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Well, it’s that time of year when life gets back to normal...but not this year.  I said Normal...you do remember the days of normalcy, don’t you?  I know it has been a while, and we are not as young as we were back in March, so we may be a little forgetful.    

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Last week, I wrote a letter to the governor about the terrible conditions of sitting in 100 degree temperatures waiting get a star on my license. Twenty of us stood on the pavement in the blazing sun, waiting and waiting. Several never made it in the building.

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My grandson Drew and I both had birthdays this week. Mine was on the 28th and his is the 30th. I guess that makes me two days older than him! I know, I know. He turned eleven and I turned mossy. Actually, I turned eleven almost for the sixth time (minus one year). I can remember when I was h…

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On June 29, The Times-Journal and several other print and radio media outlets asked candidates for the Fort Payne City Council to participate in a forum, each answering the same questions. In normal times, we would host a big public event attended by all of you, but as you know, this isn’t t…

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Here’s what we’ve learned over the last four months.

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I appreciate my friend, Rev. Mike Mitchell, especially his leadership at Christian Care Center and CASA, but his recent pastor’s corner piece invites a brotherly critique. He asserts that a problem exists with religious people pushing back against “scientific fact.” This may be true in a lim…

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An insurance company that allows customers to customize coverage says, “Only pay for what you need.” I might add (not concerning them), “Only pay for what you get.” A few times, I have paid the piper, so to speak, but I never got my music. As a singer/songwriter/musician, I’ve recorded seven…

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The much-anticipated battle between former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate was the marquee event on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my column for this week had to go to press pr…

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It’s been a joy reaching out to city clerks across DeKalb County since qualifying for municipal elections started. I want to do a better job of building those relationships and keeping a closer ear to what’s happening across our readership area.

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Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate Seat. The runoff between former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting.

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When we lose our way, as we seem to have done, we rely on words to help us find our way back to the pursuit of our ideals. Our Constitution, separation of powers and rule of law are primary reasons our democracy has weathered so many storms and has survived for well over 200 years. Another d…

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Each spring, we have long-term guests at the King’s house. We have never invited them, and they never ask if they can stay. They just show up and make themselves at home. We have tried a number of things to discourage them from coming, but they never seem to get the hint. When they come, the…

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A disproportionate number of black people are killed by police in this country. The murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were captured on video in a way that makes it impossible to not see this problem. When you look at the long list of unarmed black people killed by the police you mi…

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As we end the first half of 2020, there is no doubt that the coronavirus is the story of the year. The coronavirus saga of 2020 and its devastation of the nation’s and state’s economic well-being may be the story of the decade.

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Family reunions, especially in the South, used to be a common occurrence. They took place in several different forms. Some flew under the flag of another name but in essence were mostly a time when extended family members came together.

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” —Charles Baudelaire

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I can remember a time in my life when eating-out was a rare treat. Let’s see, that would have been back around most of 2020, so far. Miss Corona has brought about quite a few changes in our lives. One of those changes has been not eating out. Jean is a wonderful cook, so we have enjoyed eati…

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An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, greed, jealousy, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth.”

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I know we have all seen the work the water department is doing on the west side of town.

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The year was 1975. It took place on Flag-Day, Saturday, June 14th. That was forty-five years ago. Forty-five years is a long time to know someone. It’s a long time to be close friends with anyone. She is my closest.

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Twenty years ago, my grandmother and I sat together watching television. Flipping through channels, I stopped for a moment on a documentary about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sadly, I have nothing humorous or light-hearted this week. For the last several weeks, which have turned into months now, our lives have been turned upside down. To say that things are not the way they used to be would be a gross understatement. Many of us have most likely looked around at p…

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I was in the middle of writing a funny note to a friend when I heard the news that the U.S. had passed the 100,000 mark in number of deaths due to coronavirus. I couldn’t finish the note. Since we have all known that this threshold was near, I was somewhat surprised at the impact that crossi…

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Over the past four years during my travels and speaking events over the state, the most asked question posed to me has been, “Why in the world is Mike Hubbard not in jail?”

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“I’m tired, boss. Tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time.” - John Coffey, “The Green Mile”

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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…