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Last week, I wrote about three of my most commonly lost items. This week, I want to share a few more such items. I would begin by recapping those first three lost items, but I’ve lost the list! If I remember correctly, those three were my keys, cell phone, and remote controls. I still haven’…

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Well, I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve lost my keys. They have been AWOL for two weeks now. I’ve even had new keys cut. I thought surely that would beckon my lost ones out of hiding, but even that didn’t work. There aren’t many things more annoying than not being able to find what we have l…

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I am counting down the days until spring arrives. This week’s sunshine felt like Catnip for humans.

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In only 21 short months, at the close of 2022, Alabama will lose the greatest senator in our state’s history. Those of us who are political historians will acknowledge Richard Shelby as Alabama’s most pronounced political emissary in Washington.

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I don’t know exactly what it is about the sound of hard heels pounding on a wooden boardwalk, but I do love that sound. I like it even better when I am wearing my cowboy boots. I guess part of that pleasure is that it takes me back to my childhood-cowboy days. No, I was never actually a cowb…

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The 2021 legislative session has begun. It will be a monumental and difficult session. Due to COVID restrictions, the logistics of just meeting will be a task. House members will be spread out all over the Statehouse to adhere to distancing requirements. It is still uncertain as to how the P…

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Here we are with another holiday. We have one in every month of the year, except August. The closest thing August has to a holiday, are the dog days of summer, and even those begin in July. If your birthday is in August, that does count as a holiday, unless, of course, you are my daughter. S…

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When I was a youngster, I believed monsters lived under my bed. There are a number of reasons why I thought such silly things. One is because I have always had a strong imagination. I am not an only child, but my siblings were all several years older than me. Because of our age differences, …

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As the 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins, you will see new leadership in the state Senate. Republicans dominate both chambers, overwhelmingly. They have a super majority and dominate all issues and the budgeting process. They acknowledge the handful of Democrats, but really never give …

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The 2021 Regular Legislative Session begins next week. Over the years I have observed some outstanding classes of freshman legislators. Some standout more than others and occasionally you have a very stellar class. My observation is that this freshman class of state senators is a class to re…

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Boys! We boys may be grown men, even senior adults, but if you ask the ladies in our lives, some may say that we are still just boys. It has been said that men are just big boys with expensive toys. When I was a boy, the closest thing we had to a toy store in my hometown was Cecil Shirey’s F…

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This is an opinion cartoon. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn into office on message of unity. Let the healing begin.

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There is so much I could write about it when it comes to the cesspool that is national politics in this day and time.

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I’m excited to join The Times-Journal as the newest staff writer. Allow me to tell you a bit about myself and how my life has taken me around the world and back.

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It has been speculated for several years that Alabama could lose a congressional seat after the 2020 Census. It was thought to be a foregone conclusion. However, in recent days, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate that we might dodge that bullet. They say we are on the cusp and if we h…

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I know, there is a song about Poncho and Lefty, but that’s not what this is. I don’t know if the preacher’s wife was lefthanded. Since Poncho was a dog, I would call him quadextrous. Poncho was my dog, long, long ago, and the preacher’s wife was my pastor’s wife, Mrs. Hodgens. This is a stor…

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There are several things I wanted to mention to our readers…

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Back when I grew up, we played with dangerous things. Amazingly, most of us survived those days...even without crash helmets! I probably wasn’t more than eight or nine years old, when I got my first pocket knife. I’ll be the first to admit, that was probably too young, but I still have all t…

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As we close the book on 2020, we will close the door on national politics and get back to the basics, good old Alabama politics. That’s my game. It is what I know and like to write and talk about. Some say my prognostications and observations on Alabama politics are sometimes accurate. Howev…

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Hello, 2021! You are SO welcome. Your predecessor was a bit dramatic for my tastes. In fact, I’m still so shell-shocked by 2020 that I’m going to hold off on giving 2021 the benefit of the doubt. None of the usual superlatives about how changing calendars means everything’s now better.

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Have you ever had friends or family members whom you loved to see coming, but perhaps, by the time they left, you were happier to see them go? As some people say, “No harm, no foul, just being honest.” Some people don’t know when to leave, or as Mama used to say, “They wear out their welcome…

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As is my annual ritual, my yearend column pays tribute to Alabama political legends who have passed away during the year.

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I am a storyteller. I love to read, hear, and tell good stories. I’ve heard some storytellers say, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” I might even agree, as long as our audience understands that our story isn’t true. Of course, we call those kinds of stories fiction. Those…

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As we close out this year of COVID and presidential politics many of you are still in discussions about Donald Trump. Some are still enthralled with the most colorful and controversial character in my presidential memory and are saying the election was stolen from him. Others are saying he i…

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We hope you all had a safe and relaxing holiday surrounded by people you love. In this gap between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was – even though we’d honestly rather forget 2020.

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I’ve really never studied much about the Nativity until this year, and I’ve found the differences in the Gospels about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, fascinating.

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You probably know the popular Christmas hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” What you may, or may not know, is who wrote it and when. The lyrics to the song began as a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was written almost a decade prior to being set to music to be su…

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On the one hand, I can hardly believe 50 years have already passed since that night. On the other hand, it seems like that was in another lifetime. Thursday evening, December 10, 1970, is burned deeply in my memory. I have replayed it in my mind more times than I can count. I’ve wished I had…

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Presidential historians and most astute national political observers and chroniclers have concluded that the most profound legacy a president can achieve is the appointment of United States Supreme Court Justices. Presidents serve four-year terms. Justices serve for a lifetime.

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It’s been 262 days since my birthday, which just happened to be the day that DeKalb County reported its first case of COVID-19 (seriously, worst present ever). That’s eight months and 17 days. Thirty-seven weeks. But in the same way meteorologists talk about the wind chill being different th…

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Around Labor Day when this year’s presidential campaign was beginning to heat up, I wrote a column about the classic 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This pivotal presidential race marked the beginning of television as the premier political medium. The first …

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Thanksgiving is a funny holiday. Its origins rest in the story of a gaggle of English religious dissenters who were happy that they had the help of native Americans to avoid starvation.

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On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation of thanksgiving that Thursday, November 26th of that year, should be set aside as a day of thanksgiving for the people of the United States. That marked the first national observance of a day of thanks and it was observed …

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I grew up in the world of trucks. My Dad operated a business that used trucks. He had trucks of all colors, shapes, and sizes. He had one plain ole boring pickup truck, but most of them were dump trucks. They ranged in size from a one-ton truck all the way up to tractor-and-trailer trucks. H…

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Three years ago, Jim Martin passed away in Gadsden at 99 years old. His beloved wife of 60 years, Pat, was by his side. He was a true Christian gentleman. Jim was one of the Fathers of the modern Republican Party in the south.

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I would like to thank Patrick Graham, the owner of our company, for selecting me to be the new publisher for The Times-Journal. I told him I wanted the best person to get the job, even if he felt that would be someone else, so it is deeply humbling to be given this opportunity to take charge…