Given that this is the least interesting Olympic Games I can recall, I’m unsurprised that for the last week the topic that sucks all of the oxygen out of conversations about the games is whether or not Simone Biles has let down America by removing herself from a few of the team events in gym…

Kay Ivey is frustrated. In recent interviews, she’s tossing around blame, talking about poor life choices and basically throwing up her hands, exasperated, at the people of this state who refuse to go get a vaccine for COVID-19. Ivey even said that it’s “time to start blaming the unvaccinated.”

Kay Ivey is doing a good job as governor. She is a strong and decisive leader, who has done more than steady the ship of state.  She is getting things done. She is making her mark as a good governor.

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Last week Kay Ivey was cornered and made to feel guilty by a reporter about Alabama’s low vaccination rates. In her moment of vulnerability she lashed out. There is nothing more she could do, she said. It is time the unvaccinated, not her, should be blamed for the spread of the disease she s…

How can we experience the most meaningful life possible? Looking through human glasses, we see the answer as wearing a bib. Looking through God’s glasses, we see the answer as wearing an apron. Coach Willie Spears and I are writing a book together to be ready in October on this subject of th…

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Betsy, Olivia and I spent an adventurous week out West last month visiting Utah and its five national parks, known as The Mighty Five. We lived to write about it.

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I was surprised to read this week that Alabama placed in the top five of a positive list in a nationwide survey, and of all things it relates to history and civics education.

Somebody posed this question – how do you eat an elephant? The best answer was, “One bite at a time.” Enough little bites can consume the whole big elephant.

The scoreboard is pretty clear: Voting for Democratic candidates is a cop’s best bet.  For all of the rhetoric and rah-rah cheering of police during national scandals, when it comes to actually supporting police and funding initiatives that pay for pensions and equipment and proper salaries,…

Alabama lost its oldest past Governor when John Patterson passed away last month. He died on the same land where he was born in rural Tallapoosa County.

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Almost all of the people who died of COVID-19 in the United States last month had not been vaccinated. If that isn’t reason enough to roll up your sleeve then I don’t know what is. More than 11,000 Alabamians have died from the virus; 614 right here in Montgomery. More than 300 people a day …

Looking through human glasses, we see getting. Looking through God’s glasses, we are able to see giving. A spirit of getting is a result of our natural selfishness. The spirit of giving is the result of God’s grace helping us to see things from a different perspective.

Alcohol was on the minds of many Alabama lawmakers this year as the legislature considered an abnormally high number of alcohol-related bills. Several of the bills passed. Most notable was legislation that made it possible for Alabama businesses to deliver beer, wine and liquor to customers’…

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Sometimes when children are playing a game the play goes a little too far. The fantasy that two kids “fighting” with makeshift lightsabers stops abruptly when Darth Whistlebritches whacks his little sister Princess Ella too hard on the head with a broom handle. Ella drops her weapon, cries a…

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We should celebrate the end of slavery in the United States on December 6, not June 19 (Juneteenth).  On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas received word that they were free, but slavery did not end that day in the United States.  It was still legal in Kentucky, where there were still slaves. 

There were two major issues not resolved during the just completed regular legislative session.  Gambling and prisons were left on the table and up in the air.

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Attempts at solving Alabama’s “prison problem” is quickly beginning to resemble the success rate of Charlie Brown’s effort to kick the football. The Kay Ivey/Bob Riley plan to build three new men’s prisons through Core Civic seems to be dead. Of course we must keep in mind that bad political…

We are all looking forward to next year’s gigantic political cavalcade.  The 2022 elections in Alabama will be momentous.  We will have an open U.S. Senate seat along with seven congressional seats, all running under new district lines.  We have a governor’s race along with all the other Con…

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I’m starting to think there may be a conspiracy against Kamala Harris to hurt her chances of political advancement. One should always be careful not to presume conspiracy in politics when ignorance can explain the same phenomenon. We take that lesson, if nothing else, from Donald Trump. But …

The 2021 Legislative Session is in the books.  I would rate it a success. When you pass budgets that are balanced, any session is a success.  In fact, the only constitutional mandate given to the legislature is that they pass the two budgets.

I hope we are all in agreement that the country’s return to normalcy is something to celebrate. The dog, the kid, the wife and I (that’s the pecking order in our household) have our bags packed and summer itinerary planned. All vaccinated, sans dog, we are ready to conquer the world or at le…

Looking at life through human glasses causes us to see burdens. Looking at life through God’s glasses helps us to see blessings. God says, “I will enjoy blessing them.” (Jer. 32:41) John writes, “From his abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” (John 1:16)

Stop me if you’ve heard this: The gambling bill isn’t dead yet. That’s right, the “grand deal” gambling bill that seemingly died in the Alabama Senate in the early days of the 2021 Legislative Session only to come roaring back to life a few weeks later, only to seemingly die again when it di…

A good many of you enjoyed the George Wallace story I shared with you a few weeks ago. Allow me to reminisce and share two more funny Wallace era stories.

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Alabama’s prison problems have been characterized by unserious solutions to very serious problems. It looks to me like that trend is continuing with Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to end-run the legislature and commence, all of a sudden, with a prison construction plan that has already exceeded its pr…

The gambling bill died. There was never even an attempt at a bill to address horrible state prisons. The governor still has all of her executive powers in place. The state of Alabama is still refusing — against all facts and basic math — to expand Medicaid.

When Senator Richard Shelby announced he would not run for reelection to a sixth six-year term in 2022, speculation immediately began as to who would run for our iconic senior senator’s seat. Numerous names were floated as to who might lineup for the coveted seat.  It is expected to be a fai…

Imagine every time you heard the sound of a jet flying above it gave you pause and made your heart skip a beat. The thought of missiles raining down in my neighborhood isn’t even fathomable, yet for the Israelis and Palestinians it is very real. I’m sure you have seen the images on the night…

Heroes are people who are disciplined in learning, accept tough challenges, always stay calm, and think quickly about how to solve a problem. A crisis doesn’t create heroes – it reveals them!

Some of you have inquired how Alabama will fare in Washington after Senator Richard Shelby retires at the end of 2022.  The answer is that it will be nothing less than devastating for the Heart of Dixie.  The amount of federal dollars that Senator Shelby has individually brought home is inca…

One of the bedrock principles in the United States is the idea of free association. Enshrined in the first amendment is the freedom of like-minded consenting adults to gather, organize and exchange ideas (or bodily fluids) more or less without government intrusion. But when the unity of thos…