We in America have been greatly blessed. We enjoy so many freedoms, financial successes, religious opportunities, natural resources—the list goes on and on. By any metric, we are extremely blessed. It becomes easy to take our blessings for granted.

My flight from Baltimore was late landing Sunday night. And then I had to drive back home. The drive from Birmingham to home seemed like forever – it always does, and by the time I opened the garage door it was closing in on midnight.

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There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia a…

It has become an epidemic. Across the city of Montgomery gunfire can be heard on any given night. Sure, it is worse in other places like Chicago or Baltimore, but this is our home and we should be concerned. It wasn’t even 7 o’clock in the evening on Saturday when several dozen rounds of gun…

A wise man once told me, “Do the things that God created you to do – and avoid the things that God instructed you not to do.” That’s good wisdom. We get in deep trouble when we don’t follow it. It happened to Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts on Apollo 16.

With Congress taking up the issue of surprise medical bills, I hope our leaders in Washington will hold insurance companies accountable for their role in this problem. Often, patients get unexpected bills because insurers refuse to reimburse out of network hospitals or doctors for emergency …

Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable.

Our Federal constitution is being put to the test. The tests will grow in number and become more difficult. Between the parties involved the tests will probably become nastier and nastier.

The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as att…

During the 1960s President John F. Kennedy shared with the world his dream that the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the century. That was a bold vision. Many people laughed at him, and told him how impossible that would be. But he kept that “impossible” vision in fron…

Barring any last-minute surprises, the field appears set for the GOP Senate primary race next March to determine who will face incumbent Democrat Senator Doug Jones in November of 2020.

Be careful – lest we forget – Our HOPE. We hear many suggestions where we ought to place our hope to have a future as a nation. Our ultimate hope for the future must never rest primarily in our economic success, military power, political strength, or educational systems, etc – but in our tru…

A few weeks ago a member of the Alabama Legislature called me and asked me why I never said anything good about them, the legislators. The member that called me is an infrequent friendly acquaintance and certainly deserved for me to enter the “play nice” mode. I apologized for my failures an…

Folks, don’t look now, but the 2020 Presidential Election is upon us. Indeed, as many as 21 Democratic aspirants are already announced and campaigning.

This week we focus on lest we forget – our Heroes. Micah reminds us that God always raised up heroes to bring deliverance. He writes, “I delivered you from a bad life in Egypt. I sent Moses to lead you, and Aaron, and Miriam to boot. Remember what Balik, king of Moab, tried to pull and how B…

A year ago I wrote of the horrific treatment of migrant children, many seeking asylum, who were being ripped away from their parents – some to never reunite again. I assumed the practice would cease, considering the public outcry at the time. But here we are over a year later and the situati…

It’s easy to forget when God removes us from a very tough situation and allows us to live with many, many blessings. When we’re on our backs, we cry out for help. When we stand tall on our feet, we tend to forget who it is that put us there. We need to remember that turtle sitting on a fence…

It is my favorite day of the year. The Fourth of July. Without our separation and subsequent permanent freedom from England we may not be able to do so many of the things we now take for granted, such as celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving – the American way or any way we choose.

At a 30th high school reunion people were bragging about how much they had accomplished. The most discussion came around the question, “What do you make?” Most shared (bragged about) their financial success. Some had been very successful. When they came to a teacher, they asked, “What do you…

State Senator, Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia), has been in the Alabama House and Alabama Senate for over 40 years. That is a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator in history. Jabo Waggoner has had a significant impact on behalf of the …

I agree with Mr. Haulman, whose op-ed is published below, that racism comes in all colors. I, too, look forward to the day when the color of one’s skin is of nobody’s concern, but that day has yet to arrive. One could even argue that there has been a recent decline in race relations througho…

I had a small electric hot plate on my desk where you could set your coffee cup and it would stay warm. My father-in-law gave it to me. I had ordered several copies of that paper. One of them was on top of some books on my desk.

