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  • Robservations

    Robert Tate|Oct 1, 2013

    I have watched with amusement all the discussions lately on the “Greek” issue at the University of Alabama. First of all, I think that in the year 2013, the whole idea of somebody not being admitted to a fraternity or sorority based SOLELY one’s race is ludicrous – but not surprising. Although I do not talk much about it, I figured now might be an interesting time to talk about my “Greek” experiences at the University of Tennessee from 1979 – 1983. Let me get this out in the open “from the get...

  • What is a Writ of Habeas Corpus

    Ronald Holtsford|Oct 1, 2013

    The literal meaning is “may you have the body” or as from one of my law professors, “show me the body”. The Writ of Habeas Corpus Act was a result of the British Parliament in 1640. Those that were imprisoned by the King, privy council or other councilor had a right to have the true cause for their imprisonment to be certified. The words of commencement were repealed in 1948 and the whole Act in 1968. Habeas corpus ad subjiciendum, was first recorded in British law in 1305. Subsequent laws in 16...

  • Smart Girls Politics

    Marcia Chambliss|Oct 1, 2013

    The world may well be upside down because I think I might actually see a bit of truth in Hillary Clinton’s now infamous line. “What difference does it make?” Except that I’m not talking about Ms. Clinton’s shocking and disturbing comment delivered during the Congressional committee hearing regarding Benghazi and the four murdered Americans, or the potential cover-up of what actually happened and went horribly wrong. I’m talking about the big government Democrats versus the big government...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Oct 1, 2013

    During the summer Alabama had a rash of major political figures step down from office in the middle of their elected terms. The first to go was 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner. Beth Chapman also quit her job as Secretary of State as did State Representative Jay Love of Montgomery, who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Education Budget Committee. Love’s counterpart, Rep. Jim Barton of Mobile, who chaired the House General Fund Committee, quit his House seat. Elmore County Rep. Barry Ma...

  • Woods & Waters with Zack

    Zack Azar|Oct 1, 2013

    Bowhunting whitetails during the warm and buggy early days of the season is a challenge. Temperatures are usually warm enough to send beads of sweat rolling down your back. Swarming, buzzing mosquitoes can make staying motionless on stand virtually impossible. On top of dealing with sweltering temperatures and biting bugs, another problem is that deer are mostly nocturnal, with their daylight movements limited to very early and very late in the day. Hunting conditions are tough, but the...

  • Eight Team Play-Off...Not Far Away

    Ed Jones, Sports Editor|Oct 1, 2013

    Starting with the football season of 2014 a four team play-off will be initiated. This may or may not be better than what we have with the BCS Championship Plan with only the top two teams participating. The football world is anxious to come up with any plan that will keep the SEC from dominating the national championship play-off. The SEC has won the last seven championships. The good news for the SEC is that in 2014 it is conceivable that two SEC teams could be in the four team play-off. This...

  • Triston's Tidbits

    Trisston Burrors|Oct 1, 2013

    As many of you know, my Dad recently passed away. On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express heartfelt appreciate to family and friends for the phone calls, text messages, cards, visits, flowers, food, and wonderful acts of kindness during this difficult time. We appreciate your love and support. Each and every one of you are very special to us. Many of you who knew my Dad may remember his love of music. One of his favorite songs to sing was “Consider the Lilies”. I share the wor...

  • Gazette Seniors

    Dr. John Bitter|Oct 1, 2013
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    It's October once again, and time for the annual migration of old timers to Montgomery for the annual session of the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature. On October 21, representatives of Alabama's 67 counties will converge on the Capitol City to study, comment on, and eventually approve resolutions, which will be passed along to the Governor for his study, and possibly on to the Legislature for consideration and, perhaps, enactment into law. Some of the more recent of which have been resolutions...

  • Southern Gardening

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Oct 1, 2013

    When I travel country roads in early September, I see what I term the hargingers of fall. Last weekend in mid September I did just that, and viewed a magnificent array of wild flowers in fields, ditches, and peaking out of woodlands. I saw Goldenrod swaying above and below the elegant and stately iron weed with its flat panicles of brilliant purple; rusty red leaves of sumac; the light blue chicory plant; black-eyed susan; other types of helianthus or yellow daisy flowered plants; blue...

