A visit from my sister Carol, who lives in Georgia, prompted us to look around Saturday afternoon for something fun to do. We headed toward Piedmont and found exactly what we needed: nice people, good food, and several activities.

At the “A-List” LGBT for Hillary Gala September 9, Hillary Clinton read the following scripted comments from teleprompters. This was at least the second time she had used these words in public. They are coming from her heart. And her audience loved and applauded these words. “Yes!” The elite, the very top progressives in America who look down their long Pharisaic noses at the rest of us who work and live far below their intelligence and righteousness have always believed most Americans are “deplorables.”

Helen Jarrell of Oxford never dreamed she would live to age 91 nor that she would enjoy the good level of health that she does. The only ailment she has is an achy shoulder. She is a petite woman with a ready smile and a pleasant demeanor. No one would guess her age from her positive outlook on life.

How can someone who has literally made a career out of lying live with herself, much less run for president of the United States? How can anyone justify supporting or voting for someone who lies about lies that she’s used to cover other lies? Drip. Drip. Drip. The lies keep coming out in drips about so many different scandals, and her supporters are running out of creative ways to “rational lies” her own conflicting public statements including those made under oath.

Checking out books from a bookmobile evokes warm memories from many readers in Northeast Alabama. Two local librarians understand that tradition probably more than anyone else. Combined, they have had more than 60 years of experience driving bookmobiles.

Hillary Clinton is a staunch pro-choice advocate, and she has fought for women to have more access to abortions. This is not news. Arguments on both sides of the abortion debate have remained the same: pro-life advocates want to protect infants in the womb, and pro-choice advocates like Hillary want the right for women to terminate pregnancies any time for any reason.

Most of my life I’ve heard that Democrats are the party for the “little guy,” and that Republicans are the party of “rich, old, white guys and corporations.” I believe Ronald Reagan said, “You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” If that’s the case, nobody’s “for” the little guy!

Congratulations to Hillary R. Clinton on becoming the first woman nominated for president by one of the two major political parties. America’s glass ceiling has once and for all time been broken. The sky is the limit for anyone now! Of course, that’s what the media said when Barack H. Obama was nominated in 2008.

I was, like most children growing up in Calhoun during the 1950s and 60s, fascinated by a person who shot and dismembered two brothers and threw their body parts out the window of a car across three Alabama counties. Viola Hyatt’s murderous act pierced the hearts of adults and children with a level of intrigue that persists even today. In the 1960s, we children repeated the story around campfires and scared each other in dark places. Adults back then imagined a mass murderer on the loose and will always remember the fear.

Sometimes when I observe national politics I am enthralled by the magnificent creation of our American government. When our forefathers founded our democracy it was grounded in British parliamentarian philosophy with a unique American blend, which of course omitted a monarchy. Now, 240 years later, it is a very representative democracy.

I told my friend I admired and respected him very much as a Christian, father, husband, and community leader. I did not intend to offend him, but asked him to be blunt with me about growing up black in Mississippi.

When Art Lyle, chairman of the Piedmont Juvenile Health Care Authority, addressed fellow Shriners at Imperial Headquarters Sunday in Tampa over the weekend, he told them that, as a Shriner, he feels that he has the best job in Alabama.

The conviction and downfall of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is the political story of the year. It has not been the most profound conviction of an Alabama public official in my lifetime. We have had two governors convicted of crimes while in office and removed in fairly recent years, Guy Hunt a Republican and Don Siegelman a Democrat. Siegelman is still in federal prison in Louisiana. However, Hubbard’s trial has been the most anticipated and most dramatic.

If at first you don’t succeed, try at least one more time. That’s the rule the soft-spoken, local artist, Jackie “J.C.” Morgan, is following as she works to open her second art venue. Its name is J.C. Morgan Art Gallery, the same name as the one she opened in 2010 at Quintard Mall.

The older you get the more you realize that old adages you heard as a child are true. There is a political maxim that says, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It could very aptly be applied to the Mike Hubbard saga.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As most folks across East Alabama know, the Agricultural industry is a money maker and job creator in our state.  The Agriculture industry boasts over 500,000 jobs and brings in more than $70 billion total a year to Alabama.

A few Friday nights ago, a large throng of people gathered at The Club in Birmingham despite a torrential thunderstorm. The event was called Jubilee for Jabo. It was a commemoration of Jabo Waggoner’s 50 years of service in the Alabama Legislature.

“It’s the economy, stupid!” James Carville, a leading strategist for Bill Clinton during his first run for president in 1992, reminded the candidate and all around him to stay on message. The recession of the early 1990s (July 1990 – March 1991) was one factor driving the electorate which are normally driven by the economy. Clinton made a better case for improving the economy and won the election.

By chance, I recently met a friendly, talkative, 77-year-old man who wants to improve his education. Gerald Sowards of Oxford told me that he is studying hard to earn his GED. He wants it because …, well, just because.

First to veterans and their families: Thanks for your service and many sacrifices! You have won, defended, and protected our freedoms from the beginning. Your loyalty is not to a king or a government, or even to fellow citizens, but to defending and protecting the Constitution. Thank you.

Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth.

Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth.