Memorial Day is solemn and festive, an odd combination of remembering the nation’s military deaths and celebrating the arrival of another interminable summer. Even the holiday’s roots are complicated by their connection to the Civil War. Sectional feelings die hard.
With an exquisite deed and enormous wealth, the richest black man in America has given our nation something invaluable: an unexpected but much-needed lesson.
Alabama has known shame before, deep, embedded embarrassment that lingers like a chronic disease. But nothing since the days of George Wallace and Bull Connor has shrouded Alabama with as much shame as the anti-abortion bill Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday.
The Army closed Fort Devens, about an hour’s drive from Boston, in 1996. It closed Fort McClellan three years later. The unmistakable redevelopment differences that separate these two former military posts remain firmly in place. And the reasons are clear.
Journalism has never been quick to admit its complicity, or even its downright guilt, with white supremacy in America. It's hard to admit fault. But admitting it is the right thing to do.
In state capitals all across the land, Republicans are gleefully using women as pawns in their political game. So deep is their desire to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling that they’re oblivious to their lunacy.
Up in Washington, in a building on Pennsylvania Avenue not far from the U.S. Capitol, is a wall inscribed with the names of journalists. It’s a fabulous wall, two stories tall and made of glass. The journalists named on the Newseum’s memorial are men and women killed in the line of duty, 2,3…
Let’s thank Alabama Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, for his despicable comments about the state’s proposed abortion legislation. He’s done us a favor.
Alabama’s prisons are cesspools of violence, rape, black-market commerce, extortion, suicide and mismanagement. They’re understaffed and overwhelmed. Alabamians have heard that condemnation with alarming regularity from journalists, activists and most recently the U.S. Department of Justice.…
State lawmakers leading Alabama’s latest crusade against legal abortions want us to believe their effort is about preserving life, at all costs, in virtually all situations. Life over women’s reproductive rights, we might add. But that’s not the whole story.
The immigration crisis on our southern border cannot be dismissed as politics, but politics, to be sure, is exacerbating the problem. And not just U.S. politics.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — By all appearances, this city seems both busy and serene. The busyness is most obviously expressed in the whir of thousands of bicycles bearing determined-looking riders in all corners of the city. Since Anniston aspires to the title “Bike City,” it might be instruct…
Being an entrepreneur can be a little bit like doing a high-wire act without a safety net. If something goes wrong in a small business, there are no bailouts or golden parachutes. I know this first-hand because I have owned and operated small businesses for most of my adult life. This includ…
Alabama doesn’t need a statewide lottery. It needs better public schools and lower poverty rates and properly run prisons and improved infrastructure and a host of other things — some massive, others less so but nonetheless important. But a lottery isn’t a must-have.