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February is American Heart Month: Working together to prevent heart disease in 2019

By Liliya Slutsker, M.D. Special to The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The month of February is American Heart Month and a time for us, as a community, to stay aware of the disease and steps to take for prevention. Although it remains the leading killer in both men and women, according to the American Heart Association, the ...

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Opinion: Thoughts on 2019 outlook

By David R. Guttery Finance TRUSSVILLE — Volatility never really goes away.  Indeed, the 15 months between November of 2016 and February of last year were unique in that volatility was largely absent, but over time, such is a constant of the market.  As we’ve discussed in prior articles, markets are simply discounting mechanisms.  They constantly re-price risk as the landscape changes.  Don’t confuse discou ...

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Opinion: Hair of the dog, treating the post-holiday blues with more holidays

By June Mathews Of a Certain Age Once again, I survived the holidays. And if you’re reading this, you evidently survived, too. For another 11 months or so, there’ll be no more last-minute shopping and wrapping, back-to-back gatherings, marathon baking sessions, decorating (although I did precious little of that this year), and the other stuff that keeps everybody hopping all season long. And, if you work fo ...

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Commentary: What a changing climate means for goverment

By Lee Hamilton, Commentary Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California or coastal flooding in the Carolinas were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the national mindset. They made climate change a political issue that cannot be avoided. The Earth’s climate changes all the ti ...

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Commentary: Alabama loves Jeff Sessions

By John W. Giles Guest Commntary All of us are called upon to lend our name for a job referral, political appointment or the endorsement of a candidate.  Over time, my engagement for this kind of request is limited and almost extinct.  I can count on two or three fingers those I would fall on the sword for because of their indisputable character, dignity, integrity, humility, sense of duty and honor. I only ...

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Opinion: When a life changing catastrophe strikes

By David Guttery Finance Death, sickness, disability, and other happen.  They just do.  Often times, situations such as these appear suddenly.  An unforeseen diagnosis, or a disability caused by an accident, or death, can be devastating to otherwise solid financial plans.  Sudden and unforeseen are two words that you never want associated with long term financial plans.  Therefore, the management of risk mu ...

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School boards are choosing systems over students by calling for scholarship repeal

By Rachel Bryars, Alabama Policy Institute Commentary Boards representing three of the state’s largest public school systems – Mobile, Baldwin and Montgomery counties – recently passed resolutions calling for a repeal of Alabama’s landmark tax credit scholarships for low income families. They claim that the small, yet popular, program created in 2013 by the Alabama Accountability Act has “caused harm to the ...

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Opinion: Last of famous probate judges: Hardy McCollum

By Steve Flowers, Inside the Statehouse Special to The Tribune In Alabama political history, the office of Probate Judge was the most powerful and prestigious position.  In the old days, in every county in Alabama, the probate judge was not only judge, he also appointed all county positions, hired all county employees and was Chairman of the County Commission.  He was essentially the “King of the County.” I ...

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When being good is hard, but being bad is harder

By June Mathews Of a Certain Age I try to be good. I really do. Especially this time of year. With Santa coming to town, I’d like to think I’ve got at least half a chance to wake up on Christmas morning to a new car or a remodeled kitchen. Not that I really expect or need such lavish gifts but, hey, if they were to magically appear, I sure wouldn’t turn them down. Like most people, however, there are times ...

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Opinion: A few last thoughts, observations on Alabama’s Nov. 6 general election

By Steve Flowers, Inside the Statehouse Column Special to The Tribune Our new 55th Governor looked and sounded more like the old Kay Ivey than the one we have seen the past few years and during the campaign.  She was vibrant, succinct to the point, and had a perfectly timed and unscripted victory speech.  Her green jacket was becoming.  She will be a good governor.  She will tackle the tough issues the stat ...

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