There was a warm day in the early Seventies when Ralph Clayton, a coal-miner’s son from Harlan County, Ky., donned a baseball uniform for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and “heard every racial name in the book.” It happened in Thibodaux, La., a college town west of New Orleans. Mike Gallow…

Now that Anniston City Councilman Ben Little has been indicted by a Calhoun County grand jury, turned himself in to the Calhoun County Jail, released on his own recognizance and given an arraignment date, Little’s political epitaph is certain. Or so it seems.

Alabamians expect to hear a lofty, future-oriented vision from their governor every four years during the inaugural address. Gov. Kay Ivey, speaking in Alabama’s bicentennial year, rose to this historic occasion in many ways last week. But her speech omitted one huge issue that our state sho…

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