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This time of the year we typically focus on being thankful — offering gratitude for the many, many blessings we enjoy in this great country.

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I know cynicism isn’t the most attractive frame of mind. People naturally gravitate toward those who are positive and upbeat, but it’s hard to…

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My son called the other day and was talking about a history class he’s taking in college. It focuses on relatively modern American history and…

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We spend a lot of time in this country talking about equality, equity and fairness, and that’s all well and good, but one group of people cont…

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As he does with most things, State Rep. Chris Pringle put the rampant abuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) by state entities very bluntly…

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One of the rituals of Halloween when I was a child involved my mother staring intently at each piece of candy we received while trick-or-treat…

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With two kids in college, I’m acutely aware of the price of higher education these days. It often feels like new expenses blindside me just ab…

On May 3 of this year, Kenneth Sikes was shot to death by Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies who say he charged at them with a knife. Multiple d…

Long, long ago, in a city far, far away, I spent a few years working on Capitol Hill. I never really wanted to be a part of that scene so much…

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We all have our limits. Tonny Kennon’s just might be a bit different than yours or mine.  The mayor of Orange Beach is in a twist about a new …

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Some backyard thief apparently made his way into my garage in the past few days and made off with a new drill and relatively new leaf blower. …

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Late this past Friday afternoon, two intent to subpoena documents were filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court that could — could — go a long …

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I know the term “environmental group” often elicits the same kinds of feelings in Alabamians that the term “zombie apocalypse” might. Although…

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I’ve told the story so many times. But on this 20th anniversary of Lagniappe’s first printing, the nostalgia is definitely rushing back.  Ashl…

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It’s kind of a miracle, I must admit. I’ve been writing this “Damn the Torpedoes” column for 20 years now and it seems like something always p…

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If I had to bake an “Alabama Corruption Cake” the recipe would probably go something like this: 2 parts shiftless opportunists, 2 parts compli…

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Just in time to help complete the unhappiest, most stressed out week in U.S. history, the good folks at Gallup have released their latest “Glo…

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As a child of the ’80s, I’m inordinately excited about the new “Top Gun: Maverick” summer blockbuster. Why? I’m not getting a cut of ticket sa…

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If you ask most people what traits they value in our political leaders, I’d imagine words like honesty, integrity, bravery and independence wo…

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I’m sure most of us have had a maniac in our lives at one point or another. Someone who didn’t realize how amazing and wonderful we are, someo…

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My son is home from college for the summer and when he’s not working in the pine straw industry, he’s spending time reconnecting with his high…

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With this year’s primary elections less than a week away now, I’d like to offer some deep thoughts on what I’ve seen so far. These are just my…