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Sen. Slade Blackwell: Why the legislature stopped Birmingham’s minimum wage increase

By Slade Blackwell Guest Commentary As many of you are aware, the Birmingham City Council recently passed a disastrous ordinance establishing a minimum wage of $10.10. This was a catastrophic blow for businesses and workers in the Birmingham area. If you don't agree, keep reading. So I am pleased to report that last week, the State Senate gave final passage to the Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage and Right to W ...

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I could be wrong, but I really hope I’m not

by Dale Jones Everyone has a gift, I truly believe that. Some people can draw, some people can sing, some people have organizational abilities that just come naturally, some are gifted in math or art, and on and on I could go. I assure you that my gift has never been drawing, I’m okay at singing but not sure I would call it a gift, and when it comes to math, I was completely left out of the picture [caption ...

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Another election cycle has me longing for “Happy Days”

by Dale Jones Editor The year was January 1975. I remember it like it was yesterday. We were well into the second season of the show that every kid watched in the mid-’70s, “Happy Days.” [caption id="attachment_28642" align="alignleft" width="225"] Trussville Tribune editor Dale Jones[/caption] You men in your late 40s and early 50s remember that show well. Most of you at one time in your childhood, on Hall ...

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We must do better than this

Guest Commentary by Will Gilmer publisher, The Lamar Countian I can distinctly remember Ronald Reagan saying those now famous words, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." I was eight years old at the time and did not understand all of the intricacies of global politics, but I knew America was engaged in a battle of freedom versus oppression, of capitalism versus communism. A battle, indeed, of good versus e ...

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So many fish… So little time! Another short season for private anglers

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources If regional management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be realized any time soon, it’s apparently not going to be through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Gulf Council met recently in Orange Beach, Ala., and Amendment 39, which has to do with regional management, was tabled after it lost s ...

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Valentine’s Day still stresses me out

by Dale Jones Editor Even as I type this, there are men all over Trussville, Clay and Pinson frantically trying to figure out one of life’s more difficult questions – “What should I get my significant other for Valentine’s Day?” Yes, the day is upon us once again, and men everywhere are struggling to be creative. Long gone are the days where guys like me could go with the standard flowers and candy and get ...

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Letter to the Editor: Joe Cochran

As an elected local official, I would respectfully request our state house not waste time on local issues, I have read this week the state house intends to take up a measure that would force local governments and school boards to seek approval from them if consideration of a name change to a school or if a monument were to be removed. This is another waste of time and a continuation of Montgomery attempting ...

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Dale Jones is new managing editor at The Trussville Tribune

Never say never! That’s what they say. A couple of years ago, I was thinking I was “retiring” from the newspaper business. I started doing other things. I had fun. Yet -  here I am again. Another foray into the world of pen and ink. [caption id="attachment_28423" align="alignleft" width="184"] Dale Jones is the new managing editor at The Trussville Tribune[/caption] Okay, so maybe there is not a pen anywher ...

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Shelnutt supports raises for Alabama teachers

By Senator Shay Shelnutt, guest editorial As the 2016 session of the Alabama Legislature begins, I want to give you a short preview of the issues that are likely to be at the forefront of debate. The General Fund again will be the most pressing issue. The challenge is the costs of certain programs like Medicaid and Corrections are out-growing the tax receipts to support them. During last month’s budget hear ...

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Focusing on good things isn’t always best

By Chipley McQueen Thornton/FBC Springville Pastor The SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, while not unexpected, was dramatic. The implications of the ruling—for Christians in general and pastors in particular—are more far-reaching than we presently realize. I must say that, as I sat and watched the coverage unfold, I couldn’t help but think that God has turned over the USA to her fleshly passions in accordance ...

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