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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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Daylight Saving Time! What’s the big deal?

By Dale Jones Editor   Change isn’t always bad. Really, it’s not. I’ve always heard that “old people” hate change. Great! That must mean that even though I turned the big 5-0 last November, I must not be old because I’m totally okay with change. [caption id="attachment_28642" align="alignleft" width="225"] Trussville Tribune editor Dale Jones[/caption] I’ve really never understood why we “spring forward” an ...

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Former well-known Alabama politicians. Where are they now?

By Steve Flowers A good friend and loyal reader suggested to me that he would like to see a column entitled, “Where Are They Now?” Then I ran into former Gov. Albert Brewer at a Birmingham restaurant and it prompted me to do that column. Gov. Brewer has always been admired by Alabamians as one of the finest people to have ever served in state government. I got to know Gov. Brewer when I was a young page in ...

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Maybe Mayberry had it right after all by shutting down on Sunday

By Dale Jones Editor It is one of my all-time favorite episodes of any sitcom in history.   Malcolm Tucker is a businessman who’s car breaks down about two miles outside of Mayberry. He walks to town, only to find the streets empty, the stores closed, and no people anywhere - except at the church. [caption id="attachment_28642" align="alignleft" width="225"] Trussville Tribune editor Dale Jones[/caption] Yo ...

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PREP Act: The good doesn’t outweigh the bad

By Scott Buttram publisher Commentary TRUSSVILLE --As a new education bill, labeled the PREP Act, makes it's way through the legislative process in Montgomery, teachers and administrators in Alabama are up in arms over portions of the bill. They should be. Because, portions - not all - of the proposed legislation is simply a bad idea. It may look good on paper, but in practice, it falls apart. The bill in q ...

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Warm, endearing Albert Brewer has been one of Alabama’s best political figures

by Steve Flowers One of the finest men to ever serve in Alabama government is Albert Brewer. He is one of the most quality and highest caliber individuals to ever rise to the Governor’s office. [caption id="attachment_13917" align="alignleft" width="213"] Steve Flowers[/caption] Brewer hailed from Morgan County in the heart of the Tennessee Valley. He was first elected to the legislature from Decatur in 195 ...

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