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  • All Politics is Local. Most of Alabama's Mayors Races this Year.

    Steve Flowers|Oct 1, 2020

    With it being a presidential election year and an election for one of our United States Senate Seats and all of the interest that goes along with those high-profile contests, it has gone under the radar that most of our cities in the state had elections for mayor and city council last month. Mayors serve four-year terms and to most Alabamians they are the most important vote they will cast this year. The job of mayor of a city is a difficult and intricate fulltime, 24 hours a day dedication to...

  • Was Justice Ginsburg's death what is expected to happen?

    Ron Holtsford|Oct 1, 2020

    What should have happened by the time you read this is that President Trump will have named a very capable, conservative female judge to replace Justice Ginsburg who died in September. The political wrangling will be on as the Republicans attempt to place another conservative leaning justice. I would have personally disagreed with Justice Ginsburg on several legal decisions, but the fact is she was one of the most incredible legal minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. During the pandemic the...

  • Vote Your Conscience

    Robert Tate|Oct 1, 2020

    We are down to the wire here. The election of 2020; billed as a make or break for our republic. As if this year has not been enough of mental meltdown. Now on top of all this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed on. Could things get any uglier? Uhhhh, yeah. They are going to. This is going to be a rather short Robservation since I am sitting here typing with a broken hand. I took the splint off and am typing for the first time in a while, and I feel like I have 400 uncontrollable fingers slapping awa...

  • We Must Work Together to Help Prevent Suicide

    Rep. Martha Roby|Oct 1, 2020

    Each September, National Suicide Prevention Month is recognized as we draw attention to the causes, warning signs, and treatment options for those affected by this tragedy. You may think to yourself that this annual campaign is certainly important, but how does it impact you? The truth is, we can all help to reduce and prevent suicide. As you know, the Second District is home to thousands of veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans die by suicide...

  • Kay Ivey's Gulags

    John Martin|Oct 1, 2020

    By now, most of us have heard about Governor Kay Ivey’s September 3 proposal to build three new mega-prisons, ostensibly to solve Alabama’s long-standing prison overcrowding problem once and for all. The new prisons are planned for Bibb, Escambia, and Elmore Counties, with construction beginning in 2021. Their total capacity will be 10,000 male inmates. For a minimum of 30 years thereafter, the state will be obligated to shell out $88,000,000 of our tax revenue to lease them. Before we bui...

  • Truly Expediating Vaccines

    Daniel Sutter|Oct 1, 2020

    Two COVID-19 vaccines are in large-scale trials in the United States. Federal bureaucrats have thus far rejected human challenge trials (HCT), which would intentionally expose volunteers to the virus and speed testing. HCT should be part of our vaccine approval process. Vaccine testing employs randomized control trials with subjects assigned to either a trial group receiving the vaccine or a control group receiving a placebo. Neither subjects nor trial personnel should know who receives the...

  • Pray for This Impenitent Thief

    John Sophocleus|Oct 1, 2020

    “ of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.” Luke 23:39-41 KJV Many contacted me after receiving news convicted felon Michael Gregory Hubbard finally reported for the prison sentences he indeed justly earned. I ask for...

  • This Diversity Model will not be Allowed

    John M Taylor|Oct 1, 2020

    Individuals who have recently attended school or worked in the business world are aware of "diversity." During my Russell Corporation career, one company leader was nearly fanatical about it; it often seemed to be more important than making quality products and providing good customer service. Some claim the term itself is classic "Orwellian double-speak" – a word having two opposing meanings. Others reference Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" short story about a dystopian society that p...

  • Historic Peace Deal Signed 5.0

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Oct 1, 2020

    The Historic “Abraham Accords” Peace Deal was signed at the White House on Tuesday September 15th, 2020 between Israel, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The Middle East will never be the same. President Trump signed the documents as the official witness. This is only the second such deal in the history of Israel in which Arab countries formally recognized Israel’s right to exist. The Deal would not have been possible without the intervention and negotiation skills of President Trump. The P...

