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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.”

Dr. Martin Luther King argued that the arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice. This geometry lesson was used to illustrate a belief that history is pulled gravitationally towards freedom.

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  Homo Sapiens means “wise man.” It is a little self aggrandizing if you ask me. I will give you that in a span of 300,000 years our species has gone from arguing over burning sticks to arguing over nuclear power. However one could be forgiven for having George Carlin levels of cynicism abou…

Peter says, “Do you want more and more of God’s peace?” (II Peter 1:2) That’s a question that most people are asking. How can I find peace? How can I live a life that conquers anxiety and worry?

After the 1960 Kennedy vs. Nixon classic presidential contest, television became the medium for political campaigns.

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Back in the early 1990’s, when I was just a few years younger than the murderer who killed those people in Uvalde, TX, the thing that was poisoning the minds of young people, particularly aggressive, loud, young males, was an arcade game called “Mortal Kombat.” “Mortal Kombat” had its accomp…

During the pandemic, I officiated at the home-going of a great Christian businessman and friend, Bobby Norment. He led Norment Industries in Montgomery to become a successful international business. They provided security products for government buildings, prisons, embassies, court houses, etc.

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The governor’s races of bygone years were a lot more fun and colorful than today’s. We would have 10 to 15 candidates. There would be three or four favorites, but we would have 10 others that would make an effort to crisscross the state and have fun and cut up a little bit to garner publicit…

After months of hearing the term “woke liberal” every time I have turned on the television, the votes have finally been cast, the polls closed. I predict a Governor Kay Ivey victory. Katie Britt will lead the field for U.S. Senate. Self-funded candidate Mike Durant couldn’t prove himself “Al…

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Given the news over the last two weeks I believe nearly everybody can agree that life is precious, that we need to make sure that innocent people are not senselessly killed, and that the world can be a dangerous place for the vulnerable. What we probably can not agree on is whether or not we…

Inflation is the highest that it has been in 40 years. It was recently reported at 8.5%. That’s high!

The GOP Primary is less than two weeks away on May 24. It has been an interesting and expensive race to fill the seat of our venerable and powerful senior Senator Richard Shelby.

You were probably expecting me to pen something about Roe v. Wade, as word has leaked that the United States Supreme Court will likely overturn the half-a-century-old decision. Once thought to be woven into the fabric of law, the nationwide right to abortion is in jeopardy. But I’m not going…

This is the season for conferring degrees. Centenary is a private college in Hackettstown, New Jersey. It has about 1,100 students. The university president, Bruce Murphy, made an announcement on March 18 that they would offer a new “Master of Arts in Happiness Studies” degree.

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If you take politics very seriously; if you lay awake at night worried sick over how a group of crooked thieves in Washington D.C. will leave you destitute; if you worry that not only your right to vote, but also your country is under threat from a callous political party that is only out fo…

It’s always easy to see what is wrong rather than what is right in situations. John D. Rockefeller was head of Standard Oil Company. A man high in his organization made a bad decision that cost the company $2 million. When people in the company heard about it, they were afraid to be in Rocke…

Over the years I have shared a lot of stories about Alabama’s colorful political figures. We have had some characters like Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace. Big Jim was gregarious and fun loving. Wallace was a political genius and without question the most prolific politician in Alabama his…