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We must pray for our leaders

By Michael J. Brooks It was in 1992 that I attended a Christian Citizenship Conference in our nation's capital. We had a prayer breakfast one morning superintended by the late Richard Halverson, at the time the chaplain of the U.S. Senate. The chaplain had invited two Southern Baptist senators to speak that morning: Trent Lott of Mississippi and Al Gore of Tennessee. We couldn't have known at the time that ...

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Wild Game Cook-Offs around state continue to thrive

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule. Now in their 20th year, the AWF Cook- ...

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Trump’s upset changes the entire U.S. political landscape

By Steve Flowers Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency left the pollsters and pundits from every media outlet and news network with egg on their face. It also left them with their mouths ajar in shock. Every poll and every pundit had Hillary Clinton winning the presidency. It was assumed that the Electoral College advantage for a liberal Democrat was impregnable. Trump’s amazing surprise victory will ...

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Alzheimer’s most expensive disease in the nation

By Shea Summerlin, Ambassador w/ the AL/ FL Panhandle Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on caring for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.  These costs will only continue to increase as baby boomers age, soaring to more than $1 tr ...

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City elections, state matters and a new president

By Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) A lot is happening during this legislative offseason! First, congratulations to Clay Mayor Charles Webster and council members Becky Johnson, Ben Thackerson and Bo Johnson for being reelected to the Clay City Council. Also, I want to congratulate new council members Don Baker and Dennis Locke for winning their elections. Best wishes to departing councilmen Rick ...

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Drought affecting reservoirs, wildlife

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The dirt clod I picked up last weekend at the hunting camp in Choctaw County crumbled into a cascade of sand and dust with just slight pressure from my thumb. Hunters and landowners who have been trying to put seeds in the ground in hopes that this extended dry period will finally end find themselves and their equipment caked in dust ...

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22 Veterans call Trussville final resting place

By Brent B. Goodwin, Special to The Trussville Tribune Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Many of us will pause to remember our Veterans and some will make the effort to participate in one of the many Veterans Day parades around the state to show their support for Veterans. Many people in Trussville will make a special effort to recognize Veterans around the community and thank them for their service. A small effort ...

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Divine election

By Andy Waits, FBC Springville Politics dominates lately. While everyone has a different opinion, everyone is convinced they are correct. Many are worried. If their candidate doesn’t get elected, our nation will fall into absolute destruction with no hope of ever being salvaged. One prominent minister has said “this is the watershed of movements in our nation. Whoever gets elected, it will alter the United ...

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Why I ask why…

By David Parrish, RE/MAX I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who  - Rudyard Kipling [caption id="attachment_4176" align="alignleft" width="100"] David Parrish[/caption] At least a portion of the power of these questions comes form the fact that they are open-ended questions… questions than cannot be answered yes or no… questi ...

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UAB psychologist: More than ever, this election threatens to divide us

By Bob Shepard, UAB News This election, perhaps as no other before, threatens to destroy longstanding friendships and relationships, according to Josh Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Klapow offers some ideas on how to keep the politics from becoming a friendship-ending issue. “From discussions at work, home or places of worship, and from posts on social med ...

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