COVID-19, the coronavirus, almost shut down the world in 2020. It affected health, education, travel, eating habits, the economy, relationships – the list goes on and on.

Hopefully, you participated in the census last year.  It is vitally important for each state that every person is counted.

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Alabama’s proposed law to establish criminal penalties for doctors that perform “sex change” operations on minors has hit a snag. Now right from the beginning let me say loud and clear what everybody should already know. There is no such thing as a “sex change” operation. People can mutilate…

It was a grave mistake. Jesus had upset religious and non-religious people. They were determined to put an end to his movement. After an unjust trial, they crucified him on a hill called Golgotha, then thought it was over when they put His body in a borrowed grave.

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As the Regular Legislative Session evolves, I recall years past when George Wallace was governor. George Wallace was definitely a political genius and a master of the legislative process.  You might say that he was so successful because he had a lot of experience with being governor and deal…

My “piddling around” time coincides with cocktail hour most evenings. I can be found scavenging around the yard, usually with a beer in hand, poking at hornets’ nests, shaking tree limbs and cussing my crumbling driveway, all while anxiously awaiting the next unassuming person to walk by or …

    Etched in the black granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that war. A visit to the memorial can be very emotional for veterans, family members, and tourists. Many people are looking for a specific name, perhaps a parent, a spouse, a c…

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Last week we alerted you to the fact that next year will be a banner year in Alabama politics.  The governor, lieutenant governor and all other statewide constitutional offices are up for election.  All 140 members of the legislature are up for election and will be running under new lines.  …

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Do you ever get so old people are justified in keeping you from doing your job? Alabama, like many states, requires judges to retire - or at any rate it prohibits them from running for re-election, once they reach age 70. Presumably they can’t be trusted for sound judgement once that magical…

How do you determine the value of anything? The world in which we live is rapidly changing concerning values. Each of us must determine what is valuable!

All signs point to a Titanic political year in 2022.  In fact, as I look back over the last six decades of my observations of Alabama politics, next year may be the most momentous.

Alexander the Great was one of the great military generals who led a mighty army in the fourth century B.C. One night, he was unable to sleep. He started walking around the encampment and saw a young soldier on guard duty who was asleep. The penalty for sleeping on guard duty could be death.

Sunshine they say is the best disinfectant, especially for corruption. But clearly most politicians would rather keep you in the dark, without the benefit of UV radiation. This is true pretty much everywhere, but it is especially bad in Alabama.

Names are important. Everybody has one. You don’t choose your name, but you choose what your name will mean!

Over the course of this awful, wretched pandemic, as we’ve upended our lives and grown accustomed to new normals, the one thing I have never managed to adjust to is putting that mask on. Especially when it’s hot outside. I whine like an over-privileged child.

Historically, political power in the state has rested in the rural counties.  Birmingham has been the home of the “Big Mules,” where the money that fueled the gubernatorial campaigns came from, but very few Birmingham politicians have ascended to governor or U.S. Senator.  Counties like Barb…

Today I was digging around for something in the freezer and happened across a frozen pack of Top Sirloin with an expiration date of March 17, 2020. It was purchased a year ago at the Piggly Wiggly in Evergreen on the way home from the beach when we thought the world was ending, along with to…

About twenty years ago, I received a phone call from a Mrs. Ima Peace from Magnolia, Arkansas. She watched our worship services on television. She invited me to come to her church to deliver a lecture series that she had endowed.

A couple of weeks ago, after the school system experienced its fourth educator death in a 48-hour span from suspected COVID-19 complications, Montgomery Public Schools officials decided to shut down in-person classes and return to virtual learning until all educators who wanted a vaccine had…

In 1998 Governor Don Siegelman ran for Governor of Alabama on a platform of proposing that his administration would enact legislation creating a state lottery. It would be patterned after Georgia’s lottery, which gave the bulk of the proceeds to an educational fund. That was over two decades ago.  

The rightest of the right wingers met over the weekend in Orlando, FL at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC.  The main event was a presentation by none other than Donald J. Trump, Ex-President of the United States.

One of the serendipities of being a part of ministry in the last few years has been to participate in Dr. Bill Bright’s Billion Soul Initiative to start five million churches and win one billion new believers to Christ. He gave me the opportunity to serve on his overall steering committee. T…

The comprehensive gambling bill filed this week by Republican state Sen. Del Marsh is a good bill. That statement will undoubtedly anger both many of my progressive friends, who view gaming — and specifically, a state’s reliance upon gaming revenue to pay important bills — as a tax on the po…

Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington.

There was a lot of hot air blowing out of the mouths of Texas politicians last week. Sen. Ted Cruz made the boneheaded move to leave Texas and his freezing constituents behind for the warm beaches at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico. After trying a few flimsy excuses, Cruz finally admitted…

I had the opportunity to serve for eight years on the National Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. There were some great coaches, athletes, and business people on that board. I felt like a mule at the Kentucky Derby, but I did learn a lot from many of them.

In only 21 short months, at the close of 2022, Alabama will lose the greatest senator in our state’s history.  Those of us who are political historians will acknowledge Richard Shelby as Alabama’s most pronounced political emissary in Washington.

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The now twice acquited former President Orange alleged massive voter fraud in the 2020 election. It seems he was wrong about that. But his critics, mostly pundits, countered that there was no evidence of such fraud and further that voting fraud is rare if not nonexistent. Leaving aside the f…

Drinking water is essential to our health. We can live a lot of days without food but only a few days without water. Pure water is becoming a challenge.

The 2021 legislative session has begun.  It will be a monumental and difficult session. Due to COVID restrictions, the logistics of just meeting will be a task.  House members will be spread out all over the Statehouse to adhere to distancing requirements.  It is still uncertain as to how th…

Roughly one-third of the adult population is unwilling to take the COVID-19 vaccine. I find that statistic alarming. Black adults were twice as likely than white adults to have concerns, mostly because they don’t trust vaccines in general. I get it. There’s history. The Tuskegee experiments …

Last October, I posted a column to prepare all of us for the elections in November. It contained 7 action points. Considering what is happening already in 2021 in our cities, states, nation, and world, I need to replace the action point about voting with a new action point about II Chronicle…

As the 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins, you will see new leadership in the state Senate.  Republicans dominate both chambers, overwhelmingly.  They have a super majority and dominate all issues and the budgeting process.  They acknowledge the handful of Democrats , but really never g…

When President Trump took office in January 2016, Republicans dominated the executive branch and both houses of Congress. When President Biden took office in January 2021, Democrats dominate the executive branch and both houses of Congress. In four years, our nation has gone from Republican …

I’ve been impressed by how some professional football players have looked beyond themselves to be a difference-maker during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has produced a lot of horrifying stories, but the sports world has produced some very good ones. Here are three.

He entered the White House with grand predictions of winning — so much winning that we’d be tired of winning when it was all over — and four years later we’re still waiting on that winning to start and the losing to stop.

The 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins next week.  Over the years I have observed some outstanding classes of freshman legislators.  Some standout more than others and occasionally you have a very stellar class.  My observation is that this freshman class of state senators is a class to…

Tuesday is the start of the 2021 legislative session; ironically it is also Groundhog Day. Both the legislature and the groundhog will be poking their heads out to see what’s happening. It would probably be best for the legislature to go back into hibernation a few more months, but they have…

People who accomplish the most in life are people of vision. This makes it necessary for each of us to check our vision. I go annually to my eye doctor and have my physical vision checked. Oftentimes, I have to make corrections in my glasses and contacts to sharpen my vision. This is a good …