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…

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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…

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…

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.

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Last week Kay Ivey was cornered and made to feel guilty by a reporter about Alabama’s low vaccination rates. In her moment of vulnerability she lashed out. There is nothing more she could do, she said. It is time the unvaccinated, not her, should be blamed for the spread of the disease she s…

How can we experience the most meaningful life possible? Looking through human glasses, we see the answer as wearing a bib. Looking through God’s glasses, we see the answer as wearing an apron. Coach Willie Spears and I are writing a book together to be ready in October on this subject of th…

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Betsy, Olivia and I spent an adventurous week out West last month visiting Utah and its five national parks, known as The Mighty Five. We lived to write about it.

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I was surprised to read this week that Alabama placed in the top five of a positive list in a nationwide survey, and of all things it relates to history and civics education.

Somebody posed this question – how do you eat an elephant? The best answer was, “One bite at a time.” Enough little bites can consume the whole big elephant.

The scoreboard is pretty clear: Voting for Democratic candidates is a cop’s best bet.  For all of the rhetoric and rah-rah cheering of police during national scandals, when it comes to actually supporting police and funding initiatives that pay for pensions and equipment and proper salaries,…

Alabama lost its oldest past Governor when John Patterson passed away last month. He died on the same land where he was born in rural Tallapoosa County.

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Almost all of the people who died of COVID-19 in the United States last month had not been vaccinated. If that isn’t reason enough to roll up your sleeve then I don’t know what is. More than 11,000 Alabamians have died from the virus; 614 right here in Montgomery. More than 300 people a day …

Looking through human glasses, we see getting. Looking through God’s glasses, we are able to see giving. A spirit of getting is a result of our natural selfishness. The spirit of giving is the result of God’s grace helping us to see things from a different perspective.

Alcohol was on the minds of many Alabama lawmakers this year as the legislature considered an abnormally high number of alcohol-related bills. Several of the bills passed. Most notable was legislation that made it possible for Alabama businesses to deliver beer, wine and liquor to customers’…