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The Birmingham News venture needs to succeed

Commentary- By Scott Buttram, Trussville Tribune publisher Tomorrow, our world changes. The Birmingham News will cease daily publication and go to a three-day-per-week printing schedule, while focusing on online content. Whether the move is well conceived or ill conceived, we-- you and I-- need the decision to ultimately be successful because we need these people and their knowledge. I'll admit that I laugh ...

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$437 million at stake in in today’s vote

By Scott Buttram If you thought the voter turnout for municipal elections was low, wait until you see today's paltry turnout. With a single amendment on the ballot, state leaders are counting on you- not to show up. The issue is whether or not to transfer $146 million per year for 3 years from the state savings account to the checking account. The vote is as much a referendum on the ideology of the Republic ...

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Backpack safety prevents injuries

By Channing King Fall is in full swing, and that means school is back in session.  During this time, it is important to take a serious look at backpack safety.  You might be wondering, “Why?” Research shows that more than 40 million students carry backpacks and that more than half of those students carry more than the recommended 15 percent of their body weight. It is also interesting to note that a 1998 st ...

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Paws and Claws is bigger than t-shirts

By Scott Buttram Let’s get something straight. Underground t-shirts designed and printed by a handful of Hewitt students had no affect on the outcome of the football game between rivals Clay Chalkville and Hewitt Trussville.  If you believe otherwise, you need to restart your education of the sport. The much ballyhooed t-shirts were given prime time exposure in an editorial planted in the middle of The Birm ...

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Your future is decided because I said so

By Scott Buttram, Publisher   Today, while you’re at work, I’ll be going into your home.  I’m going to redecorate. Any furniture that I don’t like will be thrown in the street. I plan to paint your walls to suit my taste. My wife says I don’t have very good taste in decorating. Too bad for you. You better hope that I don’t turn into the mayhem guy from the Allstate commercial. Here’s the best part. I’m ...

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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE – Note to candidates: “Get off my Facebook page!”

By June Mathews It’s baaaaack! Election season. And if you’ve never experienced a municipal election in small town America, well, you’ve never lived. Yard signs, meet-the-candidate gatherings, yard signs, campaign ads full of smiles and promises, yard signs, brochures and postcards brimming with paper propaganda… And oh, yeah, did I mention yard signs? But this time there’s a new twist: The candidates are u ...

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Small Businesses and the Law

By Chesley Payne Small businesses are one of the fundamental foundations of our nation’s economy. A small business is often the result of many years worth of work and dedication by the owner. Therefore, it is important small business owners utilize the services of an attorney to help guide their decisions that may have legal consequences down the road. Among the most common issues faced by any small busines ...

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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE – Help improve the scenery: “Keep it modest, girlfriend.”

By June Mathews Hey, lady… yeah, you. The one in front of Jimmie and me in the grocery store line last Saturday morning who kept bending over your cart and exposing the top half of your sagging middle-age body clear down to your bellybutton for all the world to see. And while I’m at it, I might as well tell you, those shorts you had on weren’t providing a lot of coverage, either. I hate to be the one to bre ...

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Dear Editor, It was brought to my attention that someone had already purchased the internet name domain “Ed McGuffie for Mayor.com.  When you go to this website it goes to my opponent’s website. When thinking about the questions I used to use as a criminal investigator, such as who what when where and how?  Before answering these questions let’s explore the reasoning behind this act of underhanded desperati ...

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Good housing market news is only a beginning

By Dave Parrish That’s right, good news. We’re seeing it everywhere by all the “market experts.” Some of the headlines: HousingWIre earlier this month published that Americans expect a 1.4 percent increase in home prices. More Americans are optimistic that home prices will inch up over the next year, with expectations that prices will rise at least 1.4 percent in that timeframe. That marks the highest amoun ...

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