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  • 2016 Political Year "STRANGER than EVER"

    Andrew Stuttaford|Mar 1, 2016

    Let's get the easy stuff out of the way. Hillary Clinton had a good night, stumbling in places where she was expected to stumble. But she benefited from a solid African-American support in the south and snatched a significant victory over Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts. Senator Sanders is not going to give up his quest any time soon, but, in the absence of an indictment arising out of Clinton's email adventures, Hillary looks well set to take the Democratic nomination in due course. And that...

  • With the death of Justice Scalia, what happens next?

    Ron Holtsford|Mar 1, 2016

    Article III of the United States Constitution establishes a supreme court. The text of Section One and the first paragraph of Section Two of Article Three reads as follows: Article III. Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times,...

  • The Government and Society We've Created

    Marcia Chambliss|Mar 1, 2016

    Many of my conservative friends, mostly those in my generation or older, continue to be amazed that an avowed socialist – disguised as “democratic socialist” – can be so popular with the youth of our nation. Like so many of my friends, I’ve attributed the appeal to the liberal bent of our public education system. While that absolutely has an enormous impact, I think there are other elements that those of us who call ourselves conservatives have been missing. But one factor has been apparent...

  • The Origin of Liberty in Government Established by the U.S. Constitution

    Bobbie Ames|Mar 1, 2016

    With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the court is now equally divided between the Constitutionalists and those who oppose traditional interpretation of our Law. With recent drastic changes in American culture, there are cases pending before the high court at the present time which could literally further destroy the moral absolutes in our culture. As of now, the court is equally divided between "right and left." There is great speculation about Justice Scalia's replacement on the bench....

  • Believe in Mike Hubbard? ENOUGH ALREADY! Time to Go to Trial…

    John Sophocleus|Mar 1, 2016

    The current epicenter of Alabama corruption was quaking from recent affidavits submitted to Judge Walker’s Circuit Court on Speaker Hubbard’s [R - Auburn] criminal indictment. These rumblings prompted inquiries for my thoughts as an active participant in the District 79 campaign to elect Sandy Toomer. Some seem to think I may’ve been one of the architects of the ‘whisper campaign’ alleged in court documents surrounding Barron Coleman’s affidavit. I was aware of no whisper campaign. In a small...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Mar 1, 2016

    You know the outcome of our presidential preference primary yesterday. I do too, today; however, this column had to go to press a few days prior to the primary. Therefore, I will have to report and analyze your voting in a later column. One thing I do know is that we had a lot more attention paid to us in the Heart of Dixie because we had an early primary. The legislature is to be applauded for moving us up to participate in the March 1st SEC primary. It was fun while it lasted but we can say...

  • More Traffic Signal Solutions

    John Martin|Mar 1, 2016

    Last month I described how the Finnline and adequate yellow time can put an end to dangerous panic stops at signaled intersections. Here are some additional remedies to improve the traffic flow. The legitimacy of installing a signal for a private property is dubious at best. And because of the way many are timed, they are particularly obnoxious. A few weeks ago, Walmart opened a new store on highway 231 across from the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Like at every other I had seen, it had a...

  • Advisory Board Meets, Discusses Several Changes For Coming Hunting Seasons

    Steve Long|Mar 1, 2016

    Hope everyone's having a good break so far! By break, I'm of course referring to the lull in hunting after the end of deer season! Naturally, as we hunters and outdoorsmen are back home, deciding what to do with that freezer meat, there are lots of folks whose jobs are really kicking into high gear The Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) is going to meet next month to discuss some major changes in deer, turkey, and small game hunting. The CAB is the governing body of sorts over season length, bag...

  • Who's afraid of the Big Bad WOLF?

    Ron VanHerwyn|Mar 1, 2016

    Over the years if people heard Wolf they would shutter with fear, because of the stories and urban legends we were brought up to believe such as Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, and don't forget the greatest urban legend the Werewolf. The fear of getting bit by a wolf would surely turn you into a blood thirsty murderous werewolf preying on humans. So as you can see the wolf has lived with these stories and legends for centuries. The truth of the matter is wolfs are non aggressive by...

  • Shunned by Combine

    Ed Jones Sports Editor|Mar 1, 2016

    A 6'-5", 235 lb. quarterback that never lost a game in college (14-0) did not receive an invitation to compete in the NFL Scouting Combine. He also led his team to the 2015 NCAA National Championship. From my vantage point, he was the MVP of the championship game. So, what's the problem? It is that Alabama's Jake Coker was not on any scouting lists in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. Why? He had never started a game since his senior year in high school, that's why. The chemistry on this 2015 team was...

  • "Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers coaching changes"

    Michael Hanich|Mar 1, 2016

    Every year, there is always change that comes to each sports team. Some of the times, coaching changes are made for the better or for the worst. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are no strangers to coaching coaches. For these heavy rivals, there are huge similar coaching changes that have transpired so far in the 2016 offseason. Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart left Alabama to be the head coach at Eastern Divisional rival the Georgia Bulldogs. Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp left Auburn to be the head coach at Eastern Divisio...

