Census Shows Major Changes

Editor's note:  We all remember the major push by elected officials at all levels in 2020 to get people to fill out their census forms.  The reason being that voting jurisdictions and Federal funding are greatly impacted by census data.  However, many feared that the...

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Inauguration Thoughts

We survived.  At long last, we endured the campaign of 2020, its millions and millions of dollars and endless charges and countercharges. At long last we endured the election of Nov. 3 and the aftermath of those who refused to accept its clear outcome. And at long...

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Game On

While we fuss and fume about so much of the foolishness we see coming from Washington, we should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER forget that at its core, politics is as much about gamesmanship as anything else.  Like a game of chess, it is about who can outmaneuver the guy on the...

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Seeking Grace

Editor's note:  Some of us thought the Nov. 3 election would come and go and, regardless the outcome, life would move on.  We were wrong.  If anything, the chaos leading to the Nov. 3 election paled amidst what has since transpired.  This chaos turned to violence last...

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If We Have Ever Needed A Laugh

In today's world: We all need a good laugh. Did I read that sign right? TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW. ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ------------------------------ - In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE...

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RIP. Scooter Howell.

All of us gather a host of friends as we travel this life.  And then we make some very special friends who join a small group.  We may not be in contact with them for five or ten years, but when we do re-connect, we take up where we last left off.  As if time has...

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How Do You Take These People Seriously?

As most political campaigns near the end, we get into "silly season" when accusations become more far-fetched and ludicrous.  Which was certainly the case just prior to the Nov. 3 general election. However, this year "silly season" went into overtime with Donald Trump...

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How Countries Responded To Covid

Editor's note:  While some in this country seem intent on treating the Covid virus as some hoax and ignoring the best advice our scientists give, the truth is that more that nearly 350,000 U.S. citizens have now died from the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal has...

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A Cold Winter’s Drive

Five days before Christmas 2020 and Covington County is stone cold dead.  The green of Bahia and Bermuda grass pastures has long since dried up.  Cows tug at the tiny tufts which has got to be like chewing cardboard all day.  Fields that grew cotton and corn last...

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Biden Picks Secretary Of Education

Thousands of educators have been anxiously waiting to see who President-elect Joe Biden would nominate for U.S. Secretary of Education.  He has chosen Miquel Cordona, who heads public schools in Connecticut. He will replace Betsy DeVos who was generally looked at with...

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A Wonderful Thanksgiving Story

Editor's note:  A wonderful story from The Washington Post about one person's effort to help people at Thanksgiving.  And if we have ever needed reminding about such things, it is now. "Rob Adams is a successful real estate agent in Utah. But when he was 11, he and...

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Let’s Talk About Love

Well alright.  But what does love have to do with this blog? My knee-jerk reaction is that since this is my blog, any topic is fair game.  In addition, since we are so bombarded by news that dwells on hate, belittlement, lies and insults, why not talk about something...

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What Happened To Class?

It was Nov. 30, 2019  About 90,000 people were crammed into Jordan-Hare stadium on Auburn's campus for the annual Iron Bowl.  It's billed as the best college football rivalry in the land.  The state of Alabama goes into lockdown the day of this game each year The 2019...

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Looking At The Joy Of Aging

Editor's note: unfortunately I am at the age where dealing with the process of getting older occupies too much of my time.  I can't help it.  Which means I can definitely relate to what is below: I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much...

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WARNING: Your Blood May Boil

OK.  It is not unusual for me to lose my cool in this very weird and very crazy political turmoil swirling around us.  And why not when we are engulfed in adults acting like children? However, none of these get me stirred up like the saga I am about to relate. The...

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A Helping Of Common Sense

Editor's note:  Dana Hall McCain writes about faith, culture, and politics for AL.com.. She is a member of the 2020 Leadership Council for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  I do not know her, but find her thoughts grounded...

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Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

Editor's note: While we hear a lot about the "Electoral College," many of us don't really know much about what it is and how it works.  Here is a quick review. There are a total of 538 Electoral votes.  Each state gets one for each senator and one for each...

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There Is Goodness Around Us

The avalanche of bad news bombarding each of us takes its toll.  The steady drumbeat about 1,000 Americans a day dying of Covid-19 and the incessant tsunami of political lies and misinformation are ample reason for anyone to question their sanity. Then, like the...

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Some Body Got To Have Some Relief

We're now less than a week away from election day on Nov. 3 and insanity is the order of the day.  Accusations are flying from both the Trump and Biden campaigns.  Every day gets more outlandish.  Millions and millions of dollars are being spent in these final few...

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Too Good To Be True

The good folks of Utah go to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect a new governor.  The candidates are Democrat Chris Peterson and Republican Spencer Cox.  They are both 45-year old attorneys.  Cox is currently the Lt. Governor and the heavy favorite.  Peterson has never held...

