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  • For unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given.

    Staff Writer|Dec 1, 2015

    2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with...

  • House Takes Important First Step to Mitigate Risks of Syrian Refugee Resettlement

    Rep. Martha Roby|Dec 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives took an important first step to mitigate the national security risks presented by President Obama’s plan to allow as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States in 2016. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, seeks to ensure ISIS terrorists cannot infiltrate the country through the refugee resettlement program. ISIS has said it would use refugee resettlements to infiltrate western...

  • "Rise Above"

    Marcia Chambliss|Dec 1, 2015

    Writing about politics is rarely encouraging. In fact, I've been at a crossroads for a few weeks and admit I have been struggling with putting words to paper. When asked to contribute monthly to The Alabama Gazette in October 2010, I was incredibly honored that someone considered my thoughts and words worthy of print. Initially, writing was somewhat easy because there was so much to discuss – so many battles to fight – so many people who fervently believed we could reverse the political...

  • The Coming of Christ: The Fulfillment Of Covenant Promise

    Bobbie Ames|Dec 1, 2015

    Our Creator God has always extended covenants to His children. To Adam, it was clearly stated that he might eat of “every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”Gen. 2:17-18) Adam's obligation was merely obedience. To Noah, who found Grace in the eyes of the Lord, God spoke, “With thee I will establish my covenant, thou shall come into the ark, thou and thy sons and thy sons' wives, with thee....

  • Do the Pastafarians ridicule the First Amendment?

    Ron Holtsford|Dec 1, 2015

    So what in the world is a Pastafarian? The Pastafarians “worship” the Flying Spaghetti Monster and their “church” may also be referred to as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It seems in 2005, that a Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education complaining about their decision to teach intelligent design/ creationism in addition to evolution. In his letter he argues against intelligent design and said that any time a scientist carbon dates any object...

  • WHAT A WICKED WORLD

    Robert Tate|Dec 1, 2015

    A lot has happened since my last Robservation. The Paris terrorist attacks, the Russian airline shoot down, the increasing concern over Syrian refugees coming to the States, President Obama's pathetic, sad and disgusting speech in Turkey, Rhonda Rousey getting knocked out, you name it. I want to touch on them just a little. 1. Russian airliner shot down: Not much to say here. Russia has finally admitted that their plane was brought down by a terrorist attack and yes, Vladmir Putin is pretty...

  • UNplanned Parenthood:

    John Sophocleus|Dec 1, 2015

    Most Gazette readers require no reminder of the ‘unplanned’ birth of Jesus we venerate during the Christmas season. Matthew 1:18-20 explains Joseph’s love for Mary and belief in God was so strong he followed the angel’s instructions to continue the betrothed course and not quietly divorce Mary as she was indeed bringing the Son of God into this world. Fewer readers may be familiar with US District Court Judge Myron Thompson’s recent Planned Parenthood ruling further assaulting the...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|Dec 1, 2015

    November 25, 2015: Last week I gave you an alphabetical list of the 18 potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. We will begin this week handicapping them in descending order. The Number 18 horse is current Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. We will know whether the beleaguered Speaker of the House will remain in the derby by next March. He is on trial in Lee County. A grand jury indicted him over a year ago on 23 felony counts of ethics law violations. If he is convicted on any...

  • Please Talk to Me!

    Hector Oswaldo Chavez|Dec 1, 2015

    Non-verbal communication: When we communicate, we can say a lot without speaking. Our body posture, tone of voice, and the expressions on our faces all convey a message. If our feelings don’t fit with our words, it is often the non-verbal communication that gets “heard”and believed. Notice whether your body language reflects what you are saying, thinking, or feeling. Communicating clearly in a relationship: Talk to each other. No matter how well you know and love one other, you cannot...

  • Faith: Consensus Reality

    Judge Philip Dale Segrest|Dec 1, 2015

    Faith is what we really and truly believe. It performs some remarkable functions that do not depend on its ties to religion. All of us believe that we exist in a physical environment on the face of the earth and that by observation we can come to understand that environment. We take for granted that the objects that surround us have names and that there are words that we can use to identify and describe them. Because we live in a social environment in with others who share those same words and...

  • TEACHER TENURE LAW LEAVES THOUSANDS OF ALABAMA'S CHILDREN ILLITERATE

    Dr. David Nichols|Dec 1, 2015

    Beginning as early as 1909 schools systems began to insulate all teachers from being fired unjustly due to a wide array of unfair reasons such as replacing them with the school principal’s daughter, personal conflict among another more favored teacher, political differences, perceived insubordination involving unreasonable task assignments, etc. Tenure has existed in K-12 education since then, when “good government” reformers borrowed the concept from Germany. The idea spread quickly from...

