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Why Are Yearly Eye Exams So Important?

By Dr. Zack Steele, Trussville Vision Care I had a harsh reminder recently about why getting a yearly eye and health exam is an important thing to do, so I thought I’d pass it on to you. [caption id="attachment_3817" align="alignleft" width="300"] Zack Steele[/caption] We had a patient recently who came into the office thinking that he simply needed his glasses updated. His vision had gotten blurry and he w ...

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Guest Editorial: Save the arts at PVHS

By Steven Baird Guest Editorial PINSON --At the beginning of the school year, we had a orientation with the counselors and school principals at Pinson Valley High School. Mr. Turner spoke of how he values our children, their future and our community. My question is how can he say that he values our children and their future, and have us believe that, when he alone made the decision to dismiss two teachers i ...

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Biblical reasons to leave a church

By Andy Waits, First Baptist Church Springville [caption id="attachment_29748" align="alignleft" width="206"] Andy Waits[/caption] There is a difference between a “reason” and an “excuse.” Parents, teachers, police officers, and pastors spend their lives listening to “excuses.” Sadly, we have reached a point where the lines between the two have been blurred. Pastors experience heartbreak when people leave t ...

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Letter writing remains important part of bill passage

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE By Steve Flowers Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood. If for nothing else, the bill has to go before both House and Senate committees, win approval, and not get an amendment put on it. If it gets an amendment on it, it has to basically start all over again. It t ...

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Push for transgender bathrooms could jeopardize right to privacy

Do not sacrifice the rule for the exception By Senator Phil Williams Guest Commentary Across our nation there is a deafening debate about the “rights” of those who claim a gender preference or identity other than the one with which they were born. Make no mistake: it is a debate that is happening even here in the very conservative state of Alabama. As I write this, a big-box retailer with multiple outlets i ...

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Despite distractions, the Alabama Legislature had a productive 2016 session

By Shay Shelnutt In spite of the controversies swirling around Governor Robert Bentley, Legislators in the Senate and House worked hard to pass legislation that will move Alabama forward during the regular session that concluded last week. [caption id="attachment_12661" align="alignleft" width="200"] Shay Shelnuttfile photo by Ron Burkett[/caption] The Education Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017 is the large ...

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The Magic is Back

By Dave Parrish, RE/MAX When I was child, I’d go to work downtown with my father on Saturday’s mornings probably once or twice a month... He worked in the John Hand Building on what was billed as the heaviest corner on the earth. It was a real treat! Once a month, I would take the street car (those same street cars that now run on St Charles Ave through the Garden District in New Orleans) from the end of th ...

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Organizations partner to educate Alabamians about state history

For the past five or six years the legislature has pretty much cut state government to the bone. One of the areas that legislators have taken an ax to are Alabama’s cultural heritage agencies. These organizations throughout the state have taken it on the chin. There is an informal partnership of seven state agencies that have sought to educate Alabamians about the importance of our rich and dynamic history. ...

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Turkey season had different outcomes for Alabama hunters

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The 2016 spring season may have ended Saturday with a bang or with a whimper for Alabama’s turkey hunters. For some, it was the spring of hope. For others, it was the spring of despair. “It just depends on who you talk to,” said Chuck Sykes, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “Some people are griping a ...

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Cherry Blossoms a reminder of international relations

By Steve Flowers, Special to The Trussville Tribune At this time of year Washington, D.C. is a beautiful place to visit. The city is aglow with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossoms offer a glorious scene as you stroll down the mall and look toward our nation’s capital. This scene has been glimpsed by tourists and visitors for over a century. Each year the National Cherry Blossom Fes ...

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