The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, “Alabama is like a big front porch.” She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life. Even recently, as I’ve traversed the state, I am always amazed at how you can visit with someone in one part of the sta…

God has opened doors for a lot of interesting opportunities for me to do ministry. About 90% of them are outside the Montgomery area. I have a general rule that if my destination is about 6 hours or less, I drive. If it’s more than 6 hours, I plan to fly.

It has always been awful. It will always be awful. It was so awful that Republicans had to break the law to pass it, and they’ve been forced to amend it multiple times to make it small measures of less awful. It is so awful still, though, that even Republicans in the State House have balked …

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Our gubernatorial election year politics ended yesterday. However, there have been other political maneuverings and developments going on behind the scenes, which may ultimately have more long-term ramifications in the Heart of Dixie’s political future.

It’s Tuesday morning and I’m banging out words on the laptop from the kitchen island with the dog underneath my feet and a cup of coffee within reach. I have no idea where this is going, but I have a deadline approaching and need to fill this space with something and fast.

Some people do a lot of things for people without recognition. Such a person here in Montgomery was Greg Calhoun, who died October 16, 2018. God put me in some places where I got to know Greg. I discovered that for every high visibility thing you read about him in the papers, he did many mor…

This time two years ago, I was bubbling over with anticipation with expectations that I would have two years of fun following an exciting governor’s race. Well, Ole Robert Bentley spoiled my parade.

I am writing to urge all of your readers to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections and vote Republican. The Democrats has spent the last 25 years devolving into full blown socialists and anti- Christian and anti-traditional moral values zealots, and supporters of the global gover…

I have no fear of zombies, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens - animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do…

Years ago kids would sell newspapers on street corners in large cities. I read about a little orphan boy who not only sold customers papers, but also gave smiles, encouragement, and a good attitude. One day a man asked the boy where he lived. He said that he lived down by the river bank in a…

Last week Hillary Clinton, the loser, caught attention from many when she said that Bill Clinton’s fling with Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power since they were both adults. Really? Like most from the left wing they will do or say anything to undermine President Donald Trump. Clinton’…

Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the tumultuous times of the 1960’s. We lived through the Civil Rights revolution. Those of us who grew up here in the Heart of Dixie witnessed the transpiring of racial integration first hand. Most of the crusades and struggles occurred here in Alaba…

Big doors swing on small hinges. Big crops are produced by small seeds. Little opportunities can turn into big outcomes. Sometimes we aren’t even aware that we are planting seeds or participating in an opportunity. This happened to me recently.

Do you remember 2017 Steve Marshall? That fresh-faced guy who rolled into Montgomery, appointed by Robert Bentley, and swearing to follow the law and exhibit ethics and morals and junk? He wasn’t going to compromise himself or operate a quid pro quo AG’s office.

A referendum to authorize the display of the Ten Commandments on public property has been put on the November Alabama ballot at the behest of Roy Moore backer Dean Young. State legislators unwisely approved a measure to amend the Alabama Constitution to allow Ten Commandments displays in courts and public schools.

It should come as no surprise after last week’s editorial that I plan on voting for Democrat Walt Maddox for Governor. Maddox is the effective and successful Mayor of Tuscaloosa. There are really two reason why I am endorsing Maddox. The first, as I have previously stated, is that I am convi…

Do you remember 2017 Steve Marshall? That fresh-faced guy who rolled into Montgomery, appointed by Robert Bentley, and swearing to follow the law and exhibit ethics and morals and junk? He wasn’t going to compromise himself or operate a quid pro quo AG’s office.

Kay Ivey continues to run scared from Walt Maddox, debates. The League of Women Voters of Alabama is throwing in the towel.

It’s been an enjoyable couple of days as I tag teamed with my Uncle Robert in entertaining Dad while Mom and her friend Judy escaped to the beach for some much-deserved R & R. It is early Monday afternoon as I multitask from a recliner in the den of my parent’s home. Dad is entertaining …

Many of you are gasping when I say I agree with Josh Moon. Before you send hate mail and all of that emotional stuff let me qualify that statement and say…I agree with him this week. While Josh and I are friends and have known each other quite a while, I disagree with him frequently. Once yo…

Every person on the face of the earth has the same amount of time. We don’t have the same amount of money, relationships, property, or investments – but we all have the same amount of time. That makes time valuable and precious and important to each individual.

