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    Hard at work: Blue collar Alabama in photographs

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    Each and every job is different and unless you have done that occupation, you may not realize the challenges involved. My page, Alabama at Work, is a salute to the hardworking people of this state. An Alabama power crew of men, all leaning on a...

    Religion Editorial – Refuse a common life

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    There’s an extremely antiquated mindset of masculinity that was passed down by our fathers, grandfathers--including our matriarchal figures that have embraced that men have to choose what type of life to live. Men must dominate professionally where money and status often carry more importance...

    Guest Editorial: Finding inspiration in Cullman’s music scene

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Whether on warm summer evenings or brisk winter nights, people head into local  venues to shake off the work week and hear some music. Cullman has a variety of spots to relax, like Moe's, Grumpy's or The Tavern and is adding...

    Guest Editorial – The Valued Man: Without Condition

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    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” The condition...

    Guest Editorial: Protecting Alabama’s waters requires more than lawsuits

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Recent heavy rains put the spotlight on one of the most common yet difficult to resolve environmental concerns – untreated or partially treated sewage leaking into our rivers, lakes and streams. Inflow of rainwater through cracked pipes or faulty manhole covers...

    Where my dad taught me: A photography series

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    This spring at a yard sale, St. Bernard Abbey was selling some outdated student desks. My dad had been a professor at the college, and in a rare moment of sentimentality and reckless spendthrift-ery, I bought one for $35 and began photographing places around...

    Editorial: The Parable of a Prodigal Nation

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    “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him.”  Luke 15:20 NIV              A wonderful Father was there at her birth. He...

    Editorial: Our Personal Trainer 

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    “But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”  John 16:13 NIV                 Personal trainers are a wonderful asset in a person’s life. Almost everyone would love to have one. They work with individuals on a one-on-one basis to help...

    Devotion – Dressing for the day

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     “Put on the full armor of God; so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”                                                                                                      Ephesians 6:11 NASB  As Alabamians, we have learned to live with unpredictable weather. Storms come up quickly, sometimes with no warning. We try...

    Opinion: Legislative update from Rep. Randall Shedd

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    "Major broadband legislation will be addressed again in my committee (House Urban & Rural Development) this coming week. A working group of legislators met with Governor Ivey this past week to make final changes to SB215 carried in the House by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville. This...

    365 AMERICAN JOY-GIVERS for 2021: Betty, Bette and The Boys Birthday Party

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    You might have anticipated the setting for the “Betty, Bette and The Boys Birthday Party” would be one of Hugh Hefner’s swanky mansions or the even more cinematic Sonoma Valley winery owned by Francis Ford Coppola. Instead, we opted for “a place where even...

    365 AMERICAN JOY-GIVERS for 2021: ‘The Winners Circle Birthday Party’

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    Brooke Astor was known as “The Queen of New York.” Her beloved country house, “Holly Hill,” in Briarcliff, New York is the regal setting for “The Winners Circle Birthday Party.” The Westchester County estate has more than 10,000 square feet, including 24 rooms, 13...

    Whitmire: Different year, same old fight, but a new champion for open government

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       Alabama doesn’t function like other states on a lot of things, but especially when it comes to public records.  Last year, my colleague Amy Yurkanin had a question: How much was the University of Alabama at Birmingham paying a private company to recruit students from...

    Guest Editorial: It’s the dirt that makes us

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    The Bible tells us that we are all made of dust, and to dust we shall return. Well, I think the Good Lord must have made me out of Alabama red clay and river bottom silt. I was born and raised on a cattle...

    Guest Editorial: Know where you get your news

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    In many areas of Alabama, blogs or Facebook pages have begun to function as news agencies. While those entities can be helpful in distributing information, they lack the accountability to be considered an actual news outlet. In my opinion, a news outlet should be credentialed...