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  • Veterans Day - November 11, 2018

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    Honoring all who served in times of war and peace....

  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    Robert Tate|Nov 1, 2018

    Commentaries printed in the Alabama Gazette are never presented to offend American Citizens and Legal Residents who originally hail from outside of the United States, as all legal immigrants are a vital part of this country's continued prosperity. Their talents are much needed and appreciated. It is only illegal immigration which poses a threat to American prosperity and is of serious concern to all Americans who value fairness and the rule of law for both their country and fellow citizens. Los...

  • 2018 General Election Alabama Constitutional Amendments

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    BALLOT STATEMENT FOR STATEWIDE AMENDMENT #1 TEN COMMANDMENTS "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment Yes ( ) No ( )" Our state constitution has strong language related to religious...

  • Midterms That the GOP Cannot Afford to Lose

    Perry Hooper Jr|Nov 1, 2018

    Under President Trump's foreign policy, we have seen ISIS effectively destroyed, North Korea finally talking to South Korea including a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics, North Korea ending nuclear testing, NATO countries contributing their fair to the alliance and most importantly a move to fair and balanced trade agreements. On the economic front we have seen the biggest tax cut since the Reagan Administration, the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years (including the lowest black unemployment...

  • Amendment Two ~ Choice Vs. Life

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    By John and Deborah Giles November 6, 2018 is the mid-term election, and in addition to a slate of candidates, Alabamians will be voting on four amendments to the Alabama Constitution. In this article, we will be talking about Amendment Two. If passed, the Alabama Constitution will recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life. Generally, there are three visible sides to this debate: those who want unlimited abortion, those who want to protect the sanctity of all human life from conception...

  • A CARAVAN SEEKING TO INFLUENCE THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    Guest editorial by Bob Lonsberry © 2018 The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to America, where do they go to the bathroom, eat and sleep and store their clothes? How is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their hair and clothes are well kept? How is any of this possible? And why do these people, supposedly fleeing intolerable conditions in their homeland, carry little flags from their homeland and break into its national anthem when the TV cameras show...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Nov 1, 2018

    “General Election Next Week” This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole Robert Bentley spoiled my parade. Back in the old days, governors could not succeed themselves. They were governor for one four-year term and then you were out. That means we had a governor’s race every four years and man would they be doozies. We would have 10 candidates, about half of them would b...

  • I am in the middle of a divorce from my husband after twenty-three years. I am a named beneficiary on his life insurance policy. Will I continue to be the beneficiary after divorce?

    Ron Holtsford|Nov 1, 2018

    Based on your question and if nothing is done to change the designation prior to divorce, no, you will not continue to be the beneficiary. In years past if a spouse remained on a life insurance policy, then the ex spouse remained as the beneficiary even if the owner remarried. I was always careful to counsel estate planning clients concerning this. It is still a counselable issue for my clients. In the Code of Alabama, 1975, §30-4-17 (2016 law) the opposite effect occurred in that there is a...

  • "THE LORD HATH DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US; WHEREOF WE ARE GLAD." Psalms 126:3

    Bobbie Ames|Nov 1, 2018

    Bobbie Ames writes from The Hoffman Education Center for the Family, where the ministry promotes Christian Education that is foundational to the Historic Biblical Principle Approach. Consulting services are available through the Hoffman Research Library. She can be reached at P. O. Box 241405, Montgomery, AL 36124, or at bobbiehames@gmail.com. “THE LORD HATH DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US; WHEREOF WE ARE GLAD.” Psalms 126:3 The tragic lessons of History will be repeated if History is removed from a n...

  • Mid-Terms Matter…Now More Than Ever

    Marcia Chambliss|Nov 1, 2018

    While my skepticism regarding all things political seems to increase with each passing day, there is one element that keeps me engaged: elections matter, and this November mid-term is no exception. Elections, specifically this mid-term, matter because of the pure ugliness of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process. What started as a three-ring circus of protests ended with Americans more divided than ever, and in my mind, was the result of calculated political maneuvering to influence...

  • Off the Grid

    John Martin|Nov 1, 2018

    In recent years, self-sufficiency and living off the land is becoming more and more popular. Now that relatively inexpensive photoelectric cells, wind generators, and composting toilets are becoming more readily available to people of modest incomes, it is becoming a lifestyle for increasing numbers of people. In America, independence has been a treasured objective since its beginning. We fought two wars to become independent from Britain. We fought for individual liberty. And we fought to...

  • $49M...Really?

    Ed Jones|Nov 1, 2018

    There has been a resistance on my part to address my concerns about the Auburn football program under Gus Malzahn. One of the reasons for that is my belief that he is a good man with a good family. He has the best interests of his players foremost in his program. Malzahn has done well in recruiting, flirting with the top 10 each year. He has worked diligently and tirelessly to take the Auburn football program to the heights desired by the alumni, the fan base, former players and the...

  • Deer Season is Finally in Bama

    Steve Long|Nov 1, 2018

    It’s that time again, folks. The weather’s cooler, the air feels more crisp, and football’s on the TV again; it’s time to get back out in the woods and do some deer hunting. Right now, Alabama Bow Season is in full swing, and the deer are moving! Of course, Gun Season’s just a few weeks away as well, so I hope all of you are just as geared up and ready to go as I am! Naturally, if you’re going out into the woods, you want to be prepared. Any seasoned deer hunting veteran knows that hunting is...

  • Common Genet

    Ron VanHerwyn|Nov 1, 2018

    Common genets, also called small-spotted genets, are related to civets. They are common in Africa, and a few are found in western Europe. Genets live alone or in pairs, resting by day in sheltered spots or abandoned burrows. They feed at night, hunting for small animals in a range of habitats, from dense forest to open grassland. They climb trees to prey on roosting birds or silently stalk victims on the ground. These genets are adept at climbing and hunting off the ground. Their sharp claws whi...

