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    Op-Ed: To the single mother on Mother’s Day

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    I write this as a man who was raised by a single mother during the most transformative years of my life. It's hard to...

    Op-Ed: ‘You’ll miss this’… will we, though?

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    Around each turn in a local grocery store or shopping center, you can almost certainly hear some variation of the phrase, “Enjoy this while it lasts,”...

    Op-Ed: Bones and Barrels is a vibe – you should run...

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    Bones and Barrels is one of the most underrated trail races you will find. Zombie Trail Races, a local running company, hosts seven of these...

    Op-Ed: A tale of 2 fandoms: The Chiefs, Swifties and a...

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    In the intricate tapestry of modern pop culture, few threads have ever been as seamlessly woven as that of Taylor Swift and NFL fandom....

    Op-Ed: Cullman Tribune Debate Series picks back up with county superintendent...

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    Since wonderful Covid locked us down for a while before excessive safety measures were put in place, The Tribune debates have been an event...

    Op-Ed: Unions want to target one of Alabama’s crown jewel industries,...

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    Sept. 30, 1993, marked a watershed moment in Alabama history. That is the day Mercedes-Benz went against the grain and chose our state to...

    Op-Ed: Alabama should proceed with caution on ‘school choice’

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    With another legislative session in Alabama right around the corner, along with a presidential election, “school choice” is quickly becoming a hot topic across...

    EDITORIAL: Changes…needed or nah 

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    Carrying a heavy burden is not the easiest thing in life, but for the rare few it's something we know has to be done...

    Op-Ed: Fear of the known

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    Work. It's something most of us have to do at least five days each week. However, for some the work week turns into a...

    Op-Ed: A parent’s practical guide to the pumpkin patch

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    Picture it: a verdant green field, speckled with hay, dotted with pumpkins of every shade. The air has a certain crispness to it. Faint...

    Op-Ed: Active participation over passive complaints

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    In an era where social media platforms amplify voices, it is imperative to exercise discernment between constructive dialog and counterproductive complaining. As evidenced by...

    Op-Ed: Alabama’s historic grocery tax cut goes into effect, but more...

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    Alabamians are feeling a bit of relief at the grocery store checkout lines as a result of the tax cut on food that a...

    Op-Ed: The quiet legacy of a quilter

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    As a sewist and quilter with over 15 years of experience, I have been called several times to adopt another quilter's "stash". A stash...

    Op-Ed: To eliminate ‘help wanted’ signs, we must shift our focus...

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    To gather the fullest employment picture in Alabama – and across the nation for that matter – we must shift our focus to labor...

    Op-Ed: Rock the South through the eyes of a first-timer

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    As a Cullman local who lived in the county and worked at a local watering hole, Rock the South had always been synonymous for...

    Op-Ed: Alabama’s historic grocery tax cut shows we must always attempt...

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    Alabamians may have felt their wallets bulge a bit last month when the Legislature approved our bill that slices the sales tax on groceries...

    Op-Ed: It’s time to teach our students that the difference between...

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    Despite rising salaries, a robust economy and a highly competitive job market that is forcing some employers to entice new workers with signing bonuses,...

    Op-Ed: The perfect opportunity to repeal the grocery tax is before...

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    For all of my adult life, politicians in Montgomery have talked about the need to remove the state sales tax from groceries, but they...

    Op-Ed: It’s time to put fentanyl dealers behind bars

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    I’m certain that many of you have heard about the drug fentanyl in the news these last few years, the powerful opioid similar to...

    Op-Ed: Remembering 3:16

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    Do you remember where you were, and what you were doing three years ago, on March 16, 2020? I do. I remember that day...

    Op-Ed: Alabama’s community colleges are aligned with the needs of business...

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    In the five years since I became Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, nothing has been a higher priority than making sure we...

    Op-Ed ‘President Biden should make up his mind’

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       Last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law S.B. 202, a piece of reform legislation that will enhance the security and integrity of...

    Op-Ed: Despite criticisms, Alabama’s environment is best it’s been since standards...

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    As the director of the state agency charged with safeguarding Alabama’s environment, I have great respect for and deep appreciation of our state’s wonderful...

    Op-Ed: Slowing coronavirus spread is key in 2021

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    As the new year begins and we reflect on 2020, we are faced with the sad reality that almost 4,800 Alabamians have died from...

