Editorial

Honoring service to our country
By Congressman Bradley Byrne On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Signing this document was no easy task for the 56 signers. By lending their name to it, they were risking their personal safety, as well as that of their families. A number of the signers would also go on to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers As we take a mid-year look at Alabama politics, it has been an eventful first half of the year. It is not every year that a governor resigns mid-term. Governor Robert Bentley’s resignation from office on April 10 will more than likely be the most newsworthy story of the year. Bentley’s saga had begun 18 months ago. His troubles stemmed from his relationship with his primary and…
Saving the South by going south
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson As relations with Cuba began to soften, Alabama business folk began thinking of stuff we could sell to Cuba. Lumber. Poles. Wood chips. Paper products. Automobiles. Chicken. Chicken? Yep, chicken. Think about it. Alabama has lots of chickens. Cubans like chickens. Moreover, they prefer the dark meat. Most folks here prefer the white. Works out just fine. ‘Course there is another reason that Alabamians would…
The story of one American flag
By BONNIE BARTEL LATINO Below is a story told by America’s most recently departed Medal of Honor recipient, Lt. Col. Leo K. Thorsness, USAF, (Retired), who died on May 2 of this year at age 85. More about Colonel Thorsness, can be found online at http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/05/03/medal-honor-recipient-leo-k-thorsness-dies-age-85.html. In early May, an Air Force friend of Tom’s and mine shared on Facebook the below story that Lt Col Thorsness had written before…
God bless America!
By Rev. Walter Albritton  Every Sunday my church family sings “God Bless America!” Every Sunday? Yes, every Sunday. Like it or not, it has become ritual for my congregation. I view it as a prayer in song, a prayer of gratitude for the many ways God has blessed our land. And it is a prayer of petition, people asking God to continue blessing America. As we celebrate the 4th of…