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 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2019 

The Squad

This is almost too sad to write. By now all of us have read or heard of the exploits of the fearsome-foursome; the freshmen Congresswomen also known as “the Squad.” These four women, Alexandria...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    August 1, 2019 

Steven 'Crash' Leath Hits The Silk Like A Good Auburn Man

I painfully witnessed ‘unonimous’ [sic] installation of Leath as AU’s 19th President at the University Ballroom March 20th 2017; it was a sound forecast he would “crash and burn” if/when...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    August 1, 2019 

Civil Asset Forfeiture

The concept of civil asset forfeiture is one of the cruelest impositions our government has ever imposed onto the people. In essence, it allows law enforcement officials to become legal pirates to...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    August 1, 2019 

Qualifications? Meeting a payroll

Governor Hunt once told me, “John, before anyone runs for office or becomes a journalist, they would be well-served to have met a payroll first. What a profound statement and I agree 100%. If you...

 

PAUL HARVEY'S 'IF I WERE THE DEVIL' TRANSCRIPT - 1965 ~ EVEN AS WE SEE IT TODAY 2019 ......

“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2019

Legislative Session for Most Part Successful, Especially for Governor Kay Ivey

The 2019 Legislative Session was one of the most controversial yet productive sessions in memory. Governor Kay Ivey’s first Session of the Quadrennial was a roaring success. It’s hard to remember...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2019

BITS AND PIECES, #8

As I write this Robservation, I am admittedly saddened by what fate possibly awaits me. I am not sure what to do actually since this is quite a new arena for me. You see, the other day I got this...

 

Resting Under the Shade of the Trees..William George "Bill" Anthony 21 September 1944 – 1 June 2019

Dixie lost a great patriot of Southern heritage and longtime champion of our Southern way of life. Many in the Sons of Confederate Veterans [SCV] Alabama Division and small government activists at lar...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2019

Too Many Laws

This year’s legislative session has been one of the most counterproductive we have had in recent years—from the rammed in gasoline tax increase, to overspending, to more extreme seat belt penaltie...

 

Shut up and get to work!

By Perry O. Hooper, Jr. 06/12/2019 Democrats have proven that they will do just about anything to obstruct President Trump’s agenda in order to win in 2020, no matter how dire the consequences are...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2019

Road Rage and Deer Hunting Bills Await Senate Action

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2019

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Right

Do you guys remember the 1980s-ish, super-sexy Pantene shampoo commercials featuring actress Kelly LeBrock? She stared into the camera, fluffed up her hair and said, “Don’t hate me because I’m...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2019

The Abortion Dilemma

The topic of abortion is probably the most controversial political issue that exists today. Opinions range all the way from abortions on demand to outright prohibition in all cases no matter what....

 

US 280 and College Avenue: 20 years of devastation…

Another horrific crash at this infamous “T” of US 280 & AL 147 has many decent folks angry again and our corrupt county commissioners running for cover. It broke my heart to once again see a medic...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Prisons Issue - Front/Center

Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Reverse Recidivism Rate

Recidivism rate is the tendency of a criminal to commit a crime and return to prison. This is one of those areas where fuzzy math drives you crazy getting to the facts. According to the National...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2019

THE "C" WORD

Easter morning, I woke up to celebrate the most amazing miracle in the history of the universe. The resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We talked about this at length last Friday night o...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Vaccines, Reason, and Freedom

The current measles outbreak has brought new criticism of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children over vaccine safety concerns. Measles was declared to be eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, and...

 
 By John Sophocleus    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Sen. Ward Kudos and APAEP in our Prison Crisis Debate

Kudos to Sen. Cam Ward [R-Alabaster] head of the Senate Judiciary Committee blocking the ethics bill proposed by Marsh and Albritton. Reported dead in Ward’s committee by Bill Britt [APR 4/18/19]...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Should Children be Voting?

In our nation’s beginning, our founding fathers wrote our Constitution to specify that American citizens must be 21 years old to be eligible to vote. This was considered to be the minimum age for a...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    April 1, 2019

Inside the Statehouse

State Budgets: Priority Number One After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now. The Session will end in June so it...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    April 1, 2019

Medicaid for All?

Democrats are calling the newest single-payer healthcare proposals “Medicare for All.” America has three major systems of government healthcare: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2019

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE JUST THAT: ILLEGAL

Amazingly, I wrote this column for another newspaper back in 2006. Here we are 13 years later and we are still fighting this stupid battle that nobody really seems to want to fix. Since then, we have...

 
 By John W. Giles    Opinion    April 1, 2019

Big Electromagnet Pulling Left

As I watch what is happening to core philosophies and belief systems internationally, domestically, and now in our own state, I am just shaking my head and looking down in dismay. The question I am...

 

Passed Gas Tax - more Goat Hill flatulence…

Gov. Ivey and our Goat Hill legislators ‘passed the gas’ tax to fuel a more over-built/unsustainable road system in Alabama. Pray for our posterity and those of limited means weathering the next...

 

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