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Supply-side economists contend that cutting taxes on the wealthy will cause them to invest in supply and the money will trickle down to the rest of us. They say this will not increase the deficit. The 2017 tax cut resulted in a $1.7 trillion increase to the deficit, the largest increase in h…

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I hope everyone enjoyed your Thanksgiving and spent it surrounded by people you love. This time of year stirs a lot of emotion as we get to enjoy added time around friends and family. Not all gatherings bring holiday joy. Sometimes we’re forced to swallow a dreaded side dish of family conflict.

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Believe it or not, we are six months away from the 2022 elections. All statewide offices will be decided in the May 24, 2022 Republican Primary. Winning the Republican Primary is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie. Therefore, garnering the endorsement of the most conservative group…

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Dear God, thank you for waking me up again this morning. Thank you for another night of sleep and rest. Thank you for turning the earth again today, so my part of the world could enjoy the warmth and light of the sun. Thank you that so far nothing hurts, but I haven’t moved much yet. Thank y…

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I do enjoy the occasional opportunity for fine dining. Mrs. Story’s Dairy Bar, in Opelika, is fine dining…it is just fine with me.

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In this week when we celebrate and honor our veterans, I would like to take a deeper look at some military greats who exemplify what it means to be a true patriot.

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Alabama has a legacy of great men who have served as judges in our state. Recently, revered, retired, Circuit Judge Bobby Ray Aderholt of Haleyville passed away at 85.

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I can still see that old wooden-cabinet-table-top radio. It only picked up A.M. stations, and there weren’t even many of those, but I listened to everyone I could tune in, that played what I wanted to hear. When I was a kid, that old radio was my main transmitter of the Atlanta Braves baseba…

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Our political discourse has moved to an ugly, mean-spirited conversation that demonizes the opposition and exaggerates or lies to make a point. This will get us nowhere. Could we agree to research our talking points so that we can avoid the pitfalls of exaggeration and misinformation? I’d li…

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Jim Preuitt, a legendary House member, State Senator, and Probate Judge of Talladega County passed away in September at age 86. Jim was one of my best legislative buddies. We came to the legislature together in 1982 and became fast friends. We became seat mates in the House, and we were inse…

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Comparing gas prices from last year is like comparing depression era land prices with today’s.

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Willie Nelson sang in his hit song, “On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again.” Boy, after this past year-and-a-half, I know exactly what he meant, and how he felt. Finally, I am busy once again speaking, singing, and doing humor. The month of October was the busiest one…

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Immediately after President Joe Biden took office, he went about the business of turning back the clock on every policy his predecessor had put in place.

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Do you ever find yourself sitting around wondering about things? The old folks used to call that “Pondering.” I am finding, as I grow older, that I’m wondering or pondering more than I used to. In recent years, especially with the coronavirus plague, we had much to wonder about. I just don’t…

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I am deeply saddened by the state sanctioned murder of Willie Smith this week. Our governor says that “all life is precious” but apparently that does not apply to the life of an intellectually challenged Black man whose life was transformed according to all who knew him. I was glad to know t…

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Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, will be remembered as Alabama’s most prominent senator when he retires next December. Folks, that’s saying a lot because we have had a host of prominent men serve Alabama in the United States Senate, such as giants like Lister Hill, John Sparkman and John …

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This past weekend, I had the joy of performing at a festival called “Music in the Park,” in Geraldine, Alabama. Several groups and soloists, along with myself as Bro Billy Bob, were on stage during the day. Several local authors sold their literary works too, as did I. Geraldine is about 15 …

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The problem of overcrowded prisons is a dilemma that has been facing Alabama for close to a decade. It was not something that Kay Ivey created. She simply inherited the situation and the chickens have some home to roost during her tenure. To her credit, she did not hide from the issue. She h…

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When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for newspapers to reconnect with the people they’re supposed to be serving.

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I love October. October is in my favorite season of the year. It is the heart of football season and brings us the baseball playoffs. October also brings a special day that is dear to my heart. No, it’s not my birthday. My family birthdays are all neatly lined up, one after another, from lat…

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Our senior senator, Richard Shelby, has left an indelible legacy and imprint on our state. Every corner of the state has been the recipient of his prowess at bringing home the bacon to the Heart of Dixie. Every university has enjoyed a largesse of federal dollars. He has made the Huntsville …

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Election season seems to have just ended but another quickly approaches. The Alabama Statewide Primary Election will be held May 24, 2022, followed by the Primary Runoff on June 21, 2022 and the General Election on Nov. 8, 2022.

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If one theme stands out for 2021, it would have to be the changing of the guard.

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I wish to thank everyone that had me in their prayers when I had to go through heart surgery nearly two years ago. I consider it a miracle that I am still living. I want to express my thanks to the nurses and to the staff at Crowne for lifting my name in prayer.

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As far back as I can remember, a wooden raft rested at the bottom of Ivy Creek. On days when the water was clear, my oldest brother’s homemade raft was easily visible. He made it about halfway to the other bank, before his pride-and-joy started down!

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Huntsville has rocketed past Birmingham as Alabama’s largest city. It is not named the Rocket City for nothing. The Census Bureau had been predicting this amazing boom in population in the Madison (Huntsville)/Limestone area, but the actual figures recently released reveal a bigger growth th…

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A week later, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again after the blur that was Boom Days 2021. When City officials stated their intentions to carry on with the festival after skipping it last year, I was initially skeptical it would actually happen, especially after COVID-19 returned w…

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Each year, The Times-Journal prints our “Pink Paper” in mid-October to highlight local breast cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones and bring awareness to prevention and treatment.

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The art of public speaking exists on a spectrum; either be as ‘dynamic’ as possible or scream. There is significant overlap, but I do not remember any public speaker or teacher, either in primary school or undergrad, intentionally raising their voice to prove a point. They were firm, but bei…

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I can’t remember the exact date, but I do know it was in the summer of my ninth year. I believe his name was Bill and hers was Ann, but I can’t remember their last name. I have never forgotten the time they spent with us, seeing their car for the first time, and especially getting to take a …

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Well folks, the final census figures are in from last year’s 2020 nose count. The census is taken every 10 years to determine the lines and boundaries of congressional and legislative districts. However, the census reveals a lot more information about us as a state and nation than just how m…

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Today marks a couple of really important occasions here in DeKalb County, so want to I take this opportunity to warmly welcome any guests visiting our little corner of the world.

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It is hard for me to believe that 20 years have passed since that Tuesday morning in September. When you are 20-years old, 20 years is a lifetime, but once you have become a senior adult, that same amount of time seems like the blink of an eye. That day is as fresh in my mind as if it had be…