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What about autographing the Bible?

Commentary By Michael J. Brooks The recent tornado in Lee County, Alabama, was devastating with 23 lives lost—several in a single family. How sad that things changed for these residents in such a short time.  U.S. presidents are expected to make appearances following disasters in order to boost morale. We remember President Obama touring Tuscaloosa with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in 2011. Likewise, Preside ...

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The Gas Tax: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Commentary By Phil Williams, Alabama Policy Institute The increased gas tax became law this week amid much Goat Hill fanfare, reminding me of a Clint Eastwood line from an epic western: “I’ve never seen so many men wasted so badly.” The Alabama Policy Institute has said for weeks that improved state infrastructure is important, but that conservative principles must guide the increase: taxes should be the la ...

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Giving our students the best education possible

Guest Editorial By Bradley Byrne “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is probably the single most-asked question of any child throughout the world. Here in the United States, many children are able to achieve their dreams through hard work, dedication, and a quality education. But, for some here in our own country, hard work and dedication are not enough when it comes to circumstances ou ...

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Opinion: “Oh, how I wish that it would rain” somewhere else for a while

By June Mathews, Of a Certain Age Remember the terrible drought we had here in Alabama a few summers ago? I do, but barely. It’s become a distant, dreamlike memory, something that happened in another lifetime, now washed away in all the rain we’ve been having lately. Seems like we can’t go more than a day or two without a downpour, and I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of it. I hate to appear ungrateful ...

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Guest Editorial: Gas tax increase should be ‘Even Steven’ – raise one tax, lower another

By Pepper Bryars, Alabama Policy Institute Guest Editorial Can Alabamians support raising our gas tax for better roads while remaining true to our belief in limited government and protecting a beneficial, low-tax environment for our businesses, our families, and our future? Yes … if taxes are lowered elsewhere so that the overall amount of money taken from the people doesn’t increase. The concept is called ...

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February is American Heart Month: Working together to prevent heart disease in 2019

By Liliya Slutsker, M.D. Special to The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The month of February is American Heart Month and a time for us, as a community, to stay aware of the disease and steps to take for prevention. Although it remains the leading killer in both men and women, according to the American Heart Association, the ...

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Opinion: Thoughts on 2019 outlook

By David R. Guttery Finance TRUSSVILLE — Volatility never really goes away.  Indeed, the 15 months between November of 2016 and February of last year were unique in that volatility was largely absent, but over time, such is a constant of the market.  As we’ve discussed in prior articles, markets are simply discounting mechanisms.  They constantly re-price risk as the landscape changes.  Don’t confuse discou ...

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Opinion: Hair of the dog, treating the post-holiday blues with more holidays

By June Mathews Of a Certain Age Once again, I survived the holidays. And if you’re reading this, you evidently survived, too. For another 11 months or so, there’ll be no more last-minute shopping and wrapping, back-to-back gatherings, marathon baking sessions, decorating (although I did precious little of that this year), and the other stuff that keeps everybody hopping all season long. And, if you work fo ...

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Commentary: What a changing climate means for goverment

By Lee Hamilton, Commentary Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California or coastal flooding in the Carolinas were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the national mindset. They made climate change a political issue that cannot be avoided. The Earth’s climate changes all the ti ...

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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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