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December 25, 2014

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HOT BLAST: A new look at the South -- as a place of destination

The South -- our South -- is many things to different people. It's a whipping post for critics of Republican politics. It's heavenly for Americans looking for low taxes and good weather. And it's frustrating for Southerners wishing the region would reach its full potential.

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Thursday 12/25/2014
Hardy Jackson: The Jacksons go robotic
Posted: December 25, 2014

Author’s note: This is not an endorsement of a particular product. No company has paid me to speak highly of what they are seeking to sell to an unsuspecting public, though I am not opposed to the idea. Nor has any company paid me to speak disparagingly of their competition, though I am willing to discuss it with them. No, what follows is a simple explanation of a change that has taken place in the Jackson household and the agent of that alteration.

Op-Ed: Moving forward at Gadsden State
Posted: December 25, 2014

Are you ready to make a change in your life? Have you thought a college education might be what you need to land your dream job? Do you have family or friends interested in going back to school to learn a new skill, prepare for a better job or learn more about a hobby or specialized interest area? If you’re even thinking about college, you need not look any farther than Gadsden State Community College.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
HOT BLAST: Where has the 'Duck Dynasty' clan gone this year?
Posted: December 24, 2014

If you've been wondering why there isn't as much buzz about the Duck Dynasty television show as in the past, it's because you're right. The buzz has dropped off.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Editorial: The Victoria's next life
Posted: December 23, 2014

In a perfect world, The Victoria Inn wouldn’t have spent its recent years bouncing between different owners and different visions. But this world is hardly perfect.

Editorial: A verse for cyber warfare
Posted: December 23, 2014

In October 1854 in the middle of the Crimean War, more than 100 British soldiers were killed and 160 were wounded during an ill-fated confrontation with Russia.

Speak Out: Respect needed for police officers
Updated: December 23, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Law enforcement is not just another job, and we can’t pretend that it is if we want good people to keep doing it.

HOT BLAST: Republicans, get ready for March 1, 2016
Posted: December 23, 2014

Know what may happen on March 1, 2016?

Monday 12/22/2014
Editorial: Terrorists in time of joy
Posted: December 22, 2014

Just days before Christmas comes fresh and horrifying details of how militants of Islamic State (or ISIS or ISIL) are treating women.

Editorial: A worthy cause for Montgomery
Posted: December 22, 2014

If Calhoun County’s lawmakers need a political cause for 2015, they should call Brad McBrayer.

Speak Out: UAB's Watts a 'heck of a guy'
Posted: December 22, 2014

UAB President Ray Watts is in a tough spot. As the leader of our state’s largest employer, he is faced with difficult decisions each and every day, and now more so than ever.

HOT BLAST: Re-inventing Democrats in their former image
Posted: December 22, 2014

"Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats. In sharp contrast to the thin gruel that passes for leadership today, the old party of the people, with all its flaws, shaped much of the modern world, and usually for the better. Think of Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman, John Kennedy, or California’s Pat Brown, politicians who believed in American greatness, economic growth, and upward mobility."

Sunday 12/21/2014
Insight: Measuring democracy in America
Posted: December 21, 2014

As political pundits have begun to size up 2014, some continue to engage in anguished public handwringing over the health of democracy — at least as measured by voter turnout last month. Just 36 percent of Americans cast ballots in November, the lowest percentage since 1942. Fewer and fewer Americans have confidence in their government; approval of Congress is at historic lows.

Bob Davis: The scripted world of today's TV
Posted: December 21, 2014

We all remember Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, right? The comedy television program that aired from 1968 until 1973 on NBC. Goldie Hawn dancing around in a bikini. Arte Johnson, dressed as a German soldier, arising from behind a potted plant and saying, “Veddy interesting.” Lily Tomlin’s child character Edith Ann punctuating every sketch with a raspberry and her catchphrase, “And that’s the truth!”

H. Brandt Ayers: Of Christmas Eves past
Posted: December 21, 2014

Those among us who have experienced at least 50 Christmases, looking back, may discern different emotional states with which we have confronted the spiritual wonder as well as the anxieties and stresses of the season.

Op-Ed: Abysmal results with Medicaid expansion
Posted: December 21, 2014

Last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced his proposal for a “Medicaid expansion alternative” that would expand the program to nearly 200,000 currently ineligible individuals in the state. Also called a “hybrid plan,” Haslam’s version of expansion would provide Medicaid-funded vouchers to be used for premiums and other expenses for employed individuals making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (the level set by traditional expansion requirements).

Speak Out: Ghosts of a bygone era
Posted: December 21, 2014

Are you a baby boomer? Can you recall bomb shelters? Do you recall bomb-shelter drills or hoarding food in the shelters? To today’s generation, this scenario borders on being comical or just science fiction, but to us Cold War-era kids, it was (and is) oh, so, real.

Speak Out: Thanks to the Mashburns
Posted: December 21, 2014

Anniston is blessed to have among us people who genuinely care about our community. Among those are David and Kathy Mashburn of Classic on Noble.

Friday 12/19/2014
Editorial: Tea Party and fat cats
Posted: December 19, 2014

A popular explanation of the Tea Party from the left says the political movement that arose in 2009 was a new label on an old movement, and not something wholly fresh on the scene.

Speak Out: Fire sprinklers save lives, property
Posted: December 19, 2014

Re “As Alabama fire deaths remain high, fire chiefs association launches info campaign” (News article, Dec. 15):

HOT BLAST: The end of 'The Colbert Report'
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Unless you've been cut off from the outside world recently, you've surely heard that Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report with Thursday night's episode.

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