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Joey Clark: 'Momma, I’ve been shot'; 'I love you like no other, Mama'

Two different mothers, two different communities, two different tragedies that nonetheless remind us of how unspeakably fragile life can be.  

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Phil Williams: The right side of history

What are we to think as we watch the current happenings in the Middle East? How does an administration get so much so wrong in so short a time?

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KCarl Smith: The threat of political weaponization

The role of a prosecuting attorney is essential in protecting the inherent freedoms and rights granted to all Americans.

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Ashley Carter: The power to choose

Thanks to the passage of the CHOOSE Act, families have the option to place their children in a school other than their local district school.

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Linda Chastain: From advocacy to action — Hoover's path to cultural enrichment

Now is the time for Hoover to reaffirm its commitment to the arts and invest in the future of our community.

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Sean of the South: Houseguests

My nieces have enough energy to power an average suburban electrical grid. They arrived in our driveway last night after spending upwards of six hours in the car. By the time they got here, they were not unlike compressed atomic matter contained in a jar, just waiting to explode.

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Amie Beth Shaver: Our rescue

Have you heard about the Bielski brothers or what they built deep in the forest? Because they managed to pull off a magnificent resistance.

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Nick Treglia: Today’s dissident political thought is not what you think

What happens when the rebellious youth of the 1960s and 1970s become the establishment?

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Kyle Shideler: Arrest of suspected Alabama bomber shows Antifa is not just a ‘Portland’ problem

The arrest of a 26-year-old Alabama man on charges of detonating an explosive outside the office of the Alabama Attorney General in Montgomery shows that the threat of the anarcho-communist network known as Antifa isn’t limited to any region of the country.

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Allen Keller: Bill Maher and the decline of the American conscience

The characters in "Blood Meridian" began movement in a certain wrong direction on a moral paradigm, a direction toward which they continued with tragic consequences. It’s a lesson to which we’d do well to adhere in our own time.

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U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl: The UAW has no place in Alabama

Allowing the UAW to gain a foothold in Alabama would undermine this principle, putting the prosperity that our state has worked so hard to achieve in jeopardy.

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Secretary of State Wes Allen: Banning Ranked Choice Voting is the next step in ensuring Alabama elections are the most secure in the country

The next step in ensuring Alabama elections are the most secure elections in the country is the outlawing of ranked-choice voting.

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Paul DeMarco: Alabama Legislature must reject efforts to release violent felons from state prisons

A recent tragic murder in Chicago should raise red flags right here in Alabama. 

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Becky Gerritson: Innovation district bills would remove proper legislative authority and give it to selected corporations

An innovation district is a concentrated geographic area where businesses and academia collaborate toward a common economic goal. While that might sound good on paper, in practice, it could have dire consequences, particularly when the government gets involved.

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Col. John Eidsmoe: Have Arizona justices lost their minds by resurrecting an 1864 abortion statute?

The battle for preborn life did not culminate with the Dobbs v. Jackson decision. It now enters an intensified stage – the battle for the hearts and minds and souls of men.

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Melea Stephens: Alabama can protect children online with a simple solution

There’s growing outcry among parents and grandparents in the United States against entities threatening the innocence and well-being of children. Parents are particularly sick and tired of technology companies and the pornography industry pursuing impressionable children as a profit target.  

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Vincent Vernuccio and Stephanie Holden Smith: How Alabama can protect its workers' privacy

Protecting employees and prohibiting taxpayer resources from subsidizing workplace coercion should be a top priority.

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Joey Clark: The most ethical government is no government at all

Am I the only one who finds the never-ending, feckless fussing over corruption in politics to be an utter waste of the public’s time, money, and energy?

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Phil Williams: Joe Camel and the drag queens

How are drag queens any different than Joe Camel selling cigarettes?

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Laura Johnston Clark: A response to the open letter to Senator Katie Britt

I wrote this column in response to an open letter to Senator Katie Britt that was published in 1819 News on April 12.

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Ashley Carter: Teaching lessons that will last a lifetime

This year, I’m especially enjoying seeing my grandson, Parker, run across the field to meet his papa and I, seeking to lend a hand. It’s one of the best feelings ever. 

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Sean of the South: About today

Someone once told me that tomorrow is a day with no mistakes in it.

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Eric Hare: Congress, help employers offer competitive benefits

There aren't many things that are as important to an employer – no matter the size of the company – as being able to offer competitive, affordable health benefits. Today's labor market is competitive, and if a business isn't able to do its part by ensuring their employees and their families have access to high-quality healthcare coverage that doesn't break the bank, you can expect us to lose out on top talent.  

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Jennifer Oliver O'Connell: The library wars — reading pornography out loud seems to be the way to win

Reading these works aloud at every possible opportunity and exposing the filth is the only way to make parents aware of the dangers, and to protect the children at whom they are targeted.

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Charles Kiplinger: An open letter to Sen. Katie Britt

Dear Sen. Katie Britt: On behalf of the North Central Alabama Republican Assembly, I must say we are extremely disappointed in you for voting YES on the recent spending bill.

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Kristin Landers: The push to sexualize Alabama’s children

I used to think Alabama was a state where kids could be kids, but it looks like we could use some sage wisdom from that big dancing rat at Chuck E. Cheese right now.

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Stan McDonald: An apology to Rep. Matt Simpson

As a member of the Alabama Ethics Commission, I have let down the people I serve by ignoring sound biblical counsel of maintaining self-control, of being quick to hear and slow to anger, and of esteeming others higher than myself. 

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