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Jennifer Oliver O'Connell: Alabama is saving lives by banning lab grown meat

Having moved away from a state that shoved synthetic meat and byproducts down the public’s throat at every possible opportunity, it is heartening that the Alabama Senate just voted 32-0 to ban lab grown meat.

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Nick Treglia: Should we do anything?

In light of recent world events, we’ve seen a resurgence of the subtly pernicious argument that America “should do something because it’s the right thing to do.” This “something” ranges from accepting and housing millions of foreigners, to sending billions of our dollars to prolong a stagnant European conflict.

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Gerrick Wilkins: Alabama rising — boldly defending our borders and the American immigration dream

Today, as a congressional candidate for the sixth congressional district, I’d like to discuss a crucial issue: bolstering our borders while respecting the integrity of legal immigration. 

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Allen Keller: Taylor Swift and the age of paranoia

Much has been made of the relationship between Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. Theories vary, but the basic storyline is that Swift is some form of government asset whose purpose is to persuade football fans to vote for Biden.

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Col. John Eidsmoe: Gambling’s connection to the dark side of American history

Gambling, we’re told, is part of the American tradition. From the lotteries of the American colonies to the riverboats and saloons of the Old West, America grew up on gambling. But is this true?

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Joey Clark: Alabama's dogged addiction to gambling hopes

Despite the pesky, pervasive and profitable persistence of illegal gaming in Alabama, nothing compares to the high-stakes games of chance found on Montgomery’s Goat Hill.  

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Phil Williams: Revenge of the sacrificial lamb

A sacrificial lamb, who had been offered up to appease the gods (with a little “g”) of wokeness, just launched her revenge. 

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Charles Kiplinger: Recreating Alabama’s educational system

Change in educational institutions can be a complex and lengthy process. It requires persistence, collaboration, and a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with stakeholders.

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Ashley Carter: Live intentionally

Being intentional is an important part of living a purposeful life.

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Wayne Atcheson, historian of Billy Graham Library: Significance of Super Bowl Sunday

"We can enjoy the Super Bowl down here but nothing will ever compare to the Super Bowl celebration awaiting Christians in Heaven when we see Jesus in mansions of Glory and endless delight!"

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Sean of the South: How to save America

No, I don’t know how to save this country. I don’t know much about anything. But I know family dinners ain’t a bad place to start.

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Amie Beth Shaver: Black History Month?

How did we end up with the idea of separate races? And when did people start buying into the hideous notion that one race was superior to another?

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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore: The COVID-19 vaccine and weaponization of government

The number one concern I've heard from constituents is about the weaponization of our government against its own citizens, particularly through COVID-19.

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Laura Clark: The turning tide in our libraries and government as a whole

The progress in the library books and with the APLS appointments by our governor shows that all is not lost. The people still have power and pushback on this Marxist agenda.

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U.S. Rep. Dale Strong: Time to defeat the left’s lies about Trump, January 6

I am proud to fight for the truth, which is that the 45th president is only guilty of having exposed the far left for who they truly are.

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Kristin Landers: When we don’t know what to do about the dumpster fire that is our nation

What can we do when we feel trapped, with little ability to change things on the larger scale? 

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State Treasurer Young Boozer: If Birmingham-Southern College closes, it's on them, not the State Treasurer

I stand by my decision to deny using Alabama taxpayer dollars for a loan to an institution which I believe has been grossly mismanaged for many years.

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Col. John Eidsmoe: Should Alabama gamble with the good life?

Studies repeatedly show that a disproportionate number of poor people gamble, and they spend a disproportionate amount of their income on gambling.

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Joey Clark: An American hero in Moscow

It is a tragically unsurprising reflection of the United States today that an American hero who gave one of the most courageous displays of resistance to tyranny in recent memory is no longer welcome in America but must live the rest of his days as a Russian citizen in Moscow.

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Senate Majority Leader Steve Livingston: Alabama Senate Republicans – Defending Alabama in 2024

When it comes to being in touch with the issues facing the people of Alabama and effectively serving them, the state legislature stands unrivaled.  

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Sports betting would bring gambling to every single living room in Alabama

Sports betting isn't a fair wager, and it's a bad bet for Alabama sports and Alabama families.

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Justice Will Sellers: Unleashing the power of free markets

Four centuries ago, England jettisoned restraints on free trade and allowed markets, not monopolies, to regulate the sale of products.

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Phil Williams: Saving us from ourselves

Is it possible that some of the movies we consider classics would never have been made if today’s cultural taboos were applied?  

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KCarl Smith: Upholding the Constitution on the border issue amid Marxist challenges

The actions of our current president and his administration have raised concerns about potential betrayal to our country. Some assert that President Biden is influenced by prominent Marxist figures, including the president of Communist China and billionaire George Soros. 

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Ashley Carter: The long goodbye

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a journey of contradictions. You find joy amid sorrow, laughter amid tears and connection amid solitude.

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Kaitlyn Smith: Leaving the world behind through the music of Over the Mountain Festivals

Giving a small glimpse of heaven on earth is exactly what the mission of the Over the Mountain Festivals has been for 15 years: to delight your senses with a taste of what will be.

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Sean of the South: The singer of Daphne, Alabama

“Welcome to Moe’s!” the man sang to us. He was pushing a mop, wiping down tables at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Daphne, Alabama.

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