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Path to a balanced budget

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Every month American families and small business owners sit down and balance their budgets. They make sure they aren’t spending more than they bring in. The same is true for state and local governments. When I was in the Alabama State Senate, each year we were required by law to pass […]

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Follow the money

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Larry Lee Education Matters Even an amateur swami with a cloudy crystal ball could have told us how the recent vote to approve charter schools in Alabama would play out. In fact, he didn’t even have to look at his ball, they could have looked at 2014 campaign financial disclosures instead. There they would […]

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Daffodils

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson The daffodils are done. Different folks focus on different harbingers of spring – robins, forsythia, pollen covering the car – I watch for daffodils. Now sometimes daffodils will fool you. When the weather starts to warm they will pop out. But weather can turn and many a time daffodils have […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Steve Flowers Alabama’s senior and premier political reporter, Phil Rawls, has retired. Phil spent 35 years reporting on Alabama politics for the Associated Press. He was simply the best. He was fair and accurate. His 40 years of covering the State Capitol made him easily the longest serving member of Alabama’s Capitol press corps. […]

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Religious freedom must be protected

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne For many Christians, this week marks Holy Week, as we prepare for Easter Sunday. We remember the death and crucifixion of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. In the United States and many other countries around the world, this is an occasion marked with steadfast reflection, prayer, worship and fellowship. It is […]

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Anticipating Easter

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Growing up in mid-century South Alabama, Easter was anticipated almost as much as Christmas. Like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny added an element of mystery to the day. Of course we knew that rabbits don’t bring colored eggs, even to good little girls and boys, any more than fat, bearded, […]

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America’s veterans

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Mitchell Singleton Northview High School “We the People.” These three little words start off the most important document in America’s history. America continues to be a beacon of freedom in a dark world of tyranny. There is no other country like America, and there will never be a country as great as America. Why […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Steve Flowers In recent years, the Republican Party has taken control of the legislatures in all of the southern states. Alabama’s legislature is overwhelmingly Republican. The GOP holds a 25 to 9 majority in the State Senate and an equally dominating 72 to 33 majority in the House of Representatives. Our supermajority GOP legislative […]

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Defense cuts hurting national security

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By  Congressman Bradley Byrne Across the world today, the United States faces a wide range of serious threats, ranging from Russia to Iran to China to the Islamic State. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called this the most “diverse and complex array of crises since the end of the Second World War.” Given […]

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A family’s history in its housing

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson It was the first house they ever owned. 1955. They should have become homeowners years before, but they didn’t. Here is why. In 1940, he was fresh out of Auburn and newly hired to teach vocational-agriculture in the local high school. She was a secretary in an office at the […]

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