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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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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Steve Flowers Our good doctor governor, Robert Bentley, has done a thorough physical exam on the state’s finances and his diagnosis is that the General Fund needs additional revenue. His Republican comrades in the legislature have been trying to starve the patient for the past four years. If the patient is an analogy to […]

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California student asks for Alabama info

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

To the editor: Hello my name is Evelin Castellanos. I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, California. The reason I am writing to you is that my class is doing state reports and I have chosen your magnificent state, Alabama. I would really like it if you posted my letter […]

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A busy week in SW Alabama

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By U. S. Congressman Bradley Byrne At least once a month, the House of Representatives goes out of session and Members of Congress are able to spend time visiting with constituents in their districts. Last week was one of these District Work Weeks. I wanted to briefly update you on some of the highlights from […]

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Charter schools – Now what?

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Alabama Senator Greg Albritton The Bill (SB45) establishing Charter Schools in Alabama passed the Senate last Tuesday [March 3]. It was brought to the floor for debate right about 3 p.m., and after continuous, extensive, substantive, and thorough debate, it was passed out of the Senate with a vote of 22 Yeas and 12 […]

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Bring in the butter, ladle on the lard

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson It was one of those great TV moments. I was watching “The Big Bang Theory.” (If you don’t watch it you are missing the funniest half-hour on television.) Sheldon Cooper, the socially retarded theoretical physicist, had withdrawn from his friends and would not come out of his room. Sheldon has […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Steve Flowers Alabama may be in the lower tier of the country in some categories but not when it comes to providing health insurance for children. In that one category we excel. Brian Lyman with the Montgomery Advertiser provided an excellent study revealing that Alabama leads the south in taking care of its young […]

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Thanks for your help

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

To the editor: I held a benefit for my niece, Kathleen Gibson, on Saturday, March 14. A lot of friends and family were part of this effort, but I also want to thank the businesses that stepped up to help us: Poarch Travel Plaza, Poarch Dollar General, Pizza Hut, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, […]

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United States must stand with Israel

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne “Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also to the peace of the entire world.” Those were the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he addressed a joint session of Congress last week. I was proud to attend the Prime Minister’s address as he laid […]

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