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The power of the purse

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on The power of the purse

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Article I, section 9, clause 7 of the Constitution says that “no money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law.” That provision of the Constitution outlines one of the most important tools of Congress: the “power of the purse.” Congress has the exclusive authority […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Inside the Statehouse

By Steve Flowers Last week’s verdict that VictoryLand be allowed to reopen is justice served. The people of Macon County voted for a constitutional amendment to allow for electronic bingo. The issue of pari-mutuel style casino betting and the closing of the ultramodern and successful luxury gaming resort in Macon County has been laid to […]

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Another big bang theory

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Another big bang theory

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Out on I-20, just before it crosses into Georgia, there are giant fireworks warehouses. They may well constitute the largest “industry” in the East Heflin-South Muscadine metropolitan area. A friend who worked in one of them from time to time, told of how when fireworks were illegal across the line, […]

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Grateful for Atmore Community Hospital

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Grateful for Atmore Community Hospital

To the editor: I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Atmore Community Hospital for the excellent care that was provided to me as I recuperated from a serious illness recently. I was treated with the utmost respect, and excellent care was given by the nurses, doctors and the staff who took great care […]

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GWFCU earns 5 star rating

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  News  /  Comments Off on GWFCU earns 5 star rating

Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Pensacola and Tallahassee, has earned the highest rating from the nation’s credit union rating firm, BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, for the last 84 consecutive quarters. Achievement of this coveted 5-Star Superior rating puts Gulf Winds in an elite category as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation. […]

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Good news for SW Alabama

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Good news for SW Alabama

By Congressman Bradley Byrne At the APM Container Terminal in downtown Mobile on Sunday, the first parts for the new Airbus A320 assembly line arrived. Local residents lined the streets as the parts paraded from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus facility at Brookley Field. Just a few days prior to the ceremony, I […]

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Letters

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Letters

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson “Send me a letter, send it by mail” “Down in the Valley,” American folk song America has always been a nation of letter writers. America has also been a nation of letter savers. Not just letters from famous folk. We also saved letters from Aunt Jessie or Uncle Frank or […]

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Trade Promotion Authority

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Trade Promotion Authority

By Congressman Bradley Byrne The world’s economy is now more interconnected than ever before, with 96 percent of customers located outside of the United States. If we are going to stay competitive on the world stage and grow our economy, then we must look for new ways to engage in trade. That’s why the United […]

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Vacation Bible School ain’t what it used to be

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Vacation Bible School ain’t what it used to be

By Harvey H. (Hardy) Jackson Someone once accused me of being a “tax and spend liberal.” I was offended. Like politicians today, I fall more into the “don’t tax but keep spending” category, which is why I was taken so aback when my wife told me that I had been selected (by whom she never […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Inside the Statehouse

By Steve Flowers The regular legislative session ended without a General Fund Budget. As we look back politically on the first half of the year, the dilemma with the General Fund has been the dominant issue. It has been at the forefront since the beginning of the year and it is not yet resolved. After […]

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