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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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Opinion: Where is your theology?

An Internal Political Assessment Guest Commentary By Christian G. Crawford With the conclusion of the 2018 midterm elections, I have one question, specifically for the faith-based community: Where is your theology? If you conduct a quick Google search you will find out the word “theology” means “the study of the nature of God and religious belief.” If theology is the study of God, then how does an individua ...

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FAITH: Will they ever run out of rabbits?

By Andy Waits, Associate Pastor, FBC Springville [caption id="attachment_39740" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo of Andy Waits, Associate Pastor, FBC Springville[/caption] Special to The Tribune I wonder what the Apostle Paul would think if he visited some churches today. Some are healthy. But I imagine he would have strong words of caution to many. He would flat out-rebuke others. I wonder if Jesus loo ...

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Opinion: Will work for food: Experienced writer seeks running gig as restaurant reviewer

By June Mathews Of a Certain Age I know, I know. I’m getting close enough to retirement age to slap it with a short-handled flyswatter, but I’m not ready to go there yet. Over the past 40-plus years in the working world, toiling either for “the man” or as a freelancer, I’ve enjoyed several careers, beginning with retail sales in college to now working for a busy chamber of commerce, and I’ve found something ...

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Clay, Pinson, and Center Point need a police department and now might be the time

By Scott Buttram, publisher Opinion Sometimes I tend to obsess. When that happens, the squeaky wheels start turning and it's hard to stop them. The obsessing began as Tuesday night's election results rolled in and a perfectly good cop was out of a job. As the local newspaper for Clay, Pinson, and Center Point, we hear from residents on a regular basis about their concerns for the communities where they live ...

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Opinion: New ailments kick in as fall allergy season winds down

By June Mathews Of a Certain Age The fall allergy season is still with us and I, for one, am ready for it to go away. I suspect I’m not alone in that sentiment. Since it’s late in the season and the recent rains have helped keep pollen from flying around unchecked, my symptoms are mild compared to other years – and I’m thankful for that – but I’d rather do without them altogether. Demon ragweed has been the ...

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Weekly Preview: Clay-Chalkville vs. Shades Valley

By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor CLAY— The Clay-Chalkville Cougars (5-1) come off a bye week healthy and ready for action as they take on the Shades Valley Mounties (2-3) for homecoming this Friday night. The Cougars come in averaging 39.3 yards per game with a great balanced attack from their offense as they average over 380 yards of total offense per week. Senior quarterback Willie Miller has proven himse ...

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Opinion: Me too! And Grace

By Richard Hitchcock To begin, all who know me well know I live at the bema of grace.  I’ve heard the statement, “You didn’t get what you deserved!” I reply, “I don’t want what I deserve.” That being said, I have a few observations that I’m sure will rile someone, somewhere.  Sorry.  The fact is that we, as a society, have come to a point where we need to examine some things.  That being the joy and necessi ...

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Kavanaugh should be confirmed and the Democrat circus should end

By Scott Buttram, publisher Commentary TRUSSVILLE —Admittedly, I have a personal tendency to give the benefit of the doubt to females who say they have been sexually assaulted. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for a woman who has been through such a trauma. There are many reasons that a sexual assault victim may or may not report the incident. No one has a right to judge that decision. But when the ...

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