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Food gestapo

Government was never intended to save people from their own decisions. The duty of government is to protect citizens from criminals, foreign invaders and those who would intentionally harm “we the people.” It is not the duty of government to protect people from themselves. When individuals give government the power to solve personal problems, they…

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No right or wrong way to grieve

  There are many things happening in our county, state and nation, but I want to start on another topic that has been happening too much lately. In the last 21 months, many people in my life have lost loved ones – spouses, parents, children, friends, and other family members. And, each one suffers and…

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Let’s acknowledge how far we have come

Op-Ed by Secretary of State Steve Merrill   When discussing voting rights, some individuals and special interest groups focus on the Alabama of 1962, but they never acknowledge the Alabama of 2022 and the great progress we have made in our state. They attempt to use our state’s troubled past as justification for their present…

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Life is not fair or equal

  My mom and dad always told me that life was not fair. Growing up I complained about things like what boys could do that girls couldn’t or weren’t “supposed to” do. Boys could play cowboys and Indians, war, baseball, the drums, and they could pee standing up! Girls were supposed to play with Barbie…

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Biden’s student loan debacle

Thomas Sowell; the author, economist, political commentator, and social theorist; once stated that “you cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.” Back when I was an undergrad student, I had a buddy who applied, and was approved, for student loans, and he partied like a rock star. Every time he ran low…

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Show me the money

  Neither of my parents had college degrees, but they worked their entire adult lives to ensure my brothers and I did. It was important to my parents, and it was part of their American Dream, and they achieved it without a single dime from the government. My parents paid for one of my degrees,…

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They’re back

Libertarians are back on the ballot in Alabama for the first time in two decades. They are showing up in more than 50 races across the state. Dr. Jimmy Blake of Jefferson County is a familiar name on the ballot since he served on the Birmingham City Council for years and ran for the U.S.…

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Propagandist in chief

“Trust the science,”  every one of us has heard this phrase time and again over the last couple of years, yet, as much of the science has been misused by politicians to promote their agendas, fewer and fewer Americans are willing to trust the science being presented. In recent news, Rochelle Walensky, the director of…

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Pay attention, research before elections

  Last week I said “see you later” to someone who has become a very special person in my life for the last 4-5 years. He has also become a very significant person to Coosa County and the Weogufka area. I’m talking about Sunny Eberhart, aka Nimblewill Nomad. Sunny made a trip to Missouri to…

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