Editorial

Alabama Senate approves largest education budget since 2008
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Last week, the Alabama Senate approved by a 29-2 vote a historically strong budget for the Education Trust Fund. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget allocates $6.4 billion to Alabama’s K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. It is the largest education budget since 2008, and the second largest budget since 1995, the last year for which the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office had complete figures. “A quality education…
Senate should confirm Gorsuch
By Congressman Bradley Byrne “When we judges don our robes, it doesn’t make us any smarter, but it does serve as a reminder of what’s expected of us: Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage.” Those are the words of Neil Gorsuch, a current judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers Lots of folks are still mad about our lame duck governor Robert Bentley naming Attorney General Luther Strange to Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat. If the sitting attorney general of a state openly states that he is investigating the governor for misfeasance and then that governor appoints that attorney general to the senate seat it looks funny. It gives new meaning to the word collusion. This brazen move…
White Trash need not apply
By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson The Masters is upon us. Now I don’t golf. Golf is, to me, as Oscar Wilde observed about foxhunting, “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.” This attitude toward golf, golfing, and golfers left me ignorant of the game and unprepared for an opportunity that came my way when I was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia. One bright spring day…
Reflecting on our natural world
To the editor: April is the month of resurrection and hope: spring, Passover, Easter, Earth Day … new life. Being the naturalist that I am, I will elaborate on Earth Day. If there was ever a time to reflect on our natural world, it is now: species extinctions are rampant – elephant, giraffe, tiger, lion, wolves, whales – and the great barrier reef in Australia, are all in danger of…