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Articles from the September 1, 2021 edition


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  • Honoring Our Hereos

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2021

    Col Kenneth D. Carlson: Age 90 Col Kenneth D. Carlson served 29 years in the United States Air Force. His Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOSC) was Air Operations Staff Officer. He received the following medals, awards and decorations: Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expeditionary Service Award for Overseas: Lebanon, Congo and Formosa, Outstanding...

  • Where Were You?

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Sep 1, 2021

    Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day? Were you in the yard with your wife and children Or working on some stage in L.A.? Did you stand there in shock At the sight of that black smoke Risin’ against that blue sky? Did you shout out in anger In fear for your neighbor Or did you just sit down and cry? Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones Pray for the ones who don’t know? Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble And sob for...

  • Trump Comes to Alabama

    Steve Flowers|Sep 1, 2021

    Former President Donald Trump paid a visit to the Heart of Dixie last [month]. Obviously, this is Trump country. Alabama was one of Trump’s best states in the 2020 Election. He got an amazing 65% of the vote in our state. If the turnout for his August 21 rally in rural Cullman County is any indication, he would get that same margin of victory this year if the election were held again. Many of those in attendance were insistent that Trump won last year’s presidential contest and that it was...

  • The Atlantic Charter: Optimistic Leadership in an Uncertain World

    Justice Will Sellers|Sep 1, 2021

    Imagine your football team is in the first quarter of a game, a couple of star players are sidelined and the opponent’s offense seems unstoppable. The score is already 28-0 when your head coach takes a time out. He lets his assistants coach up the team while he meets with an architect to design a new stadium to display championship trophies and meets with another head coach to discuss developing a new conference with more efficient rules to increase attendance and enthusiasm for the game....

  • THINGS TO COME?

    Robert Tate|Sep 1, 2021

    “To see their Commander-in-Chief [Joe Biden] call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran. It’s shameful. Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.” Tom Tugendhat: UK Member of Parliament, Afghan War Veteran I was asked to keep this Robservation a little shorter than normal because the paper would like to minimize its footprint this month. Not a problem. What I want to write about is exactly what h...

  • The Biden Surge – Illegal Afghans

    John W. Giles|Sep 1, 2021

    The Biden Surge of illegal immigrants from the southern border and now Afghanistan has hit the exponential curve. As of this date, only 4,500 of the 75,000 removed from Afghanistan are Americans. Illegal Afghan immigrants being flown in U.S. funded aircraft are on their way to America. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Great Britain (G7) have begged Biden to force a deadline extension with the Taliban for the removal of Americans and allies from Afghanistan, he has ignored their plight....

  • What is the Sullivan case and Reference to Social Media?

    Ron Holtsford|Sep 1, 2021

    Interestingly enough L.B. Sullivan was police commissioner in Montgomery, AL in 1960. An ad was displayed in the New York Times regarding the request for donations for the defense of Martin Luther King, Jr. The ad did not mention Sullivan specifically but was critical of the Montgomery Police Department. Sullivan felt that the incorrect statements in the Times ad regarding his department personnel reflected on him as commissioner. Under Alabama law, it was necessary that Sullivan object in...

  • Why Is Inflation Costly?

    Daniel Sutter|Sep 1, 2021

    Inflation exceeded 5 percent in June. Double-digit inflation burdened Americans in the 1970s. Although we treat inflation as bad, economists find its costs hard to pin down. The three economic functions of money help us think about inflation’s costs. Money’s first role is a medium of exchange, meaning a good way to conduct transactions. With barter, if you have oranges and want potatoes, you must find someone with potatoes who wants oranges. The second role is a store of value, or a way to...

  • Thirteen Heroes We Must Never Forget

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Sep 1, 2021

    As I watched 13 brave American heroes being brought home after being killed in Afghanistan, it was tragic and heartbreaking. All but one were in their early to mid-twenties. They choose to defend the homeland while many of their classmates are playing beer pong, hanging out at the beach and enjoying life without regard to the dangerous world we live in. They gave their lives for freedom and are shining examples of what it really means to be an American. They and their fellow heroes who...

