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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…

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For God so loved the world......so much that He sent us a Savior. The wonderful account and miracle of Jesus’ birth never gets old. On December 12 and 13, our church presented a drive thru live nativity and shadow drama. The work melted into blessings as we experienced such an outpouring of …

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I understand three ghosts visited Washington, DC this week. The ghost of Christmas Past showed scenes of little children taken from their parents at the border, of long-time allies rudely dismissed while dictators are embraced as exemplary leaders, of the president of the United States demea…

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I am writing this letter in regards to the editorials that you print in The Times-Journal. I thought the editorial should be a person’s own opinion and what he or she thinks. This is supposed to be a free country, for freedom of speech and freedom of worship. I have printed three articles an…

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The 2020 election is getting closer at hand. Tommy Tuberville has labeled Doug Jones as one of the worst among liberals and socialists. That is not Doug Jones at all. Senator Jones has done some good things for Alabama and will continue to do so. All he needs is your vote. “If it ain’t broke…

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The youngest will not remember; the oldest will never forget. This statement summarizes the plight of the 545 children who were separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border seemingly, for the sake of political gain.

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I just read the Steve Flowers column in the Times-Journal and my blood is boiling. Flowers continues to label Doug Jones a California Democrat. Senator Jones does not represent California. He represents Alabama and has done a darn good job at it.

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We see reports of people having to wait in line for several hours to vote. That is appalling. In an election year in which record voter turnout can be expected, every accommodation available should be extended to the voters; unfortunately, we have public officials who favor just the opposite.

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Aesop tells a tale of four oxen and a lion. The lion prowls the field where the oxen graze. But each time he attacks, the oxen turn their tails to one another so that when the lion approaches, he is met with the horns of one of them. But, alas, the oxen begin a-quarrelling among themselves a…

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Friday evening about 6:30 PM we had a tree in our neighborhood fall on power lines and snap a pole. We were without power, internet and cable. We also had our 22 month old granddaughter spending the night with us. She lives in our neighborhood and her parents were also without power. We are …

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"I am ready to fight for Alabama", so says Republican candidate for Senate Tommy Tuberville, but from what I see, most Republicans are not going to fight for anyone except Donald Trump.

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All the Wizard of Oz did for the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion was to show them what they already had. The scarecrow wanted a brain. He already one.