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The first Christian church in Berwick, Pennsylvania, was established along Cemetery Street in 1906. It had become a landmark in Columbia County and had deep meaning for a lot of people years ago.

As the final regular legislative session of the quadrennium evolves, it is apparent that the legislature will not touch any substantive or controversial issues, but simply pass the budgets and go home to campaign. It is election year in the Heart of Dixie.

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  If you’ve seen the recent campaign ads from the Republican candidates for governor, you might think they were running against a crazed liberal and not against other conservatives. Don’t be fooled: there’s no liberal Bogeyman running for governor. Heck, Alabama hasn’t had a Democratic gover…

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When I finished college, I was invited to play basketball on the Venture for Victory Basketball Team, which traveled throughout Asian countries, playing basketball and presenting a Christian witness. We played about 75 games in ten weeks. Several of them were against Olympic teams from Japan…

The 2022 annual regular session of the legislature has begun. It began January 11 and constitutionally can last three and one-half months, which would have it ending at the end of April.

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Whether or not you consider yourself a music lover, it is my fervent hope that at least as much as your enthusiasm manifests for Chopin or Cardi B, you find yourself also a devotee of open government. Not as enticing nor as pleasing to the ear I’ll admit, but being able to keep an eye on our…

Everyone needs a plan for living each day in 2022. My plan includes “7 ups” to help me move up each day. These “7 ups” do not refer to the drink you purchase from a machine, nor the delivery service that’s dependent on a human supply chain. My “7 ups” are God and I working together. I share …

Not so long ago, I would have written a scathing column about a university in this state hiring a career politician as its president. I would have bemoaned the good-ol-boy system that led to such a hire. I would have predicted certain doom for a university that put political posturing above …

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Happy New Year. It is election year in the good ole Heart of Dixie.

With the new year comes the start of the 2022 Alabama legislative session. The big uncertainty is how COVID-19 will affect the session that begins on January 11. The omicron variant is racing through the country as the number of infected continues to skyrocket. Currently, the State House pla…

We need stability in a world of chaos, confusion, uncertainty, fear, and mistrust. I believe that stability can come from only one place – the Stable in Bethlehem. Here are six reasons why I believe that:

As has been my custom for 18 years, I like for my year-end column to be a remembrance of Alabama political figures who have passed away during the year.

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Do you ever pay attention to those polls about congressional approval ratings? Gallup tracks congressional approval monthly. Gallup’s poll has had congress in the single digits once (9%, November 2013) in the past ten years and at an all time high (84%) the month after September 11, 2001. Bu…

I gathered with some buddies of mine in Memphis last weekend. It had been 30 years since my last visit, and this trip had a clear purpose beyond just a weekend escape. That first trip I came home with a tattoo; this time, just a hangover and good memories.

How well do we remember people who are no longer living who have made an impact on us, our families, and our nation? How do we adequately remember and honor them?

2022 was anticipated to be an exciting competitive election year. However, it is going to be a yawn of a political year. If you thought there was no competition for the constitutional offices and the House of Representatives’ seats in next year’s elections, then you have not seen anything li…

As a living former Alabama governor, Robert Bentley, who fled office in disgrace, enjoys a place in the Alabama Academy of Honor. Let that sink in for a moment. Governor “Handsy” who routinely massaged the breasts of a woman other than his wife (Andrew Cuomo-style), utilized State resources …

We have some big problems concerning the effectiveness of the supply chain in getting goods and products to the proper place where people can receive them. We have experienced delays in most aspects of the economy. People have stocked up on things. Many stores have empty shelves.

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Perhaps you have noticed stickers on the gas pumps recently with a goofy looking picture of Joe Biden that reads “I did that.” Joe is pointing his finger in most of these pictures and the rascals applying the stickers comically make it point to the per gallon price on the pump. I think these…

Do you know what an Ebenezer is? I often sang that hymn, “Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing.” The second verse begins with “Here I raise mine Ebenezer.”

The new lines are finally drawn for next year’s state legislative and congressional elections. They have just made it under the wire for the late January qualifying deadline and the May 24, 2022 primary elections.

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A mass shooting is defined as a minimum of four victims injured or killed at one location. So far in 2021, there have been seven mass shootings in Montgomery.

How are you dealing with anxiety, worry, and emotional stress caused by the pandemic? Last week, I suggested several dangerous avenues that people are walking. This week, I want to look at some more areas that are tremendously dangerous.

Believe it or not, we are six months away from the 2022 elections. All statewide offices will be decided in the May 24, 2022 Republican Primary. Winning the Republican Primary is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie. Therefore, garnering the endorsement of the most conservative group…

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I have taken up two new hobbies as a result of the pandemic, bird watching and cooking. Both come into play this week. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not going to start killing and eating song birds from the backyard feeder - though I have learned the French do have history with a rather debauch…

How are you handling anxiety, worry, stress and emotional frustrations? Indications are that we are not handling them well. Here are some negative ways we try to handle stress that end up making our situations worse.

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Governor John Patterson, who passed away earlier this year at 99, shared a funny story that occurred during the opening days of his administration.

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Five months ago, I wrote that Katie Britt, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, would be a solid choice to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby. But truth be told, I didn’t give her much of a chance to compete against Trump-endorsed candidate Congressman Mo Brooks, because an endorsement by t…

The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon is a Boston qualifier course. The 26.2 mile-run starts and ends in downtown Moline, Illinois. It carries the runners through some of the most picturesque scenes of our nation’s heartland.

Alabama has a legacy of great men who have served as judges in our state. Recently, revered, retired, Circuit Judge Bobby Ray Aderholt of Haleyville passed away at 85.

Reading the news this week I was reminded of Mel Brooks’ “History of the World - Part One.” Mel Brooks as Moses brought three stone tablets that stood before the face of God and showed them to the Hebrews at the base of the mountain.

Most of us ask the question about how meaningful our lives really are. For some people, life is just a merry-go-round of meaningless activity. Life just isn’t measuring up to what it should be. We hide it in many different ways through alcohol, drugs, extra busywork, overeating, etc.

Jim Preuitt, a legendary House member, State Senator, and Probate Judge of Talladega County passed away in September at age 86. Jim was one of my best legislative buddies. We came to the legislature together in 1982 and became fast friends. We became seat mates in the House, and we were inse…

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Papa Bob is smiling from the heavens as the Atlanta Braves own a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6 of the 2021 World Series; their first trip to the Fall Classic in 21 years. It’s no secret Dad loved the Braves and he loved yelling at the umpires.

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In her recent missive which kicked off the week, Governor Kay Ivey said she was “adamantly opposed” to the “outrageous overreach” by President Joe Biden in the form of his “egregious covid-19 vaccine mandates” thrust upon the risk addicted, needle-averse people of Alabama. She signed an exec…

In the blood sport of electoral politics losers are forgotten and rarely rewarded; in British politics even winners experiencing their peak of success can be defeated. As a result, dealing with the humiliation of loss and muddling through toward future success is perhaps the hallmark of a su…

As Jesus started His public ministry, He began recruiting people who would be on His team. The people He selected were not influential community leaders or wealthy movers and shakers. A human resources person in our day would shudder in disbelief at the people He called. His priority was not…

During the Great Depression and coming out of World War II, the deep south had immense power in Washington. We were fortunate to have a cadre of southern senators, who were seniority laden and knew how to bring home the bacon. This group of deep south southern democrats controlled most of th…