• Understanding Social Security Spouses' Benefits

    Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your retirement, here are a few things to remember: Your spouse’s benefit amount could be up...
  • THE ROAD AHEAD

    No other state in America has two football teams ranked in the top ten this year. Alabama has reclaimed number one as Clemson came within one play of losing to North Carolina on September 28th. At press time, Auburn is holding on to the number seven spot with a road trip to Gainesville staring them in the face. Florida is number eight and should be a slight favorite. Prior to the season, I wrote...
  • The AU Horror Picture Show: Bride of Felonstein meets YellaGrubbear

    Recent ‘rocky’ times at Auburn University display a cult horror picture show on how ‘warped’ private interests extract wealth from students and taxpayers. No surprise to frequent readers of this column how AU gave rise to felon Mike Hubbard, who perfected ‘The Art of the Steal’ of using governments for personal gain in Alabama. Bobby Lowder mentored Felon Hubbard in the dark arts when...
  • Tears and Laughter: Why I Sound Southern

    I was recently a guest on a podcast and some of my readers – specifically my mother and daughters – listened to it. A couple of their friends who were trapped in the car with them at the time had no choice but to listen too. The main thing we were supposed to talk about was a column I had written on the difference between being Southern and being country, but ended up we talked mostly about...
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  • Tangled Webs and Telephone Cords

    "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." – Sir Walter Scott But identifying who is being deceitful here in this Watergate-esque scandal is less than clear. There is so much bias, incompetence, deception, and potential law-breaking that it is very difficult to be objective, and ultimately that is the problem. It is the type of scandal that removes one's...
  • Potpourri for October

    When I was young, growing up in South Alabama, when October came around, our thoughts turned to all the fun things that would be happening. The county fair was always a big attraction, not only for all of the rides, but for funnel cakes, cotton candy, caramel popcorn, boiled peanuts, and the prize bulls. Of course, just walking around and people watching brought smiles to our faces. Usually,...
  • Postmodernism: The Attack on Biblical Christianity

    Last month “the Education Page” article highlighted socialism as the downfall of America. But it made it clear that American Constitutionalism is the path for healing of our nation. This month, we wish to dig deeper into our problems, as postmodernism is the greatest threat to Biblical Christianity in our nation. • How many American citizens are knowledgeable about the prevailing secular...
  • ONE TRICK PONY

    I am sure most of us are familiar with this term. It means that someone has only one thing they are either good at or one issue that they feel strongly about. I don't want to be that person. Many pro-death abortionists are exactly that. No matter what happens in the world, no matter what crazy laws the government tries to pass or how good or bad the economy is doing, they will fight for...
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  • Letting Go

    I once heard a wise person say that “Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different than it was.” This definition of forgiveness really spoke to me….and maybe it will speak to you as well. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a constant attitude.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Think about it… Those words can absolutely set you free in your life...
  • Just A Few of My Favorite Quotes

    We all need to be encouraged, inspired and challenged, right? One of the ways I do that is by reading quotes. So, I often search for and screenshot quotes I like and keep them on my iPhone for future reference. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa “Stand for what is right even if you stand...
  • Hypothetical – Bernie or Elizabeth, Was this your idea?

    Recent ‘rocky’ times at Auburn University display a cult horror picture show Right thinking, fact driven Americans have hit their high water mark, frustrated with the liberal news media fabricating stories about conservatives. Every day, since the November 8, 2016 election (almost 3 years ago), liberal Democrats and members of the counterfeit media have worked around the clock fabricating,...
  • History Comes to Troy

    Troy University will host an exhibition from The Remnant Trust from September through the end of November. The artifacts and books included afford an opportunity for Alabamians to see some history. Founded in 1999, The Remnant Trust is a foundation dedicated to preserving items important to the history of individual freedom and human dignity. Partnered with Texas Tech University since 2014, the...
  • Halloween has become an issue among Christians!

    Long considered harmless fun, many are now questioning its history, nature, influence and fruit. The revitalization of Satanism and Witchcraft and their obvious association with Halloween has caused Christians to wonder whether they should participate in it at all. There is no denying the bizarre and occultic nature of Halloween decorum (certainly witches, devils, ghouls, monsters, vampires and...
  • German Exchange Students

    Students from LAMP High School in Montgomery and 19 students from the Gymnasium Grossburgwedel (school) in rossburgwedel, Germany are participating in the German American Partners Program (GAPP) for two weeks. GAPP is a student exchange program between the US and Germany. Visiting German Students and their US host families gathered at the home of Michael & Amy Belcher for a welcome dinner on...
  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia is a painless and peaceful procedure of ending the persistent suffering and trauma of the terminally ill and others who have decided that death is a better option. In current usage, it is defined as the “painless inducement of a quick death.” People use this process on a regular basis when they see their beloved pets in distress from incurable diseases and/or unrecoverable...
  • Do I understand that there is a recent change in Alabama Medicaid that allows them to recover from probate?

    Yes, that is correct. It is however conditioned on certain criteria and in my view will cause some changes in estate planning and in debt collection by creditors. Whenever an estate is opened in an Alabama probate court, the named personal representative whether appointed for a testate (having a Will), intestate (no Will) estate or the person initiating the settlement of a Small Estate (with or...
  • Aardvark

    Aardvarks are small pig-like mammals that are found inhabiting a wide range of different habitats throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. They are mostly solitary and spend their days sleeping in underground burrows to protect them from the heat of the African sun, emerging in the cooler evening to search for food. Their name originates from the Afrikaans language in South Africa and means Earth...
  • A DoDEA Americas School Selected as a 2019 Blue Ribbon School

    PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA - A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas School was recognized recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama is one of the 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized across the nation, and one of the three DoDEA schools...
  • 9 Ways to Conceal Movement While Hunting

    New research out of the University of Georgia Deer Lab is providing unique insight into the rate at which white-tailed deer process visual images and how they perceive their environment. It appears that deer actually receive visual information at a much faster rate than we do, making them more sensitive to movement. Any movement to them will appear to be in slow motion, which, of course, allows...
  • 22nd Annual "Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory" Civil War Reenactment in Tallassee, Alabama

    22nd Annual “Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory” Civil War Reenactment in Tallassee, Alabama November 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2019 Sponsored by The Tallassee Armory Guards, SCV Camp 1921 Gibson’s View Plantation Tallassee, AL School Day November 8, 2019 ($5 per student) “Bill Anthony Memorial, Battles for the Armory” Reenactments start @ 2PM on Saturday & Sunday School Day...
  • 2020 Senate Race Right around the Corner. GOP Field is Probably Set.

    Even though qualifying does not begin until October 8, 2019, the field is probably set for the GOP Primary in March to unseat the anomaly Democrat, Doug Jones, who is sitting in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate Seat. First District Congressman Bradley Bryne and Secretary of State John Merrill may be the favorites to lead the field and square off in a runoff. Either of the two will probably win...
  • World Challenge XXVIII

    The Public Is Welcome To Come Watch Our Local Firefighters at the World Challenge XXVIII October 21 - 26, 2019 The 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge is very excited to be traveling to the fantastic city of Montgomery, Alabama, for World Challenge XXVIII in 2019. The first four days are wildcard days. All U.S. teams must either qualify at a regional event, or receive a waiver to compete in the...
  • Two Open Congressional Seats in the Heart of Dixie in 2020

    Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Board. Previously, the three-member Board picked the director. The new law went into effect on September 1,...
  • TOP 50 PROJECTIONS FOR 2019

    These 2019 projections are based on schedule difficulty, final regular season record and position that national polls will place each team at the end of the regular season. For the first time in 40 years of making these pre-season projections, there are no teams in the top 50 projected to finish 7-5. The reason seems to be that, this year, the schedule of the best teams are not as difficult as...
  • THE "GIFT" THAT KEEPS ON GIVING – $4 Million

    I often find myself taking a life inventory at different weigh-points, assessing if I am adequately contributing to leave a positive mark in the world, on my watch. We can never give enough back. I was raised and I taught my children, whatever station assigned in life, or if we borrow something from our neighbor, always return it in better shape, than you received it. This mindset can be found in...
  • Tears and Laughter: What is the value of free?

    Free has become a popular term here as of late. It is a new trend and an old favorite. Not free as in freedom. Not free-minded, or free-spirited, or being a Freebird. I mean free – as in no cost. I don’t know about everywhere, but in Wilcox County if you will come out with some free hotdogs you can draw an attentive crowd. This has been proven countless times. I seldom accept anything free....
  • Socialism - The Downfall Of America

    Last month we wrote about the Constitution of our nation. Our founders gave us the Rule of Law by which we could enjoy Freedom and Liberty, and they recognized this as the gift of God's Providence. We are all aware that we have problems in our nation today. Our friend, Tim Wildmon, of the American Family Association has said it well, "An all-out spiritual and ideological battle is...
  • PRISON VIOLENCE NOT ACCEPTABLE

    Since I have been out of flying for a while trying to get this shoulder of mine back into working order so I can climb back into the cockpit, I have thankfully had the opportunity to do a lot of writing (book #3 underway) and perhaps unfortunately, watch a lot of television. I have gotten hooked on channels like Investigation Discovery (ID) and some other crime type shows. There is no escaping...
  • Potpourri for September

    The month of September usually brings in cooler temperatures and colorful falling leaves from Sumac, Popcorn, Catalpa, Oak, and Crepe Myrtle, to name a few. Also on center stage are the football rivalries demonstrated by flags showing the emblems of elephants and eagles seen frequently throughout Alabama and hearing the schools' fight songs blasting through radios. Fall Garden seminars are a...
  • MEDICARE, A SIMPLE EXPLANATION

    Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Medicare provides health insurance. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for...
  • Is a Renewable Electric Grid a Mirage?

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change will require enormous sacrifice. The enormity of the required sacrifice suggests that we should have consensus on the goal before acting. Recent discussions of the Green New Deal have highlighted some of the required sacrifices, but I suspect that the full implications of an all renewable power electric grid remain obscure. The Green New...
  • I'm a God Supremacist

    There, I've said it. Perhaps I’m a little giddy penning my first column in retirement. More likely as the so-called ‘Cold Civil War’ gets hotter, I recall those of Antonin Scalia’s Spirit, intellect and understanding on issues of supremacy, sovereignty, power and authority. Witnessing Justice Scalia’s courage to be a more explicit fool for Christ helps, given his station and...
  • Humane Executions

    In spite of what some people claim about the cruelty of capital punishment, there are some people who are just too dangerous to be allowed to exist. See my May, 2017 article for my argument on this topic. The question here is what is the best and most humane method to carry it out? Although there is a basic need to execute certain criminals, there is not a need to do it in a cruel manner. The...
  • "Gratitude & Grace"

    During an especially difficult moment in my life…barely able to speak between tears of despair. I called a friend…looking for a little comfort…and a little sympathy too, I must admit. Instead of consoling me, she interrupted me and said, “Stop it! Stop your crying right now and say thank you.” I said, “Why would I say thank you for this?” She said, “Say thank you because God has...
  • FOSSA

    Madagascar is a large island nation located off the southeast coast of Africa, where some extremely unique creatures live. The fossa, a close relative of the mongoose, is Madagascar's largest predator, and the only animal to regularly and successfully hunt the islands largest lemur species. The fossa looks very much like a small, brown cougar, but it is not a cat. Fossa’s are small animals...
  • Are there any recent freedom of religion cases of note?

    Yes, decided on June 20 of this year in the United States Supreme Court, the case of American Legion, et al. v American Humanist Assn., et al. Prince George’s County, Maryland erected in 1918 a memorial for the dead from their county during World War I. Because the plain Latin cross had become a symbol of that War in that one could see pictures of rows of white crosses where dead soldiers were...
  • 2019 Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104 Onsite Registration: 8:00 AM Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM Climb Start Time: 10:00 AM Climb End Time: 2:00 PM Food & Fellowship will begin at 11:30 am The 2019 Alabama Remembers 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on...
  • 20 Years of Publishing at The Alabama Gazette

