• Will the Games Stand Tall?

    Will the Games Stand Tall?
    While ballparks and all sports venues remain closed, there is hope the Football Season can be salvaged. Baseball appears to be all but lost, while there has been a plan “spit-balled” that some games with all 30 teams might be played in Arizona and Texas. Actually relocating all MLB teams to these two states and get the season in. Frankly, that’s a long shot at this place in time. It looks...
  • Tears & Laughter - What is wrong with you people in the Black Belt?

    Tears & Laughter - What is wrong with you people in the Black Belt?
    I read articles about the Black Belt sometimes that make me feel like we should all immediately pack up and leave. I don’t know where we should go, but we may not make it if we stay. I read one yesterday that was really playing us up. It said we are poor, dumb, and tend to have a life expectancy that is nine years shorter than the rest of Alabamians. I knew we were poor and dumb, but I was...
  • Sunrise Rotary Club Honors Essential Workers

    Sunrise Rotary Club Honors Essential Workers
    Service Above Self Even in the midst of a global pandemic, some jobs just cannot be put on hold. That includes what the Montgomery Sanitation Department does. Every week, some 70,000+ customers receive twice a week pickup service from these essential employees. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that as a result of COVID-19, many Montgomery residents are finding themselves home 24/7 and, they’re...
  • Southern Cuisine - May

    Southern Cuisine - May
    Will the world ever get back to normal? Everyone is saying there will be a new normal. But then doesn’t that become the norm? How many new ‘normals’ are we going to have? Confusing isn’t it? Even though there is much sadness in the world, we must look for what good may come from this. Look for and on the bright side. We are spending more time with our families or at least communicating...
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  • Social Security Update

    Social Security Update
    Social Security Honors OUR Military HEROES On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country. Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy. We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full measure...
  • See Life Through the Lens of Hope

    See Life Through the Lens of Hope
    Hi friends! I pray you are doing well during these challenging times. Even in the midst of uncertainty, I personally have seen God working in awesome ways! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Anything can be a blessing, an opportunity, if you choose to see it that way. When you see life...
  • Rising Up for America

    Rising Up for America
    In times of crisis every day Americans become heroes. They put their talents to work to serve their neighbors. They truly become their brother’s keepers. A Brooklyn Physician in the Epicenter of the virus in New York may have said it best. She served her mandatory quarantine period after being exposed to the virus and told Time magazine: “I am a mother of three children. I have an...
  • Quarantine Ramblings: Bits And Pieces Part 10

    Quarantine Ramblings: Bits And Pieces Part 10
    As we move into our second month of in-home lockdown, people around the country are beginning to get upset with the slowness of the pace of knocking the Wuhan (I mean COVID-19) out. I watch way too many YouTube videos or Facebook posts of bored people doing some pretty interesting and funny stuff along with a bunch of incredibly stupid things. People are beginning to get cabin fever and want to...
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  • Litigation in the Public Interest?

    Litigation in the Public Interest?
    America needs billions of masks to protect against the Coronavirus, particularly high-grade N95 masks for healthcare workers. Nonetheless, fear of litigation delayed delivery of millions of construction masks to healthcare workers. Should the law be slowing our emergency response? America’s largest mask producer, 3M, will soon be producing 100 million a month. The company normally produces more...
  • Land That I Love: Restoring Our Christian Heritage

    Land That I Love: Restoring Our Christian Heritage
    This wonderful book written by The Alabama Gazette’s own Bobbie Ames is hot off the press! Order your copy today and help keep this nation’s history alive for future generations! In the words of the Publishers, Jerry & Gail Nordskog, “I can tell you that this book is desperately needed in our time in our beloved America. Wait until you see the entire book in your hands, and then read...
  • Don't Worry – Be Happy

    Don't Worry – Be Happy
    In 1988, Bobby McFerrin released this famous song, which is still enjoyed by millions around the world as a light hearted, fun, happy song! In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, maybe some would think it a bit shallow. But I would say there is some great truth backing up the song. In fact, Jesus had some very pointed things to say about worry and teaches us that worry is a waste of time. Every...
  • Coronavirus Madness

    Coronavirus Madness
    Toward the end of last year (2019), a new strain of flu erupted in Wuhan, China, spread very rapidly, and soon began killing people. Rumors circulated that it escaped from Wuhan’s level-4 bioweapons research laboratory. Other sources suggested it came from unsanitary preparation of meat from dogs, cats, bats, and pangolins at Wuhan’s world-famous Huanan seafood market—a “wet market”...
  • Budget is Priority Number One

