The world has changed drastically in the last two weeks. The coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected everything. The economy, tourism, business, church services, stock market, sporting events – the list goes on and on. March Madness is now March Sadness! My 401K is now a 201K and approaching a 101K!

The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delayed until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years.

Happy Birthday, Papa Bob! Dad turns 79 Saturday. When Mom mentioned he had a birthday coming up and asked him how old he would be, he responded 1865, so that is where we are at this point. We moved him to the Gardens of Waterford the week before Christmas. He continues to adjust to his new n…

It’s that time of year when people start to plant gardens. Gardens don’t just happen. I once tried to plant a garden, but it was not a successful endeavor. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did learn some lessons that I can share.

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We have a great race for the U.S. Senate. When the votes from the first primary were counted Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville were in a virtual tie at 32% and 33%, respectively.

My daughter, Catherine, called last week. She lives in Washington D.C. with my son-in-law, Michael, and we usually chat on a weekly basis. When it comes to visiting I try to go north once per year and she usually comes south once per year. The normal routine directs me to her home in August …

Are you ready for a good ol’ fashioned Trump-off? If not, well, prepare yourself for four weeks of an endless stream of TV ads, radio commercials and candidate interviews in which Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville try to convince you that one of them definitely loves Trump the most.

What is the most important creature on the planet? I was surprised to discover that the Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London that the most important living beings on the planet are bees. Here are three reasons why the bees have been se…

Allow me to share some thoughts and analysis on the March 3rd Primary results. The Primary is referred to as the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters choose which Party Primary they want to vote in and which presidential candidate they prefer to be their Party’s nominee.

Before moving to a more serious discussion about primary elections let me say that I find some of the recent results interesting. Bernie Sanders barely received half the vote in his home state of Vermont. I find that disturbing for Sanders. Biden defeated Sanders right next door in Maine. Th…

Google recently unveiled its new “quantum machine” which scientists have been working on since the 1980s. It’s amazing! Cade Metz reports in the New York Times that it needs less than 3 ½ minutes to perform calculations that would take a traditional computer 10,000 years! Wow!

Our 1901 Alabama Constitution has been rightfully criticized as being archaic. However, it was simply a reflection of the times. The authors and crafters of our document were well educated gentry. Therefore they appreciated and realized the importance of having a prized capstone university.

I’ve been a lobbyist for a long time and when I write about politics and the legislature in particular, it’s not observations from afar, or even from the press room. I spend my days with other lobbyists, lawmakers and powerful influencers during the legislative session. I have been doing so …

At a critical point in the history of Israel, the children of Israel came to the base of Mount Sinai. God told Moses to take Joshua and go up to the top of the mountain. They left Aaron and Hur in charge of the people.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or even any kind of scientist — to figure out that Alabama’s state government is broken. I mean, really, just look around. At the poverty, the poor education, the racism, the arrested public officials, the in-your-face public corruption and the complete d…

Folks, our primaries are next week! On the Democratic side, the Presidential Preference Primary will be the big show and will be interesting to watch. On the right, the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate Seat will be the marquee event.

Basketball has been a big part of my life. It provided me a scholarship through college and the opportunity to play with a basketball team that played sixty-six games in the countries of Japan, Philippines, Korea, and Taiwan. Ten of those games were against the Olympic teams of those countri…

Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga…

Legislation has been introduced – and by the time you read this, has probably already passed one of the two state legislative bodies – that would allow landfills to cover solid waste with materials other than the six inches of earth the law requires. Some of these alternative covers make bot…

The 2020 Legislative Session, which began last week, will be the second session of Governor Kay Ivey’s administration. For the second straight year, she and the legislature will be facing a major obstacle.

If you think the Alabama Legislature is doing everything right, without any input from you, then you might as well stop reading now. This column will not be remotely useful to you. On the other hand if you would like a little more influence and direction as to how you are governed at the sta…

Everybody wants to be successful, but sometimes success can be the worst thing that happens to a person. People can deal with adversity much easier than they can with success. Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

The 2020 Legislative Session begins this week. It will be an interesting three and a-half months. There are a myriad of important issues that legislators have to address this year, as always. However, standing in the way of substantive state issues each year is the necessity to address local bills.