    Op-Ed: 400 years later, the Pilgrim story is more relevant than...

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    This Thanksgiving will be different from any other we have had in our lifetimes.  This past year has been a struggle, as every single...

    Op-Ed: An inspirational pick

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    A century ago, the Suffragettes finally succeeded in winning the right to vote for women. They would be thrilled to see the nomination of...

    On this Independence Day, recalling the Founders’ views of a free...

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    America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First...

    Op-Ed: This is our time, Alabama

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    My fellow Alabamians: In a few days, America will celebrate her 244th birthday. Traditionally, many towns and cities around the country light up the night with...

    Ivey: Census participation is not simply about you

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    Census 2020 kicked off in March, shortly before the word “coronavirus” entered our everyday vocabulary and upended life as we then knew it. And...

    Op-Ed:  Let’s build America’s health care equipment in Alabama 

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    This is a difficult day for all of us. New unemployment numbers released this morning, some of the worst in our nation’s history, paint...

    Op-Ed: Community colleges:  Essential to post-pandemic economic recovery in Alabama and...

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    Community colleges in Alabama and across the nation have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and...

    Op-Ed: Remembering my father and the Greatest Generation

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    It has been 75 years since the end of World War II. Today, May 8, we celebrate V.E. or Victory in Europe Day, the...

    Op-Ed: ‘I’m proud to be a part of the Tyson Blountsville...

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    While we are all experiencing a NEW way of life during this pandemic, I have experienced and seen a lot of good during this...

    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...

    Op-Ed: Medicaid expansion would fix the hole in the roof of...

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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...

    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...

    Op-Ed: Another rural hospital is closing- What will it take for...

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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Op-ed: Better paying jobs & continued economic growth

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    Every working-age, able-bodied person needs a good paying job. Not too many years ago, the dominant manufacturing industry in Alabama was the textile industry. Just...

    Op-ed: Mental health and substance abuse

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    Holidays are exciting times for many but tough for some. For some, holidays are tough because of the loss of loved ones. Those of us...

    Op-Ed: Education- how do we get to number 1?

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    This question has numerous answers, but I would like to hear your answer or answers. I firmly believe education is important to our future. The...

    Op-Ed: Local Legislation

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    Local legislation is often required to authorize a local entity to do something specific that otherwise is not authorized by law or the state...

    Op-Ed: Making Alabama safer for children and families

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    It’s been a little over a month since we learned about the death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney in Birmingham. That kind of violence against...

    Op-Ed: Road and bridge projects

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    It’s important for everyone to understand the process for road and bridge projects. First of all, please understand that legislators do not vote to do...

    Op-Ed: Senior citizens, thank you!

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    I am thankful for faith, family and freedom! And, I am thankful for senior citizens; they’ve truly blessed my life! I’ve just always been able...

    Op-Ed: Support LOCAL shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday

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    Governor Ivey has proclaimed Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as Small Business Saturday in Alabama. Small business really is the bedrock of Alabama’s economy....

    Op-Ed: Better customer service by state agencies

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    This is a theme I’ve been promoting since I arrived in Montgomery. I firmly believe in the Christian principle, “We are to serve, not be...

    Op-Ed: Alabama prisons and criminal justice system

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    With any issue, finding the right balance is the key to success. The prison/criminal justice system issue is no different. The purpose of prisons, in...

    Op-ed: Protect RSA

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    When I say my goal is to protect RSA, (Retirement System of Alabama), I am speaking of preventing changing the retirement of Alabama’s public...

    Op-ed: Cullman internet speeds 33% lower than Alabama average. Can it...

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    Residents of Cullman are likely familiar with this frustrating situation: only one or two options for internet service, and high prices for slow speeds. Unsurprisingly,...

    Op-ed: It’s time to get back to work in Montgomery!

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    Alabama Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview Winning football coaches tell their teams to celebrate victory for 24 hours then get back to work. We're ready to get...

    Op-Ed: Fight hunger in Alabama by protecting food assistance and strengthening...

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    The thought of a hungry child moves all of us to want to help. Alabamians are among the most generous people in the nation....

    OP-ED: Gov. Kay Ivey: 1 year in, serving Alabama

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    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey / Courtesy of "Governor Kay Ivey's First Year" April 10, 2018, marks one year since I unexpectedly became governor. With only...