    Budget is Priority Number One
    Budget is Priority Number One for Legislative Session. The Governor Proposes and the Legislature Disposes – However, Kay Ivey has Input The 2020 Regular Legislative Session has resumed after a six-week hiatus due to the Coronavirus shutdown of the state and nation. The session must end by May 18, 2020. The only thing they will do is pass barebones budgets. The most important and actually the...
  • Bread Lines - Grapes of Wrath 2.0

    Bread Lines - Grapes of Wrath 2.0
    I was recently awakened early one morning at 4:00 am with a horrific dream about America. When we were having coffee, I told my wife about the dream, which shook me to the core. The first thing that came to her mind was the New Testament scripture found in Acts 2:17 – “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your...
  • "All we are is dust in the wind" . . . a reflection

    "All we are is dust in the wind" . . . a reflection
    Those words from the song “Dust in the Wind” (1977) sung by the rock group Kansas are roughly based on some verses from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1: 12-14 says (NIV) I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. (12) I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! (13) I have...
  • What are the legal issues facing us with the Corona Virus (COVID-19)?

    What are the legal issues facing us with the Corona Virus (COVID-19)?
    I think it important first if I may to express my inward thoughts. Besides my beautiful wife, I have my seven-year-old son. I’ve thought on how to address this pandemic with my family. My almost 89 year old Dad said to me that besides the fear that the Germans might march in during World War II he has never seen this affect on America. I see this as a time when our children and grandchildren...
  • U.S. Senate Runoff Moved in July

    U.S. Senate Runoff Moved in July
    The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delayed until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years. Neither are spring chickens. Sessions will be 74 and Tuberville will be 66, when the winner takes office. This is not the optimum age to be a...
  • Trump is Right, Can He Ever be Wrong?

    Trump is Right, Can He Ever be Wrong?
    Trumps ability to fill stadiums and maintain an unshakable base of support is defined by his adversarial opponents as a cult. To the contrary, in the face of a daily tsunami of hostile incoming artillery, Trump has stared them down and marched full speed ahead championing an over achievement in his delivery of campaign promises. In my lifetime, since working the grass roots in 1980 for Reagan, we...
  • There is Never a Wrong Time to do the Right Thing

    There is Never a Wrong Time to do the Right Thing
    If you have been reading my column long enough, I am sure you already know one thing for sure; I love WWII history. Whether talking to folks at Orange Theory, meeting a new First Officer or basically most people I come into contact with, they quickly realize this. Give me WWII, airplanes, German Luftwaffe, British Royal Air Force, or the USAAF and I am happy as can be. With that love of history,...
  • Tears & Laughter: The Tissue Shortage of 2020

    Tears & Laughter: The Tissue Shortage of 2020
    While I do understand that the toilet tissue shortage has been caused by panic buying in response to the coronavirus, I can’t help but to blame Auburn fans to some extent. How much tissue have y’all wasted on those trees at Toomer’s Corner? And now look at us. I saw a couple of women on the news a few days ago who were tied up fighting over a 12-pack of Charmin. That didn’t worry me...
  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for April

    Southern Gardening - Potpourri for April
    Reprinted from the April 2017 Alabama Gazette As we have heard all of our lives, “April showers bring May flowers,” and hope this will ring true as I have enjoyed the low water bills from the City. The garden chores should not be mounting if we have kept weeding on a periodic schedule; however, there are some of us who just turned our backs for a few weeks, and wake up to find the soil...
  • Southern Cuisine - April

    Southern Cuisine - April
    It is difficult not to comment on what is going on in the world today. First, the news is changing and updating so fast you cannot keep up. The vocabulary of everyday conversations includes phrases such as "self-quarantine" and "social distancing." What happened to the times when the only social distancing was to keep away from Aunt Eunice? She would coral you in a corner at...
  • Socialism and the Horrors of Communism

    Socialism and the Horrors of Communism
    Bernie Sanders’ pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination continues to bring popular attention to socialism. Polls continue to reveal socialism’s considerable appeal to many Americans. Opponents of socialism often offer up the horrors of 20th Century Communism as a rebuttal. Is this history relevant today? Received wisdom holds that young Americans know no history. So here’s the...
  • Never Write When You Are Angry

    Never Write When You Are Angry
    There is an idea out there that when you write a column of any kind, one should not be angry when writing. Although I adhere to this most of the time, I am going to violate this rule. Having already submitted my Robservation, “Never a Wrong Time,” the Gazette was gracious enough to let me write another column since this edition is going to focused as a digital version. I felt the need to get...
  • Montgomery's Occupational Tax