Joe Burrow, quarterback for the LSU Tigers, rewrote the record books this year in college football. He threw 60 touchdown passes, led LSU to victory over 6 teams that were rated in the top 10, and will be the number one player drafted by the pros. He accounted for 6 touchdowns in the Nationa…

The first district Congressional race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3rd Primary. The winner of the March 31st GOP Primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous first district is a Republican congressional seat and has been since Jack Edwards won the seat in the…

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What if God stopped you right now and said that He would give you anything that you asked for? Anything! What would you ask for?

Madison County seems to have a problem with homophobia. Over a recent weekend, a gay couple who live in Madison recorded a car load of James Clemens High baseball players riding by and shouting slurs at the couple’s home. The video, which was recorded on an outside security camera, was uploa…

Two weeks ago my brother, who lives in Birmingham and is eight years older than me, was in the hospital with a heart problem. Until a few years ago I was the one with heart problems and otherwise fair health (other than back problems). He was the exact opposite. Now he has trouble with the t…

My great musical talent has never been appreciated except by little children. As pastor of Frazer, they always cut my microphone off as soon as there might be a song in which I would join in singing. But we had a weekday kindergarten of over 400 4- and 5-year-olds. At chapel every Friday mor…

On medical marijuana, listen to doctors, not Steve Marshall. Deaths from opioid overdoses in 2018: 47,600. Deaths from marijuana overdoses in all recorded history: 0.

Even though there are more Baptists than Methodists in Alabama, historically Methodists have held more of the prominent political posts in the Heart of Dixie. If you look closely at these leaders’ lives, a good many of our leaders have been sons of Methodist ministers.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia allow for the medical use of marijuana. Recreational use is legal in 11 states and another 15 states have decriminalized possession of the drug.

The people of Israel had become slaves to the Egyptians. God raised up a leader – Moses – to free them and lead them to the promised land. Moses was probably a Methodist because he made many excuses as to why he could not do what God wanted him to do!

Our presidential primary in the Heart of Dixie is less than two months away. We vote on March 3, 2020. President Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. It is a foregone conclusion that Trump will carry Alabama in the November General Election.

The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump, but they have yet to actually impeach him simply because the Articles of Impeachment have not been delivered to the Senate, at least as of the day of this writing - January 6. The House has the sole constitutional power of impeachment, which…

Is Christmas over? December 25th has passed. The gift swapping, parties, cooking, and family get-togethers are now behind us. Some people have heaved a sigh of relief. It is over! Others will begin the task of fighting the crowds to exchange gifts received for the proper size, design, color,…

As the new year begins, so does a Presidential election year. For several decades, in fact for most of the twentieth century, Alabamians were more interested in state and local politics than presidential politics. In fact, from 1901 through the 1950’s there were more people voting in a Democ…

We are just two months out from the 2020 primary elections on March 3. I’m ready to predict Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will finish one-two in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race and will face off again four weeks later in a runoff on March 31 to determine who will challen…

Early in my 36-year ministry at Frazer, our youth presented a living Nativity scene in front of the church property. People could circle the three church buildings while listening to Christmas music and see the Christmas story. The living Nativity scene was just inside the circle close to th…

As is my tradition, as the old year comes to a close, I like to pay homage to legendary Alabama leaders who have passed away. We lost some legends in 2019.

Congress recently raised the legal age for adults to buy products containing nicotine to 21. This would be a first as the Federal government, until this week, did not set the age at which adults can legally purchase tobacco products, but rather leaves that to the States. Where are the vocife…

Famous former television news anchor, Tom Brokaw, wrote an iconic book entitled The Greatest Generation. The 1998 book chronicles the unique character of a generation of Americans. Brokaw attempted to capture the unselfish contribution of our World War II Americans who built our marvelous country.

Tyranny is defined as any sole ruler who is not required to give an account of himself, and who rules over subjects all equal or superior to himself to suit his own interest and not theirs. Sound familiar?

I heard about a group of ladies who were in a Bible study. They came to a verse in Malachi 3:3 which says, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” No one seemed to know what that meant, so one lady volunteered to find out during the next week.

One of the really good guys in Alabama government took over the reigns as President of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners this summer. Henry County Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman, David Money, is an extremely outstanding and quality leader for his beloved Henry Cou…

Once again, let me issue the disclaimers. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I voted for my write-in candidate. I am not a member of any political party and I hate all political parties. I hold close to my mind and heart the words of James Madison… “All men having power ought…

We are less than three months away from the election for our number two U.S. Senate Seat. The winner of the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020 will be our next U.S. Senator. Winning the GOP Primary for any statewide office in a presidential year is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie.