Last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner did what White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinners seem to almost always do: Provide fodder for the nation’s manufacturers of outrage.

For most of us, encountering a judge is something we’d rather not do. It usually means we are looking at a stretch on jury duty or something worse involving criminal or civil charges.

Once upon a time, a crude TV cartoon was seen as the thing that would destroy America. Let us pause here in today’s climate of tweeted threats to hostile nations from the White House to reflect on a simpler time.

When we last visited the next step in improving Alabama’s open-government laws, state lawmakers were challenged to use a 2013 gun law as a model of better informing the public — the people they were elected to serve.

A bill making its way through the Alabama Legislature would loosen ethics requirements for economic developers. The measure passed the House last week and is now headed to the Senate. A robust debate on it misses a deeper point about what makes Alabama attractive to companies seeking to set …

The official name of the event Thursday at the Anniston City Meeting Center was the American Values Luncheon. It was part celebration and part fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America’s Choccolocco District.

On Dec. 8, 1941 — one day after Japan attacked the United States — President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation, “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” He went on to add th…

At some point during the fourth quarter of the 1978 Super Bowl, it occurred to your faithful correspondent, then a teenager, that this game was something less than it had been built up to be. It was — how shall we put this? — less than super.

It’s time for some of us to treat our smartphones like the new kid in your junior high class. Until you really know him/her and can really trust him/her, it’s probably best to keep your innermost thoughts and feelings to yourself. Even then, if your internal monologue is full of racist langu…

On Tuesday evening, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey presented her State of the State address, claiming that “we have successfully steadied the ship of state; I declare that the state of the state is strong and our future is as bright as the sun over the Gulf.”

In the mid-1970s, a pair of fifth-grade boys were inspired by a Weekly Reader article on UFOs. The gist of the brief item was how easy it was to demonstrate that all the supposed photos of alien visitors had been faked.

For most of our history, Alabamians have preferred one-party rule in our politics. From the late 1800s until the early part of this century, Democrats were dominant. In many cases, the general election was a mere formality. The winning candidate was typically selected during the Democratic primary.

In the 2003 mockumentary film A Mighty Wind, one character explains to the camera his offbeat religious practices as represented by Witches In Nature’s Colors (WINC).

Geography and authority took center stage last week as the allegations of misconduct against Roy Moore rolled on. In the old Alabama way of saying it, the questions were: Where are you from? Who are your people?

Here’s a conspiracy theory waiting to happen: The spread of social media, particularly Facebook, is actually a plot to trick people into self-identifying as extremely gullible and prone to swallowing whole whatever nonsense comes along.