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When Adults Do Childish Things

It was the spring of 1961.  Senior night for those of us in the Theodore High School class of 1961.  There were skits and music and various and sundry silly things dished out for admiring parents and others. It was the night I learned a lesson I have never forgotten....

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Common Sense For Uncommon Times

Editor's note:  Dana Hall McCain is a columnist for AL.com  She writes about faith, culture, and politics and is a member of the 2020 Leadership Council for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Here she does an excellent job...

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The Good That Gets Ignored

Editor's note:  Thanks to the keen eye for a great story by AL.com's Michelle Matthews, we bring you the wonderful story of DeKalb County's Hunter Norwood.  It is a story of real devotion to family and mankind and for what is actually important--not the contrived and...

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The Things That Are Truly Important

Editor's note:  I am a sucker for stories like this.  (But I could have much worse faults--and probably do.  So when I came across this on FB, I knew I wanted to pass it along.  Besides, I think this is the real world, not the BS that we're told is politics these...

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Did You Watch The Circus?

Even though it was endlessly hyped as the first of the 2020 presidential debates, what unfolded from Cleveland on Sept. 29 was anything but.  It was a sideshow, an aberration, an embarrassment. Debates are serious occasions where policy is discussed so that those...

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A Heart Warming Story

With bad news pounding us each day, a small glimpse at the goodness of humanity is more than welcomed. Which is why I share the following story from The Montgomery Advertiser. "It's pink, it rocks, it has tunes and the wheels light up. Just the thing for a 2-year-old...

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Words Of Wisdom From Sally Survivor

From time to time I mention my friend Hope Zeanah, who is assistant superintendent for the Baldwin County school system.  She lives with her daughter and two grandchildren (Graysen and Sully) on Fish River.  Like so many down there, they were hammered by Hurricane...

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The Seeds We Are Sowing

John Pavlovitz is a minister in Wake Forest, NC.  I share one of his recent blog posts in which he expresses amazement at the discord and bitterness now being sown throughout the country.  I could not agree more. "I’ll never understand it. As long as I live, it will...

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A September Breeze

There it was.  A slight September breeze with a whiff of freshly-mowed grass.  And as so often happens at this age, you are suddenly jerked back decades.  This time it was to the fall of 1960 when you were 17 and playing your last football season for the Theodore...

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Notorious RBG

Like most, I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  But I had no clue of who she really was or what she did in a remarkable lifetime until her death.  But I have certainly learned a lot about her in the last few days and now realize why she...

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Editor's note:  In these very, very weird times, stories such as the one below from The Washington Post are worth their weight in gold: "Johara Benrahou grabbed a red-white-and-blue blanket, a mask with dinosaur designs and three books as she ran outside the front...

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What Happened To Civility?

The circumstances that lead to the phone call are incidental.  Suffice it to say that the female on the other end of the line lives in Montgomery, is in her 70's and like me, is Caucasian We were doing the usual "who's your mama and 'em" when she wanted to know if I...

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I Do Not Do Weddings, But….

There are exceptions to every rule. Before Sept. 12, the last wedding I recall attending was my son's in the fall of 2006.  But on Sept. 12, 2020 I came out of "retirement" to be there when Lauren Donaldson of Opp married Bill Paulk of Lowndes County.  I wouldn't have...

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Valuable Password Info

Editor's note:  Like it or not, one of the realities of today's world are passwords.  If you are like me, it is easy to get lost in the world of creating passwords.  So when I came across the chart below, wanted to share it in hope it might give you some...

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You Decide

The closer we get to election day on Nov. 3, the more the news will be engulfed in charges and counter-charges about both candidates for president. The latest blockbuster was an article in The Atlantic magazine by editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg on Sept. 3. ...

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More Covid Confusion

Editor's note: For reasons I do not understand there are people who apparently get their kicks by trying to gin up bogus info on Covid-19, twisting data out of context and putting forth conspiracy theories.  Which simply says to me that "all nuts don't grow on...

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It Had To Happen

Laughter seems to be virtually forgotten these days given 1,000 deaths a day from Covid-19, economic issues, political unrest and natural disasters. However, a friend shared some PANDEMIC PUNS with me and i wanted to pass them along.  You may groan at some, but...

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Thank God And Greyhound

The so-called 2020 "conventions" by both Republicans and Democrats are history. Due to the pandemic, both meetings were more political theatre than usual.  Both sides carefully screened who spoke for them in trying to promote either President Trump or Joe Biden. ...

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A Coach Speaks Out

Editor's note: Mark Rose is the head football coach at Russell County High school.  He has been a head coach for 23 years and has won 175 games.  He is greatly concerned about the decision to allow high school football teams to play during the pandemic.  One of his...

