A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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Independence Day, 241 years ago

July 4, 2017


By Jim Zeigler,Alabama State Auditor, and Pat Boone, Entertainer


Many of us Alabamians are enjoying a long Independence Day holiday. For State employees and others who are off work Monday, it is a four-day weekend.


My family, like many of yours, will enjoy barbecue, the lake (or beach), fireworks, and the gathering of family and friends.


241 years ago at the first Independence Day (though it was not called that), it was a different scene altogether.
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Independence Day is tomorrow

July 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday is the Fourth of July. This day every year is a celebration of America. The Fourth is a holiday celebration complete with fireworks, barbecue, family, patriotic music, and fun in the backyard, the beach, or at the lake.

The day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the members of the Continental Congress 241 years ago on July 4th, 1776.

The American Revolution began a year earlier. On the night of April 18, 1775, British General Thomas Gage sent 700 British regulars from Boston under Colonel Francis Smith with orders to go to Lexington to arrest outspoken independence leaders, Samuel Adams and John Hancock and to Concord to seize weapons being stockpiled by a growing American militia movement in rural Massachusetts.
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Roy Moore speaks to Constitution Party

December 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) addressed the fall National Meeting of the Constitution Party at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The two-time Chief Justice is presently under suspension by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for violating the canons of judicial ethics. Moore discussed constitutional principles and the controversial Obergefell versus Hodges US Supreme Court decision that forced all of the states to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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Celebrating Labor Day in a Right-To-Work State

September 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Labor Day holiday has evolved over the years, according to the US Department of Labor. Honoring the Labor movement’s support of shorter hours, higher wages and to rally strikers grew organically throughout America during the 19th century. From Oregon to New York, workers and their families organized parades and picnics, celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.

The irony of memorializing Labor’s achievements in a right-to-work state is another example of human nature’s ability to forget the struggles of past generations, while enjoying, or in this case, ignoring their success.
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Us or Them?

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Let us turn our thoughts today to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Opinion

As many celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is the spirit of the revolution be championed that must be remembered because there is still much to overcome.

Even though the day celebrating Dr. King’s birth was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, it is still a joint celebration known as Robert E. Lee/Martin Luther King’s Birthday in our State.
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