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Reforming government: Action, not just words

By Slade Blackwell Four years ago, when the Republican legislative majority was entrusted by voters with the task of genuinely reforming state government, one of our first priorities was to dramatically restore confidence in the public trust. We said there shouldn’t be two sets of rules for those entrenched in special interests in Montgomery with power, money, and influence and another set of rules for ever ...

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Explaining requirements of common law marriage

By Chesley Payne A common law marriage is one that hasn’t been formalized through a ceremony or a marriage license with the state. The term comes from English common law, which recognized marriages could result from a husband and wife representing themselves as being married. The Supreme Court decision of Meisher v. Moore, 96 U.S. 76 (1877) states that unless a state passes a statute outlawing common law ma ...

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What health supplements are right for you?

By Channing King Is your body getting the right nutrients? If not, it won’t function at its greatest potential. So many Americans are deficient in vital nutrients and have no idea how to get on the right track. If you feel lost when it comes to supplementation, keep reading. I hope to shed some light on a few more tests that can be done to help people find what supplements are right for them. No more guessi ...

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Do tablets, iPhones cause macular degeneration?

By Zack Steele Most people are aware that ultra-violet light is harmful to the eye and may lead to cataracts and other eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Without getting too much into technical stuff, UV light is that portion of the spectrum of invisible light below 286nm to 400nm. While the primary source of UV light is the sun, other sources include welder's flash, video display termin ...

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History deems May a hazardous month for members of this writer’s family

By June Mathews Here we are in the middle of May again, halfway through the month that Daddy’s side of the family considers “the valley of the shadow,” if you catch my drift. According to family lore, it’s the month in which members of our branch of the Harpers are most likely to give up the ghost, meet Our Maker, kick the bucket, pass over, perish or turn up our toes. Thus, we tend to move warily through t ...

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Great gift ideas for your high school graduate

By Abby Hathorn Graduation is a time for happy tears, big family hugs and proud moments -- it’s not a time for fretting about finding the perfect gift. Buying a gift for a high school graduate can be a bit of a daunting task because of the plethora of ideas floating around on Pinterest and the Internet. So, here are a few ideas just to get you started. If you’re more practical-minded, buy your graduate some ...

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Telling white lies in the real estate market

By Dave Parrish I was speaking with another realtor the other day and we got on the subject of telling buyers and sellers the truth versus what they want to hear, or in other words, the use of white lies. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I learned early on about lying and white lies. I’ll have to admit at first it was a little confusing. There was no doubt in our house that lying was a sin. But, “white ...

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What next if loved one didn’t have a will?

By Chesley Payne While having a will is the ideal situation, for those people who have loved ones who pass away without one, all is not lost. There remain several options available to you. The first is to open an administration. In this instance, the administrator appointed by the Probate Court will not have the powers of a personal representative under a will. However, the administrator will have many of t ...

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As Mother’s Day nears, annual search for the perfect gift shifts into high gear

By June Mathews Even though I’m well aware Mother’s Day rolls around every second Sunday of May, it sneaks up on me every year. Of course the same thing happens with Christmas, Easter and all the other holidays, so in that regard, there’s nothing different about Mother’s Day. But here I am, with only a few days to go, pondering what in the world I’m going to do for Mama this Sunday. When will we celebrate? ...

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3 important health questions to ask yourself

By Channing King What are some of your health goals? If you're like most Americans, you’ve set some health goals for 2014. Losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more are some of the most commonly set goals and are great to strive for. The problem, though, is that most never achieve those goals. Why is that? Why do so many fall short year after year? The answer may lie in some questions many have ne ...

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