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The World We Are Now In

Editor's note:  Sunday, President Trump, along with Stephen Hahn of FDA announced a "breakthrough" in the battle against Covid-19,. The only problem, scientists working on the virus immediately cried "foul" and pointed out that data was being misinterpreted.  Which...

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Remembering James Parrish

It's now been 11 years ago this week that I lost one of my dearest friends, James Parrish of Ashford, right outside of Dothan.  A longtime high school football official, he was refereeing the first ball game of the season when he suddenly fell dead. It was Friday...

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And A Child Shall Lead Them

We've all seen countless examples of children making an effort to make this world a better place.  Each one touches our heart.  And so will this story about seven-year Alden Young of the Birmingham suburb of McCalla who raised $1,000 to buy pack packs and supplies for...

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Tackling Technology

My teenage years and those a ninth-grader faces today are daylight and dark.  Really mind-boggling really. I remember our first black and white TV, a party-line telephone, a stick shift and a clutch, a window fan.  The closest I probably ever came to technology was...

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A Prayer For These Troubled Times

To say these are troubled times is a vast understatement.  The entire country is gripped by the pandemic.  No one seems to know exactly what to do.  And with the opening of schools across the country, the uncertainly grows much more. Indeed, if we have ever needed the...

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God Ain’t Into Politics

My friend Frances Coleman of Baldwin County has been a journalist for many years.  I got to know her when the Mobile Press-Register was a "real" newspaper.  You know, like words on paper  Back in the times when a paper boy would leave one at your home and you could...

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Why Couldn’t We Be Like New Zealand?

While I try to be careful about making comparisons when there are two many dissimilarities between what is being compared, it can be quite helpful to at least be aware of how some entities tackle a problem you too are confronting. And so, we are compelled to look at...

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot

As most of us know by now, one-time Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has his sights set on being elected one of Alabama's two U.S. senators this November.  He recently defeated former senator Jeff Sessions and runs against incumbent Democrat Doug...

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A Teacher Speaks

Justin Minkel teaches 1st and 2nd grades at Jones Elementary in Springdale, Ark., a high-performing, high-poverty school where 85 percent of the students are English-language learners. Minkel was the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  He shares his thoughts on where...

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An Interesting Look At The 1918 Pandemic

Most of us had never heard of the pandemic of 1918 until we ran headlong into the pandemic of 2020.  So from time to time we've come across references to 1918.  But what was it really all about?  Here is an excellent article by Christine Hauser of The New York...

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The UNITED States Of America. Really?

We've all had it pounded in our heads virtually from birth that we live in a united country of 50 different states. Truth is, few things could be farther from the truth.  If it were, we would all be pulling in the same direction at the same time, striving for common...

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NEVER, EVER Mention A Woman’s Weight

While it may not be written in stone anywhere, I am 100 percent convinced that one of the rules of male peaceful coexistence with the opposite sex is NEVER, EVER utter a breath about a woman's weight. Wayne Reynolds is on the State School Board representing Huntsville...

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Is Anyone Minding The Store?

Obviously these are not normal times at the state department of education as all hands are on deck grappling all the unknows of re-opening schools in the middle on a pandemic.  Virtual learning is front and center in this effort as a number of systems have said their...

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How Can You Be This Dumb?

With fallen Civil Rights icon John Lewis coming back to Alabama for the final time this past weekend, for a few hours the world was focused on Selma and Montgomery. Turns out that Saturday freshman Republican house member Will Dismukes was also in Selma.  However, he...

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What Can Happen When You Do It Right

While Alabama has little good news regarding Covid-19, a recent article on AL.com about how a number of entities have combined efforts to make sure every student returning to a institution of higher education in the next few weeks will be tested for the virus prior to...

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Shut It Down, Start Over, Do It Rght

Inexplicably this country continues to show the rest of the world what gross incompetence looks like when dealing with a national public health crisis.  Had we had this caliber leadership in WWII, we would have fought our enemies with bows and arrows. Given this...

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Will Alabama Shoot Itself In The Foot?

With the Nov. 3 election now just over three months away (thankfully). the most watched statewide race will be the contest for U.S. Senate between incumbent Democrat Doug Jones and Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville. Jones won this seat in a special election in...

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Italy Did It Right

When Covid-19 first began to attract attention earlier this year, Italy was reeling.  As infection there spread rapidly and deaths soared, the U.S. paid scant attention and largely went into denial. (Which some in this country are still in.) Now the virus is raging in...

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When Did We Lose Our Soul?

We have all been told from birth that we are blessed to live in the greatest country any collection of humans has ever devised.  That whatever it is, we are the best, the most generous, the most caring, the most unified.  That there is no challenge we can not...

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How Some States Are Beating The Virus

As some have noticed, I am not above passing stuff along from the internet I find especially meaningful.  The article below is one since it does a good job of detailing how Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut and New York have managed to get a handle on...

