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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

By Dr. Kevin Payne, Palmerdale United Methodist Church Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NIV) [caption id="attachment_27655" align="alignleft" width="271"] Dr. Kevin PaynePalmerdale UMC[/caption] Memorial Day weekend has become the marker signifying the start of summer. We look forward to camping at state parks, taking a trip to the beach to feel the sa ...

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Remembering former Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr.

By Steve Flowers A few weeks ago former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama. [caption id="attachment_13917" align="alignleft" width="260"] Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Al ...

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Letter to the editor: Thank you, local law enforcement

To the Editor: As a local business owner, I’m thankful for our law enforcement and all they do to keep my pharmacy and my community safe. In appreciation of National Police Week, I want to especially thank them for their work in tracking criminals that try to purchase cold and allergy medicine to make meth. Popular over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine contain an ingredient called pseudoephedrine that ...

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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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