As harsh as it sounds, D. Ray Hill, the new superintendent of Anniston City Schools, wasn’t the Board of Education’s first choice. Board members wanted Matthew Alexander, approving him by a 4-1 vote. He wanted the job, so we thought. But then he declined to sign his contract.
Two weeks ago, Gov. Kay Ivey made an emphatic announcement about Alabama’s prisons crisis: “This problem has been kicked down the road for the last time,” she said.
For several years, Anniston’s storyline has revolved around a few central talking points. One involves public education. Another references violent crime in certain neighborhoods. A third harps on the slow ebb of the city’s population losses. A fourth, however, is gloriously optimistic: the …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alabama’s First Class Pre-K is the nation’s best pre-kindergarten program — again. Thirteen years in a row, so says the National Institute for Early Education Research. It’s an astounding feat. But if our state can do pre-K right, and do it right for so long, why is it so lacking in other cr…