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While I commend the Montgomery Police Department for quickly arresting the individual alleged to be responsible for the murder of Stephanie Stone in the Hillwood subdivision last week, the speedy resolve doesn’t bring the 64-year-old Montgomery resident described as friendly and welcoming by…

I recently caught a video on YouTube of a purportedly Russian “expert” who offered seven tips for spotting liars. The Russian in this case looked like the Russian oligarch from the Direct TV commercials with the golden sofa and absurdly miniature giraffe on a pillow. The video was very funny…

It’s safe to predict that the Alabama Legislature will not resemble the recent congressional spectacle of choosing a Speaker as they gather for the organizational session this week in Montgomery.

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In March, the Martin family celebrated 25 years of publishing since purchasing The Montgomery Independent in 1997. This week The Independent turns 60, providing a weekly mix of local news, opinion, sports, a touch of society. And Lord don’t let me forget to mention the Crossword and Sudoku. 

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James Carville in a despicable, but hilarious, slander of President Bill Clinton’s accusers said “You drag $100 bills through trailer parks -- there's no tellin' what you’ll find. I know these people.” Someone is dragging money through the Montgomery County government. But it is not just a $…

I attended the funeral of a close friend’s father this week. Army Ranger Gabriel Kinney would have turned 102 in February. Gabe is survived by his wife Elena, four of their six children and countless grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. Gabe joined the United Stat…

This weekend I will begin my 47th orbit around the Sun. I like the Sun. It is not fun to stare at it. But it is a wonder to behold. When you finally come to the realization that your entire existence, not to mention all your food, is due to your particular proximity to a eight octillion ton,…

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In recent months, there have been two failed attempts at lethal injections. I applaud Governor Kay Ivey for putting the brakes on executions and calling for a more thorough review of the process. But what other common sense acts are on the horizon for a governor who has four more years to go…

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It may sound hokey to say that you should be thankful year-round and not just at Thanksgiving, but I thank my wife pretty much everyday for not killing me while I sleep. For those of you out there looking for the “perfect” mate, my advice is to find someone you trust around kitchen knives an…

My little girl isn’t so little anymore. 'Little' might not be the appropriate adjective, Olivia has been the tallest member of the family for awhile now and has never been considered small by her basketball teammates, but you know what I mean. She's almost sixteen, working part-time and will…

Tuesday is Election Day. On the ballot will be a U.S. Senate race, most statewide offices, all 140 legislative seats - including a tight one in Montgomery, and some local county races. Voters will also decide on 10 proposed statewide amendments to the state’s Constitution. Two local amendmen…

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You’ve heard it said before, "Some people just aren’t born with a lick of sense.” And while it remains debatable on whether common sense can be learned, life skills can be. I’m of the opinion that such a class should be mandatory to graduate high school.

For good or ill, politics has become a species of serial television in a drought of decent fictional programming. You could say that politics, especially national politics, is like a TV drama with bad writing. But that would be redundant as so much of the writing in TV dramas has become infa…

I’ve mentioned before how I enjoy browsing my Facebook Memories each morning for a stroll down memory lane. But nothing replaces rummaging through family treasures and coming across generations-old newspaper clippings mixed with others as recent as last basketball season.

My apologies for being MIA the last couple of weeks. A few days after a fun trip to Huntsville to catch back-to-back concerts and visit some old college friends, Betsy woke me up one morning with the news she had just tested positive for COVID. Days later I saw the double lines too and spent…

I have not seen The Woman King yet. I’m not sure I want to, but it has nothing to do with the contrived controversy about the movie’s historical inaccuracy. I suspect that some of the shade thrown on the film actually comes from its marketers and producers as controversy is one of the best w…

President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program will forgive $10,000 in federal student debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 per year, or $250,000 for married couples filing together. It also cancels up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, as long as the student loans are hel…

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I am not what most people would call a “sports fan.” This stems chiefly from a narrow view of what we define as “sports" and my disinterest in most of the rectangular sports that revolve around the mind-numbing ways a competitor or team of competitors attempt to move a ball back and forth on…

What is the allure of a man with no moral compass or loyalty? During his presidency he made 30,573 false or misleading claims. I doubt he could quote a Bible verse or has ever attended a child’s ballgame or recital. Not a redeeming quality about him comes to mind.

