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December 28, 2014

Editorials

Editorial: A gun in unstable hands

The killer of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos had a history of mental illness and more than 20 run-ins with law enforcement.

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Friday 12/26/2014
Editorial: In Alabama's future
Posted: December 26, 2014

No matter the year or the state’s political mood, Alabama rarely has a lack of gubernatorial candidates from which to choose. Quality? That’s another matter.

Editorial: HB56, a bad law that lives on
Posted: December 26, 2014

As failed legislation goes, Alabama’s fabled HB 56 ranks among the state’s all-time leaders. Designed by Republicans and destroyed by the courts, it was — and remains — an utter disgrace.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Editorial: Siegelman's nightmarish ordeal
Posted: December 18, 2014

For the past 10 years or so, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has felt the immense power of the federal government. For much of that time, he’s been under investigation, on trial, on appeal or in prison.

Editorial: Alabama and Cuba
Posted: December 18, 2014

Few states are positioned better than Alabama to take advantage of the thawing relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Editorial: Hello again, Cuba
Posted: December 17, 2014

Cuba lies 93 miles from the United States, approximately the distance between Oxford and Atlanta. Yet, a dwindling number of Americans remember when that island nation, its people and its wares weren’t cloistered by global politics, Cold War scares and trade embargoes.

Editorial: Cheney's rules
Posted: December 17, 2014

All that was missing from Dick Cheney’s recent televised appearance defending torture practices carried out during the Bush administration was the uniform of your typical 1960s left-wing radical. You know the look, right? Long hair, a swag of love beads, a leather-fringed jacket.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Editorial: Troubles in Washington
Posted: December 16, 2014

Washington reeks of dysfunction. Bipartisanism is rare. Republicans’ nightly prayers seek President Obama’s political demise. Congress, the nation’s 113th, is pregnant with low national expectations.

Editorial: Putting a value on public safety
Posted: December 16, 2014

Alabama and South Carolina are similar in many things — region (the South), population (4.7 million in South Carolina vs. 4.8 million in Alabama) and preferred brand of politics (deep-red Republican).

Monday 12/15/2014
Editorial: Bentley as Scrooge
Posted: December 15, 2014

We prefer to believe Robert Bentley was workshopping a little one-man holiday show last Thursday when he signaled he might be open to expanding Medicaid in Alabama. The working title of this production might be called, “Disputing Dickens: Scrooge wasn’t that bad.”

Editorial: A 'bloody mess' in Oklahoma
Posted: December 15, 2014

Eight months ago, the state of Oklahoma executed convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. By doing so, it produced an ironclad example for why details of state-sponsored executions should be transparent and public.

Friday 12/12/2014
Editorial: Cataloging the deaths
Posted: December 12, 2014

Rarely mentioned since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is this fact: People have died in police custody or in confrontations with police since the beginnings of modern-day law enforcement.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Editorial: Bloodshed, again, in Afghanistan
Posted: December 11, 2014

The choice of venue was fitting for the production of a new play opposed to acts of terrorism titled, “Heartbeat: Silence After the Explosion.”

Editorial: The pursuit of democracy
Posted: December 11, 2014

Look closely above at the face of democracy, an unquenchable thirst for freedom. Manni Ng, a student, joined with thousands of others in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, who were making their voices heard for the cause of democracy.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Editorial: The PSC's failure
Posted: December 10, 2014

If you were to script how the Public Service Commission should react when Alabama Power Co. tries to raise its electric rates, this is how it should go:

Editorial: Fighting the not-so-good fight
Posted: December 10, 2014

An article Monday in Politico detailed the latest Republican tactic to thwart Obamacare. The short of it is that Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate are plotting to slice and dice it through the budget process, starving the law of funding.

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