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

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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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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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The science of Economics is what I call a gray science. There are so many factors that affect economic outcomes that it is difficult to accurately control or to predict what will happen if you take a particular action. It is like an especially crazy game of Whack-A-Mole wherein you finally e…

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My wife and I walk our dog every morning along the Parkway that borders Desoto State Park. We always carry a couple of plastic bags to pick up trash, and it’s a rare morning that we don’t pick up at least one piece of litter – usually more. The most common litter is empty beer cans/bottles, …

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I just wanted to say how impressed I was by the rapid and effective decision made by the new Fort Payne School Superintendent, Brian Jett, and the School Board to require masks to be worn in city schools. At a time when politics seemed to be driving too many health decisions, this one was dr…

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With all students returning to school and parents fall back into routine, as the CED Mental Health Dekalb Prevention Specialist I, Iesha Mcelrath, would like to send a friendly reminder that the DeKalb County school system has a Zero Tolerance policy regarding Tobacco and substance possessio…

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I was raised in poverty. Our house was a shack. We had a six-foot diameter hole in the ceiling of the living room that was covered only by a blanket. Mother was severely underweight, giving her children her food as there was not enough to eat.

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Yesterday, Monday, June 26, 2021 my husband and I decided to climb down to see your beautiful DeSoto Falls. We are not hikers so foolishly I only had a cup of coffee, no water, no snack or inhaler in case my asthma acted up.

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Most recovered from the virus without even realizing they had been infected. The main danger was that they could spread the virus to others. Some had moderate symptoms and recovered without long term problems. The percentage of those with life-threatening complications was small, but their h…

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I desire to express my appreciation for our Ft. Payne Policemen in this special week. The entire police force perform their duties in an exemplary manner. Police Chief David Davis was a superb choice made by the City Council this year. He was an investigator in Ft. Payne and then served with…

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When we look back on American history, we can’t help but be impressed and awed by the sacrifices that people have made to keep this wonderful ideal we call “America” alive. People have fought wars, been wounded, and died for our freedoms. These days, people are so focused on themselves that …

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What is going on in our nation today?

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“Woe unto him that giveth his neigbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakeness; Thy art filled with shame for glory.” Drink they also and let they foreskin be uncovered; the cup of the lords right hand shall be turned unto t…

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Circuit Judges Bell, Taylor and Hairston extend our sincere appreciation to the individuals that sacrificed their time and expended effort to serve on juries the week of April 12-16, 2021 in both DeKalb and Cherokee counties. Their service resolved several cases in the circuit.

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The Covid relief act (American Rescue Plan Act) that was signed into law in March of this year provides new incentives for states to expand Medicaid. Thanks to this law, if Alabama expanded Medicaid the state would get an estimated $940 million boost in federal Medicaid funds over two years.

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What was going through your mind that terrible, dark day at Calvary?

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Is there a crisis at the border? Fox News says a resounding YES. The current administration doesn’t use that word. What are we to believe?

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Earth Day is on April 22, 2021 and Little River Waterkeeper is asking citizens to help keep litter from entering our waterways. Litter is an ongoing issue that is detrimental to the natural world and can cause negative outcomes to the economy. It is a problem that we all need to address and …

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“If we would read the secret history of our worst enemies, we would find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Longfellow

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Like many residents of Mentone, I was saddened by the announced closing of Moon Lake Elementary School. The school’s outstanding faculty and staff, headed by principal Mary Lance, have worked hard to make sure students excel academically, as shown by the school’s A rating over the last three…

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I wish to disagree with the opinions expressed in the MARCH 13/14 Times Journal regarding the gambling issue in the legislature based on my experience living in a city for 9 years that has multiple casinos. I moved to Fort Payne from Vicksburg, MS in 2016. One consideration in my decision to…

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As a young woman I was always attracted to the bad boys. I was a goody-two-shoes myself. Maybe what I saw in the bad boys was excitement; something so different from my normal life. My friends and family wrung their hands and worried about me. They knew me to be a fairly level-headed, bright…

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Many politicians use the prospect of increased fraud as a reason to vote against particular legislation. That argument has been used here in Alabama to prevent improvements in health care coverage and ease of voting.

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Most families have at least one relative that, shall we say, operates on the fringes of reality. In the south, we sometimes treat that relative with bemused pride. We often form a bubble of love around them that would appear to an outsider as though we are embracing the insanity ourselves. W…

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How did you feel as you watched an angry mob break into the capitol building in Washington D.C.? Were you proud of our country? Did you feel like this was “democracy in action?” Did you think to yourself, “This is my country. This is my president. This makes me proud.”? Do you feel like this…

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During the weekend of December 19/20, as I attempted to enter our Fort Payne Wal Mart store, I was met by a large group of Biker Club member who were raising money for the Salvation Army, an organization which many folks support with donations every Christmas. Of the approximately 25 men who…