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    Editorial: Memorial Day

    Editorial: Memorial Day

    Thursday, May 25 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-05-25 17:35:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    This coming Monday, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. The Memorial Day weekend starts after work on Friday and culminates on Monday.

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    This coming Monday, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. The Memorial Day weekend starts after work on Friday and culminates on Monday.

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    Editorial: Grading the 2017 Session

    Editorial: Grading the 2017 Session

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:04:52 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    If I were grading the legislature, I would give them an F.

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    If I were grading the legislature, I would give them an F.

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    Editorial: Safeguard your hard earned money

    Editorial: Safeguard your hard earned money

    Friday, May 19 2017 1:12 PM EDT2017-05-19 17:12:59 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Here are  few ways to keep your bank account safer...

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    Here are  few ways to keep your bank account safer...

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    Editorial: Final week of the legislative session

    Editorial: Final week of the legislative session

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-05-16 21:51:40 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    This is the final week of the Alabama Legislative Session and based on what has not been accomplished thus far might make one wonder what they still have left to do. 

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    This is the final week of the Alabama Legislative Session and based on what has not been accomplished thus far might make one wonder what they still have left to do. 

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  • Opinion

    Feedback Editorial: Tipping at restaurants

    Feedback Editorial: Tipping at restaurants

    Friday, May 12 2017 7:46 AM EDT2017-05-12 11:46:20 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    A couple weeks ago I provided my thoughts on tipping for service when visiting a sit-down restaurant. We received a plethora of responses. 

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    A couple weeks ago I provided my thoughts on tipping for service when visiting a sit-down restaurant. We received a plethora of responses. 

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    Editorial: Rules of the road

    Editorial: Rules of the road

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 4:41 PM EDT2017-05-09 20:41:27 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    According to a recent Carinsurance.com study, Alabama has risen to the fifth most dangerous state for teenage drivers.  

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    According to a recent Carinsurance.com study, Alabama has risen to the fifth most dangerous state for teenage drivers.  

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    Guest Editorial: Montgomery Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy

    Guest Editorial: Montgomery Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy

    Friday, May 5 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-05-05 19:18:33 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Within the Department of Public Safety, we are doing everything we know to do to respond to crime and prevent it.

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    Within the Department of Public Safety, we are doing everything we know to do to respond to crime and prevent it.

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    Editorial: Shocking Revelation

    Editorial: Shocking Revelation

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-05-03 01:01:57 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    A year ago, 15-year-old Carmen Johnson lost her life due to electric shock drowning at her family's home on Smith Lake. 

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    A year ago, 15-year-old Carmen Johnson lost her life due to electric shock drowning at her family's home on Smith Lake. 

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    Editorial: Tip, Montgomery!

    Editorial: Tip, Montgomery!

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:05:41 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    If you get a good look at me you will know that one of my passions is eating.  I genuinely love going out to eat. 

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    If you get a good look at me you will know that one of my passions is eating.  I genuinely love going out to eat. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Consider a lower gas tax

    Editorial: Consider a lower gas tax

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-04-26 00:42:07 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I usually am the first to say no to raising taxes, but I have a different view when it comes to a gasoline tax - especially here in Alabama.

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    I usually am the first to say no to raising taxes, but I have a different view when it comes to a gasoline tax - especially here in Alabama.

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    Editorial: First Amendment

    Editorial: First Amendment

    Thursday, April 20 2017 6:57 PM EDT2017-04-20 22:57:37 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    One of the most important liberties we are granted here in this great country of ours is the First Amendment, the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.

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    One of the most important liberties we are granted here in this great country of ours is the First Amendment, the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Negotiating for dummies

    Editorial: Negotiating for dummies

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 11:13 AM EDT2017-04-19 15:13:43 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I continue to be disappointed in how our government in Washington DC doesn't function anymore.

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    I continue to be disappointed in how our government in Washington DC doesn't function anymore.

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    Editorial: Gov. Ivey…save us some money

    Editorial: Gov. Ivey…save us some money

    Thursday, April 13 2017 6:49 PM EDT2017-04-13 22:49:08 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Gov. Kay Ivey will be in office through the end of 2018 and could be in office four years more should she choose to run and win re-election.

