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 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

State Supreme Court often forgotten in Alabama

Our 1901 Alabama Constitution replicates the United States Constitution in designing a triumvirate of government. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are designed to have separate and...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Who Are the Nine People Who Sit on Our State Supreme Court?

This week allow me to share with you a sketch of the men and women who sit on our State Supreme Court. These nine Justices are all Republican, all conservative on both social and business issues. All...

 

Remembering the Bay of Pigs and Its Aftermath

When great powers stump their toe on foreign policy, the initial pain, though slight, often causes loss of focus, a stumble, and sometimes a more serious accident. Sixty years ago, the United States...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

'TOP' MEANS STOP!!

I find it funny how no matter where you are, people insist the folks from either their home state are the worst drivers in the world or they like to say all people from another area are the worst. ...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Christos Anesti! – i.e. "Christ is Risen!"

Or perhaps “Cheese-toast [sic] Anesti!” to fans who recall actor John Corbett’s poor attempt at psittacism in the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding as “Ian Miller.” A few Greeks found the...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Reverse Recidivism Rate

One of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s current legislative pushes is to fund new prisons, improve the current institutions, and reform the criminal justice system, to which she has faced many...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

The Freedom to Use Fossil Fuels

The Biden Administration seems intent on renewing the war against fossil fuels to combat global warming. Before going down this path, I hope Americans will consider Alex Epstein’s argument in The Mo...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Dangerous Vaccines

On January 5 of this year, baseball legend Henry Aaron received his COVID-19 vaccine and then promptly tweeted that Coronavirus vaccinations are safe and that all black Americans should get the shots:...

 
 By John M Taylor    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Clement L. Vallandigham: A Victim of Lincoln's Regime

We observe many modern instances of government overreach. A look at Abe Lincoln’s regime will echo much of what we now witness – Clement Laird Vallandigham’s case is an example. [Denied free...

 
 By Perry O Hooper Jr    Opinion    May 1, 2021 

Joe Biden's Plan Not About Infrastructure but Big Government Control

Joe Biden’ Infrastructure Plan is not about Infrastructure but about a radical transformation of the entire American economy. This is what the world’s elites like to call “The Great Reset....

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Capitalism and Inequality Dealing with Scammers

Inequality is one of America’s most contentious issues. According to a popular narrative, higher taxes on the rich are needed to control growing inequality. New research from the Johnson Center...

 

What's in a Name?

There has been much debate lately about how we name public buildings and whether we should remove some names because of long ago actions that no longer conform to contemporary societal practices....

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Back in the Air!

I have to admit. Since my last Robservation, my attention has not been so much on what is going on around the country but clearly focused elsewhere. Perhaps that is a good thing. I did watch...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    April 1, 2021

2022 Will be Big Year for Alabama Politics

All signs point to a Titanic political year in 2022. In fact, as I look back over the last six decades of my observations of Alabama politics, next year may be the most momentous. Most states elect...

 

How Our Politburo Puts the AU in FrAUd

Column readers these past dozen years will recall AU administration frequently begs attention. Distortion of this once grand institution into another corrupt arm of the Lowder-Hubbard graft machine...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Gambling ~ Good Public Policy or Pandemic?

In March of 1999, my phone rang and it was General Charlie Condon, the Attorney General for the State of South Carolina. I was the newly installed President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama as...

 

The Double Standard has Completely Destroyed America's Trust in the Media

When completely unfounded and unverified accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Cavanagh came out of the blue, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democrats...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Tax Filing Headaches

Once again, it is time for all Americans to endure the annual ritual of filing and paying their income taxes. Every year, it seems to become more time consuming and more problematic. Last year, the...

 
 By John M Taylor    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Abraham Lincoln's Reason for War

Abe Lincoln was determined to keep the Union together and deny Southern Independence. Although antithetical to the creation of these united States, the “unbreakable union myth” was supported by...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Rush a Man Way Ahead of His Time

In 1987, I sold my portion of Giles Enterprises and did a little real estate development in 1988 and in 1989 joined the Hunt Administration as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama. Also...

 

A Babbit World

The January 6 Capitol riot was a despicable display of anger and ignorance. For many it was also an orchestrated attempt to further demean and neuter Trump and his 75-million-plus supporters. A perfectly timed distraction ceased the roll call...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Benefactor or Ideologue

Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington. One clearly chooses one of...

 

Liberty of Conscience Didn't Come Easy

We take freedom of conscience for granted, but, 500 years ago, accepting and practicing beliefs outside of the mainstream was deadly. The 1521 Diet of Worms was a legislative gathering held in Worms...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Blue Skies and Black Masks

Before I get started, this has been an interesting time for yours truly. In September 2018, I had rotator cuff surgery here in Montgomery. It didn’t go so well. Then I had another. Same thing only...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Picking A U.S. Senator – Proven Tried Tested

Years ago, in my manufacturing days at Giles Enterprises, we used the term “Flash Point” to describe when a chicken frying machine system would collapse, and the shortening exploded into a raging...

 

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