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Lessons From 1918

As we all struggle to sort out information and misinformation about Covid-19, I came across the following article from Dr. David Hicks, Deputy Health Officer for Jefferson County that is worthy of your time: "As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we would do well to...

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No Mo Tea

One afternoon in March of 2019 I hopped in my car and headed to a local "doc in a box."  I really don't recall my symptoms, but I knew somethi9ng was wrong.  Shortly after I got there I was being loaded in an ambulance and shuttled to Baptist East ER.  I remember my...

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Re-Writing History

The President held a political rally last week with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt looking over his shoulder from Mount Rushmore.  He said "Our country is witnessing a merciless campaign to erase our history." To a certain...

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Words Of Wisdom

My longtime friend and Dothan Eagle editorial writer, Bill Perkins, penned words below that bear repeating.  Basically he is saying that the doomsday naysayers now roaming the land are very poor students of this country's history who prefer fantasies to realty.  He is...

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Pandemic Exposes U.S. Underbelly

We are all aware of the enormous toll Covid-19 has taken on this country, both health wise and economically.  But what most fail to consider is how badly we've botched our response to the pandemic as compared to many countries.  All who are so quick to pound their...

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“Stuck With Stupid”

Michael Steele is an attorney from Maryland who was once that state's Lt. Governor.  He is seen often on cable news as one of dozens of commentators.  He is also a former chairman of the National Republican Committee.  As best I can tell, even though he is a...

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Coming To The End Of The Road

How do you figure out when your fastball ain't as fast as it once was?  Or that it takes you longer to run from home plate to first base than a few years ago? In other words, what makes you face the reality that you have far more yesterdays than tomorrows and that...

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Woodland Prep Charter Gets Revoked

After a two-year battle that seemed to have more lives than a houseful of cats, the state charter school commission voted today (June 9) to revoke the charter granted in 2018 to Woodland Prep charter school in Washington County. How many articles have I written about...

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Auburn Mourns Pat Dye

Ardent Auburn University supporters, like me. are prone from time to time to refer to someone as "an Auburn man."  In a way, it's a rather mystical description, like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder.  And while there may be some disagreement as to what it is, there...

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Here We Go Again

Any good All-American deep-fried "educrat" loves a good study.  About 150 pages on nice, shiny, slick paper, maybe with some charts and graphs tossed in.  Something that will look good when you hand them out at a press conference.  And that will still look pristine a...

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What Makes Children Special

We all know children are special.  But from time to time we need to be reminded of just how special.  So I stole this from Facebook. What Love means to 4-8-year-old kids A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds 'What does love...

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A Special Invitation

I have mentioned the book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard, a number of times.  It has made a big impact on the way I now view this country and the very meaningful regional differences that impact our...

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From Kansas With Love

We've all been heartened recently by stories of fellow citizens and their acts of kindness and charity during the pandemic.  Here is one from the Washington Post that got my attention.  For one, it's about farmer Dennis Ruhnke of northeast Kansas.  Secondly, it was...

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Remembering Ms. Lanning

Our friend Wendy Lang from Decatur takes us back many decades to a Birmingham kindergarten class and her teacher, Ms. Lanning.  It's a trip most of us could take, back to our own Ms. Lanning, someone who touched our young lives in special ways and enriched us far more...

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I Wish I Had Written This

Frances Coleman has been a friend for many years.  I met her when she wrote editorials for the old Mobile Press Register, way back in the day when newspapers were printed on paper and were available every day of the week.  A time that now seems so long ago that cars...

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A Tiger Among Us

Recently I did a short piece about Medal of Honor winner Bennie Adkins of Opelika being a victim of the coronavirus.  I largely relied on info that Troy Turner, editor of the Opelika-Auburn News, wrote.  In fact, it was Troy's article that told me my friend of many...

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To Zoom Or Not To Zoom

Once again I have come face to face with new-fangled technology and as is always the case, tech won and I lost. Due to the pandemic, face-to-face meetings are being replaced by virtual get togethers.  I'm told these may be done with Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime or...

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“Blue State Bailout”

You got to love U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Republican majority leader of the Senate.  That is if you look up to someone who epitomizes all that is wrong with Washington these days. With governors and local officials wondering how they will keep their...

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A Story That Needs To Be Told

America lost an honest-to-goodness war hero last week when Command Sgt. Major Bennie Adkins passed away in Opelika after contracting the coronavirus.  There are fewer than 100 living Medal of Honor recipients in the U.S.  Adkins was one of them. Adkins was recognized...

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Need Your Feedback

As everyone scrambles to insure that help from Washington is put to the best possible use, your input on how best to use money from the CARES Act for k-12 education is needed.  In this case, the total amount for Alabama would exceed $250 million. Go here to give your...

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