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Lessons from my trip to the Middle East

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Some may wonder why what happens thousands of miles away in the Middle East has any impact on us right here in Southwest Alabama. The answer is simple: the safety and the security of the Middle East is critical to controlling the spread of terrorism, which in turns helps protect our [...]

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Obama targets Alabama’s economy for political reasons

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Mike Hubbard Speaker of the House The Burger King Corporation’s recent decision to relocate its headquarters to Canada, where tax rates for large companies are substantially lower, offers us chilling proof that the dangerous and destructive anti-business policies implemented by President Barack Obama and D.C. Democrats are harming the U.S. economy. Rather than calling [...]

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Put Judge Fuller ‘off’ the bench

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN United States District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery was sentenced to pre-trial diversion programs in an Atlanta courtroom last Friday for battering his wife in their room at the city’s downtown Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Fuller was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush in 2002. If he completes the programs, the [...]

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Success stories at ECHS

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

To the editor: First please let me apologize that this letter is about 7 ½ years late and also apologize for sharing a misconception that many of our citizens have of our public high school. I am now beginning my eighth year as a science teacher for Escambia County High School, and during this time [...]

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Improving our higher education system

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE As college football season rolls around, people are starting to show their school pride. From the Crimson Tide to the Auburn Tigers to our newest team, the South Alabama Jaguars, there is a lot of excitement over football season. But is there the same level of excitement for what is happening [...]

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Accessing mankind

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

While standing on the beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore Labor Day, I observed three gulls standing side by side, looking out into the waves and watching a group of people play in the water. They were standing just a few feet from my wife Shea, my father Robert and me, also looking out into [...]

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Only in America

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here’s one such sentence I read recently in the New York Times this past week: “A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left [...]

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‘The least of these’

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

To the editor: Let your readers compare: “It’s happening” written by your news staff writer, Mr. Johnson, and “The least of these” by Bob Martin. I will be brief: Mr. Johnson states the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is causing job cuts and reducing wages. Also, he says it is increasing premiums of health care participants. [...]

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Listening to you is my top priority

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE From Atmore to Chatom and Daphne to Theodore, our August District Travel Period has been filled with stops throughout the First Congressional District. At each stop, my top priority has been to listen to the concerns of people from our area. Far too often, it seems politicians are only interested in [...]

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It’s happening – You just don’t see it yet

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

The effects of Obamacare in the workforce are just beginning to surface, and as the days draw closer to the implementation deadline for businesses, January 1, 2015, slowly the American public is waking up to the destructive power of this law. Just this past week the Chicago Cubs were embarrassed when their grounds crew couldn’t [...]

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