I’m going to ask you a question, and before you land on the answer that your chosen political affiliation has conditioned you to provide, I want you to think about it. Really think about it. For just a second or two.

Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator. A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to get in touch with their congressman or sen…

Sometimes public officials perform their duties backed up by convictions that border on delusional, yet even in these times it is good to know there can be a silver lining in the tornado. Some probate judges in Alabama have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, just to keep from issu…

Picking the right friends is very important. We tend to become like the people with whom we spend time. Good friends can make you better. Bad friends can pull you down.

Earlier this week I visited the Montgomery Election Center to browse the latest campaign finance reports of the announced mayoral candidates. With less than three months before the election, time is running out to raise the money needed to connect with the voters.

One day I said to an individual, “Have a great day!” My Dad was walking with me and later said, “Let me suggest something to you. It’s ok to tell someone to have a great day, but that can be a passive statement where we just sit back and hope to have a great day. It would be better to say, ‘…

For almost 100 years one of, if not the best annual event for young Alabama High School leaders in Alabama has been the Alabama Boys State and the Alabama Girls State programs.

It was a long, long time ago, before I got my driver’s license. Probably about 1970. Country music star Roy Clark came out with a good, funny song. It was about a woman who did him wrong; took his money and mistreated him. You get the picture.

A good many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no nonsense, good- government legislation fails to pass even though it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators.

It’s Memorial Day and I’m sitting at the kitchen island drinking coffee and pecking at the keyboard when Instagram alerts me to a photo of the wife and kid frolicking along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Legislature returns tomorrow for what is likely their final week until the govern…

Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I thought maybe he had a serious personal problem or had lost a loved one.

I recently attended an event, and was very interested to hear from the keynote speaker. In his prescription for better race relations the speaker said something that caught my attention. He mentioned that we need to change the narratives that divide us. I believe he is right on target about this.

God puts great visions in the minds of people. The problem occurs when naysayers begin to tell that person that he/she can’t accomplish that vision. We have a huge population of naysayers. Successful people don’t listen to them – they just proceed to bring the vision to reality. That’s what …

A few years ago, I covered the case of a 12-year-old girl who had been raped repeatedly by an uncle and was pregnant. Recently, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to force that little girl to carry her rapist’s baby to term, deliver it, and then fight with her rapist over custody.

The five day Special Legislative Session that addressed the increase in the gas tax to fund an Infrastructure Rebuilding Program for the state was a remarkable success. I still marvel at the adroitness, efficiency and expediency in which the governor accomplished this monumental initiative. …

Almost fifty years ago I graduated from high school in Birmingham. I thought it was a little strange. As my fellow seniors and I sat there in a gown, burning up inside the gym, and sitting on very hard metal chairs, there was some guy telling us how smart we were. I doubted my smarts four ye…

Competition is a reality in today’s society. A competitive spirit is neither positive nor negative – it depends on what we allow it to become. It can be a blessing or a burden. It can either make or break a person.

Our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby, turns 85 this week. In March he reached another milestone – he surpassed Senator John Sparkman as the longest serving U.S. Senator in Alabama history. Shelby has been our senator for 32 plus years.

Last Tuesday morning Betsy and I had the privilege of attending the 2nd annual fundraiser for Valiant Cross Academy, the innovative downtown private school. The guest speaker for the event was Bryan Stevenson, justice advocate and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative located right here in…

Competition is a vital part of human nature. It’s the thing that helps all of us improve, and it serves as a measurement of where we are in life. We see competition in sports, business, popularity, church, etc. Competition can be good or it can be bad.

Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our transgressing citizens their rights as determined by the courts.

The last few weeks have been tough on me simply because I’m getting older. Yesterday I turned 64 years old. I didn’t celebrate. I don’t do that anymore. Another birthday just means another page in the book must be turned and the back cover is getting much too close.

I have a wonderful accountant, Renee Hubbard, who has been doing income taxes for Lynn and me for several years. She texted me on Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019, to say that she had almost finished our returns. She said the only thing that she was lacking was 2 items of information from m…