If you are a woman, you know

November 14, 2017

By Cheryl Cook
Contributed

Why didn’t a 14 year old girl from a small town in Alabama go to authorities with her allegations of sexual misconduct against a 32 year old District Attorney 40 years ago?

If you are a woman, you know.

Even forty years later, male supporters of Roy Moore are saying the following:

“A 14 year old girl doesn’t make good decisions.” (Alabama GOP Co Chairman Riley Seibenhener.)

“Take Mary and Joseph. Mary was a teenager. Joseph was an adult carpenter.” “Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.” (Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler)

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A clear, crisp night in Georgiana

November 13, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Editor’s Note: This piece was written on Friday, Nov. 10.

Tomorrow 90,000 people will cram into Jordan-Hare stadium on the Auburn University campus to watch Auburn play the University of Georgia.  It is the South’s oldest football rivalry, going back to 1892 when Auburn won 10-0.

It will be a spectacle  An orgy displaying the mega bucks that dominate such events.  There will be acres upon acres of expensive motor homes hosting tailgaters,  Luxury suites where corporations wine and dine customers and friends.  Fancy multi-million dollar “scoreboards” showering the stadium with ads and replays.
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Honoring Our Veterans

November 6, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

On November 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served our nation. This is a day set aside to share our deep appreciation with all those, from the Battle of Yorktown to the War on Terror, who have fought to keep us safe and to protect the values we hold dear.

There is really something remarkable about serving our country. It means that an individual is willing to give up their own life so that others may have the opportunity to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Honor Veterans in Your Hometown

November 6, 2017

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the armistice ending World War I was signed. Originally known as Armistice Day, Congress later passed and President Dwight Eisenhower signed a resolution officially designating November 11 as Veterans Day. Now, every year, Americans pause on this special day to recognize all those, young and old, who have served our country in uniform. While we should honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans every day, this holiday provides a unique opportunity for us to come together as a nation and pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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Alabama Accountability Act:  By the numbers

November 1, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Now that we have several years of experience with the Alabama Accountability Act, let’s look as closely as possible at the numbers available to see what’s been done.

The legislation creating AAA was passed early in 2013 under rather mysterious conditions. Basically one bill went into a conference committee and a radically different one emerged a few hours later. It was as if you went to pick up your prom date, she met you at the door of her house all cute and bubbly and told you to wait a moment while she got her coat. And minutes later her mother shows up, wrinkles and all, and says “let’s go have fun.”

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Working to combat opioid addiction

October 30, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives in recent years due to drug abuse, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids.

An opioid is a type of narcotic derived from the opium poppy, which includes drugs such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. While the drugs are often prescribed in response to injuries and body pains, they are easily abused and addictive.

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Platitudes and glittering generalities

October 24, 2017

By Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

We are living in strange times. Virtual money, virtual friends, virtual reality. And regrettably, we are currently burdened with virtual leaders and virtual health insurance coverage.

Last month’s Gallup poll revealed that by a huge margin the “most important problem facing the country today” was dissatisfaction with the government. Our representatives in Washington spend more time meeting with moneyed “stakeholders” than fashioning constitutional legislation based on what their constituents voted for. When our “representatives” occasionally take a break from sniping at the White House or one another, they offer platitudes and intangibles to distract us from their ineffectiveness. Sustainability, the rich, social (in)justice, the common good, a living wage, a better health care system are glittering generalities, known in some circles as propaganda.
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Agriculture Is Still Number One

October 23, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

Last week, we received some really positive news about the growth of the manufacturing industry in our area. Airbus announced plans to add an additional assembly line at their facility in Mobile, and steelmaker SSAB revealed that they will be moving their national headquarters from Illinois to Mobile.

Both of these announcements are a testament to our area’s booming manufacturing industry, and I am very proud of the first-class workforce that helps make these advancements possible. Manufacturing is certainly on the rise.
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“Embarrassment” statement is just latest Jones gaffe

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, the Democratic nominee for Senate Doug Jones reportedly said, “I’m tired of Alabama being an embarrassment around the country.”

Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead pounced on that comment.

“Alabama needs a senator in Washington who is proud of this state, someone who will be a strong ambassador for Alabama,” Armistead said. “We don’t need an Obama-like senator who goes on an apology tour for Alabama like President Obama did for America. Doug Jones’ comments are reminiscent of the condescending remarks made by Barack Obama about people who bitterly cling to their guns and religion.”
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A letter to Doug Jones from a preemie mom

October 19, 2017

By Angi Horn Stalnaker

Dear Mr. Jones,

I read your comments on abortion and your belief that women should be able to have abortions well into their pregnancies and it shook me to my core. The tears that streamed down my face as I read and reread your statements were not a result of my political beliefs but as a result of my experience as a mother of a very special three year old boy who didn’t get the benefit of a typical birth. Mr. Jones, I hope that you won’t stop reading at this point. I hope that you will have the courage to read on and face the truth about your stance on babies in Alabama and throughout this country.

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