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

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...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2018

Tigers & Monkeys & Blue Tick Hounds – Oh My!!

Once again, we find ourselves inundated with progressive, non-sensical idiocy that defies all rational belief. Everyday it seems as though the progressive, oh heck, let's just call them what they...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2018

THE LIE...do you know Elihu YALE?

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie met one sunny summer day. The Lie told the Truth, “It surely is a very beautiful day today, is it not?” Truth looked around suspiciously...

 

Consequences of Failing Schoolhouse Rock?

Quite some time ago, I began to think that little in politics surprises me anymore, but the month of September has outdone itself in revealing the demise of civility in our culture. So many thoughts...

 

"Peoples' Paper" 19th Anniversary May God Grant the Alabama Gazette many more years!

Empty screen before me once again, hands at the keyboard [see Mark 9:43-47 below] contemplating what to address for this month’s column... • The ray of hope for corrupt politicians upon reversal...

 

Revisiting an Economist's Perspective on the 1st Commandment

Prof. Thornton's recent book, The Skyscraper Curse offers sound perspective on booms and busts in our economy making business cycle theory accessible to the current, 21st-century audience. Long time r...

 

A SPECIAL KIND OF STUPID

Ah, yes. In the immortal words of Yoda, well not really Yoda but. . . , “The stupid is strong with this one.” And yes, it is on display in full regalia these days. Just a couple of examples for...

 

Could Charter Schools Improve our Rural Communities?

A little over five years ago, prior to the Alabama charter school bill passing out of the State Legislature and becoming law, I wrote about the choices that exist everywhere in our culture except in...

 

Write on Voter; Right ON!

The primary runoff is in the record books with over 87% percent of registered voters not participating in party elections they funded, some saying in fear of making an error for actual or accused...

 

Stop Rewarding Negativity

As the 2018 primary season thankfully ends, King Solomon’s lament in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “So there is nothing new under the sun,” might well be applied to Alabama politics, with the “nothing...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

Best races of the year have been for Attorney General and Lt. Governor June 27, 2018 The best races of the year have been for Attorney General and Lt. Governor, as well as Agriculture Commissioner and...

 

Wandering in the Wilderness

Because of my Biblical worldview, for which I do not apologize, my view of current culture and events is filtered through that belief, and I can’t help but reflect on the similarities of the...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2018

Inside the Statehouse

Less than Two Weeks to Primary – Governor’s Race As we get down to the lick log in the 2018 June Primary, there are few if any surprises in any of the major state races. Polling indicates that...

 

The Great Divide

With each news cycle describing incidents reflecting the increasing political and cultural divide that exists in our nation, the more the following Scripture repeats in my mind. Every kingdom divided...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2018

Observations The Combat Report

People who know me, know that I consider myself a Luftwaffe WWII historian. I have studied the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in WWII for almost my entire life and I cannot seem to get away from it. I...

 

Parole P.G.T. Beauregard to Beauregard, Alabama

New Orleans Mayor (wannabe actor) Mitch Landrieu has made many appearances recently from 60 Minutes to the usual 'talking head' TV morning circuit displaying removed statues stashed in secret...

 

Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:3

Like so many of the Alabama Gazette readers, I strongly believe in the power of prayer, and I’m so very thankful to live in a nation where citizens can still gather for times of corporate prayer....

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2018

Tragic? Yes. Scary? Yes. The NRA's fault? Get real!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the Twilight Zone. Twice per year, I eagerly anticipate and when I can, watch as much of the Twilight Zone Marathons the SciFi Channel shows. Hour after...

 

The Auburn Greed

Every year another batch of young souls descend upon Auburn University embarking upon a four year (oft a five or six year) mission to better themselves in hopes of one day being heralded as “an Aubu...

 

AWAKEN: A River Region Easter Gathering

I can't write about politics this month. My heart just isn't in it right now, and I honestly don't know when it will be again. Almost all of the current “debate” involves anger and accusations...

 

WHO KNEW?

I have to admit that I kind of pride myself on being a fairly up-to-date guy on World War II history when it comes to the air war in Europe. For those of you who may have been reading my column for se...

 

Toward a more rational, Constitutional immigration policy…

The immigration debate is heated up once again. In true “reality showmanship” Pres. Trump has made for some great sound bites and TV coverage but little of substance. When asked as a candidate...

 

A Nation Out of Order

The news alert came across my phone that Tuesday morning as I was preparing to leave home for my new discipleship class, an extremely timely one titled God of Order. Another school shooting, this time...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2018

Winston Churchill: The Historic "Great Man" and the "Darkest Hour"

Earlier this year I did a review of the movie “Dunkirk” and clearly stated that I am in no way a movie critic. But I went to see “Darkest Hour” opening day and felt compelled to write...

 

Inside the Statehouse

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club i...

 

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