A positive note in prison debate

December 5, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Matt Fridy

The news surrounding the Alabama corrections system seems to be one negative story after another with much of the focus on the need for reform and consolidation in the system as well as higher quality of service and better outcomes.  Much of this is true and is a result of inadequate funding, not because of poor leadership or management.  In fact, we would argue that ADOC has some of the best leadership under Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his team that we have had in some time.  They are tackling the bigger problems and looking for ways to solve them in the face of many challenges.

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Energy in Alabama

December 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

In Alabama, we have a lot to be proud of. From our best-in-the-nation Pre-K programs to our championship caliber football teams to our booming economy, there is no shortage of things for our residents to take pride in.

One thing we often forget is our outstanding natural resources. From our forests to our waters, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that provide a diverse base from which we can produce energy. It is very easy to take for granted our easy access to and the reliability of energy in Alabama.

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Doug Jones: Abortion Zealot

December 1, 2017

By Martin Wishnatsky

In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, Doug Jones, the Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S Senate, stated that he is “a firm believer” in unrestricted abortion for the entire nine months of pregnancy. Jones wholehearted embrace of the abortion holocaust is truly horrifying. According to his ideology, a mother’s womb is a free-fire zone from conception to the moment of birth. Jones’s candidacy is a stark reminder of how ungodly the Democratic Party has become.
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Growing up in the “Home o’ Gomer” Sylacauga​.

December 1, 2017

By Jim Zeigler

Sylacauga, Alabama’s own Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has died at 87.

People who hear that I grew up in Sylacauga sometimes ask if I knew Jim Nabors growing up. For you yutes too young to remember, Jim Nabors was a nightclub singer who then became famous as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and, later on his own show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. He can sing like the voice of God in a deep, operatic presentation that is just the opposite of his high-pitched Gomer Pyle voice. “Shame, shame, shame.” “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” “Judy, Judy, Judy.” “Citizen’s arayest. Citizen’s arayest.” “Well, goooooooool-lee.”

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State leaders have lost their credibility on prisons

November 29, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis.

Last year, Gov. Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million. At the time, a lawsuit had been filed claiming that the state’s prisons were overcrowded and did not provide adequate safety and healthcare services, which is a violation of the 8th Amendment that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Two big things you may have missed

November 27, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.

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We have a lot to be thankful for in Alabama

November 23, 2017

By Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

This is always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  As we gather to give thanks for and with our loved ones, 396 years since the first Thanksgiving, this week also marks the 62nd annual National Farm-City Week.

It is only fitting that we celebrate both of these occasions at the same time.  After all, the early settlers came together to rejoice over a successful harvest that would sustain their colony.  The Thanksgiving experience certainly has changed over the years, but Farm-City week gets us back to our traditional roots.  We can sometimes lose sight of this in modern times, but farmers work diligently year-round to put food on our tables.  We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.  Without them, we could not enjoy our American way of life.

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Pause to count your blessings

November 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to put the political debates of today aside and take time to reflect on the many blessings that we all-too-often take for granted. As I sat down to write this column, four very distinct blessings came to my mind.

The first blessing we all have is life.  I was reminded of that earlier this year when my granddaughter Ann-Roberts Byrne was born.  She was, like all of us at that point in our lives, small, weak and helpless.  But life radiated from her, shooting out like little rays. It reminded me of a line from a poem by the British poet, William Wordsworth:  “Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”

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Remembering Our Veterans This Thanksgiving

November 17, 2017

By. Rep. Craig Ford

Every Thanksgiving, I like to write an editorial about the things that I am thankful for. I’ve written about how thankful I am for my family, and for public servants like Alabama’s educators. But this year, I want to say how thankful I am for our country’s veterans.

We just celebrated Veterans Day, of course, and we are blessed to live in a part of the country where our nation’s veterans are still revered and respected. Still, I feel that Thanksgiving is the perfect time to say thank you to the men and women who have served our great nation.

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How Congress is creating a national citizen database and what you can do to stop it

November 15, 2017

By Deborah Love
Executive Director Eagle Forum of Alabama

It seems like every day we hear of another data breach or privacy violation impacting our personal information whether its Equifax, IRS, or the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. But breaches are just one small part of privacy issues facing Americans today. Instead of increasing protections, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working together not to protect your privacy rights but to build a national database on citizens. Such a database has always been prohibited by federal law. Even though a clear majority of Americans from all political perspectives oppose a national citizen database and are concerned about their personal privacy especially digital privacy and data collection, Congress is moving quickly to create this new massive warehouse system of personal data. A bill introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) and Senator Patty Murray(D), The Foundation for Evidence Based Policymaking Act (FEPA), HR4174/S. 2046 would be the first step in creating this national database and is assumed to pass under the radar and with little opposition.

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