  • "Building Your Child Up!"

    Hector Oswaldo Chavez|Mar 1, 2016

    Some people are born with a more positive disposition while others are born with more of a negative disposition case in point my two little boys. One is often always positive and the other is often thinking negatively, but there is hope. The latest research in neuroscience and positive psychology demonstrates that we can mold our brains and ourselves to be more positive, which is great news for all our children. I believe that positive kids become positive adults and as parents we can play a sig...

  • LAWYER ADVERTISING

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Mar 1, 2016

    Lawyer advertising turns most people off. That includes many members of the legal profession itself. Ads that include boxing gloves, horses, tigers and big trucks may be mildly amusing the first time you see them, but add little to the image of the legal profession and nothing to the dignity of law. Those of us who still regard law as a gift of God that allows humans to live peaceably together have difficulty seeing how the commercial advertising of legal services as a commodity can be...

  • My Seattle Adventure...revisited

    Robert Tate|Mar 1, 2016

    First of all, I have to apologize for this column. I first wrote this way back in early 2011 but as I read over it, I felt it remained current in its scope and thought. The reason I am not adding a new column is that I am currently recovering from surgery I recently had and to be honest, at the moment writing is among the last things on my mind to do. I do think, however, for my next Robservation I will discuss my surgery. But here is my column with a few editorial additions and I am looking...

  • March Potpourri

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Mar 1, 2016

    What a month we have before us, with the Ides of March, Easter and the first day of Spring right upon us. In March our neighborhoods shimmer with spring flowering trees and shrubs along with bulbs bursting with such sweet fragrances. Hurrah for Spring. We also associate spring with spring cleaning in our homes. Well, we can also include spring cleaning in our flower beds. This will include raking away old soggy mulch, broken dead twigs, and sticks. If the last cold snap killed other plant...

  • Employee Recognition

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Mar 1, 2016

    In January of this year, I had the pleasure of swearing in Deputy Courtney Ward. You might recognize Deputy Ward's name as an all-star basketball player from Florida State University. Below is the article recently published on www.seminoles.com. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC's 15 schools who have contributed to their respective institutions rich tradition. Ward contributed to the FSU program in many ways as a solid point guard...

  • Prattville Service League

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Mar 1, 2016

    The Autauga County Sheriff's Office would like to say a big “Thank You “ to the Prattville Service League for their continued support for the Sheriff's Office and the McGruff the Crime Dog campaign. The Sheriff's Office received a $1000 grant to purchase McGruff books, bags, bookmarks, and other items used to promote the McGruff campaign. We appreciate all the support from the community so the Sheriff's Office can continue to move forward....

  • Give them what they deserve

    Dr. John Bitter|Mar 1, 2016

    Out there in a world best describer as “Geriatrica” exist a group of old folks one might best be described as the Geriatric class. These folks were best described by author Tom Brokaw as “The Greatest Generation.” Their “greatness” has now faded somewhat. Their offspring have left the nest. Usually one of the pair has now gone to his or her reward; and living in the old homestead just ain't what it used to be. So, now many have found haven in an institution called “Independent Living Facili...

  • TWEETING ISN'T JUST FOR THE BIRDS

    Kylle McKinney|Mar 1, 2016

    Ten years ago, on March 21, 2006, the CEO of Twitter sent out his first tweet. It’s appropriate, with spring coming, that the famous CEO was chirping in a format that the world now embraces as a vital form of interactive communication. Similarly, Social Security is no stranger to social media. Updated regularly, Social Security Matters is our blog. It’s our hub for Social Security news, like new features to my Social Security, changes in policy, retirement planning, and benefit information. The...

  • What To Remember When You Need To Remember

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Mar 1, 2016

    In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced...

  • God's Justice Is Just

    Michael J. Brooks|Mar 1, 2016

    I must admit I found it just as addictive as I'd been told. When I began watching "Making A Murderer," I could hardly stop until I'd digested all ten hours. The series tells the story of Steven Avery of Manitowoc, Wisconsin who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. A single strand of hair provided enough DNA evidence to exonerate him. He proceeded to file a lawsuit against those who prosecuted him and suddenly found himself accused of another murder. Avery's mentally-challenged...

  • Southern Cooking Traditions

    David Spooner|Mar 1, 2016

    I was reading about Southern cooking traditions, the standards that define a Southern kitchen and a Southern cook and realized that the knowledge on how to fix these staples, these meals, these time tested dishes, is slowly passing away. It is becoming a lost art in homes everywhere in America not just the South, where the children are not learning the basics of cooking, let alone, the traditional meals that bind generations. You have seen lists before, that tell that you have lost your...

  • "Good News"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Mar 1, 2016

    Easter is upon us. This is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the grave. This is the event that conquered sin… it conquered death… and it made it possible for you and for me to have a personal relationship with God! Perhaps, today, this is the first time you've ever heard or understood this Good News. If so, I want to tell you something: Jesus died on the cross for you. He wore a crown of thorns and was nailed to a tree because He loves you… and He wants to ha...

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