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Will the negative election ads work?

By Steve Flowers The very interesting and entertaining Republican Primary for our open U.S. Senate seat culminates this Tuesday with the clash between two Titans.  Judge Roy Moore and Big Luther Strange will be in a Titanic battle to fill the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions became U.S. Attorney General. We will see if Moses with his Ten Commandments and Hebrew children of rural Alabama can slay the Phil ...

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A Word Fitly Spoken

By Michael J. Brooks King Solomon wrote, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). I think of many fitting words I’ve heard over the years. [caption id="attachment_45261" align="alignleft" width="150"] Michael J Brooks[/caption] Ken gave me a Thompson Chain Reference Bible while I was a Samford student. In the day, it was the premier study Bible and I wanted one, a ...

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The joy of decluttering — or not

—By June Mathews For The Tribune I consider myself a fairly with-it person. You know, cool, hip, rad and all that. So when I heard about the latest trend in decluttering, I figured I should give it a try. After all, my reputation as a cutting-edge kind of gal demanded it. The central idea in this method is to do away with anything in your home that doesn’t bring you joy. Basically, you pull out a pike of st ...

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State education leaders must reform – themselves

By Mary Scott Hunter, Member of the Alabama State Board of Education Commentary The Alabama State Board of Education and State Department of Education exist to serve local school systems and the students and teachers in those systems. I believe we have lost focus, and we must get it back. Unfortunately, I hear from local teachers, principals, and superintendents that the Department often doesn’t help them. ...

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Senate race too close to call

By Steve Flowers Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite.  However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and still is as we head towards the September 26 runoff. The initial polling showed that Moore had a hardcore 30 percent.  It was and is as solid as a rock.  He had 30 percent from the get-go.  He ...

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The Shack

By Michael J. Brooks A friend kept encouraging me to read “The Shack” so I could discuss it with her. I told her I don’t read much fiction and kept putting her off. But I found the DVD at the local library last week and watched this version of William P. Young’s 2007 book. I must say, though the viewing took two nights, it was hard to hit “pause” and go to bed! [caption id="attachment_43812" align="alignlef ...

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What everyone needs to know about viewing the upcoming eclipse

By Zack Steele So for the first time since 1979 Americans have the chance to be witness a total solar eclipse, and your friendly neighborhood eye doctor has fielded many questions about what it means and how it can affect your eyes. [caption id="attachment_43585" align="alignleft" width="150"] Zack Steele[/caption] First, in case you’ve been avoiding social media and the news for a month the eclipse is set ...

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Outfitted for getting fit with my new gadget

By June Mathews For the Tribune I recently heard somebody say that sitting is the new smoking, implying lack of physical activity can be as detrimental to one’s health as puffing on a truckload of cigarettes. [caption id="attachment_43455" align="alignleft" width="150"] June Mathews[/caption] While sound bites like that one is something this chronic non-exerciser could do without, I know the truth of it fir ...

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Back to School

By Michael J. Brooks Where has the summer gone? Area schools open their doors again soon, to the chagrin of many students and to the delight of many parents. It was always a depressing time for me as a child when the more relaxed summer schedule was done! [caption id="attachment_43078" align="alignleft" width="150"] Michael J. Brooks[/caption] Christians go to school, too, for the New Testament calls us “di ...

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The Oil of Forgiveness

By Michael J. Brooks It will happen sooner or later. Somebody we know, and trust, will mess up. They’ll fall short of an acceptable standard of conduct and thrust those of us who know them into the fray. What will we do? [caption id="attachment_42522" align="alignleft" width="150"] Michael J. Brooks[/caption] I suppose our natural reaction when somebody messes up is to pile up. We say, “I knew this was goin ...

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