Editorial

The nature of a coaching job
It’s the nature of the job. If you’re the coach and your team doesn’t win, you’re gone. True at all levels – all the way to the pros. Former Head Coach Royce Young recently got caught in this situation. With a 4-26 record at Escambia County High School in three years, he expected he would not be back next year. And sure enough, when Principal Dennis Fuqua told him he…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers The premier issue of this year’s legislative session will be whether to borrow a massive amount of money to build new prisons in the state. This initiative appears to be our lame duck Governor Robert Bentley’s primary agenda. Last year Bentley proposed an $800 million bond issue for new prisons. He has come forward with a similar proposal this year. His plan would close all existing prisons…
Taking down the Big Top
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson Back in 1871, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses joined to create “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The other day the company announced that it was closing. One bit of my childhood, gone in the blink of an eye. As usual, I exaggerate. In truth, for me the golden era of circuses ended long ago. Like many of you, I grew up with traveling…
Taking better care of our veterans
By Congressman Bradley Byrne I’ve held over 75 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, and these meetings allow me to get a feel for what issues are most important to the people I represent. At every single town hall meeting, I get at least one question about problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We have all read different stories about the VA in the newspapers –…
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…