Editorial

Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited over the years. The prime example would be the exploitation of our rich vaults of iron ore discovered in Jefferson County in the early 20th Century. It created the city of Birmingham, the Steel City of the…
Questions mount about $536,000 contract
By Larry Lee The Legislative Contract Review Committee recently put a hold on a $536,000 contact between the state department of education and Class Measures, Inc. of Massachusetts. Legislators want more information as to what this contract is all about. In the meantime, Decatur Daily reporter Mary Sell has continued to look at what is going on, as reported here. She states: “State Superintendent Michael Sentance communicated with the education consulting…
Mardi Gras
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Mardi Gras is over. Fat Tuesday has passed. Ash Wednesday then Lent. Of course you won’t see many ash-smudged foreheads up in Northeast Alabama. There Catholics and their Episcopal cousins are a distinct minority in these parts. Which was why I was so surprised when, shortly [after] I took the job at Jacksonville State, an Anniston friend invited my wife and me to join the…
The 21st Century workforce
By Congressman Bradley Byrne A lot has changed since the 1930s. For example, in 1938, Franklin Roosevelt was President, and you could buy a loaf of bread for ten cents. Since then, the Internet was invented, more jobs are based in technology, and almost every American has a cell phone. Sadly, some of our nation’s most important labor laws, like the Fair Labor Standards Act, date back to the 1930s.…
What would Carl McIntire say about that?
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Amid the controversy surrounding President Trump and his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, I could not help but wonder what Carl McIntire would have thought of it all. Who? Back in the 1950s, when the Cold War was raging, when children were taught how to “duck and cover” to protect themselves in case of a Soviet nuclear attack, when Boy Scouts were taught…