It was a beautiful autumn afternoon in New York that October 8, 1956. The Yankees were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The games were tied at two apiece. People were wondering who would pitch the fifth game for the Yankees.

Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, will be remembered as Alabama’s most prominent senator when he retires next December. Folks, that’s saying a lot because we have had a host of prominent men serve Alabama in the United States Senate, such as giants like Lister Hill, John Sparkman and John …

Though I have, regretfully, resorted to sarcasm this week, indulge me if you will, in a thought experiment. Imagine that in Alabama we took seriously the ubiquitous affirmations during political campaigns that we need to ‘get tough on crime.’ What if we got really tough? What if we could mak…

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At the bottom tip of England, there is a place called Land’s End. It is west of the English Channel and east of the Celtic Sea. There, you’ll see a sign which has two words on each side. On one side, it says, “The Beginning.” On the other side, it says, “The End.”

The problem of overcrowded prisons is a dilemma that has been facing Alabama for close to a decade. It was not something that Kay Ivey created. She simply inherited the situation and the chickens have come home to roost during her tenure. To her credit, she did not hide from the issue. She h…

The eight associate justices of the Alabama Supreme Court have been taking a lot of heat lately, rightly so in my opinion, for their controversial ruling a few weeks ago that found all documents, recordings, etc, related to any investigation by an Alabama law enforcement agency to be exempt …

Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, has left an indelible legacy and imprint on our state. Every corner of the state has been the recipient of his prowess at bringing home the bacon to the Heart of Dixie. Every university has enjoyed a largesse of federal dollars. He has made the Huntsville …

It’s campaign season and the ridiculous pandering has begun.

Huntsville has rocketed past Birmingham as Alabama’s largest city. It is not named the Rocket City for nothing. The Census Bureau had been predicting this amazing boom in population in the Madison (Huntsville)/Limestone area, but the actual figures recently released reveal a bigger growth th…

Well folks, the final census figures are in from last year’s 2020 nose count.  The census is taken every 10 years to determine the lines and boundaries of congressional and legislative districts. However, the census reveals a lot more information about us as a state and nation than just how …

The time to pass state gaming legislation was years ago. Because our Alabama legislature hasn’t, the state has missed out on billions of dollars in past tax revenue, but that’s water under the bridge. It’s never too late and the opportunity for the legislature to finally do something has nev…

On Wednesday, the owners of Alabama’s four dog tracks — VictoryLand, GreeneTrack, Mobile Greyhound Park and the Birmingham Race Course — launched a new statewide advertising campaign to highlight the tax revenue that Alabama is losing every year because its lawmakers simply refuse to pass co…

Every one of us started as an embryo and fetus and to say we had the right to live, but someone else does not, is the height of hypocrisy.

This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation.  It was a day in your life where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of the attacks on the New York World Trade Center and Pentagon.  It changed our world.

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I spent the weekend reading more than any reasonable person should be expected to about the new abortion law in Texas, Senate Bill 8. I scratch my masochistic itch by reading legal paper and abusing my memory that would no doubt be put to better use with football stats and pornography. We al…

If we look at life through human glasses, we see selfishness – what’s in it for me? When we look at life through God’s glasses, we see servanthood – what’s in it for Him? One day, the disciples came to Jesus. They thought they ought to be serving Him in some way. Jesus quickly corrected them…

At a press conference on Friday, Alabama state health officer Dr. Scott Harris was exasperated. And sad. And maybe a little angry and confused. At a couple of points, Harris genuinely seemed on the verge of tears.

Former President Donald Trump paid a visit to the Heart of Dixie last week.  Obviously, this is Trump country.

Chase Tristian Espy, deputy legal counsel for Governor Kay Ivey was arrested last week on charges of soliciting a child for a sex act over the internet. It seems Espy was focused more on depraved solicitations with minors than he was doing his job. Maybe that is why the governor issued a leg…

When I started playing basketball, you didn’t have many choices for shoes. There was one brand. You could either get high tops or low tops. Later, you could get either black or white. Today, it’s hard to count the number of choices.

If you don’t already subscribe to The Montgomery Independent, I ask that you consider purchasing a subscription today. I get it: why pay the outrageous price of $34 for a year when it can be accessed for free online. The newspaper website, which is updated daily and visited by thousands of r…

On Tuesday, August 17, the Montgomery City Council voted against an ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Since Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed announced his intention to introduce this ordinance, the Alabama Center for Law a…

Few people like the demonization of their ancestors, their ethnic groups, their nationalities, their races, or their genders. Most people agree that there are good guys and bad guys in history, but the line between them should not be drawn on the basis of what they look like, their races or …

One of the best serendipities in my life occurred at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Conference when Coach Bobby Bowden came up to me and thanked me for Frazer Television Ministry. He said that our worship service was shown in Tallahassee on Thursday nights, and he and his family watched.

This long hot and wet summer is coming to a close, and Labor Day is on the horizon.  Labor Day weekend will not only mark the beginning of college football season, but also the traditional start of the 2022 political season.

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In the days of my youth, when video games were in their infancy and not yet poisoning the impressionable minds of youngsters with the glorification of violence, the glorified violence was accessed by the more imaginative (read: nerdy) kids for entertainment purposes through role playing game…

When you have a goal in life, don’t give up on it. It may take a lot of years to accomplish it – but don’t ever quit. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40…

All across the country, an army of volunteers fanned out to knock on doors in the largest-ever information and vaccine campaign. They would inform citizens of the deadly illness working its way through America, and they would talk about the vaccine efforts. They even solicited donations to p…

The field may be set for the race to fill the Seat of our iconic senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby.  When Senator Shelby announced that he would not seek a seventh six-year term in the United States Senate earlier this year, many of us expected a stampede of candidates to throw their hats …

Our summer ended with a much-needed family reunion along the shores of the Gulf Coast. Almost three dozen members of the Peace family – my mom’s side – began arriving shortly before dinner on a gorgeous Saturday evening. Family from across the country came for a week-long gathering of rememb…

For over a year I have been touting the fact that the 2022 election year in the Heart of Dixie was going to be the busiest and most monumental in history.  Folks, it looks like it is not going to be as eventful as anticipated.  Yes, everything is on the ballot, but the power of incumbency is…

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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.