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Articles from the November 1, 2013 edition


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  • Bench-Bar-& Beyond

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Nov 1, 2013

    Last month, I described the meltdown of family that resulted from our nation’s movement from an agrarian, small town economy to a technological economy. Men and women have more contact with members of the opposite sex who are not their spouses than with their spouses. The Nineteen Sixties marked the pivotal change. The judicial system and the legal profession were not designed to solve the problems of the disintegration of marriage and family. Nursery Rhymes teach us a lot. Humpty Dumpty sat...

  • Robservations

    Robert Tate|Nov 1, 2013

    I opened the Montgomery Advertiser this morning and I was overwhelmed with joy. Okay, not overwhelmed, but I was pretty happy to see the Collings Foundation is bringing their B-17, B-24 and P-51 to Montgomery on 27, 28 and 29 October. The last time they were here in town was close to three years ago when I was still pretty new as your Robservation writer. Because the Collings Foundation is back in town, I decided to reprint this, my eighth Robservation. Enjoy. BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Nov 1, 2013

    October 30, 2013 - Steve Flowers The greatest partisan change in American political history has occurred during my lifetime. The transformation of Alabama and our sister Deep South states from an all Democratic region to an all Republican territory has been remarkable and historic. Exactly 50 years ago today Alabama’s entire delegation in Washington was Democratic. Democrats held all seven constitutional offices. Every member of the Supreme Court ran as a Democrat. Sixty-six out of 67...

  • Woods & Waters with Zack

    Zack Azar|Nov 1, 2013

    Deer gun season comes in on Saturday, November 23rd. Hunters across the state will head to their favorite hunting sites in anticipation of taking an "opening day" whitetail. If you have done your homework and know where the deer on your property are most likely to be, you could be one of the successful hunters who are able to harvest a whitetail on the opening weekend of gun season. This month, let's take a look at some early season tactics that will help increase your odds when you hit the...

  • Auburn Still a Work in Progress...

    Ed Jones|Nov 1, 2013

    There are many optimistic Auburn fans who are prepared to go to Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30th to witness the game which will determine the champion of the Western Division of the SEC, with the winner going to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. This of course depends on three things; Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. The Arkansas thing will be decided on November 2nd in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tennessee thing will be decided on November 9th in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Georgia thing...

  • Gettysburg Address Sesquicentennial: Lincoln's Legacy of Dysfunctional Government

    John Sophocleus|Nov 1, 2013

    No column I’ve penned generated more mail than this July’s Sesquicentennial of the carnage at Gettysburg - one of the bloodiest (tangibly dysfunctional) results in reforming the federal government into the forced coalition observed today. Some mail offered words from another Ohioan, Edwin M. Stanton, which simply asserted the attempted February 1861 Force Bill allowed federal and/or State armies/troops to levy war (in clear violation of Art. 3, Sec. 3) upon another State(s) without approval...

  • Renting or Trespassing?

    Ron Holtsford|Nov 1, 2013

    I allowed a friend to move in to the home that I am leasing as he was separated from his wife and needed a place to live short term. It only took a short time for me to realize that some of his living habits are less than desirable, maybe why his wife wanted him out. I have repeatedly asked him to find his own place. At first he would be emotional and I would give him more time. Now he gets angry and refuses to leave, actually threatening me one time. I have called the police and they will not e...

  • Smart Girls Politics

    Marcia Chambliss|Nov 1, 2013

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently bemoaned the "alarming degree of public ignorance" regarding civics and it was never more apparent as during the recent partial (17%) government shutdown. I'm increasingly of the opinion that this ignorance is achieved by design so that the political elites, particularly those on the left, can manipulate public opinion and voters to their benefit. I keep hearing, "You lost the election so get over it." Well, yes and no. Conservatives...

  • Southern Gardening

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Nov 1, 2013

    Pumpkins abound, colorful leaves sail to the ground, county fairs come to town with Farris wheels that turn round and round. There is a definite deep fresh coolness that pervades the early mornings and a marked clarity in the sky in November. The humidity and heat have lifted and I am energized to finish gardening tasks that I have been remiss in completing. My first priority will be to set up a daily schedule to plan, shop for new plants for late fall and winter, and to execute. Sometimes I...

  • Soul Searching

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Nov 1, 2013

    When we think of Thanksgiving, what images come to mind? For some it may be nothing more than food starting with the “old gobbler,” who was really just a “tom turkey” on some commercial farm a few weeks earlier. As the saying goes, “it begins with the gobbler and ends with the cobbler.” For others it is a big family gathering and for another group of us it centers around football or other sports events. We should not forget the many who serve in the retail industry who spend the day...

  • The Lord Hath Done Great Things For Us; Whereof We Are Glad

    Bobbie Ames|Nov 1, 2013

    The tragic lessons of History will be repeated if History is removed from a nation's memory, as it has been for several generations since American's Christian History was replaced by Social Studies in public schools nearly a century ago. How many adults know what sacrifice and triumph brought about our uniquely American Holiday tradition of Thanksgiving? Through brief bits of the story here, let's look at this American legacy, our own American heritage, and embrace it for a true Thanksgiving...

  • Gazette Seniors

    Dr. John Bitter|Nov 1, 2013

    The dust has settled on another session of the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature, and a good bit was accomplished during its three-day session in Montgomery that ended Oct. 23. In the absence of House Speaker Melvin Cooper of Prattville, who is convalescing, Speaker Pro-tem Winston Griggs of Headland, presided over a vigorous three-day session. Ten of the 60 resolutions submitted for consideration by the legislators were selected for submission to the governor for his action; five of direct...

  • Montgomery County Law

    Sheriff D. T. Marshall|Nov 1, 2013

    Our 3rd quarter newsletter has come out. It breaks down the crime in Montgomery County and lets you know what is happening in your area. If you would like a copy of the newsletter, email Lt. Clarence Brannon at ClarenceBrennon@mc-ala.org. We break down the county into 6 districts. You can see what is happening in your neighborhood by looking at the statistics provided in the newsletter. I will give you a breakdown for the whole county, not including the city. So far this year there have been...

  • Social Security Helps Vererans (and Active Duty Military) Every Day

    Kylie MCkinney|Nov 1, 2013

    November 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We at Social Security ask you to join us in saluting the men and women of the armed forces. Be sure to say "thank you" to a veteran on this important day. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security's Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at:...

  • Triston's Tidbits

    Trisston Burrors|Nov 1, 2013

    Year after year, the earth’s inhabitants are fed, watered, clothed, and sheltered. Generations come and go, nations rise and fall, yet God continues to live and keep this old world turning and the sun shining day after day. James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.” This Thanksgiving season, let’s recognize the God from whom ALL blessings flow…either directly or...