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    Gov. Kay Ivey will be in office through the end of 2018 and could be in office four years more should she choose to run and win re-election.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Farewell Robert Bentley

    Editorial: Farewell Robert Bentley

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-04-12 00:30:18 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Gov. Robert Bentley woke up today as citizen Robert Bentley probably wondering what just happened.

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    Gov. Robert Bentley woke up today as citizen Robert Bentley probably wondering what just happened.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: What A Weekend!

    Editorial: What A Weekend!

    Thursday, April 6 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-04-07 00:24:01 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    We have had a couple of lousy days this past week weather wise. So, it’s nice to see a wonderful forecast for this weekend because there is so much to do.

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    We have had a couple of lousy days this past week weather wise. So, it’s nice to see a wonderful forecast for this weekend because there is so much to do.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: The clock is ticking on Obamacare

    Editorial: The clock is ticking on Obamacare

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-04-04 17:35:12 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Then candidate Donald Trump had a very simple message on what he would do to make America great again. 

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    Then candidate Donald Trump had a very simple message on what he would do to make America great again. 

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    Guest Editorial: Child Care Safety Act

    Guest Editorial: Child Care Safety Act

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:44:41 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    When the Legislature reconvenes on Tuesday, one of the bills they can vote on is HB277, the Child Care Safety Act. 

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    When the Legislature reconvenes on Tuesday, one of the bills they can vote on is HB277, the Child Care Safety Act. 

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  • OPINION

    Editorial: Air travel is not the same!

    Editorial: Air travel is not the same!

    Monday, March 27 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-03-28 01:13:40 GMT

    Air travel is nothing like it used to be. Back when I was much younger, not as many traveled by plane. If you did, you dressed up in your Sunday’s best...

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    Air travel is nothing like it used to be. Back when I was much younger, not as many traveled by plane. If you did, you dressed up in your Sunday’s best...

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Let's be kind

    Editorial: Let's be kind

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:37 PM EDT2017-03-24 00:37:51 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As we are in the middle of the Lenten season I wonder how many of us have stuck to our pledge to give up something.

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    As we are in the middle of the Lenten season I wonder how many of us have stuck to our pledge to give up something.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Pull up your pants

    Editorial: Pull up your pants

    Monday, March 20 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-03-20 23:36:37 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Over the year’s l have been confounded with the fashion style of low-hanging pants. 

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    Over the year’s l have been confounded with the fashion style of low-hanging pants. 

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    Editorial: Child's Biscuits letter to WSFA

    Editorial: Child's Biscuits letter to WSFA

    Friday, March 17 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-03-17 12:55:58 GMT

    It is difficult to believe the Montgomery Biscuits baseball season is upon us and the MAX Capital City Classic with Auburn and Alabama is on March 28. With baseball in the air, I thought it timely to discuss a letter I received the other day from a young viewer named Jemarcus.

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    It is difficult to believe the Montgomery Biscuits baseball season is upon us and the MAX Capital City Classic with Auburn and Alabama is on March 28. With baseball in the air, I thought it timely to discuss a letter I received the other day from a young viewer named Jemarcus.

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    Editorial: The pain is real in Bama

    Editorial: The pain is real in Bama

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-03-14 22:10:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Alabama ranks No. 1 in the country for pain killer prescriptions.

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    Alabama ranks No. 1 in the country for pain killer prescriptions.

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  • OPINION

    Editorial: Another push for impeachment

    Editorial: Another push for impeachment

    Thursday, March 9 2017 4:51 PM EST2017-03-09 21:51:51 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    There is another push in the Legislature to impeach Governor Bentley

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    There is another push in the Legislature to impeach Governor Bentley

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    Editorial: The governor’s prison bill vs. common sense

    Editorial: The governor’s prison bill vs. common sense

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 9:09 PM EST2017-03-08 02:09:55 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I touched about prisons and Gov. Robert Bentley's pending prison bill some weeks back.

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    I touched about prisons and Gov. Robert Bentley's pending prison bill some weeks back.

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Smoking and healthcare legislation

    Guest Editorial: Smoking and healthcare legislation

    Thursday, March 2 2017 12:35 PM EST2017-03-02 17:35:28 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The pending purchase of Reynolds American by British American Tobacco for 49 billion dollars reminds us that smoking is still a huge business in America. 

