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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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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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