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    Letter to the editor: Change our laws in Alabama so people...

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    We must change our laws in Alabama so that people with mental illness can get adequate mental health (care). Today, what we have in...

    COLUMN: Snakes hiss me off

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    It’s springtime, and I knew it was bound to happen with all this warm weather we’ve been having. Today, I almost stepped on a...

    Guest voices: Cold Springs students tour event venues

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    On Feb. 22, 2024, Cold Springs High School Family and Consumer Sciences classes took 25 students on a field trip to tour local Cullman...

    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...

    EDITORIAL: Christmas is over, now what? 

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    Ah, Christmas.   This writer has never seen the community of Cullman pull together so tightly until wreaths are strung amid streetlights, the Warehouse District is...

    OP-ED: Alabama newspapers are not disappearing

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    Recent changes in the newspaper landscape in Alabama have us wanting to share some good news about newspapers. Alabama newspapers are alive and printing.  Like...

    Op-Ed: Top 10 romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

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    Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with a romantic movie? From heartwarming love stories to steamy romances, here...

    OP-ED: Short-term inconvenience vs. long-term improvement

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    In January of last year, Governor Kay Ivey awarded $18.2 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to fund infrastructure improvements and upgrades all...

    52 ODES TO JOY: HEART IN HAND

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    “If we all just lend a hand, we can lift some hearts.”—Melody Minagar  HEART IN HAND is a centuries-old symbol of compassion and a willingness...

    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. DINERS

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    “When do we learn that the world, like any diner worth its salt, is open 24 hours a day?”—Daniel Handler  American diners are the perfect...

    52 ODES TO JOY: FUN FREEDOMS

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    Remember when America was all about freedom-loving fun and people fought for “The Right to Party?” Even in 1773 (evening of December 16), our...

    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. ZINE

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                                                            ODE TO JOY-ZINES                                    A self-pub, a journal, a dream board, a zine;                                    All the positivity one might glean.                                    For you and by you,...

    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. DADS

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                                                                          ODE TO MY DAD                             Dad, I’m glad you were one of my favorite parents,                             Even though we disagreed about most sermons and nearly...

    52 ODES TO JOY: THE 1-HOUR S.U.N.S. JOY LIFT

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    NEVER TRUST A GERONTOLOGIST UNDER 70! Please hear me saying that playfully. However, I’ve done my 70 years and spent much of it studying...

    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. SUMMER

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                                                                           ODE TO SUMMER                                                   My longtime favorite season is summer.                                                   Though fall, spring nor winter is a bummer.                                                   At 70, this thought’s not a...

    Guest Editorial: Learning to recognize heart-related issues post Covid

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    Since the early part of 2020, Covid-19 has been a major element in our daily lives. It’s rare to speak to a neighbor, coworker,...

    52 ODES TO JOY: YOUR HERO MEMO

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                                                            AMERICAN HEROES by Cheryl Alexander (American poet, Cheryl Alexander, about her ode to heroes: “This poem is dedicated to all the heroes in our...

    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. AGE JOY LIBRARY

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    I LOVE LIBRARIES and I have a dream of a beautiful, FREE, public one with happy colors, patron-selected seating, art murals, craft/study/activity areas, cubbies,...

    Guest Editorial: Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock announces report of...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In its April 2022 term, the Grand Jury of Cullman County issued felony and misdemeanor indictments in 257 cases with a...

    52 ODES TO JOY: SIMPLICITY POSITIVITY

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                                                                 When I get the urge to purge,                                                              I first put on some music.                                                              A little more punk and a little less dirge,                                                              Then...

    52 ODES TO JOY: ZEST FOR ZZZ

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                                                                    ODE TO ZZZ                                                      ZZZ are A-okay methinks,                                                      Each regarded with great esteem.                                                      A long sleep or just 40 winks,                                                      To doze, perchance to...

    52 ODES TO JOY: FLANEUR JOY

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                                                                        ODE TO WANDERLUST                                                  I long to walk there, maybe there and then there.                                                  More joy-filled I’ll return, you may surely trust.                                                  In my...

    Guest Editorial: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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    l. His death was certain A. Joseph of Arimathaea came to Pilate the Governor after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and requested the privilege of...

    52 ODES TO JOY: BEGIN AGAIN & AGAIN

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                                                                  ODE TO REINVENTING                                                   Any given day can be a time to start over,                                                   It just takes hard work, luck and good intention.                                                   So,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    She Reads: 2022 Recommended Reading List

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Well, here we are, we have made it to the conclusion of 2021 and as we’re introduced to 2022, we might...

    She Reads: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah...

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    “When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.You will assume she is obsessed...

    She Reads: ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

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    There are some novels that we return to after a while; books that resume their places in our hearts as we turn their pages...

    She Reads: ‘Of Women and Salt’ by Gabriela Garcia

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    “Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Garcia, follows Jeanette, a young woman who is battling addiction and in search of the deeply hidden truths...

    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...

    SPORTS COLUMN: Playoff field beginning to settle with regular season in...

