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When I heard that Tommy Gallion’s book was selling well on Amazon I was not surprised. In early June of this year, the Montgomery lawyer released his book titled Shadow Government Southern Style. I notified all of you at that time with my column, “Gallion knocks it out of the park.” A couple of months later and that column is receiving an unusual attention amount of attention on our website.

With former Governor Bob Riley and his associates as the target of revelations, Gallion’s book exposes egregious, dishonest, and greedy political schemes that intended to ruin the lives of others. Gallion’s admirable job included showing just how crooked the judicial system can be - both on a federal and state level.

Several folks I know have Gallion’s book. One of my friends that obtained a copy is a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from north Alabama. He said he began to read it after the mail arrived, could not put it down, and completed the book around dinner time. All of those I know that have the book said it was fascinating and finished reading it as quickly as they could.

Yes, I’m suggesting you go to Amazon and buy Gallion’s book. In addition to some eye-opening information, you will also see just how untrustworthy our government has become. It will validate any suspicions you may have about the despicable culture we call politics.

But hold on to your seats. There could be more coming.

A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with Gallion. Without telling me too much, I felt that more earthquakes are in Gallion’s forecast of the future. I suspect new revelations will include big names. We may hear about U. S. Senator Doug Jones and his role in the ruination of former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. There would be no surprise if we learned more on the Riley “Cabal,” as Gallion calls it, and perhaps disturbing information regarding the Bush Two and Obama White Houses.

Stay tuned - as soon as I learn anything new, I will pass it along.

On another topic, my heart goes out to school teachers. I cannot imagine being a school teacher in this day and time, especially with COVID-19. My wife taught American history in public school for thirty years in Chilton County. I have lost count of the times she said recently, “I’m glad I’m not teaching anymore.”

I’m glad she isn’t teaching either.

A classroom full of kids or one that is empty because of online learning will provide teachers more to handle than they could ever dream. It’s tough enough that we burden them with the task of preparing America’s future, and we do so with inadequate tools and resources. Not to mention they are asked to complete the required tasks with the majority of kids unprepared to go to school, especially in the discipline department.

I remember my wife coming home and wanting to pull her hair out. It was frustrating, and she felt she was attempting to do an impossible job. She often said, “We are expected to be momma and daddy, doctor and nurse, managers and custodian of medication, refreshments and clothing. We are expected to be peacemakers, disciplinarians, counselors, and nurturers, and yes, we are expected to educate.”

Christine taught long before COVID-19 and online learning. The other day she said, “I don’t know if I could learn everything about technology to do the job. I don’t know if I could fight a killing virus if I had kids in the classroom. I don‘t know how they will manage all of this.”

The other day she watched a lengthy news report on TV regarding schools and the upcoming school year. The look on her face was one of fear and concern, as if she would be going back to school to teach this year. She looked at me and said, “I will be praying for all teachers every day.”

I will be praying for teachers with her.