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Current head of Alabama law enforcement accuses former boss of “absolute lies”

By Stan Stabler, Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Op-ed MONTGOMERY --In 2016, State Troopers have investigated 8,947 traffic crashes with 3,742 injuries. One hundred fifty-nine people have lost their lives in Trooper-investigated traffic crashes this year – and 74 of those 159 people were not using their seat belts.  Our Internet Crimes Against Children Unit has worked 22 cases, executed 16 search warra ...

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Impeachment sponsor, Rep. Ed Henry, “somewhat of a nut”

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE by Steve Flowers, Op-ed There appears to be very little interest in promoting an effort to impeach Governor Robert Bentley. With very few legislative days left in the session, legislators have a myriad of problems to deal with, not the least of which are the budgets, especially the General Fund. The financial woes surrounding the General Fund cloud the horizon and justly require more a ...

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We are all part of Birmingham, whether we want to be or not

By Dale Jones Editor What is going on in Birmingham?  Yes, I am aware that this publication is the Trussville Tribune, but as a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, I recognize that what happens in Birmingham does have ramifications to the surrounding municipalities.  When news events happen here in Trussville, or in Hoover, or in Graysville, people from out of state recognize it as having happened in “Bi ...

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Impeachment proceedings against Bentley will go nowhere, nor should they

By Steve Flowers In early 2009, Dr. Robert Bentley came to see me about his race for Governor of Alabama.  Bentley was finishing his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives and closing down his very successful dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa. I liked Bentley immediately and thought it was magnanimous that he would want to spend his retirement years as Governor.  I did not give him much of a c ...

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Is a course teaching educators how not to have inappropriate relationship with their students really necessary?

By Dale Jones Editor   School days, school days Dear old Golden Rule days 'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick You were my queen in calico I was your bashful, barefoot beau And you wrote on my slate, "I Love You, Joe" When we were a couple o' kids So goes the century old song about a couple looking back at their puppy love days in elementary school. [caption id="attach ...

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Trump vs. Clinton will not be lacking for controversy, acrimony and entertainment

by Steve Flowers March 30, 2016: This has been an exciting election year when it comes to presidential politics. It has been an extraordinarily unusual and unpredictable presidential contest to say the least, especially on the Republican side. The GOP race began with an extraordinarily large field. There were 17 candidates as the race began, all with exceptional credentials. The one with the least experienc ...

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It is Finished!

By Andy Waits Associate Pastor/Students & Recreation FBC Springville   “It is finished.” Few people understand the magnitude of these final words spoken by Jesus before his death and resurrection. These words have power! This little phrase may be the pinnacle of the New Testament. Often overlooked, this phrase encompasses the true meaning of Resurrection Day (Easter). American cultural-Christianity ...

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Easter means so much more than bunnies, eggs, and those nasty jelly beans

By Dale Jones Editor   Right up there with Christmas, I’ve always loved Easter.  As a kid, the anticipation of waking up on Easter morning ran a very close second to waking up on Christmas morning.   Oddly enough, as much as I loved the excitement of Easter morning, anxiously waiting to see how big of a chocolate bunny Peter Cottontail left [caption id="attachment_28642" align="alignleft" width="225"] ...

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Who’s got the power? A state senator or a congressman?

by Steve Flowers   In the literary classic, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” the author draws parallels to a nation that was on top of the world and because of perverse, grandiose and pompous behavior that dynasty self-destructed and destroyed itself. It was from reading this documentary that the Russian premier Khrushchev believed that we, the United States, would destroy ourselves thus causing ...

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It’s time for governments in Alabama to operate in the sunlight

By Meredith Cummings Guest editorial TUSCALOOSA --I was a 20-year-old cub reporter at The Birmingham News, but I was prepared. On every assignment I carried in my purse a copy of the state of Alabama open records and meeting laws. It shocked me how often I came across desk clerks that did not know what was public record and what wasn't. I would explain the law to them and they would usually have to go get a ...

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