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    Op-Ed: Remember Vietnam veterans this Memorial Day

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    As we honor our war dead this Memorial Day, please remember the extraordinary price Vietnam veterans have paid. If you have never visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., I urge you to do so. Being a Vietnam veteran, I knew from its construction...

    Op-Ed: Medicaid expansion would fix the hole in the roof of Alabama’s health care system

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    It may not have sounded like it on the surface, but Gov. Kay Ivey recently made one of her most encouraging comments yet about Medicaid expansion. “It would be irresponsible,” Ivey told reporters Tuesday, “to think about expanding Medicaid just for the sake of...

    Letter to the Editor: Caregiving in the era of COVID-19

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    Even in ordinary times, the more than 760,000 unpaid family caregivers in Alabama face a daunting set of daily tasks. Oftentimes with little or no training, they may be responsible for wound care, tube feedings, dressing, managing the finances and medical bills of their loved...

    Op-ed: A war with an invisible enemy

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    The coronavirus pandemic has been called a war with an invisible enemy. The Greatest Generation taught us to win a war; we have to be “all in” and we can win this one that way, too! Legislators begin each week with a conference call with Governor...

    Op-Ed: Another rural hospital is closing- What will it take for Alabama to finally expand Medicaid?

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    Today (Friday, March 6, 2020), when the Pickens County Medical Center closes its doors, it will become yet another sad statistic among the now 14 hospitals in Alabama that have shuttered their doors since 2011. Eight of those have been in rural communities. There are...

    AL Labor Sec. Fitzgerald Washington: 2019 economic wrap-up

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    With the closing of the past decade, and at the beginning of a new one, economic conditions in Alabama couldn’t be much better.  We at the Alabama Department of Labor have been busy wrapping up statistics and facts for 2019, and we’re happy to...

    Op-Ed: The most important agency in our state!

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    First, notice my topic is not the most important state agency. My topic is the most important agency in the state. What agency is the most important in the state? Which agency can impact reduction in crime the most, reduce and eliminate racism, friction among our...

    Op-Ed: Continue to improve rural Alabama

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    My legislative district is rural, therefore my voice in the Legislature is for rural issues. We’ve had significant success for “rural Alabama” in the Legislature in recent years, primarily because of a focus lead by the Rural Caucus in the Alabama House of Representatives One member...

    Op-Ed: What new overtime rules mean to Alabama businesses

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    Federal overtime rules which took effect Jan. 1 are having a big impact on Alabama’s small businesses. The change means more management-level employees are eligible for overtime. According to the Labor Department, the new rule affects an estimated 1.2 million workers nationwide. Previously, employees classified as...

    Op-Ed: Continue broadband expansion

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    Can you imagine being without “city water” or electricity? Without either of those utilities readily available, life would be difficult, and our local economy would be almost nonexistent. Certainly, the poultry industry wouldn’t be what it is in our area today. We can’t imagine being without electricity...