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AWF presents Fisheries Conservationist of the Year award

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage. Despite having a dozen awards, from Conservationist of the Year to Air Conservationist, not one of those award ...

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A Bad Lottery Deal Wasn’t Worth the Risk for Alabama

By Senator Shay Shelnutt In Alabama, many politicians have recently used Medicaid’s $85 million budget shortfall to argue for increased taxes, a lottery, the expansion of gambling, or some combination of the three. Indeed, after proposing a half billion-dollar tax increase last year, a few weeks ago Governor Robert Bentley called a special session of the Legislature to consider a lottery for the purposes of ...

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The Governor’s Bad Lottery Bill

By Danny Garrett It has been a hot, sweltering summer. Suppose Governor Bentley approached you and said – “If you sign this document, I will build you a swimming pool. You just go out of town for a couple of weeks, and when you return, you will have a new swimming pool!” Although this offer may sound like a great deal on a hot day, not many people I know would take it.  When you return home, you might have ...

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Labor Day kicking off election season

By Steve Flowers With Labor Day approaching it signifies that the long hot summer will soon be coming to an end. It seems that the summers are getting hotter and hotter. I was born and raised in south Alabama so I was accustomed to long hot summers. I remember when there was no air conditioning in houses or cars. It was hot, but seems hotter today. I think we have gotten softer. It also seems that we do not ...

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Jefferson State Preparing to Serve Students, Community for the Next 50 Years

By Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College Interim President It’s part of my job to brag about Jefferson State Community College, and it’s by far the easiest part. After all, this is an institution that has been a gateway to prosperity for almost a million people over its 50-year history. As the current president of Jefferson State, I am always proud to hear from so many who owe their lives and liveli ...

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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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