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Guest Editorial: Once again, state educators show they don't believe parents should have a choice

Sen. Del Marsh filed and moved his school choice bill, dubbed the PCA (Parental Choice Act) last week. Unfortunately, the educational...

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Will Sellers: The lesson of the internment of the Japanese during WWII

Eighty years ago this month, with the stroke of a pen, President Franklin Roosevelt, in Executive Order 9066, effectively relegated...

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Richard Simmons: A life without constraints

The great political philosopher Edmund Burke made this insightful observation over 200 years ago: “Freedom without wisdom or responsibility...

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Nicole Allshouse: Travelers Beware!!!

It’s that time of year again.  With Spring Break just a couple of months away and summer vacation planning in full swing, consumers...

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Justin Bogie: Legislature has made a good start at tax cuts, but can think bigger, bolder

As the Alabama Legislature gets set to resume the 2022 regular session this week, legislation to take less from Alabamians by cutting...

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Perry Hooper: Mask Mandate Madness

There is no greater concern or priority for parents than the health and welfare of their children.  This must be one of our nation’s...

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Caylah Coffeen: School choice - have we picked the right battlefield?

There are so many problems in the education system these days that I started to think many people had just thrown up their hands and...

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Ray Melick: Is the AEA really saying that one in 10 students is ready to bail on public school?

It is a startling statistic: one out of every 10 students would leave public school for an alternative manner of education, given the...

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KCarl Smith: Explaining 'Frederick Douglass Republicans'

Some people assume incorrectly the name Frederick Douglass Republicans refers to a minority sub-group of the GOP or that it is a name...

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API: The Parent’s Choice Act can be a game-changer for Alabama students

By Caleb Crosby, Phil Williams, Carl Jones, Parker Snider, and Justin Bogie For over 18 months now, we’ve watched as states around...

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Guest Editorial: Constitutional Carry should be approved in Alabama

By Rep. Shane Stringer (R-HD102) and John R. Lott, Jr. Gun-control advocates keep making the same predictions of doom and bloodshed...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Stop regarding man, of what account is he? “I can't speak out. It wouldn't be nice." Or, "I can't argue. They're the authority. That's...

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Krissie Allen: A great opportunity in the "Great Resignation"

As employees resign from jobs at record rates as part of “The Great Resignation,” many are looking for more meaning from their work...

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Justin Bogie: Unanimity Is Rarely a Good Thing in Policy Making

126-1. That’s how the Alabama Legislature voted last week on a bill to allocate the remaining $772 million from the first half of Alabama’s...

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Joey Clark: Is our education system just a long, drawn-out joke?

In the last days of my academic career, a final college course delivered the punchline to a long, drawn-out joke. By that time, I was...

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Guest Editorial: Every day should be Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

As a nation, we recently mourned on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday the almost sixty-two million babies of all races killed by abortion...

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Phil Williams: When politicians lose their air cover

In Army slang, I am a ground-pounder. My personal background in the military includes time in the Infantry, both straight-leg and airborne....

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Richard Simmons: As life gets better, life gets worse

A number of years ago, Forbes Magazine celebrated 75 years as a publication. They issued a special edition that you would have thought...

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Ray Melick: Forget Black or White, we need districts that hold elected officials accountable

When that federal three-judge panel ruled that Alabama’s redistricting plan passed by the legislature in a 2021 special session violated...

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1819 News: Letters to the Editor

A response to an Op-ed by Rep Debbie Wood (District 38) on the Waterford Upstart pilot program in schools.

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Caylah Coffeen: Fighting when we should be identifying

It’s a new year, a new semester, and young people are generally back in person at colleges. But what demographics are represented these...

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KCarl Smith: Turkey-Republicans

The 2022 Primary Election season is in full swing. With the Alabama Primaries scheduled for May 24, Republican candidates are committing...

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Guest Editorial: Why can’t Alabama have a second minority Congressional District?

On January 24th, a three federal judge panel ruled that the Congressional District map approved by the Alabama Legislature in 2021...

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Andrea Tice: What exactly is the Public Service Commission?

It’s an election year and there are many state positions up for grabs, including the Public Service Commission (PSC). So, what is the...

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Amie Beth Shaver: 'What are you looking at, ugly?'

The phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is a lie from the pit of hell. Can we please agree...

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Guest Editorial: This perpetual state of emergency has forgotten 'we the people'

By Stephanie Holden Smith   The state of Alabama – our state - has been in a perpetual “state of emergency” since Governor Kay Ivey...

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Chad Mathis: Exchanging healthcare heroes for healthcare scapegoats

Recently, the Supreme Court upheld a Biden vaccine mandate that would require all healthcare providers at facilities participating...

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