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Listening to you is my top priority

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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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The least of these

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By BOB MARTIN Matthew 25 contains a description of the last judgment. In verses 32-41 it explains in parables and I quote from the King James version as follows: “And the Lord shall answer and say unto them: Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done to the least of these my brethren, [...]

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Education policy best handled locally

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE It’s that time of the year again. Children all across Southwest Alabama are packing their backpacks, gathering their school supplies, and heading back to school. It is an exciting time for students, parents, teachers, and myself. Education is an issue that is personal to me. As a parent and former member [...]

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Changes at AP plants driven by federal regs

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By MATT BOWDEN and JIM HEILBRON As a power company, we know the difference between generating heat and light. A great deal of media heat greeted our decision to convert or close some generation facilities to meet federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates. Speculation about our motivation from environmental activist groups quickly followed. It’s time [...]

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The selection and removal of judges

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN Most Article III “federal” judges serve for life during good behavior and hold their seats until they resign, die, or removed from office. Although the current legal thinking, according to those familiar with the issue, is that judges cannot be removed from office except by impeachment by the House of Representatives followed [...]

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Veterans deserve better options

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Earlier this year, our eyes were opened to an alarming crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We were shocked to learn that veterans were being placed on secret waiting lists and thousands of veterans were experiencing wait times of more than 90 days for medical care. Even worse, many [...]

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Military downsizing defies logic – Abandons our military men and women

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

Decisions from Washington often seem to have little or no reasoning behind them. The people who hand them down are often those who have never held a real job and never had to live in the real world of mortgages and hospital bills. These men and women pass legislation knowing that the laws are flawed [...]

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U.S. district judge arrested, jailed

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN Writing this column was interrupted this past Sunday afternoon by the breaking news from Atlanta that United States District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery had been arrested and jailed for assaulting his wife at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Atlanta earlier Sunday. Fuller was taken to the Fulton County Jail and charged [...]

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District work period is all about you

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne I know many of you have probably heard that Congress is in “recess” for the month of August. Now to some of you, that may bring up images of a bunch of kids hanging out on the playground, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This August, I will spend [...]

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