    Montgomery's Occupational Tax
    This past February 18, under the watchful eye of Montgomery’s Mayor Steven Reed, five of the city’s nine city councilmen, spearheaded by Councilman Glen Pruitt, quickly voted their final approval of a 1% city occupational tax. Three others voted “no.” Councilman Tracy Larkin, who was ill and absent, did not vote. Reed claimed it would bring in $45 to $55 million in extra revenue every...
  • Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

    Montgomery County Sheriffs Office
    A  Message from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Office Protocol: Covid-19 (Coronavirus) As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office is actively working on plans to limit exposure of our deputies with the general public. As a result of the pandemic, the Montgomery County Commission issued a resolution on March 17, 2020, closing all county complexes to the general public...
  • "Live with Abandon"

    "Live with Abandon"
    Recently, I was doing the dishes. Well, to be honest, my hands were doing the dishes but my mind was elsewhere. I was thinking aboutsituations in life and how to proceed. It was in this moment a thought occurred to me … asupernatural thought or message, if you will. Just as clear as day, God said, “Live with Abandon.” I was reminded of Peter. When he was in the boat and looked out to see...
  • It Was a Threat Worthy of a South American Dictator

    It Was a Threat Worthy of a South American Dictator
    Wednesday on the steps of the Supreme Court Democrat Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer threatened Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Schumer said the following: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price...You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Sounds...
  • From Pigskins to Rawhides

    From Pigskins to Rawhides
    As I practiced social distancing on my 800-pound motorcycle these past weeks; touring Montgomery I saw empty fields and only the sounds of birds singing at the ballparks I visited. No baseball, who could have imagined it. Not the familiar sounds of high school, college and youth baseball filling the air, rather silence. No family outings to watch kids playing baseball, soccer, basketball nor any...
  • Coronavirus Pandemic 2020

    Coronavirus Pandemic 2020
    WASH HANDS, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS . . . COVID-19, otherwise known as the Wuhan virus, continues to run its course, as yet another, in a long list of viruses, that spreads around the world and will ultimately take its place in medical journals and history books. The difference in this particular virus is that it has taken on strong political overtones in our country,...
  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Social Security Benefits Will be Paid On Time Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal...
  • Coronavirus and Diabetes: Knowing Your Risk

    Coronavirus and Diabetes: Knowing Your Risk
    Read the entire story on pages 17 and...
  • Billionaires and the Good Society

    Billionaires and the Good Society
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders contends we should not allow billionaires. His view produced interesting debate exchanges with Michael Bloomberg, who has a net worth of $53 billion. Are billionaires good for America? A first consideration is the source of the riches. Were they earned from a successful business, or by stealing from or swindling others? Bank robbers and con artists...
  • Always Choose Faith over Fear

    Always Choose Faith over Fear
    I'm not sure how you and Marie labeled any carryovers to other pages/sections ... ------------------------- A message of encouragement from Lester and Janeese Spencer As Christians, because of Easter and the Resurrection, we are people of faith! Through the resurrected Christ, God has given us His Spirit of power, love and self-discipline! “God has not given us a spirit of fear or...
  • Will You Comment On The Freedom Of Religion Clause Found In The 1st Amendment Of The Constitution And Any Recent Changes?

    Will You Comment On The Freedom Of Religion Clause Found In The 1st Amendment Of The Constitution And Any Recent Changes?
    The First Amendment to the Constitution is a part of those first ten amendments also referred to as the Bill of Rights. The portion of the first amendment that relates to religion reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Unfortunately there are not many writings that exist regarding the discussions on this...
  • What's New Hypocrat? Time to Abolish Parties in the 'Age of Impeachment'

    What's New Hypocrat? Time to Abolish Parties in the 'Age of Impeachment'
    Hypocrisy in overdrive these past months, now less fueled by DC politburo members, is decelerating back to ‘coasting speed’ toward the usual destination of ‘Dershowitzian’ good intentions (feigned, foolish or sincere) if history is any guide. The 1990s US House turned a blind eye to “Whitewatergate” (as Ken Starr’s absurdly long investigation uncovered too much dirt on too many...
  • "Victorious"

    "Victorious"
    Have you ever won something? Maybe it was winning your favorite card game, being the first to cross the finish line in a marathon, or winning a door prize at an event. When you do well or win something, it is a really great feeling. "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." Roman 8:37 That feeling of victory is how we should be living our...
  • The hay is back in the barn: Legendary band director, composer and musician dead at 94

