Editorial

Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers The passing of Governor Albert Brewer on January 2nd at 88 years old, marks the passing of an era in Alabama politics. Albert P. Brewer was a good man and a true public servant. Brewer was born in Tennessee, but his folks moved to Decatur when he was very young after his father accepted a job with the Tennessee Valley Authority. He graduated from Decatur High School…
Regulatory reform top priority
By Congressman Bradley Byrne $1,000,000,000,000. That’s the estimated total cost of regulations issued by the Obama Administration. These regulations have resulted in over 754,000,000 hours of paperwork. These numbers are pretty remarkable. The wide range of regulations cover everything from energy to agriculture to the environment. In addition to having a negative effect on all those directly impacted, the regulations have a larger impact by stunting economic growth and increasing…
The reality about failing schools
By Larry Lee The State Department of Education just released the latest “failing schools” list; an annual ranking is required by the infamous Alabama Accountability Act. The legislature decreed that the bottom six percent of all public schools are “failing” and should be identified annually. So lists were distributed in June 2013 and January 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This always causes an outcry from educators – they think some schools that…
What a beautiful morning – I think I’ll go kill something
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Driving through the heart of Alabama recently I saw more than a few big pickups with dog crates in the beds. Hunting season. I don’t hunt. At least not any more. I used to hunt, but I never worked to become good at it. I’m sorta like the old preacher who was such a poor shot that he quit hunting. For him it was a…
A bipartisan vote to stand with Israel
By Congressman Bradley Byrne The United States has no stronger ally than Israel. Our relationship has always been strong, both economically and militarily. Israel plays an especially important role in helping us combat radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. In other words, Israel serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity in a very dangerous part of the world. That is why support for Israel has always been…