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Many inspirational people found in House District 44, Alabama

By State Representative Danny Garrett Special to The Tribune 2017 has been one of the most memorable and eventful years in my lifetime. In the past, I have reflected upon the people in House District 44 and in Alabama who have inspired, motivated or encouraged me by their lives during the year. Many of these people are unsung heroes; they are not seeking recognition or status. Nonetheless, by their words, d ...

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Column: We lost some icons this year

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune At the close of each year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political leaders from the political stage in our beloved state. We lost some icons this year. As I sit in my office writing this yearend column, pictures of two of my favorite friends and legends adorn my walls. The photos of Governor Albert Brewer and Congressman Jim Martin loo ...

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Column: Alabama politics has been wild ride in 2017

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune Well, folks, we have had a more exciting and fun filled political year than we expected. Usually, most of the fun is reserved for even numbered years when presidential or gubernatorial elections are held. However, it’s been a good ride. Obviously, the Special Election for the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ senate term monopolized the year. Although you will h ...

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Column: We need expository preaching

By Chipley Thornton Special to The Tribune Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a medical doctor turned preacher in England in the mid-1900’s. In a day when England’s churches were flailing, God used him to spark a revival in the land. The spark that ignited the revival was consistent expository preaching. Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What is expository preaching?” Walt Kaiser defines it as a sermon that takes as a mini ...

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Column: When Santa came to church

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune Former Democratic National Committee interim chair, Donna Brazile, in her recent book wrote about Donald Duck, who followed the Trump campaign around the country in 2016. The character’s presence was intended to suggest Trump “ducked” hard questions. Brazile received a complaint from ABC/Disney about copyright infringement and moved to shut down the duck. She foun ...

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Column: To get along, you have to go along

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor.  He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him.  The old gentleman, who had spent nearly half a century in the Congress, after hearing their ...

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Of a Certain Age: Letter to Santa places order for construction help

By June Mathews Special to The Tribune Dear Santa, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written – third grade to be exact. That was the year I asked for an Easy-Bake Oven, and our snotty little neighbor got one instead. I tried not to blame you. I told myself the elves must have mixed up the orders, or maybe your reindeer took you to the wrong address. But either way, your management skills were clearly lack ...

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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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