    The hay is back in the barn: Legendary band director, composer and musician dead at 94
    Troy University has lost a legend. Dr. Johnny M. Long passed away at his home on Monday evening at age 94 after a brief illness and more than a year of declining health. "Dr. Johnny Long has been an icon of Troy University and band music throughout the world. His leadership, not only of the Sound of the South Marching Band and the University but also to generations of musicians, conductors...
  • The Great American Comeback

    The Great American Comeback
    It was President Trump at his finest. Trump highlighted the booming economy, articulated his foreign policy, and tied his vision for the American future to its heroic past. He awarded a scholarship in real time, bestowed a Medal of Freedom in real time, and dramatically reunited a family with their soldier husband and father, making for the most emotional State of the Union address since...
  • The Demise of the Democrats

    The Demise of the Democrats
    Back in the day, in the 1800’s, the Democratic Party in the United States stood solidly for our fundamental Constitutional principles—liberty, justice, and free enterprise. But as the 20th century rolled around, many of our Democrats slipped over toward statism, socialism, and even communism. During that time, the American people suffered under the administrations of three of our most...
  • Tears & Laughter: Socialism is not the answer

    Tears & Laughter: Socialism is not the answer
    Most people – I think – are paying attention to the 2020 election. Whether watching Trump riding on what seems to be a rising tide, or following the Democratic primaries and caucuses, everybody is watching to some extent even if only for entertainment. Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders is doing better than expected. Even the confused and chaotic Democratic party seem shocked at how well he...
  • Southern Cuisine - March

    Southern Cuisine - March
    I attended a Beekeeping symposium last month after having mixed luck with my hives. There was an entire-day beginner’s class to review what you have been doing right with your bees and to keep from doing things wrong. I have been able to collect 3 gallons of honey from my first hive but the next two hives collapsed. Besides the classes I went around talking and asking questions to the vendors...
  • Rush – A Man Way Ahead Of His Time

    Rush – A Man Way Ahead Of His Time
    In 1987, I sold my portion of Giles Enterprises and did a little real estate development in 1988 and in 1989 joined the Hunt Administration as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama. Also in 1988, on a scratchy low powered AM radio station in Montgomery, Alabama, a strange, but different kind of radio talk show was launched, “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” I was 34 then, and now 31 years...
  • Rotary Club Trip to Cuba

    Rotary Club Trip to Cuba
    Cuba has received heightened scrutiny over the last few weeks because of questionable remarks made by presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D Vermont) endorsing some of the late Fidel Castro's people programs implemented when he overthrew the then existing government by force in 1959 and replacing it with a Communist state that still exists today. The tensions between The United...
  • Michael Who?

    Michael Who?
    Before I get started, I would like to express my condolences to the Ed Jones family on his passing this past week. I got to meet him when I first started writing for the Gazette and he was always kind, encouraging and respectful to me. A true gentleman and I for one will miss reading his column. Okay, for starters let me get this out in the open. I do not like the idea of Michael Bloomberg as...
  • From Pig Skins to Rawhides

    From Pig Skins to Rawhides
    My Mentor, Ed Jones, was a great encourager. In the past weeks, he asked me to write a piece or two for him. What an Honor. He, in his affable manner said; "I'm a football guy, but you write whatever you want to write about." I'll sure miss him. All the football games have been settled, at least for last year. And the Daytona Five Hundred has been run, now it's time to...
  • Escape from Alcatraz

    Escape from Alcatraz
    Alcatraz Island sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, surrounded by almost two miles of turbulent and treacherous water. For nearly one hundred years, the island housed a prison, and the place earned the nickname “The Rock” because it was inescapable. Constructed as a United States Army fortress in the 1850s, the twenty-two-acre island became an Army prison during the Civil War. In 1933,...
  • Death, Taxes and Prosperity

    Death, Taxes and Prosperity
    The only two sure things in life, according to the saying, are death and taxes. Should businesses profit when one of their employees dies? They can avoid taxes, and this reduces our prosperity. I first read about “Janitors Insurance” or “Dead Peasants Insurance” in Harvard Professor Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy. Professor Sandel used the case to criticize how this affected...
  • Chancellor Finis St. John and the University of Alabama System

    Chancellor Finis St. John and the University of Alabama System
    Our 1901 Alabama Constitution has been rightfully criticized as being archaic. However, it was simply a reflection of the times. The authors and crafters of our document were well educated gentry. Therefore they appreciated and realized the importance of having a prized capstone university. The University of Alabama was founded in 1831 and had become one of the premier southern universities by...
  • Who Do I contact - social security or medicare?

    Who Do I contact - social security or medicare?
    Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Medicare provides health insurance. Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help. The table on the pdf can help you quickly figure out where to go. Please share this table with family and...
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