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Do Those We Elect Want to Really Fix Anything?

Maybe, it's the increased humidity and hot temperatures that have made me a bit cranky of late. Maybe, I'm so weary of the recent news events and escalation of anger consuming our nation that more...

 

September Potpourri

The lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to a close, and fall is upon us. Where has this year gone? With much anticipation for football season, Labor Day, county fairs, Halloween, back to school, and...

 

SOA's, or Special Opportunity Areas.

Summer's put the heat on us pretty hard this year, and I'm itching for college football to kick back into gear. Aside from the usual, though, I'm also looking into something new called SOA's, or Speci...

 

Inside the Statehouse

Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite. However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and...

 

Bat-Guano Crazy

As I sit here writing this Robservation, another "car into the crowd" attack just happened in Barcelona, Spain; 14 dead and a hundred or so injured. CNN, not surprisingly, suggested that it was a...

 

There's an App for That...

I’m a big believer in helping our students prepare for the careers of tomorrow. I’ve had a lot to say about the great work our state is doing to promote career and technical education and how...

 

ISN'T TAKING DOWN MONUMENTS THAT YOU DON'T LIKE A FORM OF FREE SPEECH?

Talking about monuments that you may not like or receiving a peaceful assembly approval by local law enforcement on public spaces to protest a monument that one may dislike is free speech, but the...

 

Preventing Nuclear War in a Nuclear World

August 2017 Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation Vol. LIX-No. 8 On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These weapons were used...

 

Alabama the Beautiful

The end of summer is approaching and we are nearing my favorite time of the year – fall. Fall in the south brings with it nights around a campfire, football games, more time spent in the great...

 
 By Buddy Hicks    News    September 1, 2017

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

You’ve been working the same job for years and dutifully contributing to your 401k and may be receiving matches. You’ve built up quite a nest egg. Then one day you leave for a new job with benefit...

 

Learning the Lingo of Social Security

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security...

 

Unwanted Guests

As of a year ago, the U.S. population was 322,762,018, a rise of more than 2.4 million than was counted a year ago. Unfortunately, an estimated 11.4 million of this number are illegal entrants into...

 

Tears and Laughter:

How to live in a county that is dying Prior to reading the interview with respected historian Wayne Flynt on Al.com, I knew that the Black Belt has its challenges. I knew, because I started writing...

 

"Happy Labor Day!"

Did you know that the Labor Day holiday originally started in the late 1800's? Can you imagine how excited the people were to take a day off from working. Some may have thought, "What a wonderful and...

 

The Journey

Someone said, “When those who have been around longest share their experiences in life’s journey, our future paths become more understandable.” There’s truth in those words which can apply to...

 

The Shack

A friend kept encouraging me to read “The Shack” so I could discuss it with her. I told her I don’t read much fiction and kept putting her off. But I found the DVD at the local library last week...

 

Battles for the Tallassee Armory: 20th Reenactment

Tallassee Armory Guards (SCV Camp 1921) 20th remembrance of the "Battles for the Armory" War Between the States reenactment is appropriately set for Veteran's day weekend November 10 and 11 this year....

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    September 1, 2017

The Best of 2017

Picking the top football teams in the country for the 2017 season was very difficult. There are more good teams this year than in other years it seems. There will be more ten win seasons this year...

 

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