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August 22, 2014

Letters To Editor

Speak Out: A matter of integrity

Are you as confused as I am concerning Calhoun County Democratic Party Chairwoman Sheila Gilbert’s request for Carolyn Henderson’s resignation from the voter registrar’s office?

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Speak Out: BCBS must be held accountable
Posted: August 21, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama promises to provide services to consumers, for which they pay a fair premium. But has greed caused BCBS to break that promise?

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Speak Out: It's not too late to keep a school at Kitty Stone site
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 6:20 pm

The Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville area was recently named the sixth-worst small metro area for business in the United States by Its senior editor did not mince words in stating, “Places at the bottom could be deemed among the worst places for business in the U.S.” Yet, Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart saw reason to celebrate the ranking as “an honor.” Go figure. I guess that’s the quality of elected leadership around here.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Speak Out: Friends of the Bible
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 6:23 pm

In July 1968, Coach Jack Stewart loaded me on a bus bound for North Carolina. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes awaited us. Sitting on a rock so high, it was hard to breathe; the Bible became a friend for life. Bill Curry spoke on “the Bible never quitting on me, so I should never quit on it!” Paul Crane spoke on “laying down some boundaries … sidelines if you please!” My whole life was ahead of me and a “playbook” was needed.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Speak Out: Rise and fall of a nation
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 6:40 pm

The consensus is in, the United States is in decline. Except for two world wars, the past six years have been akin to the fall of the Roman Empire. Even the once-mighty British empire at its decline pales in comparison to the steady year-by-year fundamental changes of the phrase, “The American way of Life.”

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Speak Out: New sanctions for Russia
Posted: August 17, 2014

President Obama recently announced new sanctions for Russia. Will it be enough for President Putin to change course in Ukraine? The sanctions mark a spike in the long-term tension between the United States and Russia. With more and more sanctions, it will cripple the already weak Russian economy. Putin so far has not moved in the direction the United States and the European Union prefer. Cronies and companies who support Russia’s actions in the Ukraine need to step down.

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Speak Out: Mismanagement in Jacksonville
Posted: August 17, 2014

The Jacksonville City Council’s wasting of $1 million on a competition gym at the proposed new elementary school site reveals a complete lack of basic accounting skills. Like some sort of financial astigmatism, our council has a flaw in the lens through which it views the world. For some reason, this flaw prevents our town from looking a mere 13 miles north to the neighboring community of Piedmont and the dire problems faced by that town as a result of mismanagement, wasteful spending and ostentation.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Speak Out: Pure religion is defined by how we treat others
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 6:05 pm

What is pure religion? The subject is declared in Scripture, saying, “to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Pure religion is not merely to sympathize with them in their affliction with soothing words, but to aid them, if needy with their substance.

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Speak Out: Thanks to The Star for Blue Cross, RMC coverage
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 5:43 am

I would like to thank The Anniston Star editors and reporters for their excellent coverage of the standoff between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Regional Medical Center.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Speak Out: Woodstock 5K, a job well done
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 6:51 pm

We again have had a successful Woodstock 5K race, and it is all due to our director for the past two years, Haley Gregg.

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Speak Out: Alabama’s ethical apathy
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 6:50 pm

I am not a staunch Republican or Democrat. Lately, candidates switch parties so often it’s hard to keep up, but in the 2010 election, Republicans took control of the House and Senate. Is Alabama better off four years later? That’s debatable.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Speak Out: Thanks to this officer
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 6:28 pm

My girlfriend recently had her second surgery in two months. The first didn’t go well because the doctors thought a steady diet of morphine was the best route. This time went better, but as usual I was scared and upset.

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Speak Out: Grace deserves the publicity
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Re “Fear a running partner after fall in ’13 Woodstock, but Grace will give it a go again Saturday” (Sports article, Aug. 1):

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Monday 08/11/2014
Speak Out: Independents in elections
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 6:16 pm

The Senate race in Mississippi where black voters crossed over to cast ballots in a Republican runoff election has added fuel to a growing discussion nationally about how primary elections are conducted — namely, who’s allowed to vote, who isn’t and who controls the process.

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Speak Out: Voter-I.D. laws make sense
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Re “Victims of injustice” (Speak Out, July 25):

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Sunday 08/10/2014
Speak Out: Time for EPA to regulate coal ash
Posted: August 10, 2014

Last Saturday marked the six-month anniversary of the horrendous Duke Energy coal ash spill in North Carolina. Over the week-long spill, 39,000 tons of toxic, coal ash-laden sludge and 27 million gallons of contaminated water leaked into the Dan River. As devastating as the spill was, it was only the third largest spill in history. Without proper regulation, countless more should be expected.

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Speak Out: Abortion is murder
Posted: August 10, 2014

Sadly, in 1973, our U.S. Supreme Court authorized the murder of unborn children. Now a judge in Montgomery has agreed.

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Friday 08/08/2014
Speak Out: Where's the justice for the middle class?
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Re “What about the victims of injustice?” (Speak Out, July 25):

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Speak Out: Congress does nothing to help
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Do you really think that Congress will do anything to help Americans?

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Speak Out: Join us at 'The Hill'
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 6:18 pm

The Buddy Moore Charity Golf Tournament Committee is proud to announce this year’s event will take place at Anniston Municipal Golf Course Aug. 23-24.

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Speak Out: The war of religions
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Re “Middle Eastern musings” (H. Brandt Ayers column, July 13):

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