  • The Marshall Moment

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Oct 1, 2013

    Grace is one of the great words of the Christian faith. Without it the power of faith to heal pain, sustain in spite of life’s trials and to offer hope when life seems hopeless would be empty. Grace is like fuel to an engine. Technically grace is often defined as “unmerited favor,” especially when considered in the context of covering our sin. For the purposes of this article I think of it more in terms of its power available to believers in times of crisis and grief. I think of Paul who suffere...

  • Bench-Bar-& Beyond

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Oct 1, 2013

    Family is the primal unit of society. Men and women have always met and produced off-spring. Successful marriages conserved the energy necessary for human advancement. Maslow identified sex as a basic need. It is packed with motive force. Freud called the driving force that pushes humans into action libidinal energy. Although libidinal energy is associated with sex, it can be redirected for other creative effort. When marriage works, sex needs of both partners are met, without spending energy...

  • Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office

    Travis McGough|Oct 1, 2013
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    I often get asked where people can get free or cheap copies of Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, I have to tell people that there isn’t an easy or legal way to do that. If you do need a genuine copy of Microsoft Office, then your best bet would be to purchase a copy through www.amazon.com or www.ebay.com. But, if you are just looking for some programs to create, open, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, then there are several FREE (and legal) alternatives that I highly recommend. E...

  • The Education Station

    Bobbie Ames|Oct 1, 2013

    The great debate in American Education today centers on the role of the federal government in Education. The very foundation of American Government is the U.S.Constitution. Nowhere in the Constitution is the word "Education" even found. As powers were enumerated in the Constitution, education was not one of those given to the national government by the Framers of the Constitution. In the last Century, when statesmen were replaced by politicians, many found a way to dream up programs and new...

  • Hunting for a Prescription Drug Plan is No Game

    Kylle McKinney, Alabama Public Affairs Specialist|Oct 1, 2013

    “Open season” is right around the corner for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Hunting down the best plan for you is no game. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D plan, should mark their calendars for October 15. The “open season” will run from October 15 to December 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the costs of medications. Joining...

  • Loosing Our State Defense Force

    John Sophocleus|Oct 1, 2013
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    I’ve always been amazed and delighted at how many compatriots in the liberty movement volunteer (e.g., donate to cancer patients, food banks, housing, relief to disaster victims, etc.) via PRIVATE efforts like churches, HealthSouth, missions, Red Cross, et al in Alabama. Our State continues to place around the top five in the nation in this regard in spite of how increasingly more is taken from Alabamians at the local, State and federal level. Of course, the statistics are in real terms and w...

  • Montgomery County Law

    Sheriff D. T. Marshall|Oct 1, 2013

    I just got a copy of the sentencing guidelines that go into effect on October 1 of this year. The report says that these guidelines are voluntary, apparently until 2020 at which time it appears that they become mandatory. The Alabama sentencing Commission issued the report by the authority of Act 2012-473. The Act required the Commission to make necessary modifications to the Sentencing Standards to transition from voluntary sentencing to presumptive sentencing for non-violent offenses in 2013....

  • The Alabama Gazette Celebrates Its 14th Year of Publication

    The Gazette began with only a vision in year 2000 ...... and now prints approximately 180,000 copies yearly and estimates 300, 000 readers yearly. We hope you enjoy reading The Alabama Gazette, (formerly The County Gazette and The Tri-County Gazette). We appreciate the support of our all of our staff, contributing writers, readers and our advertisers! We are a locally owned and operated newspaper. Our focus is God, family and our great USA. May this newspaper never compromise its’ standards! W...

  • Alabama State Capitol

    Oct 1, 2013

    Alabama State Capitol Completed in 1851, this National Historic Landmark is a museum of state history and politics. Additions to the building were made several times. The Capitol was restored in 1992. The Confederacy began in the original Senate chamber and the Selma to Montgomery 1965 Voting Rights March ended on the street in front of the building. Today, the governor and other executive branch officers still occupy offices in the Capitol. In 1846, following Cahawba and Tuscaloosa, Montgomery became Alabama's capital city. The first capitol...

  • I Am Your Flag

    June 14 is Flag Day and July 4 marks our Independence Day, and I want to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to remember me and honor me on those days and throughout the year. I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America. I am the red, white and blue. I am the same old flag that has flown over our great land for some 236 years, but many stars have been added and much blood has been shed for me since I was first raised up a flagpole. I was created by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. It was...

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