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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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The younger side of 60

By June Mathews During the past year or so, I’ve watched Facebook with no small amount of smugness as, one by one, many of my Class of ’75 schoolmates turned 60. As a summer baby, I was always one of the younger ones in our grade, and the older we’ve gotten, the more I’ve reveled in my youthful status. [caption id="attachment_42417" align="alignleft" width="150"] June Mathews[/caption] But being younger was ...

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All these Bible thumpers

By Andy Waits This past week I read an article about a local church that is taking its message “to the streets”. They wear bright colored t-shirts, hold signs with Scripture printed on them, and even preach through megaphones. Scrolling through the comments I found that everyone has a strong opinion, positive and negative. [caption id="attachment_42000" align="alignleft" width="137"] Andy Waits[/caption] I ...

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An open door: Jesus is ready to listen

By Dr. J. Wayne Kilpatrick In Revelation 3:8, we read these words: “Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it….”  Have you ever stopped to think about the many doors God opens for us every day?  He sets before us beautiful doors, like the door of prayer, fellowship, and eternity.   There are many doors that men can shut.  Recently I was talking to a police officer about a mutual fr ...

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Robert Bentley is finished

By Scott Buttram, publisher Commentary TRUSSVILLE --It's over. Robert Bentley is finished as Alabama's governor. Regardless of rumored negotiations for his resignation, regardless of criminal prosecution, regardless of impeachment proceedings, the man is done. He's just another footnote in the embarrassing political history of Alabama. Bentley, whether by his own hand or the hand of others, has joined the o ...

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Commentary: Cahaba Project is compromise of preserving history in building for the future

Commentary By Chris Yow Editor Case in point: Cahaba Elementary School. It’s almost enough said. The restoration and expansion of the high school building for Cahaba Elementary School is exactly how a city should preserve its history, and still build for the future. The debate is ongoing about the Cahaba Project homes, and how the city should go about preserving the district. It’s living history, for goodne ...

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Shelnutt proposes bill to allow gun permits to be purchased in any county; stays mum on impeachment

By Shay Shelnutt State Senator Dist. 17 I hope you and your family had a wonderful Spring Break! The Legislature paused its meetings over the past two weeks to allow legislators to spend time with their families, but Senate and House members return to Montgomery on April 4th to resume work. [caption id="attachment_13955" align="alignleft" width="198"] Shay Shelnuttfile photo by Ron Burkett[/caption] I have ...

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Who could be the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate?

By Steve Flowers Columnist Last week we handicapped some of the potential horses in the upcoming 2018 Governor’s Race. We mentioned Judge Roy Moore, PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Treasurer Young Boozer, State Senator Del Marsh and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Some others that may be considering pursuing the brass ring of Ala ...

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Letter to the Editor: Push Congress to help families in need by expanding tax credits

Dear Editor: After the election, I heard a lot of people asking: "What now?" We can start by making sure Congress doesn't target anti-poverty programs that help millions of families, including many Alabamians, afford the basic necessities of life. Alabama representatives such as Congressman Gary Palmer spoke a lot about helping the families struggling to make ends meet. If poverty and inequality are truly i ...

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Letter to the Editor: Payday Lenders Are Unfairly Represented

Sometimes hardworking Alabamians – teachers, police officers, salespeople – struggle to make ends meet between paychecks. They use payday loans for things like unexpected medical expenses or home and auto repairs. In his recent commentary, Neal Berte is confused about what a cash advance costs, but our customers know that the answer is straightforward: $17.50 to borrow $100 until your next payday. Customers ...

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