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No One Can Condemn

By Mark Gainey, Deerfoot Baptist Church With each beginning of a new school year, I think about all the great memories I had with friends in school. However, I also remember some not so great moments. One of those awful memories is a dreary fall day in my freshman year. My best friend and I had just gotten into a scuffle over—what else—a girl. We were foolish enough to let something like that get between ou ...

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Precautions for Contact Lens Wearers

We seem to see more and more people who want to ditch their glasses and wear contact lenses. Most patients are candidates for some type of contact lens. But there can be great risk with wearing this medical device on your eyes. Here are a few precautions for contact lens wearers.  Sleeping in your contacts [caption id="attachment_3817" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Zack Steele is a 2003 Graduate of the ...

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Go vote or I’ll throw another fit

Publisher's Note: This op-ed appeared in The Trussville Tribune on April 29, 2012.  It was shortly after only about 20 percent of registered voters showed up to vote in local elections and, as you can see, that didn't sit well with me. Instead of pitching another fit after tomorrow's election, I thought we would just rerun the temper tantrum from four years ago as a reminder of how important your vote is to ...

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The evolution of technology and elections

By Steve Flowers In 1960 television was a new medium. Most Americans did not have televisions in the early 1950’s. However, by 1960 the majority of the country had fallen in love with Lucy and TV. Presidential races had been run by party bosses in urban enclaves like New York and Boston. Political parties and party conventions were extremely important. The parties were controlled by longtime political pols ...

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In Search of Panacea

Summer... a time for resting, relaxing and rejuvenation. And so I find myself today at the beach in a place called Panacea… a small village on “the forgotten coast.” The weather forecast for our stay: rain every day… not considered good news for a beach trip. Between showers, during a late afternoon walk on the sparsely populated beach the day after our arrival, my wife and I encounter other souls on this t ...

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The Alabama lottery and a new House Speaker

By Steve Flowers As anticipated, a special Legislative Session has been called by Governor Robert Bentley. The Session is set to begin next Monday, August 15. Dr. Bentley has bemoaned the fact that the legislature refused to grant Medicaid the $85 million they said they needed in the budget fiscal year, which begins October 1. [caption id="attachment_13917" align="alignleft" width="260"] Steve Flowers is Al ...

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Alabama alligator season approaching

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The old axiom that patience is a virtue is especially true for those who applied for an alligator tag for Alabama’s upcoming season. Before 2014, getting picked in the random drawing was truly luck of the draw. In 2014, a preference points system was implemented, but it takes a little time before it influences who gets drawn. [caption ...

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The Homestead law in Alabama

By Chesley Payne A question that often comes up in homes sales in Alabama is who is the proper party to sign a deed or mortgage to the property? In Alabama, a property used for a personal residence is known as a homestead. If the persons inhabiting that homestead are married, then Alabama law requires that in the event the home is sold or mortgaged that the marital couple must both sign the deed or mortgage ...

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Priorities during an Alabama summer

By Buddy Champion, First Baptist Church Trussville It is hot! I know there are hotter places than central Alabama, but this weather is hot enough for me! July, August and part of September just enters the “hot” zone and it doesn’t take much to raise the “white flag” and declare we have had enough! However, it is one of the beauties of living in the south. We have hot muggy days, then cool crisp fall morning ...

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With conventions over, attention turns back to state politics

By Steve Flowers Now that the national conventions are over and we have had a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming fall presidential contest, let us turn our attention back to our good ole state politics. Even though we do not have any good state races this year, it does not mean that we have not had our share of political happenings. We have been so active that we have garnered national publicity. Let ...

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