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The electoral college and presidential politics

By Steve Flowers You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week. There should be very few surprises. The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic system, it is a winner take all electoral vote contest. For example, ...

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Amendment two to determine state parks funding

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Opinion Alabama voters will have the opportunity on November 8 to vote on Amendment 2 and determine what happens to the funding of the Alabama State Parks System. Amendment 2 safeguards the funding designated for State Parks and ensures the money cannot be diverted to any other use in state government. The reason for Amendment 2 was t ...

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Concussions affect high school athletes with more severe symptoms

By Dr. Zack Steele We all got a scary reminder a couple weeks ago in Hewitt’s season finale that concussions are a major part of the game. The injury to one of Hewitt’s defensive players was severe enough to delay the game for several minutes. What’s more problematic is that high school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their col ...

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You are special

By Buddy Champion Did you know that you are uniquely special? Really…you are a great person and made like no one else. When you look in the mirror today, you need to see someone that has extraordinary value with huge potential! How can I say that about you when perhaps we have never met? Think about these truths from the Bible for just a minute:   13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me togethe ...

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The Lord is our righteousness

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ - Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NRSV) This passage brings so much hope. It proclai ...

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1962 Senate race was a major point in Alabama politics

By Steve Flowers The year was 1962.  John Kennedy was President. Camelot was in full bloom. The Congress was controlled by Democrats only because the South was solidly Democratic. The Southern bloc of senators and congressmen were all Democrats. Because of their enormous seniority, they controlled both houses of Congress, especially the Senate. The issue of civil rights was a tempest set to blow off the Cap ...

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I Stand With Law Enforcement

By Senator Shay Shelnutt My father served as a police officer in Birmingham for twenty-two years. He was physically attacked on more than one occasion and shot at multiple times. As a kid, I was often scared that my father wouldn’t make it home. Each time I heard Dad’s patrol car pull up in the driveway, a palpable sense of relief washed over me. Police work has always been dangerous, but I cannot remember ...

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The legacy of Ole Bill Baxley

By Steve Flowers Ole Bill Baxley has been in the news a lot this year. He was the lead defense counsel for former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction trial over in Opelika. Baxley practices law in Birmingham and is one of the state’s premier and most expensive criminal defense lawyers. Like a good many of the top defense attorneys, Baxley was first a prosecutor and a doggone good one. Baxley was born a ...

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True Believers Will Be Drawn To True Preaching

By Chip Thornton, FBC Springville You need to know the man, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He was a medical doctor. Indeed, he was the assistant to Dr. Horder, personal physician of King George V and his royal family. Dr. Lloyd-Jones left that promising medical career and became the pastor of a small church of 93 members in Wales. While there, people began being converted to Christ rapidly: his church secretary, a ...

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Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line event that was held at the Flora-Bama Marina and Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill, which sit astride the ...

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