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Whether you fancy yourself a Republican or a Democrat you have already declared this much, that you are a partisan. Self described political realists will tell you that not declaring for one party or the other means you are politically ineffective. Maybe so. But when you are honest with your…

So many people today are hurting, misguided, looking for answers, and feeling totally inadequate and broken. Many of them go for help in places that falsely lead to greater brokenness.

The 1962 Governor’s Race was between George Wallace, James “Big Jim” Folsom, and newcomer Ryan DeGraffenreid, a state senator from Tuscaloosa. Television had become the new medium. Therefore, Wallace, Folsom, and DeGraffenreid had all bought 30-minute, live television shows the night before …

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I had never heard the name Yolanda Flowers until a few weeks ago. I doubt most of the 50,000 Alabamians who voted for her knew much more than I did when they cast their ballots. In spite of not really campaigning, Flowers has emerged as the Democrats’ nominee for governor. The five opponents…

When you are a baseball pitcher, there are a lot of different ways to get your name in the headlines. You can pitch a no-hitter, have a perfect game, strike out a lot of people, have an enviable win/loss record, have the best fastball or curve—those are headliners. A few years ago, there wer…

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  For most of my life, John McDonogh was a hero. During the 13 school years between 1954 and 1967, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, I attended New Orleans public schools: Stuart R. Bradley Elementary School, P. A. Capdau Junior High School, and John McDonogh Senior High School. John …

It is hard to believe it has been 60 years since George Wallace’s first victorious race for governor. Let’s go down memory lane and reminisce about the 1962 Governor’s race and Wallace’s classic inaugural victory.

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Here is a pointless riddle for you. In 1996 a man and woman began their one and only marriage. They have never divorced. They have never remarried. In 2022 they will have been married for 26 years. But they have, thus far, only celebrated their 6th anniversary. Their 7th anniversary won’t co…

Gene and Edna Ward invited my brother George and his wife, Monteigne, and Lynn and me to meet with them on a recent Sunday afternoon. They wanted to show us something.

The Alabama Legislature will remain super majority Republican for the next quadrennium. As the dust settles from the May/June party primaries, there have been negligible if any party changes. There has been some shuffling on the deck of the GOP boat, but it has all been intraparty struggles.

I chalk it up to being over 50, but I have a new appreciation for Facebook, more specifically my Facebook memories. As I have gotten older, I tend to reflect on the past more but I remember less, so Facebook memories make for a quick daily scroll down memory lane.

Ninety years ago, Portugal was the poster child for instability. New governments came and went roughly every 6 months. Change seemed the only constant, which created a vacuum of leadership tailor made for military intervention. Out of the confusion and the void of effective leadership emerge…

The Gallup Poll just reported that belief in God dropped to 81% among Americans, the lowest ever reported. Belief in God has been one of the reliable markers to measure American religiosity. Also in 2021, involvement in Christian churches dropped below 50% for the first time. Shocking news.

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The 1970 Governor’s Race between George Wallace and Albert Brewer overshadowed every other political race in the state that year. However, one of Alabama’s legendary political figures burst on the scene in 1970, when Bill Baxley was elected Attorney General of Alabama. The Attorney General’s…

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Where the Supreme Court made the greater error, in my opinion, was not last week in the Dobbs decision that overruled Roe v Wade, it was the decision on Monday to put the first amendment rights of teachers ahead of the first amendment rights of students. I suppose we should not be that surpr…

I wrote recently about how people are dealing with inflation. Since then, inflation has risen to 8.6%! It is a major problem, and it is being handled in a variety of ways.

During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on television. The frustration can best be summed up by a thoughtful writer’s comments, “Steve,…

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Stop me if you heard this one. Government officials are sitting on a pile of money and cannot agree how to spend it. What do they do? They hire someone to help them spend it and, nominally, ask the public for their ideas. Through inaction and delay the timer on the money runs out and the mon…

I had planned to write something light and fun this week, probably involving the antics of my four-year old chocolate lab, but then I was reminded that there is a runoff election Tuesday and some of you might need some prodding to go vote.

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When you wake up in the morning, you can either say “Good morning, Lord, help me make this a great day,” or you can say, “Good Lord, it’s morning—I dread what’s going to happen today.”