Administrators at Anniston City Schools and the city’s Board of Education have every reason to cheer. The Anniston system earned an overall “C” grade from the Alabama Department of Education’s annual report card rankings for the 2017-18 academic year, a one letter-grade improvement from the …

As long as unfortunate karma or political dysfunction don’t stymie progress, Anniston’s downtown is due a makeover. Consider what’s on tap in the coming years: a new regional federal courthouse, a $40 million downtown investment; more development of the Freedom Riders national monument; plus…

When the Alabama Legislature rammed through a monuments bill last spring, it named it the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. That name is misleading. Lawmakers should have named it the Alabama Act To Protect Confederate Imagery And Lost Cause Memory, because that’s what it is.

Monday morning brought January cold to Montgomery, but Gov. Kay Ivey nevertheless stood on the Alabama Capitol steps for her inaugural speech and quoted Psalms, named-dropped Martin Luther King Jr., Lurleen Wallace and Johann Sebastian Bach, brought up the Civil War and mentioned Huntsville …

Like “taxes” and “colonoscopy,” “government” is one of those words that make Americans squirm. It’s either too big or not big enough. It’s equally ineffective or overbearing. It’s the glue that holds together our democracy, or it’s a wedge that drives us apart.

By definition, Gov. Kay Ivey is Alabama’s most prominent and empowered elected official. But let’s be honest. If Alabama’s top Republicans had sought the party’s nomination, Ivey would be jobless. Plus, a handful of long-time GOP figures are either in jail, indicted or no longer in politics,…

One hundred years ago, Calhoun County was home to more than 45,000 people spread haphazardly throughout our hills and valleys. Roughly 17,000 people lived in Anniston. Jacksonville, once dominant as the county seat, had seen its population rise to nearly 2,400. About 1,000 people lived in Ox…

Here’s a novel idea for Alabama, home to one of the nation’s most overcrowded prison systems: Instead of treating inmates as societal lost causes, treat many of them as reclamation projects who can contribute when they are released.

Since President Trump is embracing the chaos and unfairness of a partial government shutdown in his quest for border-wall funding, facts about the U.S.-Mexico border are at a premium. It’s a trademark of America’s Era of Trump: dollops of truth mixed with fair amounts of falsehoods and misch…

In Washington, Republicans and Democrats are dug deep inside their political trenches, arguing over an unnecessary security fence on the U.S.-Mexico border and pretending as if partially shutting the federal government during the Christmas holidays isn’t the height of stupidity. Their callou…

Alabama, we’re told, has it going on. Gov. Kay Ivey touts the state’s low unemployment. Superintendent Eric Mackey is proud of our public schools’ gradual improvement. Our state’s largest universities are bloated with students. Our First Class pre-K program ranks among the nation’s finest.

Up in Piedmont, where the possibility of alcohol sales at downtown outdoor events has created a ruckus, the City Council has embarked on what’s essentially a replay of the debates over the 18th and 21st amendments.

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