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  • World Challenge XXVIII

    Staff Writer|ERROR

    The Public Is Welcome To Come Watch Our Local Firefighters at the World Challenge XXVIII October 21 - 26, 2019 The 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge is very excited to be traveling to the fantastic city of Montgomery, Alabama, for World Challenge XXVIII in 2019. The first four days are wildcard days. All U.S. teams must either qualify at a regional event, or receive a waiver to compete in the Wild Cards. These days work as seeding rounds to make it into the final days (Friday and Saturday)....

  • 20 Years of Publishing at The Alabama Gazette

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    It's a celebration!! 20 Years of Publishing at The Alabama Gazette Open house - October 15th, 2019 11:00 am til 2:00 pm 12 E. Jefferson Street, Montgomery AL...

  • PRISON VIOLENCE NOT ACCEPTABLE

    Robert Tate|Sep 1, 2019

    Since I have been out of flying for a while trying to get this shoulder of mine back into working order so I can climb back into the cockpit, I have thankfully had the opportunity to do a lot of writing (book #3 underway) and perhaps unfortunately, watch a lot of television. I have gotten hooked on channels like Investigation Discovery (ID) and some other crime type shows. There is no escaping the sick people we share this planet with. But these shows are like a train wreck, you just can’t...

  • Humane Executions

    John Martin|Sep 1, 2019

    In spite of what some people claim about the cruelty of capital punishment, there are some people who are just too dangerous to be allowed to exist. See my May, 2017 article for my argument on this topic. The question here is what is the best and most humane method to carry it out? Although there is a basic need to execute certain criminals, there is not a need to do it in a cruel manner. The object is to peacefully eliminate the culprits, not to demonstrate vindictive ways to carry out their...

  • Two Open Congressional Seats in the Heart of Dixie in 2020

    Steve Flowers|Sep 1, 2019

    Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Board. Previously, the three-member Board picked the director. The new law went into effect on September 1, 2019 and Gov. Ivey wasted no time selecting the new director. She appointed longtime political...

  • Are there any recent freedom of religion cases of note?

    Ron Holtsford|Sep 1, 2019

    Yes, decided on June 20 of this year in the United States Supreme Court, the case of American Legion, et al. v American Humanist Assn., et al. Prince George’s County, Maryland erected in 1918 a memorial for the dead from their county during World War I. Because the plain Latin cross had become a symbol of that War in that one could see pictures of rows of white crosses where dead soldiers were buried. The decision was made to place the memorial in a prominent place and when the County...

  • THE "GIFT" THAT KEEPS ON GIVING – $4 Million

    John W. Giles|Sep 1, 2019

    I often find myself taking a life inventory at different weigh-points, assessing if I am adequately contributing to leave a positive mark in the world, on my watch. We can never give enough back. I was raised and I taught my children, whatever station assigned in life, or if we borrow something from our neighbor, always return it in better shape, than you received it. This mindset can be found in the “Parable of the Talents,” where Jesus spoke in Matthew 25: 14 – 30. One hallmark icon in...

  • Is a Renewable Electric Grid a Mirage?

    David Sutter|Sep 1, 2019

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change will require enormous sacrifice. The enormity of the required sacrifice suggests that we should have consensus on the goal before acting. Recent discussions of the Green New Deal have highlighted some of the required sacrifices, but I suspect that the full implications of an all renewable power electric grid remain obscure. The Green New Deal was sponsored by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward...

  • Socialism - The Downfall Of America

    Bobbie Ames|Sep 1, 2019

    Last month we wrote about the Constitution of our nation. Our founders gave us the Rule of Law by which we could enjoy Freedom and Liberty, and they recognized this as the gift of God's Providence. We are all aware that we have problems in our nation today. Our friend, Tim Wildmon, of the American Family Association has said it well, "An all-out spiritual and ideological battle is raging in America, and the outcome has yet to be decided." Wildmon continued, "This summer we saw a Bible banned...

  • I'm a God Supremacist

    John Sophocleus|Sep 1, 2019

    There, I've said it. Perhaps I’m a little giddy penning my first column in retirement. More likely as the so-called ‘Cold Civil War’ gets hotter, I recall those of Antonin Scalia’s Spirit, intellect and understanding on issues of supremacy, sovereignty, power and authority. Witnessing Justice Scalia’s courage to be a more explicit fool for Christ helps, given his station and “originalist” reasoning. Long time, regular readers of my column will not find this opening surprising. A...