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    The pending purchase of Reynolds American by British American Tobacco for 49 billion dollars reminds us that smoking is still a huge business in America. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Roads or roller coasters

    Editorial: Roads or roller coasters

    Tuesday, February 28 2017 1:28 PM EST2017-02-28 18:28:26 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Like most folks, I love a good amusement park ride.  Roller coasters, scramblers, and bumper cars. 

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    Like most folks, I love a good amusement park ride.  Roller coasters, scramblers, and bumper cars. 

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    Editorial: Come to America, but follow our laws

    Editorial: Come to America, but follow our laws

    Thursday, February 23 2017 9:17 PM EST2017-02-24 02:17:58 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Immigration is a hot topic thanks in part to then candidate Donald Trump’s desire to build the wall and protect our borders.

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    Immigration is a hot topic thanks in part to then candidate Donald Trump’s desire to build the wall and protect our borders.

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    Editorial: Local news is not fake news

    Editorial: Local news is not fake news

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 3:00 PM EST2017-02-21 20:00:26 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As the general manager of WSFA 12 News, I will tell you that we do not, nor will we ever practice in “fake news."

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    As the general manager of WSFA 12 News, I will tell you that we do not, nor will we ever practice in “fake news."

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    Editorial: We can't afford the governor's new prisons

    Editorial: We can't afford the governor's new prisons

    Thursday, February 16 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-02-16 22:03:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Governor wants to build new prisons. This, of course, will not come free. In fact, it will come at a price tag of $800 million dollars. 

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    The Governor wants to build new prisons. This, of course, will not come free. In fact, it will come at a price tag of $800 million dollars. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Part of the problem with MPS

    Editorial: Part of the problem with MPS

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 2:10 PM EST2017-02-15 19:10:11 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Part of the problem with the Montgomery Public Schools may not in fact be all on the school system itself.  We of course will see exactly how that works out now that the state will be taking it over.

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    Part of the problem with the Montgomery Public Schools may not in fact be all on the school system itself.  We of course will see exactly how that works out now that the state will be taking it over.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Lifesaving lessons

    Editorial: Lifesaving lessons

    Thursday, February 9 2017 11:53 AM EST2017-02-09 16:53:09 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Late last year the USA TODAY and the Associated Press analyzed accidental shootings of minors, the results were startling.

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    Late last year the USA TODAY and the Associated Press analyzed accidental shootings of minors, the results were startling.

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    Editorial: Get your job done on time

    Editorial: Get your job done on time

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 7:35 PM EST2017-02-08 00:35:50 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The 2017 legislative session has begun and I am urging our representatives to buckle down and get their work done on time.

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    The 2017 legislative session has begun and I am urging our representatives to buckle down and get their work done on time.

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    Editorial: Hate editorial response

    Editorial: Hate editorial response

    Thursday, February 2 2017 7:33 PM EST2017-02-03 00:33:36 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    My first true editorial last week regarding the hateful words uttered by Madonna and Ashley Judd generated a host of negative email and a positive phone call.

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    My first true editorial last week regarding the hateful words uttered by Madonna and Ashley Judd generated a host of negative email and a positive phone call.

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    Editorial: What were you thinking Governor Bentley?

    Editorial: What were you thinking Governor Bentley?

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 9:20 PM EST2017-02-01 02:20:02 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As we know, multiple negative issues have surrounded Gov. Robert   Bentley over the past year.

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    As we know, multiple negative issues have surrounded Gov. Robert   Bentley over the past year.

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    Editorial: Meanness and hate must stop

    Editorial: Meanness and hate must stop

    Friday, January 27 2017 9:20 AM EST2017-01-27 14:20:33 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Is it me, or is our country more angry and hateful today than say even five years ago?

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    Is it me, or is our country more angry and hateful today than say even five years ago?

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    Editorial: New VP/GM Mark Bunting says hello

    Editorial: New VP/GM Mark Bunting says hello

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 8:13 PM EST2017-01-25 01:13:54 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Hello, I am Mark Bunting, the new Vice President and General Manager at WSFA 12 News. 

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    Hello, I am Mark Bunting, the new Vice President and General Manager at WSFA 12 News. 