  • Giggin' for Dollars in Opelika as forecasted: OPS they did it AGAIN!

    John Sophocleus|Nov 1, 2018

    How do you make $14 million as the first Gig City in Alabama? Spend about $60 million... Some readers may recall last November's piece entitled, "Giggin' for Dollars in Opelika: Scent of a Birmingham Sewer?" Few columns have generated more nastygrams from politburo types and other lotharios of leviathan in Alabama. The Hubbard 'spin machine' is in overdrive with the 'fire sale' of Fuller's Folly as one of our most notable local corruption fighters dubbed the endeavour. Inveigled as a tremendous...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for November

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Nov 1, 2018

    Just when I have gotten the year 2018 imbedded in my brain, we are approaching 2019. The month of November seems to fly by with Veteran's Day, and then practically the whole week off for Thanksgiving Holidays. Where does the time go? With our eyes now on Thanksgiving, it is fun just thinking about flower arrangements with a fall theme. There are plenty of wild ageratum, black-eyed susan, golden rod, roses, wild asters and even wild grasses such as pampas, that make a great arrangement. Of...

  • Sustainable Solar Energy

    Daniel Sutter|Nov 1, 2018

    Oregon recently took back $13 million in tax credits awarded to SolarCity based on inflated costs reported on 14 solar projects. This is just the latest in a long series of legal issues for renewable energy companies. Our governments have encouraged solar and wind energy through tax credits, subsidies from tax dollars, and mandates. But perhaps letting markets and entrepreneurs work might be a better way to develop renewable energy to truly benefit America. One billion in tax dollars were spent...

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Nov 1, 2018

    Christmas Angel Tree It almost time to begin taking donations for our annual Christmas Angel Tree. Please watch for our article in the December Alabama Gazette. We couldn’t make this happen without you, our community! Thank you… Sheriff Cunningham and Staff would like to thank those that came out and made possible our annual Halloween Spooktacular! If you weren’t able to attend, please make plans to join us next year! Firearms Familiarization Course We know that learning how to protect yours...

  • Pike Road Arts Council and 40+ Artists Partner with Pike Road Elementary School to Create Masterpieces, Opportunity

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    PIKE ROAD, Ala – On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27, artists from across the State of Alabama and the country will converge in the Town of Pike Road Town Hall for the 7th Annual Pike Road Plein Air Paint Out, a two-day art event presented by the Pike Road Arts Council. In addition to creating one-of-a-kind pieces celebrating the landscapes of our hometown, the Pike Road Arts Council is partnering with the Pike Road Elementary School Art Department to engage students in the event. Through t...

  • Southern Cuisine for November

    David Spooner|Nov 1, 2018

    Holiday Cooking Cooking shows on the Food Network have gone the way of music videos on MTV. You do not watch music videos on MTV. The cooking shows on the Food Network are becoming reality based and competition shows. There is very little instructional material or recipes that are useful. The cooking shows on the Food Network are also getting bad reviews. Do a search on GOOGLE for reviews of the Food Network and you will see the same complains I have. I do watch cooking shows on the Food...

  • Rotary

    Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2018

    We Looked Into The Face Of Polio Today It was not a face of dread or defeat. It was a face of faith, of hope, of beauty and of unqualified triumph. It was the face of Dr. Susan Barfoot. Dr Barfoot of Montgomery shared her life's story and left all of us spellbound by her amazing strength, grace and accomplishments. In vivid detail she remembered the day she caught a cold, the day her legs stopped moving, the night when she heard the doctor tell her mom her young daughter might not make it to the...

  • (Grace to the Third Power) A Wesleyan View of Grace "Justifying Grace"

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Nov 1, 2018

    Part Two in a Series “Grace for all, Grace in all . . .Free for All, Free in All” – John Wesley Justifying Grace Jus’ta-fi – to be made right, to free from blame or guilt. Remember, the whole point of this series of articles is to help us to discover the three ways that we can experience the power of God's grace. True freedom leads to fresh power in our lives! And true freedom comes as a gift from God’s grace. Let’s look at Paul’s beautiful message of grace found in the letter to the Ephesian...

  • Tears and Laughter: Alabama is heartbroken for Florida after Hurricane Michael's destruction

    Amanda Walker|Nov 1, 2018

    As I write this, there are people in the southeast corner of the state who are still cleaning up downed trees and are without power. There are farmers in the wiregrass region who have suffered extensive losses. Our hearts go out to all of them, and to our neighbors in Georgia and the Florida panhandle who were in the direct path of Hurricane Michael. Floridian columnist and author, Carl Hiaasen, has long confessed that a huge portion of his work has been inspired by actual headlines out of his h...

  • "Thankful"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Nov 1, 2018

    I recently came across a cute story that I’d like to share with you… “A Sunday School teacher began her class by stating that everyone has been blessed and should be thankful. Then she asked one little boy for what he was especially thankful. “My glasses,” he replied. That seemed strange. So she asked him to explain. He said, “They keep the boys from hitting me and the girls from kissing me.” In time, I suspect he will out grow the latter reason for his thankfulness. Don’t you agree?!?! That...

  • Being a veteran is less expensive

    Dr. John Bitter|Nov 1, 2018

    Sitting around in “old folks homes” across the nation are many veterans who, during their lifetime, served their country as members of one of the various armed forces. After they served their time, most hung up their hats and went back to being civilians. But one thing many of these veterans were not aware of was that even though they'd hung up their military hats, a host of benefits were available to them, solely as a reward for having served their nation in one of the armed forces. For example...

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