Editorial

The red hot mess politicians have heaped on our schools
By Larry Lee Politicians, particularly Senate majority leader Del Marsh and Rep. Terri Collins seem to have gone out of their way to tear down our public schools and paint a picture that is nowhere close to accurate. P.T. Barnum could never have created the circus we now have throughout the state thanks to legislation these good folks sponsored in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 Terri Collins passed a bill to…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories, I reference the fact that our current senior senator will be regarded as one of Alabama’s greatest U.S. Senators. I consider Lister Hill, John Sparkman, and Richard Shelby in that triumvirate. However, history more than…
The mystery in Mamaw’s kitchen
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson A journey down memory lane. Over the river and through the woods, sorta. Actually, it was a trip along an Interstate Highway that is perpetually under construction (don’t tell me that government can’t create jobs), in and out of suburbs with glittering malls, through a countryside still marked by the path of a tornado, into the Black Belt with its dying little towns – Safford,…
‘In all things … ‘
By Nina Keenam How wonderful it was earlier this week to rush inside a warm house after running an errand. Bits of snow had still lingered in shady spots along my drive. On the way home, I stopped to grab a take-out lunch and encountered ice on the pavement at the store entrance. I believe God was watching over me as I carefully made my way on the icy pavement.…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers As the 2018 state elections begin, let’s take one last look at the 2017 Special Election to fill the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ six-year term which, by the way, comes up in two years in 2020. It is assumed by most astute political observers that the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, cannot win election to a full term in 2020, simply because he is a Democrat.…