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    The Iron Bowl: Any time the Tide of Alabama travels to the plains of Auburn magic happens, and unlike the norm this time the magic...

    SPORTS COLUMN: Finding clarity in the chaos after week 12

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    Another One Bites The Dust: Another week, another chaotic outcome that's beginning to paint a clear picture. No. 23 Utah ended the first half with...

    SPORTS COLUMN: Playoff field beginning to settle after Week 11

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    -Don't Forget Your Popcorn: Lane Kiffin's Rebels were able to notch their biggest win of the season against the surging Texas A&M Aggies. Ole Miss...

    Editorial: Parenting—It’s not a contest

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    Here’s a question for you: Why do we, as humans, feel the need to go completely overboard when it comes to everything to do...

    (Editorial) The Policies of Starting Over: The Final Policy

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    There are few things that we are in constant opposition to than change. As I began this column, I envisioned something quite a bit...

    She Reads: fall reading recommendations

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    After quite an eventful summer season, we transition into fall with a cloudy sky freckled by falling leaves, or rainy weekends that blur into...

    Editorial: High School marching bands—Cullman’s pride and joy

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    Last weekend, the City of Cullman was bustling as Oktoberfest celebrations were happening in Depot Park and the Cullman County Fair Parade made its...

    Editorial: I Love How I Drive

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    My best friend of nearly a decade visited me this past week. He lives in Mississippi and though we try to have face-to-face visits...

    She Reads: ‘A Simple Favor’ by Darcey Bell

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    Long time, no see, readers. We are picking after She Reads’ small hiatus and hitting the ground running with this week’s story, ‘A Simple...

    Editorial: The 2021 Paralympic Games – inspiration in the midst of...

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    Over the past two weeks, it seems every news story has brought more and more sad news. With Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida, COVID-19 and wildfires...

    Editorial: The Policies of Starting Over – Forgiving Yourself

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    I have never been able to see the forest from the trees. At 5’2, I have needed to stand on my toes to see...

    Editorial: Plagiarism – The heist of ideas

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    Plagiarism—quite possibly the dirtiest word in academics and journalism. Oxford Languages defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and...

    She Reads: ‘Then She Was Gone’ by Lisa Jewell

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    Though I cannot speak much to what exactly I was expecting from “Then She Was Gone,” author Lisa Jewell’s name has come up several...

    Editorial: Rock The South 2021- Grey skies and happy times

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    There is a nearly constant negativity in the Cullman community surrounding the mere existence of Rock the South. This year was no different and...

    Editorial – The Policies of Starting Over: Continuing the Conversation

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    Isn’t it funny how if you hear something repeated enough, it begins to sound like the truth? I am not referring to actual statements...

    Editorial – The Policies of Starting Over: Stop apologizing

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    How many times a day do you apologize? I am not talking about when you actually feel as if you did something wrong either....

    She Reads: ‘The Sound of Glass’ by Karen White

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    I’ve mentioned in other reviews how I am not a fan of love stories, but this week, I found Karen White’s "The Sound of...

    She Reads: ‘Zoe Rosenthal is Not Lawful Good’ by Nancy Werlin

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    This week in She Reads, we have an incredibly surprising work, “Zoe Rosenthal is Not Lawful Good” by Nancy Werlin. In this novel, we...

    Editorial: How the Olympics inspired me

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    In 1977, my kindergarten teacher asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Overwhelmingly, the answer was an Olympian....

    The Policies of Starting Over – Putting your best foot forward

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    When in the process of moving forward in life, do you ever find yourself gravitating toward what you ran from in the first place?...

    She Reads: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ by Ruth Ware

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    Last week, I wrote about how I had greatly enjoyed Ruth Ware’s work on, “Into A Dark, Dark Wood” and this week, I have...

    Hiding behind a screen – the negative impact of social media

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    When will I ever learn? I know better, but it’s so hard to fight the urge. I’m talking primarily about indulging in the horrible...

    She Reads: Into A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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    “I am running. I am running through moonlit woods, with branches ripping at my clothes and my feet catching in the snow-bowed bracken.” With...

    Editorial: The Policies of Starting Over – Patience

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    It has been a few weeks since I last wrote anything for The Policies of Starting Over, and for this, I feel I owe...

    She Reads: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

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    This is a story that deserves to be spoken about with respect. Author Julie Kibler transports you back and forth through time as you...

    Editorial: Arrest records and the dominos which fall…

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    For as long as the newspaper industry has existed, issues have included arrest reports and incidents reported in the given area by the county...

    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...

    Editorial: Don’t feed the ducks

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    A few years ago, I was employed in an area which harbored a substantial feral cat colony, 20 or so, with kittens. I was...

    Editorial: ‘It’s just like this for now’

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    I heard a phrase the other day that sat with me for a while before it really began to settle. “It’s just like this...

    Editorial: Has Generation X been lost in the shuffle?

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    Over the past several years, there’s been plenty of chatter about generational differences between the boomers, millenials and Generation Z. It's been mostly insults...

