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Somewhere in the middle: Surviving the rush of Christmas can be the ultimate test of endurance

By June Mathews Wow. It’s hard to believe a whole year has flown by, and another holiday season is upon us.  And with it come all the trimmings, many of which I could do without. I don’t mean to come off as a Scrooge; I dearly love Christmas and the Savior it celebrates. But the shopping, decorating, food preparation and party-going routine seems to be getting more overwhelming every year. Or is it just tha ...

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Jefferson County Mid-Term Update

By T. Joe Knight, Commissioner, District 4   The present Jefferson County Commission has reached the halfway point of our 4-year term.  The past two years have flown by at warp speed as we have undertaken the daunting task of trying to fix our very broken county.   Three weeks into our term and before the ink had dried on our organizational chart, we were advised that Judge Price had ruled the occ ...

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Religion: When life falls apart

By Robert G. Wilkerson, D.Min. If you could ask God one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask? Pollster George Barna surveyed a cross section of adults, asking that question. The number one response was, “I’d ask God why is there pain and suffering in the world?” Before we can hear an answer to that question, we need to understand what God’s word teaches about pain and suffer ...

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Contracts are meant to protect, not trap

By Chesley Payne People are often concerned and apprehensive when asked to sign a contract. This feeling is usually caused by the feeling that lawyers draft these documents with the intent to mislead or cause an unwary consumer to stumble into a trap. However, good contract drafting is meant to remove ambiguities or misunderstandings that could lead to trouble down the road. Contracts can and should be draf ...

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Reader comments: Character defined

Editor's Note: This was submitted to the Tribune by one of our readers. If you would like to send an Letter to the Editor, email news@trussvilletribune.com. We reserve the right to publish or not publish your submission based on its content and intent.   Submitted by: Phil Simmons, Trussville CHARACTER This description fits no one more than it does Hal Riddle.  I, for one, am proud to have him as head coach ...

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Local politicians optimistic about county bankruptcy recovery

By Tina Tidmore Just days short of the one-year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, some local politicians are expressing optimism concerning the county’s future. “I hope by next year we will have the county out of bankruptcy and no occupational tax,” Rep. Paul DeMarco told attendees at a Nov. 1 Trussville Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. “This will be welcoming to ...

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Commentary – The future of Pinson

Commentary submitted by Pinson City Councilman Shane Shelnutt A wise man once said, if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?  After having the privilege to serve the citizens of Pinson as one of their founding City Council members for the past eight and half years, I wish to challenge the next Council to take Pinson to the next level and clearly spell out their vision of ...

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Three steps toward streamlining government operations in Alabama

By State Senator Slade Blackwell One of my top priorities in Montgomery right now is the streamlining government initiative. The primary goal is to maximize each taxpayer dollar by making our state government more efficient. Last year, I was proud to sponsor the ONE SPOT bill to allow businesses to pay multiple county taxes at one place at one time online. This was a direct result of the streamlining govern ...

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How important is the health of your liver?

By Channing King What is the most important organ in your body?  Obviously, the brain and spinal cord give healing to the whole body, so they reign supreme.  Then comes the heart.  If you ask me, though, the liver is right up there with the heart.  When seeking to live a long and healthy life, good cholesterol levels, and living at your full potential, you must have a healthy liver. Did you know that your l ...

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2012 Elections a watershed moment for healthcare

2012 Elections a watershed moment for healthcare Dr. Zachary B. Steele, Trussville Vision Care We are just two weeks from the 2012 presidential elections and, for both sides of the healthcare debate, the stakes are high. Grand Old Party candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal all or most of the Affordable Care Act, while President Barack Obama seeks to cement his landmark legislation. I have already menti ...

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