Rise to the moment of truth Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tag: OPINION

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Ray Melick: It couldn't get any better ... until it did

It can’t get any better than this. How many times did you say that this weekend, watching four NFL playoff games that were possibly...

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Randy Tatano: A writer, because of a great teacher

Fifth Grade, 1964. The Cold War. The space race. And an amazing teacher. I loved school back then. And after a long summer, I was ready...

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Sean of the South: Lady of the checkout lane

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  The supermarket checkout line. She was white-haired and frail. Her buggy was filled to capacity...

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Ray Melick: Real voter suppression is when you don't vote

The calls used to come with some regularity. “President Trump is a dictator,’’ the angry voice would scream. To which I would respond,...

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Caylah Coffeen: Is COVID revealing or suppressing real issues?

I don’t know about you, but I’m deathly sick of hearing about COVID. I never thought I’d miss celebrity gossip, but at this point,...

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Justin Bogie: Rush to spend ARPA funds is feeding government rather than taking less from the people

On Wednesday, the Alabama Legislature convened a special session within the 2022 Regular Legislative Session, that will determine how...

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KCarl Smith: The Left can't bear to allow true free speech

Often in politics, there is the right side of an issue and a wrong side. But without our God-given freedom of speech, how would we,...

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Erica Thomas: Time for Alabama to channel a little "Towanda"

The 1991 film, “Fried Green Tomatoes” is as southern as it gets. A story from the early 1900s, taking place in a small Alabama town....

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Rep. Debbie Wood: Waterford Upstart pilot showing positive results in pre-K

It’s no secret: Alabama has a literacy problem. It’s an issue compounded by a global pandemic that continues affecting school districts...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Dear Salt, thank you

"Mom. I think you should try it." Easy for her to say, as I stood ankle-deep amid a snowstorm called Izzy, a Saskatchewan Screamer....

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Joey Clark: The unfortunate lesson of bowling alone

A recent shooting at Montgomery’s Bama Lanes on the Atlanta Highway reminds me of two things. First, I am reminded of Robert Putnam’s...

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Krissie Allen: CASEL demonstrates the limits of Social Emotional Learning

There comes a time when we all have to come to terms with our limits — with what is our responsibility, our role, or even our capability....

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Phil Williams: When our mayors - and governor! - provide cover for breaking the law

A few years ago, I realized that I had never read the classic book To Kill A Mockingbird by Alabama’s own Harper Lee. How did that...

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Ray Melick: Alabama loses a game, legislature goes into action

Last Monday night, Alabama lost in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Two days later, the Alabama House State...

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Dan Sutter: Innovation and prosperity in Alabama

Value-creating businesses drive state and local economies.  Yet in a dynamic, market economy, past success does not ensure future success. ...

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Sean of the South: WEEEEEE!

By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South  I have a letter here from Kyle that reads, “Dear Sean, I have the ring, I have the girl, but every...

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Richard Simmons: The value of friendship

After writing a blog on the “The Loneliness Epidemic, ” a friend sent me a sketch from “Saturday Night Live.” The sketch refers to...

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Randy Tatano: Alabama fans, let me show you how to lose

Believe me, I get it. I know what it feels like when your favorite team loses. Problem is, I know it a lot better than Alabama fans....

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Caleb Crosby: Alabama needs a bold agenda for the future

Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives have announced their legislative agenda for the 2022 regular session. Supporters...

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Caylah Coffeen: Blurred lines and a generation of plummeting trust

President Joe Biden is meddling with Congress. He wants them to get rid of the filibuster so debate will end, and Democrats can pass...

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Andrea Tice: Oh, the irony of Ivey

On Tuesday night, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered a traditional state of the state speech to a room full of legislators newly returned to Montgomery....

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KCarl Smith: School choice makes education the best escape route from poverty

As we look to the next generation of citizens, leaders and innovators, it is important that we as a nation prepare them for future...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Courage, even when you are afraid

When was the first time you felt afraid? Oh sure. We felt fear when we swung a tad too high on the playground swing. Or when we went...

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Chad Mathis: Transgender athletes damage integrity of women's sports

A UPenn male swimmer who identifies as a woman is currently competing in women’s swim meets across the country. As he does so, he continues...

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Justin Bogie: Changing budget trajectory should be top priority for Alabama legislature

As the Alabama Legislature begins the 2022 Regular Legislative Session today in Montgomery, passing the states' two operating budgets...

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Joey Clark: Only our legislature could equate gambling with "aesthetic character"

Not until the last couple of years have I taken time to shift some of my focus from Washington’s politics to Alabama’s own, though...

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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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