  • TOP 50 PROJECTIONS FOR 2019

    Ed Jones|Sep 1, 2019

    These 2019 projections are based on schedule difficulty, final regular season record and position that national polls will place each team at the end of the regular season. For the first time in 40 years of making these pre-season projections, there are no teams in the top 50 projected to finish 7-5. The reason seems to be that, this year, the schedule of the best teams are not as difficult as normal. You can contact me after the season to criticize or congratulate. I have experienced both. 1....

  • 10 Big Trends in the U.S. Deer Harvest

    Steve Long|Sep 1, 2019

    White-tailed deer are the most important game species in North America. More hunters pursue whitetails than any other species, and whitetail hunters contribute more financially than any other hunter segment. Collectively speaking, whitetails are the foundation of the entire hunting industry. That’s why each year QDMA gathers data from state and provincial wildlife agencies, the nation’s leading deer researchers, and other sources to provide the only “State of the Whitetail” available:...

  • FOSSA

    Ron VanHerwyn|Sep 1, 2019

    Madagascar is a large island nation located off the southeast coast of Africa, where some extremely unique creatures live. The fossa, a close relative of the mongoose, is Madagascar's largest predator, and the only animal to regularly and successfully hunt the islands largest lemur species. The fossa looks very much like a small, brown cougar, but it is not a cat. Fossa’s are small animals at about 15 inches at the shoulder. They are rarely more than 30 inches long, not including the equally...

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

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Sep 1, 2019

    Part Two This month we continue exploring the seasons of the great life of King David with Part Two in our series. Last month we covered the first two seasons: The Season of Bethlehem and the Season of Gibeah. This month we will look at the last three. 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...

  • 2019 Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

    Staff Writer|ERROR

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104 Onsite Registration: 8:00 AM Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM Climb Start Time: 10:00 AM Climb End Time: 2:00 PM Food & Fellowship will begin at 11:30 am The 2019 Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories...

  • Potpourri for September

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Sep 1, 2019

    The month of September usually brings in cooler temperatures and colorful falling leaves from Sumac, Popcorn, Catalpa, Oak, and Crepe Myrtle, to name a few. Also on center stage are the football rivalries demonstrated by flags showing the emblems of elephants and eagles seen frequently throughout Alabama and hearing the schools' fight songs blasting through radios. Fall Garden seminars are a fun way to spend a weekend with like minded gardeners and an excellent one is a Landscape Conference in...

  • Southern Cuisine for September

    David Spooner|Sep 1, 2019

    I was looking through past issues of the Alabama Gazette to check on topics that I wrote about in past Septembers. It seems that I complained about the hot weather. The topic never changes. It is late summer, I live in central Alabama, and so what else is the topic of conversations? You do not have to mow your lawn in the heat, because the grass is dead. You do not have to work in the garden, because it is also dead. My garden looks like I stuck Charlie Brown’s leafless Christmas trees in a ro...

  • MEDICARE, A SIMPLE EXPLANATION

    Kylle McKinney|Sep 1, 2019

    Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Medicare provides health insurance. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older and younger people receiving Social Security disability benefits. The...

  • Honoring Our Heros

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2019

    William Ellis Duncan ~ 96 William (Bill) Ellis Duncan is a 96-year-old World War II veteran who served for three years during 1943–1946 in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps and transportation unit. His service in Europe included driving jeeps to supply General George S. Patton’s Third Army as it prepared to liberate Frankfort, Germany, as well as driving ambulances to transport wounded GIs for medical treatment. Duncan is very modest about his contributions during WWII, yet his...

  • Tears and Laughter: What is the value of free?

    Amanda Walker|Sep 1, 2019

    Free has become a popular term here as of late. It is a new trend and an old favorite. Not free as in freedom. Not free-minded, or free-spirited, or being a Freebird. I mean free – as in no cost. I don’t know about everywhere, but in Wilcox County if you will come out with some free hotdogs you can draw an attentive crowd. This has been proven countless times. I seldom accept anything free. It’s one of my hang-ups. But one of my exceptions was at the old Impact Wilcox meetings. For all...

  • "Gratitude & Grace"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Sep 1, 2019

    During an especially difficult moment in my life…barely able to speak between tears of despair. I called a friend…looking for a little comfort…and a little sympathy too, I must admit. Instead of consoling me, she interrupted me and said, “Stop it! Stop your crying right now and say thank you.” I said, “Why would I say thank you for this?” She said, “Say thank you because God has put a rainbow in every cloud. And the rainbow is coming. Say thank you even though you can’t see it...