Editorial

How we fund the government
By Congressman Bradley Byrne Arguably, Congress’s most important power is the power of the purse. Through funding bills, Congress has an important opportunity to set the direction of the government. Founding Father James Madison called it “the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people.” Unfortunately, in recent years, Congress has failed at this basic constitutional responsibility. For far too long, Congress…
Still power in the people
By Larry Lee Embattled state school chief Mike Sentance submitted a letter of resignation to the state school board and Governor Kay Ivey September 13, 2017. Now that we have turned a page on the long-running saga “Mr. Sentance Goes To Alabama,” it seems fitting to pause and look back at what could be the script for a reality show. Best suggestion for a question to ask at interview for state…
Watch out for sharks (and vending machines)
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Earlier this summer I was standing in waist deep warm Gulf water, June weed gone and it was so clear I could count my toes, when this big guy wades out to me and asks, “Ever see any sharks?” Now there is a certain beach protocol that says that grown men don’t just wade out to other grown men in waist deep water unless they…
Inside the Statehouse
 By Steve Flowers The very interesting and entertaining Republican Primary for our open U.S. Senate seat culminates this Tuesday with the clash between two Titans. Judge Roy Moore and Big Luther Strange will be in a Titanic battle to fill the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions became U.S. Attorney General. We will see if Moses with his Ten Commandments and Hebrew children of rural Alabama can slay the Philistine…
What would you do?
By Paul Chason I have been asked a number of times, “Why did you choose to eliminate the basketball court at the YMCA?” A great question, I think it is time to share with the community a number of challenges faced by the YMCA that occur because we reside in a 91 year-old facility. First, we had very little choice in the transition of the basketball court to the current…