  • Twilight Zoning: beatin-up a county for "Lee City"

    John Sophocleus|Sep 1, 2021

    Submitted for your (dis)approval. Our next chapter of ‘Malice in Hubbardland’ addresses ‘I like Mike’ minions pressing the Lee County delegation to impose zoning on all remaining Beats (like recently duped Beat 13) instead of each beat voting. ‘Flyover country’ must be incorporated into their “Lee City” vision (think UN Agenda 21) Master Plan these statists fought so long and hard to accomplish these past decades. Conveniently, this already written Lee County Master Plan is...

  • Astute Observations of Mr. Charles Dickens

    John M Taylor|Sep 1, 2021

    Western civilization has produced an enormous number of brilliant individuals. English writer Charles John Huffam Dickens would definitely be in the top echelon. Not only was Dickens a great writer, he was compassionate about those less fortunate, an opponent of slavery, and a frequent critic of the so-called “elites.” Dickens possessed a remarkable degree of social and political acuity. Dickens was born in 1812 in Landport, Hampshire, England, and died in 1870 in Higham, Kent, England. Duri...

  • Prison Reform

    John Martin|Sep 1, 2021

    (Editor’s note: Please enjoy John Martin’s complete article here. In print, it will be a two-part series in the September and October issues.) We can be thankful that Governor Kay Ivey’s insane proposal to build and then rent three new mega-prisons has so far bitten the dust—as it should have. But “Poison Ivey” has not yet given up. And she has not even thought about any rational solutions to end our prison overcrowding problem. Building and filling up more gulags is a...

  • Southern Cuisine - September

    David Spooner|Sep 1, 2021

    September is the bridge between summer and the start of fall, which is September 22. I can remember some hot Septembers. This is the time when the gardens around Alabama are at their peak in producing the fruits and vegetables that we had planted earlier in the year. The gardeners have been watering, weeding and trying to keep the deer from eating everything down to sticks in the ground. I say this with the voice of experience. All of my okra looked like I planted small sections of a bamboo fish...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Sep 1, 2021

    First of all I must make a correction: in the August 2021 article of the photo illustrating the plant of the month, Cleome or common name “spider plant”. The photo showed an indoor plant, which is a spider plant, but not the outdoor one “cleome.” [Editor: This was a Gazette error, not the author. We apologize to all.] With the Covid virus, it seems we have the same song but a different verse with masks, vaccines, and a lot of isolation. All the more important for all of us to become gard...

  • Tears & Laughter - We are woke, but are we awake?

    Amanda Walker|Sep 1, 2021

    It depends on how old you are, but most people in the United States can tell time by the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. There was before, and then there was after. Everybody remembers where they were. I was home. The kids were little, they were playing…too young to fully comprehend what was happening. It was before cell phones were common and my husband had called home from work asking what was happening. I was standing in front of the television. I had been glued to the...

  • "There is Hope"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Sep 1, 2021

    If there’s one thing that fateful day twenty years ago has taught us, it’s that life is precious. Indeed, the 9/11 tragedy reminds us of what is truly important. Sad, but true…evil is out there. However, this tragedy that could have torn our country apart, instead has united us. It has given a message of hope…hope for the present and hope for the future. Yes! There is hope. There is hope for the present because the stage, I believe, has already been set for a new spirit in our nation. We...

  • There is a Lady Crying in the Harbor

    John W. Giles|Sep 1, 2021

    Friday September 14, 2001 – President Bush Called For Prayer – On Friday September 14, 2001, I was awakened at 3:00 am with overwhelming grief for our nation on the heels of the September 11th attack. All I could see was the Statue of Liberty crying over her nation and was compelled to pour my heart out on paper, reflecting the pain felt by every American during this time of a national tragedy. Her name is Liberty and she is a 22-story tower of strength overshadowing the NY Harbor, which...