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December 28, 2014

Star Columnist

Insight: Beyond the gallon with Alabama's gas tax

Want to understand why Alabama has a broken transportation system? Here’s an easy experiment: Go to the grocery store and buy a gallon of milk. Take it home and set it on the table. Now, just look at it. Keep watching. No matter how long you stare, the container won’t get any bigger. The contents may spoil, but the size of that gallon jug will always remain the same.

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Sunday 12/28/2014
Bob Davis: Uncle Sam on Line 1
Updated: December 28, 2014 - 9:17 am

We’re deep into Labor Day Weekend 2015 and our master of ceremonies looks exhausted. His tie is loosened. His coat is off. His suspenders are askew. He looks like what he is: A man who’s been awake and on camera for most of the past 30 hours.

Friday 12/26/2014
Phillip Tutor: Ready for 2015, and here's why
Updated: December 27, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Twenty-seven reasons why 2015 will rock, or, loosely translated, 27 reasons why we should be glad 2014 is nearly over.

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.

Sunday 12/21/2014
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.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Phillip Tutor: Finally, optimism about Piney Wood
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 6:16 am

Jeff Kennedy, a house mover from Huntsville, spent part of Monday afternoon on his hands and knees, his head crammed into a crawl space underneath McClellan’s Piney Wood Chapel.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Hardy Jackson: 'No Shave November'
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 5:52 pm

A couple of years ago, my son, the scion of the family and on whom we hang our hope that the Jackson name will honorably endure, came home for Thanksgiving with a beard — or what seemed at least the scruffy start of one.

Sunday 12/14/2014
Bob Davis: The panics that test our values
Posted: December 14, 2014

In the days and weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States, a new reality began to set in. Beyond the radical and violent jihadists confronting the West, Americans would also wrestle with the outcomes generated by our own fears.

H. Brandt Ayers: GOP AGs serve whom?
Posted: December 14, 2014

In the age-old struggle by Big Business to dominate government, a new front has been opened for private interests to frustrate the public interest.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Phillip Tutor: 'Magic' of lights on Quintard
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 8:32 am

Deep inside the bowels of Anniston’s City Hall is a room that’d make for a good dungeon. Or perhaps a fallout shelter.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Hardy Jackson: Enjoying the happy holidays
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 6:29 pm

I know there are folks who get upset when someone wishes them “Happy Holidays.” They have their reasons for bah-humbugging this seasonal greeting, and I respect that, sorta.

Monday 12/08/2014
Bob Davis: Luck be a lady for Bama
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 8:17 am

In the very near future, Gov. Robert Bentley may become like many of the patrons of the Poarch Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Casino and Resort near Atmore.

Sunday 12/07/2014
H. Brandt Ayers: Irony vs. Iron Bowl
Posted: December 07, 2014

Last Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, 90,000 worshippers crammed into the temple of their faith in a state of mass hysteria … why? To watch teenaged boys at play.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Phillip Tutor: JSU's not UAB, and that's good
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Think things like marching bands and football teams aren’t integral parts of college campuses?

Paul Rilling: Election coverage in The Star
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 6:08 pm

The Star’s election coverage in November of the state and local mid-term elections was wide but not deep. Election reports took up seven pages in the 12-page front section of the Nov. 5 edition. There were 13 stories on Calhoun and Cleburne county races with vote figures and interviews with winners in many cases. A front-page story on the District 12 state Senate race, by Daniel Gaddy, ran with a happy victory photo of Sen. Del Marsh and his wife, Ginger, by Trent Penny.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Hardy Jackson: Notes from retirement
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 6:19 pm

As many of you devoted readers know, a year ago I walked away from my full-time day job and, with the exception of writing this column and a few other things, I have been out of work ever since.

Sunday 11/30/2014
H. Brandt Ayers: Ferguson's fruits of neglect
Updated: November 30, 2014 - 6:09 am

After decades of neglect, of black and white leaders walking and talking past each other, Ferguson finally had its climax of flames and riot. Now — if it is smart — it has a chance for a meaningful denouement.

Thursday 11/27/2014
Hardy Jackson: Hunting squirrels, then and now
Posted: November 27, 2014

Well, I missed it.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Phillip Tutor: Ferguson smolders; Anniston shows the way
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Anniston isn’t Ferguson, the Missouri city America is watching dissolve live and in full color on television.

Sunday 11/23/2014
Bob Davis: Keeping readers riveted
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 8:14 am

The easiest thing for a reader to do is to stop reading.

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