Rise to the Moment of Truth Saturday, June 15, 2024


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Ray Melick announces retirement after legendary career in news

It was a little over a year ago when I first was contacted about 1819 News. It had been over a decade since I was part of a news organization, but journalism — good journalism — has always been my first love.

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Ray Melick talks teacher salaries versus disappointing student testing results on FM Talk 1065

Listen to 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick on The Jeff Poor Show as they discuss teacher salaries versus disappointing student testing results.

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Ray Melick: Supreme Court returns the debate to the democratic process, where it always belonged

For those Republicans or Conservative who had trouble voting for Donald Trump in 2016, but did because they hoped his biggest contribution would be on the Supreme Court … This last week has been for you.

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Ray Melick: Democrats voting Republican - can you blame them?

Let’s be honest: how do you know that someone hasn’t simply changed their minds, the way so many of our Democrat-turned-Republican political leaders have done in this state over the last two decades?

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Ray Melick: Money talks in Alabama Senate race, but what is it saying?

Why is this race so important as to be worth $24.5 million from organizations largely outside the state of Alabama? Understand, this is not a race to determine which party controls the Senate in November. Alabama is as safely a Republican seat as there is (notwithstanding the blip that was Doug Jones). The bigger issue for Republicans in November is regaining control of the Senate.

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Ray Melick: Thank you for your vote

The truth is, by choosing to not participate in the election process, those people who don’t vote have given those of us who do, power - over their very lives, their laws, their rights, their citizenship.

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Ray Melick: And just like that, football season is over

And just like that, football season is over. Of course, there is no “just like that” like the Super Bowl, that truly American spectacle...

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Ray Melick: SMH, it's another case of JABA

I saw a new internet/social media abbreviation (or maybe it's an acronym) that I had not seen before, that cracked me up. “JABA.” I...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ray Melick: What do Alabamians want? Senate election to reveal

No one can argue that Richard Shelby has not been committed to serving the State of Alabama. When our senior Senator officially leaves...

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Ray Melick: Let's go Brandon!

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan (do I really need to explain who he is?) was never one to get involved in politics. Once asked to...

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Ray Melick: What were once vices are now legislative priorities

The band “The Doobie Brothers” (ask your parents) put out an album way back in 1974 with the title, “What were once vices are now habits.”...

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Ray Melick: When it comes to money, Alabama is singing a new tune

As much as I love the song “Stars Fell on Alabama,’’ maybe it’s time to change the state’s official tune. How about the oldy but goody...

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Ray Melick: Rittenhouse jury show government, media who is in charge

As all the reaction from the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict rolled in, the one thought I had was … why would anyone in their right mind want...