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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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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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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Inside the Statehouse

By Steve Flowers Alabama is only one of a handful of states that work out of two budgets. We have a General Fund Budget and a separate Education Budget. Our General Fund is where the severe problem rests. The reason is that the General Fund gets none of the growth taxes so its revenue has […]

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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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Why I call Atmore home

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Why I call Atmore home

Last week an article was published on the Internet naming the 10 worst cities to live in inside Alabama, and much to my disappointment, Atmore was number 5. I take issue with this. My family moved to Atmore in 1987 from Louisville, Kentucky, and with the exception of an eight-month mistake in the early 1990s, […]

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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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