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Ray Melick: Alabama vs. Georgia - it really does just mean more

“It just means more.” Yes, that’s a marketing slogan that the Southeastern Conference has copyrighted and ESPN has broadcast into every...

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Phil Williams: Why do you live here?

So here’s a question: Why do you live here? That’s not a rhetorical question by the way. I’m serious - why do you live here? There’s...

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Richard Simmons: Fugitives from reality

Dr. Peter Kreeft wrote an interesting book titled: Christianity for Modern Pagans. It is a critique of Blaise Pascals' famous book...

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Erica Thomas: Picking the queen of your double-wide trailer

Who is the queen of your double-wide trailer? Country artist Sammie Kershaw said it best: “Sometimes she runs off and I've gotta trail...

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Caylah Coffeen: Carpe Diem, Carpe Domum!

It’s only the first week of the new year, yet optimism is scarce with inflation, rising prices of goods, and a difficult housing market...

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Justin Bogie: State government wants to restrict who you can sell your land to

Foreign investors are purchasing larger shares of American and Alabama farmland than ever before. At least one Alabama legislator,...

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KCarl Smith: The truth about the three-fifths compromise

In his 1925 book, Mein Kampf, Hitler talks about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would think that someone “could have the...

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Amie Beth Shaver: You've been 'retconned;' do you even know what it is?

A little history. ——— "What did you just say?" I collected my thoughts as best I could. They were young. I wasn't. Maybe I heard it...

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Joey Clark: Bring your own yardstick when measuring Senate candidates

In 2015’s "Of Goats & Governors" — a book furnished by a Wise Old Tree known to many Alabamians as Mr. Flowers — an oldfangled joke...

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Krissie Allen: When Congress fails the Gilligan’s Island test

Years ago, one of my professors told me about a “Gilligan’s Island test” that helps discern if actions are moral or immoral. Legend...

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Phil Williams: It really matters

I don’t know about ya’ll but we had an amazing time with family during the Christmas season! Charlene and I had kids and grandkids...

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Andrea Tice: Mooning the COVID virus

My first time ever in downtown Mobile was to take part in the MoonPie drop on New Year’s Eve- this year. My husband’s proposal that...

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Chad Mathis: Parents need to be in charge of their children's education again

When the Alabama Association of School Boards withdrew from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), they made the decision to...

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Ray Melick: Alabama-Georgia rematch was inevitable

Be honest – this seemed inevitable, didn’t it? Alabama vs. Georgia, for the national championship? Since the Southeastern Conference...

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Richard Simmons: Starting a New Year

One of the most popular blogs I have written was posted on December 29, 2017. Since we have added so many new readers in the past four...

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Matt Clark: A red flag for free speech

In the Old Testament, the Nation of Israel was conquered by Assyria because of hundreds of years of unrepentant idolatry. Its neighbor...

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Caylah Coffeen: Millennials defy the myths, for good and for bad

As of 2020, millennials make up over a third of the workforce, the largest represented age demographic. As my generation grew up, we...

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Justin Bogie: State government new years’ resolution should be 'take less from Alabamians in 2022'

As 2021 comes to a close, many Alabamians are reflecting on the year that was, making resolutions, and thinking about what 2022 may...

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KCarl Smith: The Apostle Paul, diversity outreach specialist

The Apostle Paul is certainly one of the best-known figures in the Bible. The letters he wrote thousands of years ago remain insightful...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Parenting - you're not alone; you will make it

How cute, right? Um, not so fast. I'm not in the picture. Instead, I'm seated to the left of Emmy, who is holding the baby, eating...

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Joey Clark: Mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore

In this age of narrative wars, the 1976 Sidney Lumet classic film Network is still worth the price of streaming. From memorable scenes...

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Krissie Allen: A toast to nostalgia

Over the last few weeks, a number of fond childhood memories have resurrected from my past; simple memories such as snuggling under...

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Phil Williams: As goes the King, so goes the Country

There’s an old saying that “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” It speaks to the fact that leadership bears the burden of responsibility...

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Richard Simmons: The humility of Christmas

In Mathew 11:29, Jesus gives us a surprising description of himself. He says, “. . . I am gentle and humble of heart.” The God of the...

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Ray Melick: Over the river and through the woods

One of the true joys of Christmas – at least for me – has always been spending time with family. When my own children were little,...

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Caylah Coffeen: Don't take the bait

Biden just announced that he’s extending the student debt moratorium until May 1st. It was set to end on Feb 1st, but he’s extended...

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KCarl Smith: A former slave and the founding documents

The future of America rests on the shoulders of those who cherish our Founding Principles ─ free speech, religious liberty, the idea...

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