No one can legitimately suggest that the names and likenesses of Samuel Noble or C.T. Quintard should be stripped from Anniston’s public spaces, writes Phillip Tutor, but they do illustrate the moving target that is America’s current debate over the removal of public memorials. 

ICYMI -- The Star's Phillip Tutor writes: As America mulls the fate of Confederate monuments — like the one in Anniston — never forget that Calhoun County’s largest city has always been a focal point of the county’s racial tensions.

With JSU discussing a possible name change for Bibb Graves Hall, The Star's Phillip Tutor writes that the stone monument in Jacksonville’s public square is dedicated to the “gallant Confederate soldiers of Calhoun County” — soldiers who, had they prevailed, would have allowed white people in Jacksonville to continue owning black laborers.

Birmingham’s mayor has done Jacksonville and Anniston an immense favor. He’s defanged Alabama's monuments law. He’s written the script. And with the nation spasming from conversations about racial equality, there is no better time than now to relocate these Confederate monuments and say, simply: We’re better for doing it.

Evie Waddell got hit by a falling tree. A huge tree, probably an oak, that sideswiped her head and struck her back and left the Anniston EMS paramedic dazed in a mobile home park, along with Anniston firefighter Walker Kent.

Long before Anniston died, the little girl from Louisiana checked off items on her list. She starred in a talent show and rode a motorcycle and picked flowers and went swimming, more than 100 achievements in all. And she came here, to Anniston.

None of us have endured anything like the global pandemic of COVID-19, but our predecessors did in October 1918, when the Spanish flu outbreak brought the world to its knees. Calhoun County didn’t escape the pain. And no one had Netflix.

Golden Springs Baptist Church's Rev. Roland Brown is sure that his congregation is stressed because of the pandemic. And he doesn’t plan to give COVID-19 a starring role in his Easter sermon. “It makes the message I have to say more important than at any time in my life,” he said.