    It's a celebration!! 20 Years of Publishing at The Alabama Gazette Open house - October 15th, 2019 11:00 am til 2:00 pm 12 E. Jefferson Street, Montgomery...
  • 10 Big Trends in the U.S. Deer Harvest

    White-tailed deer are the most important game species in North America. More hunters pursue whitetails than any other species, and whitetail hunters contribute more financially than any other hunter segment. Collectively speaking, whitetails are the foundation of the entire hunting industry. That’s why each year QDMA gathers data from state and provincial wildlife agencies, the nation’s...
  • "Work and Witness" Mission in Cuba

    Fifteen members of the Church of the Nazarene, most from the Alabama South District, visited Cuba on a “Work and Witness” mission in June. We were able to provide labor and supplies to assist with painting and refurbishing a church in the Havana area of Juanelo, as well as experience the people, culture, and country of Cuba. Visiting with the pastors of numerous churches throughout Cuba...
  • Those Who Bake the Pie Get to Eat It

    Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable. She knows what she is doing. It should not be surprising given her background and experience. Kay Ivey has been around state government for most of her adult life. She has dealt with the Legislature for over four decades. Her...
  • The Squad

    This is almost too sad to write. By now all of us have read or heard of the exploits of the fearsome-foursome; the freshmen Congresswomen also known as “the Squad.” These four women, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the Occasional Cortex) D- New York; Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan; Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachussetts; and Ilan Omar, D-Minnesota are quite the treat. Almost a day no longer goes by without...
  • The Five Seasons of a Great Life (What season are you in right now?)

    Part One Have you ever considered that your life is a journey through different seasons? Your life is not just a meaningless series of ups and downs but rather an evolution of you becoming all you were designed and meant to be! Of course, when it comes to the seasons of life, one can evolve into a wiser person who grows closer and closer to their creator through each season or one can chose to...
  • Tears and Laughter: Anxiety Has Become A National Obsession

    In response to the fast-paced lives Americans tend to lead, countless books and articles have been written offering ways to simplify life and minimize stress. Typical lifestyle change suggestions include unplugging from social media and television, reconnecting with nature, and taking time out to meditate and pray. Minimalism is encouraged in both commitments and possessions. Learning to say no...
  • Steven 'Crash' Leath Hits The Silk Like A Good Auburn Man

    I painfully witnessed ‘unonimous’ [sic] installation of Leath as AU’s 19th President at the University Ballroom March 20th 2017; it was a sound forecast he would “crash and burn” if/when sabotaging the gains of President Gogue’s stewardship. AU’s Board of Trustees [BoT] unanimously selected Steven ‘Crash’ Leath after a six-month national ‘search’ which provided little on how...
  • Social Security CAN HELP if You're Young and Lose a Parent

    For young people whose parent passes away, Social Security is here. Losing a parent is both emotionally painful and, often times, devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and seniors when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies. You should let Social Security know as soon as possible when a person in your...
  • Qualifications? Meeting a payroll

    Governor Hunt once told me, “John, before anyone runs for office or becomes a journalist, they would be well-served to have met a payroll first. What a profound statement and I agree 100%. If you have kept up with my resume, I worked for the Hunt administration in economic development during the late 80’s early 90’s. I worked primarily in the area of Small Business and later with all...
  • Potpourri for August

    Southern Gardening The dog days of summer are upon us and for the most part, the flowers we have been tending should now be mature and in full bloom. If we have been weeding all along, we should not have too much to do in this area. For instance, most of my beds are sunny with masses of tall zinnia. These Pacific Giants, thankfully, have shaded out most of the weeds. However, in another area, I...
  • "Perseverance"

    Have you ever faced a challenge in life that seemed impossible? Boy, I sure have! Weather it’s financial, health, relational, spiritual, or some other area in your life, it may seem like an uphill battle. And, for any of us going through any of these challenges, at the time, it is! “Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so...
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT MALZAHN

    Auburn is heading into the seventh season under Coach Gus Malzahn. Over the last six years, no coach in America has been under scrutiny as much as Malzahn. Some of this just comes with the territory. Most of it comes from the Auburn fan base made up of alumni and faithful supporters of the Auburn football program. Some of it comes from sports writers who have never worn a jockey strap. All of it...
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