National Obsession

    Amanda Walker|Aug 1, 2019

    In response to the fast-paced lives Americans tend to lead, countless books and articles have been written offering ways to simplify life and minimize stress. Typical lifestyle change suggestions include unplugging from social media and television, reconnecting with nature, and taking time out to meditate and pray. Minimalism is encouraged in both commitments and possessions. Learning to say no – to yourself and to others – is imperative. These articles pull attention because more and more...

  • "Perseverance"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Aug 1, 2019

    Have you ever faced a challenge in life that seemed impossible? Boy, I sure have! Weather it’s financial, health, relational, spiritual, or some other area in your life, it may seem like an uphill battle. And, for any of us going through any of these challenges, at the time, it is! “Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4 During time like these, the...

  • "Work and Witness" Mission in Cuba

    James Brown|Aug 1, 2019

    Fifteen members of the Church of the Nazarene, most from the Alabama South District, visited Cuba on a “Work and Witness” mission in June. We were able to provide labor and supplies to assist with painting and refurbishing a church in the Havana area of Juanelo, as well as experience the people, culture, and country of Cuba. Visiting with the pastors of numerous churches throughout Cuba provided the opportunity to reflect on the work of the Church in the world. Witnessing first-hand the...