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 By Robert Tate    Opinion    February 1, 2024 

Bits and Pieces #18

As usual, there always seems to be a lot going on in the world. So this week I bring to you my not-so-world-famous “Bits and Pieces; version 18.” 1. The Border (Again): Several columns back, I...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2024

Gut Check Time

In the thirteen years that I have been writing these Robservations for the Gazette, this is the first time that I am writing an “in your face” religious column, if you will. Although I am sure my...

 

ANTI-DWI DEVICES: BOTH GOOD AND BAD

Several years ago, I read with interest an article about Anti-DWI devices in several states being installed on vehicles of convicted drunk drivers. On the surface it sounds like a great idea and I...

 

WHO WANTS IT MORE?

By now, everybody reading this Robservation is aware of the war that is raging in Israel. The Hamas attacks have been ruthless and bloody. Israel has responded and will continue to respond as...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2023

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

As I write this Robservation, I must admit that I am angry. I once got some words of wisdom from a writing mentor and he told me that you should never write when you are angry. Once your words have...

 

Letters From Afar

As a regular Alabama Gazette columnist, it always does my heart good to hear of letters sent to the paper. Good or bad, without feedback, you rarely get a full appreciation of how readers are...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2023

Bits and Pieces #17

1. I will be the first to admit that I got it wrong. Big time. When President Biden first got into office, I said that he would not make it through his first two years. I thought there was no way in...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2023

WHAT'S IN A NAME?!

Four years ago, I wrote the first part of this Robservation. It doesn’t seem that long ago but it was. Not surprisingly, things have not even come close to changing. You might even say that things...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2023

Hold onto Your Hats vs Hold in Your Puke

As I write this, today is the 8th anniversary of my father’s passing. Sad day for my super small family. My feeling matches the overcast skies here in Montgomery. Miss you, dad. What I wanted to wri...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2023

BITS AND PIECES #16: DERELICTION OF DUTY AND OTHER NONSENSE

Hello my fellow Robservationites! Today I am bringing you the 16th Edition of my “Bits and Pieces.” For all of you who are familiar with this column, you know there comes a time when there is so...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2023

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Right

I just finished watching Top Gun Maverick for the one billionth time. No, it never gets old. The wife and I really love that movie. When watched sequentially with the first movie, the changes are...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2023

IT IS BALLOON!!

Okay, I am going to show my age. There was an episode in the 1966-67 season of the comedy F-Troop when Hekawi Chief Wild Eagle is sitting with his sidekick Crazy Cat when Crazy Cat looks up into the s...

 

classified? what classified?

Before I get into my Robservation, I just wanted to say that I just celebrated the 42nd Anniversary of my 20th birthday!! Yay, for me. But what I wanted to say was that my wife asked me what I wanted...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2023

DEAL OF THE CENTURY

When the Brittney Griner trade with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was announced, there was a legitimate flurry of conversations both positive and negative. Like most, I have my opinion about the...

 

MAXWELL, OH MAXWELL!!

After the most recent election, Mrs. Grant gave me a call and told me she was pretty much sick of politics and asked if I would like to write something about Maxwell AFB. Definitely nothing about...

 

THE FECKLESS U.N.

FECKLESS: lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible, useless, worthless, incompetent, inefficient, inept, good-for-nothing, idle, slothful, indolent, shiftless, spiritless,...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2022

AND YET WE ARE THE NIHILISTS!

NIHILISM: The rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless. A viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless...

 

JUST ASKING

In the news everyday now, we are hearing about the 87,000 new IRS agents being hired by the federal government. At base level, this seems to be a bit egregious and threatening. Let’s be honest,...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2022

BITS AND PIECES #15: WAKE UP AMERICA!

As I sit here today, I have to continuously shake my head. I have to ask myself, “What in the heck is going through the minds of so many Americans?” As a society, it seems as though we have lost...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2022

School is in Session

Several years ago, I first wrote this column. Since then, gun violence in this country has gotten worse – no doubt. At the same time, however, I am not about to sit here and blame an inanimate...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2022

The Truth and The Lie

Four years ago, I wrote the first part of this Robservation. It doesn’t seem that long ago but it was. Not surprisingly, things have not even come close to changing. You might even say that things...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2022

When is Enough, Enough?

Enough is enough. I cannot stress that “enough.” I know I am not supposed to speak ill of our leaders and I do pray for the President often. But at the same time, every single one of us in this...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2022

I Hate Being Right

Okay, the title is a lie. Nobody hates being right. Let’s talk Ukraine. Everybody reading this has been inundated with news from Eastern Europe for the past month and little of it is good. Except...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2022

Bits and Pieces: 14TH Edition: WHERE IN THE HECK IS. . . ?

Here I go again with several interesting stories that have happened or are happening as I write this. Let’s face it. The world can be a disappointing place. I call this installment of Bits and...

 

Bits and Pieces: 13th Edition

Guess what folks, it is time for yet another Robservation edition of “Bits and Pieces.” Today, there is just so much going on that it is difficult to pin down just one story. This time, I don’t...

 

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