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Last week I wrote about a trip out west we had planned. If you read the entire column, you know we canceled our plans. We would be there now, and I’m still disappointed, but thankful to have steered clear of Ms. Corona. I don’t know when, but one day we’ll make that trip. Hey, I’ll keep my n…

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The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him. The old gentlema…

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Thank you, Phyllis George. Thank you for lighting the way for female sports broadcasters. Thank you for making the entire state of Kentucky feel better about itself. And thank you for that special moment we shared when I was a dork in college.

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For about the last six months, I have dreamed about a long trip out west. I love the west. I have actually done more than dream about it, I have planned it. Next week our departure time will finally arrive. The reservations have all been made and paid. I have mapped out our day-by-day itiner…

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We learned midweek that Fort Payne High School would be having an in-person graduation commencement ceremony after all. This seemed unlikely just a week ago as we remained on lock-down to contain the community spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. But then Gov. Kay Ivey said “Open ‘er up” an…

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A recent blog by Dr. Erin Bromage, entitled “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”, describes how viruses are transmitted in terms that a non-scientist can easily read. Here’s a summary of the most salient points:

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The legislature meets in regular session every year for three-and-a-half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This provision in the Constitution gives the gover…

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The coronavirus has given us far more time at home than some know how to handle. If you are a homebody, you have been one happy camper lately...but you’ve camped at home. If you are a social butterfly, you have been forced to land. You may have even felt like you had crawled back into your c…

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Ronald Reagan had many quotable moments, but perhaps my favorite was “Trust but verify.”

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Yes, I know that the original idiom used a ten-foot pole, but in our coronavirus pandemic days we’ve shortened the pole. A ten-foot pole will certainly work for us, but six feet is all that is required... especially if you wear a mask. Now that I think about it, people running around wearing…

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Last week I discussed Alabama’s outstanding leaders in the political arena. This week allow me to share with you some of the state’s leaders under 45 who are shaping and molding our state from outside the actual pit of the political arena.

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Two days ago, DeKalb County residents and their fellow Alabamians were “liberated” from the public health order that told us to stay home, except to meet basic needs, in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. For the next 14 days, we are part of an experiment to see…

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There are some visitors whom we are always delighted to see coming. We wish they would come more often and stay longer. We are sad when they leave and sometimes even brought to tears.

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My heart goes out to all those individuals and families that have lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s easy to get depressed under these conditions, as the media showers us in a bath of negative news about unemployment, lower productivity, oil prices that don’t even make sense,…

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Despite the ongoing darkness of these days, I see glimmers of hope and inspiration.

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Many of you have lamented to me that it appears that all or most of our state political leaders are older folks. On first glance, that appears to be true. However, on a deeper observation we have some extremely talented younger stars on the horizon. In fact, they are already in the ring and …

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As you well know, we are experiencing something these days that we never imagined or would have believed a couple of months ago. The coronavirus took most of us by surprise and the world by storm. In only a few weeks this plague has changed our lives and lifestyles.

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Secondly, God always speaks and deals first with his own people, those who have been brought into relationship with him through faith in Jesus Christ. What is he saying and what are we to be doing? Here are a few thoughts. If we’re in the front lines of caring for people or serving in some w…

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I have often said there are so many hours in a day. During these stay-at-home days, I seem to have many more than I used to have. One good thing about all this extra time is that I’ve been able to catch up on some things. One of those things has been my yard work. My yard looks better than i…

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The rain spilling out of Big Wills Creek on Monday was an apt metaphor for the absolutely insane year we’re experiencing. Without regard for the structures added by humans, the flood water imposed its will on the terrain, adding insult to injury. Restaurants that had already closed their din…

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In times of crisis, many people call upon their faith to help them through. Some people find new faith. Others begin to question their faith because it is unable to sustain them. In the time of this crisis, I think many people will experience a crisis of faith. Why? Because we, as a society,…

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Some are ready to declare victory against COVID-19 just because the mass fatalities so far have mostly happened in big cities and, as Gov. Kay Ivey recently said, “We aren’t California. We are not New York.”

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How many times since we have been in these stay-at-home days have you asked, “What day is this?” I’ve heard those who are retired talk about life being that way for them. Speaking of retirement, some who are nearing retirement time will go ahead and sign up after this, while this may cause o…

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Steven Stiefel’s piece, “Patriotism is being considerate,” moved me to affirm what he wrote, plus to consider several, perhaps more fundamental questions for us all.

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Allow me to share some observations from the year thus far. First of all, I have never seen anything like the coronavirus shutdown of the country. Hopefully, it is a once in a lifetime disaster.

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This time last year, Jean and I were in Italy. As beautiful as that country is, and as good as their food tasted, I’m sure glad I’m not there now. As you most likely know, Italy had been one of the countries hit hardest by coronavirus. According to The New York Times, the United States now l…

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There’s an epidemic going around, and it’s not just the one attacking respiratory systems. No, I’m referring to an outbreak of stupidity and/or stubbornness.