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Column: God offers grace in our failures

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune Joe (not his real name) called me one day about a dozen years ago when he read in a collectors’ newsletter about a planned convention in Plains, Ga., and a banquet with former president Carter. He told me about his collecting interests and the famous politicians he’d met. We met in Plains, shared a meal and became friends. We’d talk every few months and looked for ...

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Column: Southern Republicans lose long-time staple

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune Jim Martin passed away recently in Gadsden at 99 years old.  His beloved wife of 70 years, Pat, was by his side.  He was a true Christian gentleman.  Jim was one of the Fathers of the modern Republican Party in the South. In 1962, John Kennedy was President. Camelot was in full bloom.  The Congress was controlled by Democrats only because the South was solidly Democra ...

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Steve Flowers column: Election Day is the only poll that matters

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune The big question in the Senate race is will allegations against Roy Moore and his purported propensities 40 years ago cause him to lose.  We will soon see.  The election is less than three weeks away. The book on Moore is easy to read.  The polls have consistently revealed that 30 percent of voters like him and 70 percent do not like him.  He is a polarizing figure an ...

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Steve Flowers column: Alabama Community College system valuable

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune In March of this year, the Alabama Community College System took a giant leap forward when it brought on a giant in state government and one of Alabama’s preeminent leaders, Jimmy Baker, to be Chancellor. When you have a conversation with Chancellor Baker, he uses words that you do not normally hear in the same sentence, like exciting and community college. He says it ...

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Steve Flowers column: 2018 races looming on the horizon

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune We still have the culmination of the race for the seat of Jeff Sessions set to be determined in less than five weeks on December 12.  Roy Moore, as the Republican nominee, is the favorite. However, the Democrat Doug Jones could make it a closer race than first thought.  He has raised some money and gained some traction and Moore has a good many detractors among Republ ...

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June Mathews column: Planning for parade sparks memories

By June Mathews For The Tribune When most people think of November, they think of colorful fall foliage, football parties, and massively over-filling Thanksgiving feasts. Here in the South, we finally get to wear socks and sweats, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to make use of the fireplace before the month is over. (All else failing, we’ll turn up the air conditioner and switch on the log lighter anyway.) Bu ...

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Should A Christian Celebrate Halloween?

By Michael J. Brooks Bob Harrington, the former "Chaplain of Bourbon Street," preached one night and advertised his sermon title in the local newspaper: "Three Places Where There's No Problem with Racism." This was in the civil rights era and our nation was fixated on this problem. Hundreds came that night to hear Harrington. He touched on his announced theme only in the first paragraph of his sermon: "The ...

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Strange’s enemies came back to haunt him

By Steve Flowers Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections. [caption id="attachment_47163" align="alignleft" width="297"] Steve Flowers[/caption] Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has rais ...

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From one event to the next, party-prepping keeps this guy busy

By June Mathews According to our friend, Bobby, nothing strikes dread in the heart of a man like a spousal pronouncement along these lines: “Honey, I’m hosting a (bridal tea or baby shower or reception… fill in the blank for yourselves, guys), so I’m going to need you to do a few things around the house to help me get ready for it.” [caption id="attachment_47107" align="alignleft" width="216"] June Mathews[ ...

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Bo knows more than you might think

By David Lazenby Editor The past few days have had a lot more Bo Jackson moments than usual. [caption id="attachment_46761" align="alignleft" width="226"] David Lazenby[/caption] I’m not complaining. I have been a fan for years. Growing up in Auburn I used to sell game programs on Saturday mornings in the fall for the opportunity to get into Jordan-Hare Stadium just so I could watch him play. I usually spen ...

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