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Red Snapper debate

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE If you are like me, you probably enjoy spending some of your free time fishing. We are blessed to live in a place so close to one of our world’s great natural treasures: the Gulf. While some of us enjoy fishing as a hobby or for sport, others depend on the […]

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Right off Main Street…

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By JOAN HACKMAN Guest Columnist When you live right off Main Street I believe you have a different view of the larger downtown community. For one thing, it’s never dark in the way the areas outside of town are dark. One block off Main Street means that even in the middle of the night I […]

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Atmore’s Christmas parade excellent

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By NANCY KARRICK Guest Columnist Wonderful, magical, community, pride, togetherness, beautiful, Christmas spirit. All of these words and emotions hit me head on as I watched Atmore’s Christmas parade last Saturday evening. Downtown looked its best with the festive white Christmas lights shining and the cool weather gave just the right temperature to feel that […]

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GOP now squabbling like the Democrats

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN Three weeks prior to the state’s general election in November Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead criticized several high ranking members of his party saying they were attempting to “sabotage” the GOP’s efforts at the polls. He alleged, and I quote: “Several members of the ALGOP Steering Committee seem determined to sabotage ALGOP’s […]

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Sav-A-Life has new name

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

To the editor: Your readers may have noticed a new name on the signs in front of the Sav-A-Life Family Resource Center building at 204 S. Pensacola Avenue in Atmore and at 1131 McMillan Avenue in Brewton. After more than 25 years of service to our community in Escambia County as a pro-life Pregnancy Care […]

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Bipartisanship isn’t dead

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne If you are like me, you have probably seen story after story about how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. has become. By the way some of these article sound, you would expect Republicans and Democrats probably couldn’t even be in the same room with one another. In reality, there are still plenty of […]

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Who wants to be defense secretary?

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Ron Paul It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president’s first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president’s National Security Council staff micromanaged the Pentagon, they said at a forum [in late November]. […]

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UAB decision correct and courageous

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN The decision this past week by the leaders of the University of Alabama in Birmingham was a tough but correct decision in a state consumed by football and sports in general. John Gerdy, who has served as an associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA, gave UAB a high five […]

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Rural hospitals face challenges

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne As the old adage goes, you can’t fully understand something until you experience it yourself. That is why I committed earlier this year to visit each hospital in Alabama’s First Congressional District. From Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville to North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette, I am proud to have now […]

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Can education ever trump football in Alabama?

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN As I returned from the Iron Bowl game in Tuscaloosa this past Saturday, my thoughts drifted to what we could energize for our state if over 100,000 people crowded into Bryant-Denny Stadium to support education in Alabama as was done last weekend to finance two college football programs. Would that get the […]

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