  • Dr. Martha Poole Simmons: A Journey of Service

    Oct 1, 2020

    Serving others: the elderly, people affected by disasters, and especially veterans, is Martha Poole's passion. In May 2004, when she retired after 32 years of teaching, her U.S. Marine son asked, "Mammy, what are you going to do?" Martha Poole replied, "I am not going to work because I did that for 32 years. I'll volunteer, and the Lord will lead me." Volunteering has become a step-by-step journey with each of her decisions for action laying a foundation for future service without her realizing...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2020

    COL Edgar Leslie Smith III: Age 77 COL Edgar L. Smith is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran who served 27 years in active duty including two tours in Vietnam as well as deployments to Germany and the Panama Canal. He received the following medals, badges and citations: the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, four Bronze Stars with “V” device and over additional Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with oak leaf cl...

  • Southern Cuisine - October

    David Spooner|Oct 1, 2020

    A common topic for food websites, particularly during the heat of summer, is foods to avoid during a heat wave. I do not necessarily disagree with some of their reasoning, but to me the first thing I want to eat during the summer months is something cold. You can guess I want just the opposite during winter. This is not a hard and fast rule but that is usually my first choice. A common food types to avoid during hot weather according to these websites are spicy foods. I would have to quit...

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  • Football ... Really?

    Stan Hurst|Oct 1, 2020

    As we find ourselves on the eve of our beloved SEC football season; will we enjoy the new sanitized product with just a handful of fans in attendance? Major League Baseball is nearing the end of the sixty game regular season. At the time of this writing we have six games left with the Oakland Athletics having clinched the American League West. The New York Yankees, The Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins all have clinched a playoff berth. Looks like the Cleveland Indians or...

  • Tears and Laughter: The Season of Cooking

    Amanda Walker|Oct 1, 2020

    The temperature in my quiet kitchen early in the morning has felt a few degrees cooler this week. I am still drinking coffee out of a cup with a pink flamingo on it, but summer is being ushered out by fall. Before long, a flurry of leaves will be followed by the first frost. I am from people who did not believe in eating certain foods until after the first frost – like cabbage and collards. Turnips, carrots…root vegetables. These were people who collected cookbooks but didn’t use recipes. I am...

  • Finding a New Groove

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Oct 1, 2020

    Happy Fall Y’all! (as we say in the South) The leaves are beginning to turn, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. What is it about a simple change in weather that can bring out the best in people? It's almost like each new season is a new beginning of sorts. It's a very representation of newness that stirs up changes in our souls. Autumn visions of our favorite warm cozy sweater, rich hot cocoa, and steaming hot apple cider spring into action in our hearts. The Bible also references new changes...

  • Respect and Civility: Where Have They Gone?

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Oct 1, 2020

    Political discord. Civil unrest. Violence in the streets. Toxic division. Ugly accusations. Harmful words. In the minds of many, these words define the state of our wonderful country right now! The lack of respect and civility in our country in recent months and years is very alarming and downright scary to me! It is a red flag waving in the wind for us as Americans, and we should tread very carefully in determining how we as a people in these great United States Of America will personally...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for October

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Oct 1, 2020

    The one good thing about the lockdown for COVID19 virus is that there was no lockdown on the garden scene. The only lockdown in my garden was what I self-imposed when I was too lazy to get out there. Sure, there were no in person garden seminars to attend, and many public gardens were closed, but that has not kept the “green thumb” group from making the most of the situation. With the nurseries and the big box stores open for business, we shopped with our masks on, for whatever we could find. I...

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  • Purple Pinkie Day: Give the Finger to Polio!

    Staff Writer

    See ordering instructions below. Pickup: Tuesday, October 20, at The Alabama Gazette office Rotary celebrates World Polio Day supported by Dunkin Donuts The latest edition of the Montgomery County Historical Society magazine, The Herald, highlight's a 1953 LIFE Magazine article describing the dire situation our nation faced with a different deadly virus, polio. The article focused on the inoculation that took place in Montgomery for 33,000 children receiving gamma globulin as a preventive to...