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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.

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In the White House press room on Wednesday, the following exchange took place:

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These claims that Donald Trump is someone sent by God to make things right are getting tiring. People who subscribe to that idea react to anything negative about their hero (sic) by jumping onto the “fake news” bandwagon. I do not know what the proper criteria is to decide whether or not som…

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To wear or not to wear...a mask. This quandary seems to be a basic bone of contention these days. Let’s face it; the darn things are hot, oppressive, and even suffocating, yet we feel obliged to wear one — at least the majority of us do.

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The City of Fort Payne has been fortunate to have Mr. Jim Cunningham serve in many capacities within our City school system including being principle at two of our schools and finally the past 19 years as the City’s School Superintendent. I have always considered it an honor to have worked w…

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People too often fall into the trap of thinking that there is an easy, black or white answer to choosing a candidate. But life is gray, not black and white. A one-issue voter may easily be tricked into voting contrary to their own true beliefs.

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“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” (Isaiah 30:25)

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These days we spend so much time denigrating “the other” and clinging tightly to whatever political stance we currently hold that we cannot hear what “the other” is saying. Many people quickly align themselves with the opinion of the politicians and talking heads that are on their side witho…

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September 17 marks 233 years since the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, the document that sets up our form of government. It is the most impactful government charter in the modern world and is a model for many others.

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Saturday’s paper had an awesome article by Steven Stiefel about not being led by the things we hear or read on social media. He gave several of the sites I already use to verify if what is said or implied is true and then went further with several sites I did not know. I am grateful for his …

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In all my years, I’ve never stayed at a better run hospital than DeKalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. I experienced the utmost care, with professionalism, attentiveness, knowledge, and really just good ole’ fashion “kindness” even from day one of my long 10-night hospital s…

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I worked in high level management for many years. One of the most difficult tasks I experienced was choosing good candidates to fill vacant positions. I interviewed hundreds of people over the years and became good at finding excellent employees.

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I’ve lived on Sand Mountain for over 20 years, and after living in several parts of the country, Sand Mountain is home. Lots of things give it that home feeling, but I think it’s the people that does it best. When I first moved here, someone entered our house while we were gone one time. Fea…

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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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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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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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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.