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July 25, 2014

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Phillip Tutor: A bone to pick with the dogs in the house

Dogs are better than people not because of what they are, but because of what they aren’t: no politicians, no in-laws, no lawyers, no deadbeats, no haters. Humans own too many failures to compete with dogs’ inherent superiority.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Hardy Jackson: Can't stop being a historian
Posted: July 23, 2014

When my major professor and mentor from graduate-school days retired, he actually retired. He spent the rest of his years reading all the novels Zane Grey ever wrote and becoming a pretty good country-jazz guitarist.

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Sunday 07/20/2014
Hardy Jackson: Alabama's Bentley blues
Posted: July 20, 2014

With the re-election of Gov. Robert Bentley a foregone conclusion — or, at least, as foregone as a conclusion can get in Alabama politics — it might be well to consider what past governors have done with their second terms.

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H. Brandt Ayers: Talk about endless tales
Posted: July 20, 2014

A couple of interesting visitors came by the house last Monday for a long talk. Actually, one of the men was originally from Anniston, which has elements of a “local boy makes good” story.

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Bob Davis: Locked down by ideology
Posted: July 20, 2014

In 1983, congressional Democrats and Republican President Ronald Reagan agreed on reform measures to extend the life of Social Security. The compromise included tax increases and benefit reductions. (Yes, President Reagan raised taxes.)

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Op-ed: Remembering a man who championed freedom
Posted: July 20, 2014

Freedom of speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Phillip Tutor: Instead of one Alabama, how 'bout three?
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 6:07 pm

When you get right down to it, modern-day Alabamians aren’t templated out like Barbie dolls and GI Joes. There is no uniformity.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Hardy Jackson: What beach books can tell you, or not
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 6:10 pm

POUTIN’ HOUSE SOUTH, SEAGROVE BEACH, Fla. — Having overseen the cleaning out of my parents’ house and the downsizing of our home in Jacksonville, it followed naturally that my helpmate would decide the time had come for us to cast out the accumulated years of “stuff” that had collected at our place down on the coast.

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Op-ed: Payday lender limits would be bad for Alabama consumers
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 6:07 pm

There was a lot of negative talk about payday credit and title loans during the last session of the Alabama Legislature. Some lawmakers proposed placing interest-rate caps on these short-term emergency loans, while other proposals would have placed a raft of new restrictions on the industry. The bills, however, did not pass, showing that our state legislators understand the negative impacts the proposed changes would bring.

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Sunday 07/13/2014
H. Brandt Ayers: Middle Eastern musings
Posted: July 13, 2014

There is one stunning near-certainty that renders most of our present-day worries insignificant — the next president will be inaugurated to govern a nation at peace.

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Bob Davis: Head to the border, Mr. President
Posted: July 13, 2014

As a presidential candidate, Dwight Eisenhower promised he would go to Korea, the site of a conflict that ultimately killed 50,000 U.S. soldiers. And so, in 1952, President-elect Eisenhower went to Korea.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Phillip Tutor: In Mississippi, along the Alabama border
Posted: July 10, 2014

Heading east along U.S. 82, not quite equidistant between Tuscaloosa and Starkville, two signs welcome Alabamians back home.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Hardy Jackson: Puckett at the beach
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 5:38 pm

POUTIN’ HOUSE SOUTH, SEAGROVE BEACH, Fla. — On Saturday morning, June 28, 2014, I realized Puckett had arrived.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Michael Gerson: The divided states of Obama
Posted: July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON — The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from).

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Op-ed: Street killer on the loose
Posted: July 06, 2014

Saturday would have been my son’s 32nd birthday. Instead of celebrating with him and his younger brother, I planned to visit his grave.

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H. Brandt Ayers: Dreams of the Sixties
Posted: July 06, 2014

Anyone over 50 who has watched the CNN series The Sixties may have experienced as I did an other-worldly sensation of seeing one’s own life passing before your eyes.

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Bob Davis: Learning from America's World Cup loss
Posted: July 06, 2014

The outcome of the men’s basketball gold-medal game between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich enraged 7-year-old me.

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Friday 07/04/2014
Phillip Tutor: Red, white, blue and treason
Posted: July 04, 2014

At the risk of setting off the mother of all firestorms, let’s consider this quartet: the Fourth of July, patriotism, the Confederacy, and traitors.

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Paul Rilling: More coverage of proposed City Hall move needed
Posted: July 04, 2014

In June, The Star carried three stories about a proposal put forward by City Manager Brian Johnson to move the Anniston City Hall to the Watermark Tower.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Harvey Jackson: My people, my people
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 6:49 pm

In my father’s papers I found two cancelled checks. Both were made out to W. A. Edwards and signed by Mrs. H. H. Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was Edwards’ sister. She was also my daddy’s mama and my Grandma Minnie.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
H. Brandt Ayers: Six giants vs. Tea Party
Posted: June 29, 2014

Six American giants scowl down at the Tea Party-led Congress. They stand as a reproof of history and an example of how strong-minded men can overcome bitter partisan enmity to again become useful friends.

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