  • Counting down the Days, Hours, and Minutes till the start of GUN SEASON!

    Steve Long|Dec 1, 2015

    As I type up this article, we're counting down the days, hours, and minutes till the start of gun season! With bow and muzzleloader seasons underway, there's already been plenty of action for the avid outdoorsman, and the best part is still yet to come! I've had a few folks hunting with me during muzzleloader season, and they're seeing deer everywhere! Average field count is almost 40 deer a hunt! Between the cold weather, the lack of pressure, and a great crop of acorns this year, we should hav...

  • Grizzly Bears

    Ron VanHerwyn|Dec 1, 2015

    Grizzly bears have concave faces, a distinctive hump on their shoulders, and long claws about two to four inches long. The grizzlies have a life span of 20-30 years. The grizzly stand 6-8ft tall and males weigh 300-850 lbs and the females weigh 200-450 lbs. Both the hump and the claws are traits associated with a grizzly bear's exceptional digging ability. Grizzlies are often dark brown, but can vary from very light cream to black. The long guard hairs on their backs and shoulders frequently...

  • Henry / Heisman

    Ed Jones Sports Editor|Dec 1, 2015

    As the 2015 football season winds down, the talk centers on what four teams will make the National Championship Playoff, which teams will fill the 40 bowls. (The NCAA needs 80 teams to fill the record high 40 bowl games), and of course, who will win the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trophy was originally created to honor the best college football player in America. For the last 65 years it has been presented to the best quarterback or running back in America. The award is named for a former...

  • December Potpourri

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Dec 1, 2015

    December conjures up such pleasant ideas, scenes and scents, that it is difficult to enumerate them all. Ideas of the past and present that include new uses of ribbons, greenery and ornaments. Mistletoe which used to be just hung with a single ribbon has now become this huge ball of glittery circles and strands of ribbon to the extent that one can hardly recognize the mistletoe with in. And perhaps forgotten in the shuffle, is that if someone stands beneath, then a kiss should be planted on...

  • Cooking for the Holidays

    David Spooner|Dec 1, 2015

    We made it half-way through two of the biggest holiday meals. Thanksgiving is the holiday when the meal is the showcase and the time to show off your skills to the family and friends that are gathered. The next meal at Christmas is secondary to the reason for the holiday. But the Christmas dinner is still important and it is another time to show off your skills as a cook. Besides just the holidays themselves, I like cooking this time of year. There is a nip in the air and sometimes it gets downr...

  • New from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Dec 1, 2015

    Thank you to everyone that attended our annual Halloween Spooktacular! If you had your picture taken during the event, please visit our website www.MontgomerySheriff.com...

  • Prattville Veterans Day

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Dec 1, 2015

    During the Prattville Veteran's Day Ceremony that was held on November 11, 2015 at 11am, Sheriff Joe Sedinger honored the Veterans who work for him at the Autauga County Sheriff's Office and Autauga Metro Jail. These Deputies and Corrections Officers were presented with a ribbon to wear on their uniform, a U.S. Flag with the branch of service they served. A few of the Deputies and Corrections Officers were also presented with Combat Service Medals for Iraq, Desert Shield/Storm and Vietnam....

  • Are manners dead?

    Dr. John Bitter|Dec 1, 2015

    Your writer grew up surrounded by books; the place where toys were stored was adjacent to a voluminous family library, and reading books was a fascination which continued until age diminished the capacity to read. Biographies were a staple, and one that had a lasting impact was a 1922 book entitled Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home; in which Emily Post dealt extensively with behaving properly. For some reason this publication intrigued this young reader, and her words...

  • THE TWELVE SITES OF SOCIAL SECURITY

    Kylle McKinney|Dec 1, 2015

    Familiar carols are a part of the season. This song is so popular that holiday revelers clamored for it again. It’s “The Twelve Sites of Social Security,” inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” — a holiday favorite since 1780. For the FIRST site of Social Security, we give to you: our home page, www.socialsecurity.gov...

  • THE EMOTIONS OF CHRISTMAS...

    Dr. Rick Marshall|Dec 1, 2015

    As we have now arrived into the Christmas season, I heard a new word describing these weeks before the big celebration. It is “anticipointment.” You won’t find it in a dictionary or thesaurus. But I suspect all of us can identify with what it means. The coined word reminds us this season is filled with a wide array of emotions from excited anticipation to frustrating disappointment. During this season, perhaps more so than any other time of year, our emotions are stirred in so many ways. C...

  • Tender Mercies

    Michael J. Brooks|Dec 1, 2015

    It was a modest motion picture released in 1983 without much anticipation that it would be a block-buster, but the star won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for best actor the following year. In "Tender Mercies,"...

  • "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Dec 1, 2015

    It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas? For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buypresents...