September 20, 2012 RSS feed / Editorial

Inside the Statehouse

Since my column appears in most of Alabama’s small to midsize local newspapers, as might be expected, a good many of you liked my column of two weeks ago entitled, “Small Town Boys Succeed.” More...

Dollars & Cents

A closer look at the jobs picture

The good news is August unemployment deceased to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. The bad news is the rate dropped because many unemployed individuals have become so discouraged they have given up on finding a job. More...

Books & Whatever: He Says, She Says

Some like mystery novels, some don’t

He says that he is not a fan of the classical mystery novel. You know how such a story might go: the family gathers for a reunion and, in the middle of the night, a shot rings out. More...

More money than sense

 It was British playwright and noted wit Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”  If you’re like the typical human, your brain makes up only 2 percent More...

Congress Reports

On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy personnel were killed in what appears to have been a coordinated assault on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. More...

We don’t live in Mayberry anymore

Clarke County has its share of crime, including murder, but the murder of Fredia Collins in her insurance office in downtown Thomasville last week shocked us all to the core. More...

Be careful around electrical lines

While we are urging precautions, we need to remember the roofer that fell from the top of the Clarke-Mobile Gas District office in downtown Grove Hill last week. More...

Dealing with a crazy world

We moan and groan, gripe and complain about our country but when you look at the rest of the world, the United States seems like a pretty good place, despite our problems. More...

Gone South

Biting the hand that feeds me

Back in the summer, I got an email asking me if I would be willing to take part in a “roast” of William A. More...

Cornbread & Buttermilk

Gimme that good ol’ Southern misery

An outfit called the Bloomberg Network has found that, statistically speaking, we folks in Dixie are miserable. More...

Scratch Ankle Muse

One-room schoolhouses were once the norm but rare today

I pass a little oneroom school house on my way to work every morning. I rarely give it a second thought. More...

Greasepit Grammar

Air ducts can be a danger for ducks

Webb Foote, Uncle Hadacol’s duck-hunting pal, was looking for some duck calls at Haskell’s Hardware and Building Supply when he came across a sign reading “air ducks.” “I have enough trouble shooting the feathered kind,& More...