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December 21, 2014

Editorials

Editorial: Tea Party and fat cats

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.

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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.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Editorial: Words, deeds and torture
Posted: December 09, 2014

The debate over this week’s release of a version of a Senate intelligence committee report on U.S. torture techniques employed after the 9/11 attacks boils down to a fight over words and deeds.

Editorial: Alabama's 'new normal'
Posted: December 09, 2014

Alabama’s General Fund budget shares a trait with drive-time traffic in Atlanta: It’s an unmitigated, awful mess. It’s $250 million short, give or take a few million. Word out of Montgomery is that lawmakers are bracing for a cataclysmic spring of planning and hand-wringing.

Monday 12/08/2014
Editorial: RMC's road to repair
Posted: December 08, 2014

Before the ink dries on an agreement reached Monday between the city of Anniston and the Regional Medical Center board, both parties need to keep in mind that there’s more work to be done.

Editorial: Language that governs us
Posted: December 08, 2014

This tale involving atheists, state politics and the U.S. Constitution contains a lesson for Alabama.

Friday 12/05/2014
Editorial: Perspective on persecution
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Very early Tuesday morning in a Kenyan work camp along the Somali border, 20 members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab killed 36 quarry workers.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Editorial: Following Texas' lead
Posted: December 04, 2014

Luther Strange is attorney general of Alabama, not Texas. His state shares no border with Mexico and isn’t overwhelmed by a substantial population of undocumented workers.

Editorial: A familiar sound in our politics
Posted: December 04, 2014

On Dec. 8, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law a health-care reform law designed to help Medicare enrollees purchase prescription medicines.

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