For some untold reason or some would say ungodly reason, I have always been enthralled and involved in politics. As a boy growing up in Troy, I was tutored and trained in the rules and rituals of Alabama politics by two masters of my county’s political history.

Walt Maddox is nuts. That’s the only explanation I have for what the man’s doing — going around the state and trying to engage voters on the issues. Holding press conferences talking about health care and offering plans for increasing Medicaid coverage.

This isn’t the first time Managing Editor Art Parker and I have taken different sides on an issue and it certainly won’t be the last. He doesn’t believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, when she testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh se…

The thought, I’m sure, has crossed your mind. When is all of this going to stop? The debate on Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nominee is out of control. Just when it looked like all the hoopla about his past would stop long enough to get the nomination out of committee a co…

The measure between mediocrity and success is just a little bit. The person who does a little more, studies a little harder, and puts in a little extra effort can produce big accomplishments.

It has been said that a lawyer who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client. I wonder if psychology professionals say that anyone who treats himself/herself has a fool for a patient.

Originally I was going to take a week off from writing a column. You occasionally get tired of doing the same thing week after week and you need to catch your breath. That was the plan. I did not write a column over the weekend, which is the usual time I complete that task. My plan seemed wo…

I wasn’t invited. Neither were you. Not that hardworking folk of South Alabama could afford it anyway. Tonight (September 21st) Representative Martha Roby, is absent from our district again. She’s in Birmingham at some fat-cat, private fundraising dinner. The price per plate is $10,000 to $3…

Let’s compare the political events of Friday, September 21.

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, allow me to share an epic Governor’s Race with you.

Conservative Republicans, like Jeff Sessions, have been obsessed with illegal immigrants for years. Sessions is and has always been a stickler for obeying the laws of our land. He is the most honest, upright, squeaky clean, politician I have ever seen in my lifetime of observing politics in …

If we start boycotting all businesses with whose politics we disagree, I’d be missing me some Chick-fil-A, while others wouldn’t be able to shop Amazon while sipping a Starbucks coffee. Instead of silly product boycotts. Make a real difference. Vote. Volunteer. Get to know your neighbors. Ju…

Famed humorist Will Rogers once said, "Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians, and I like to watch both of 'em at play, either back home in their native state, or after they've been captured and sent to a zoo, or to Washington."

It is always dangerous when you have someone who has not been schooled in the law offering a legal interpretation but that is exactly what will be discussed below. By no means is this essay intended to defend President Donald Trump but rather to provoke discussion about the state of mind of …

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, let’s reminisce about an epic Governor’s Race. The 1978 Governor’s race is one of the classics in Alabama political lore. That Governor’s race between the three heavyweights, former Governor Albert Brewer, Attorney General Bill Baxley, and Lt. Gov…

Turns out Alabama is not the land of the free. In a recent report “Freedom in the 50 States” by the Cato Institute, Alabama was ranked 49 out of 50 in the measurement of personal freedom. So what was their policy recommendation to enhance personal freedom? Reduce incarceration rate with thor…

I hope many of you were able to enjoy the 3-day weekend along with the new season of college football. SEC fans had reason to celebrate with every team winning their opening game, except Tennessee.

Goals in life are very important. A goal is a tangible mark in front of us that we want to achieve. A goal serves as a good measure and a good motivator. It helps keep us focused.

Voting fraud is a serious matter for Republicans in Alabama. They’ve forced through strict ID laws and limited access to polling places and done all sorts of things — short of addressing the one area (absentee ballots) where the overwhelming majority of fraud occurs — to prove just how serio…

I have said it before, but sometimes feel the need to reiterate that this is an opinion column, my opinion and not one that everyone will always agree – except when I write about puppies. That said; The Montgomery Independent’s 3-page editorial section provides lots of political content cove…

Last week Governor Kay Ivey established a statewide committee to boost Alabama’s 2020 Census participation. The problem has been discussed for quite some time since Alabama does not need to lose another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and another vote in the Electoral College.

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