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.

A few weeks ago former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama.

For students looking for something fun to do this summer, perhaps dance might be in their future. Dance producer, choreographer, and instructor Rani Welch oversees a program that students find not only fun but might prepare them for a career.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education made news last week releasing “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” to all public schools falling under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood.

Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, recently wrote a scenario I’ve not heard elsewhere…at least in the mainstream media or other news sources I follow.

At this time of year Washington, D.C. is a beautiful place to visit. The city is aglow with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossoms offer a glorious scene as you stroll down the mall and look toward our nation’s capital. This scene has been glimpsed by tourists and visitors for over a century.

As the budget hearings began for the 2016 Legislative Session in January the largest Powerball lottery sweepstakes in American history was playing out.

Well folks, this year’s legislative session began on Groundhog Day and it is déjà vu all over again. It is like it is last year again.