July 14, 2016 RSS feed / Editorial

Blame Dog Days

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The temperatures are in the mid to upper 90s. The heat index is even higher. More...

A White House race like no other

Inside the Statehouse

As if we have not been inundated enough with politics this year, hold on to your seats. Over the next few weeks that is all you will hear, read or see. More...

Political Cartoon

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G. I. Bill helped change lives of many for better

Dollars & Cents

On June 22, a crowd gathered in Topeka, Kansas, to dedicate the Harry Colmery Memorial Park. You may wonder why this event is significant. Who was Harry Colmery?  More...

It was a wet July, 100 years ago

Climate Report

It is summer in Alabama, and that usually means hotter temperatures and a bit less rain. Usually, but not always. This month we note the 100th anniversary of July 1916, the wettest month in the state’s climate record of more than 120 years. More...

No picking behind closed doors

House Minority Leader

When former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, was convicted on 12 felony counts of corruption, he was immediately removed from office. Now, the state House of Representatives must elect a new speaker. More...

A little empathy for our fellow man and where he’s coming from

Editor’s Notes

I’ve struggled with what to say on the tragedies of last week — two black men being killed by police officers in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and near Minneapolis and then the killing of five Dallas police officers in what appears to More...

Neither Fourth, nor Riviera, the same

Gone South

Back in 1988, I wrote a piece for the Atlanta Constitution and without knowing it, set out on a journey that nearly a quarter of a century later, resulted in The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera. More...

Quotes

“My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes without having a single original thought.”  H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)   More...

How do we hold presidents accountable in this age?

Center on Representative Government

Barring a surprise at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, the race for the presidency is set. More...

Pictures from the Past

One hundred years ago this month, in July 1916, a hurricane roared into Mobile, tossing ships and steamboats on to the docks (above) and scattering cotton bales and other debris (right). More...

Catching the crooks

Thanks to the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Attorney General, the Department of Justice and others, those who try to steal from veterans or hurt them are eventually caught and sent to prison. More...