    She Reads: ‘The Maidens’ by Alex Michaelides

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    “Edward Fosca was a murderer. This was a fact. This wasn’t something Mariana knew just on an intellectual level, as an idea. Her body...

    Editorial: I’m not pregnant and yes, I am sure

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    One of the most awkward interactions that a person can experience is when an unsuspecting woman is asked if she is pregnant or when...

    Editorial: Summer recommended reading list

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    Something magical happens when you first reach for a book. The possibilities become endless and worlds you knew nothing about become visible- fallen cities,...

    She Reads: ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

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    Let me begin this review by simply saying, y’all, I could not put this one down. This week, the book of choice has been...

    Editorial: A love letter to my son

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    As I strolled around the Cracker Barrel gift shop Monday night, I passed a display that’s been there for a long time; one that...

    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...

    Editorial: Don’t honk at me! I live here!

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    I’ve noticed that as the City of Cullman grows, so do the unexpected consequences and problems. One of those problems is the traffic on...

    Editorial: The policies of starting over – Asking for help

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    When it comes to writing, I have always enjoyed getting things done. I love the feeling that comes when I have completed a piece...

    Editorial: The policies of starting over pt. 2

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    Change is a largely evolving concept. Occasionally, we are swept up in this giant wave of newness and gives us a feeling of being...

    Editorial: Laying stress at the door

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    As a certified yoga instructor who has taught for over seven years, Beverly Dotesy found her neighboring passion in massage therapy. She had always...

    Editorial: The policies of starting over

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    There are few things that we as people seem to love less than change. The disruption to our daily patterns, motions and moments rattles...

    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...

    She Reads: The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn

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    When initially reaching for “The Woman in the Window”, I hoped sincerely to find a novel that would truly capture the magical essence of...

    Editorial: Music’s comeback in Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - While live music may have been a staple for many before the pandemic hit, it has certainly dwindled to a crawl...

    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...

    Editorial: Time to check your wall heaters

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    I consider myself quite lucky after discovering a fire in my living room Monday afternoon. For anyone with older homes with built-in electric wall...

    Editorial: What Do Moms Want?

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    Mother’s Day is just a week away and compared to last year’s quarantined Mother’s Day, this year, shopping and planning a special day for...

    Letter to the Editor: A race to beat Lyme disease

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    In June of 2012, our family visited a petting zoo in the Florida Keys. The next night, we ended up in the ER with...

    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...

    Editorial: The guide to ‘one-uppers’

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    We all know someone who seems compelled to ruin any and every conversation. I call them the one-uppers. Regardless of your experience, they feel...

    Football field graduations are underrated

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    “I can’t wait to graduate in Wallace State’s gym!” said no high school senior ever. After spending the end of last year wondering if...

    Editorial: 2021 fashion trends? Yeah, no thanks

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    I have never claimed to be an expert fashionista, but I know ugly when I see it. Lately, as I have walked through some...

    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...

    Whitmire: Alabama is dead last for open records. The Legislature could...

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    You’ve probably heard something like this before: another national ranking, another instance when Alabama ranked dead last. But I promise you, this one is different,...

    Tornado safety tips from State Farm Insurance

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    During the peak of storm season, our greatest concern is for the safety of everyone who will be affected by a storm. State Farm...

    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...

    Rhino headlines New South Wrestling’s ‘We Love Wrestling’ at J.C. Arena

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - In my 33 years I had never seen a wrestling show in person, until Saturday night. New South Pro Wrestling presented...

    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...

    Letter to the Editor: America’s truckers are an important line of...

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    On any given day, there are tens of thousands of people being trafficked into and within the U.S. A large percentage of the victims...

    Editorial: Clearing the fog on COVID’s effects

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    The doctors call it “COVID fog,” and it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as respiratory issues and ventilators. It is a very real...

    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...

    Letter to the Editor: Is there any real good that comes...

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    There was an article concerning the Alabama Legislature 2021 Session in The Cullman Tribune on January 2, 2021. Garlan Gudger and Randall Shedd commented...

    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...

    Letter the Editor: The dangers of benzodiazepine abuse

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    Prescription benzodiazepines can treat several conditions, including epilepsy, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. However, professionals continue to debate as to whether long-term use...

    Editorial: Hopes for 2021 from the perspective of a young college...

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    At midnight on Jan. 1, 2020, I was at Goat Island listening to the band perform with my dad and thinking about the year...

    Editorial: 2020 hasn’t been all bad

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    This year has seemed longer than others, and it's hard to believe that J. Lo and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime performance was less than...

    Letter to the Editor: ‘Thank you and God bless’

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    On behalf of Double CK Bucking Bulls and Second Chance Rodeo Ministry we would like to take a few minutes to say thank you...

    Dr. Adam Harrison responds to debate stoked by Facebook post

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    Editor's note: A post on a local Facebook page Saturday afternoon used a second-hand quote from Cullman physician Dr. Adam Harrison regarding in-person worship...