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    Guest Editorial: Avoidable roadway deaths

    Guest Editorial: Avoidable roadway deaths

    Thursday, January 19 2017 6:31 PM EST2017-01-19 23:31:26 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    You’ve heard it said that it’s safer to fly than to drive in America, and statistically that’s true. Yet, while we have virtually no control over our fate in an airplane, the same is not true for an automobile.

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    You’ve heard it said that it’s safer to fly than to drive in America, and statistically that’s true. Yet, while we have virtually no control over our fate in an airplane, the same is not true for an automobile.

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    Guest Editorial: Healthcare...Republican's turn

    Guest Editorial: Healthcare...Republican's turn

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 11:33 AM EST2017-01-17 16:33:49 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    First steps have now been taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

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    First steps have now been taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

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    Guest Editorial: State takeover a game changer for Montgomery Public Schools

    Guest Editorial: State takeover a game changer for Montgomery Public Schools

    Friday, January 13 2017 9:47 AM EST2017-01-13 14:47:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Something incredible is happening in Montgomery. State and local leaders are focused on making Alabama’s Capital City school system a beacon of student achievement and a shining city on the hill known for its excellent public schools.

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    Something incredible is happening in Montgomery. State and local leaders are focused on making Alabama’s Capital City school system a beacon of student achievement and a shining city on the hill known for its excellent public schools.

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  • Opinion

    Guest editorial: The National Championship

    Guest editorial: The National Championship

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 6:21 PM EST2017-01-10 23:21:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I think there are three distinctive groups of people disappointed over Alabama’s loss to Clemson this week.

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    I think there are three distinctive groups of people disappointed over Alabama’s loss to Clemson this week.

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Notable deaths

    Guest Editorial: Notable deaths

    Thursday, January 5 2017 10:30 AM EST2017-01-05 15:30:58 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Former Governor Albert Brewer died on Monday. He was a notable figure in Alabama politics.

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    Former Governor Albert Brewer died on Monday. He was a notable figure in Alabama politics.

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    Guest Editorial: Resolve to be financially healthier

    Guest Editorial: Resolve to be financially healthier

    Thursday, December 22 2016 10:36 AM EST2016-12-22 15:36:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    It’s that time of year again. 

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    It’s that time of year again. 

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Report elder abuse

    Guest Editorial: Report elder abuse

    Thursday, December 22 2016 10:34 AM EST2016-12-22 15:34:55 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    This holiday season you may have visited an elderly family member or friend.  But did you pay close attention to their situation? 

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    This holiday season you may have visited an elderly family member or friend.  But did you pay close attention to their situation? 

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Happy holidays

    Guest Editorial: Happy holidays

    Thursday, December 22 2016 10:32 AM EST2016-12-22 15:32:05 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    You know, there’s nothing wrong with saying “happy holidays” at this time of year. We’ve been doing it for at least 150 years in America.

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    You know, there’s nothing wrong with saying “happy holidays” at this time of year. We’ve been doing it for at least 150 years in America.

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Christmas Clearinghouse

    Guest Editorial: Christmas Clearinghouse

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 4:42 PM EST2016-12-20 21:42:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Christmas Clearinghouse, a program of HandsOn River Region, strives to help families working hard to help themselves. 

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    Christmas Clearinghouse, a program of HandsOn River Region, strives to help families working hard to help themselves. 

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: What Alabama’s false graduation rate says to students

    Guest Editorial: What Alabama’s false graduation rate says to students

    Friday, December 16 2016 10:56 AM EST2016-12-16 15:56:38 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week it was revealed that Alabama’s huge jump in high school graduation rates between 2011 and 2015 was not accurate, to put it mildly. 

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    Last week it was revealed that Alabama’s huge jump in high school graduation rates between 2011 and 2015 was not accurate, to put it mildly. 

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    Guest Editorial: Mary Ellen’s Hearth

    Guest Editorial: Mary Ellen’s Hearth

    Monday, December 12 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-12-12 20:54:23 GMT

    I remember many years ago my wife and I took our young children on a road trip to Disney. We all piled in the car and ten hours later we arrived at our destination tired, cranky and ready for a hot shower, a good meal, and a bed.

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    I remember many years ago my wife and I took our young children on a road trip to Disney. We all piled in the car and ten hours later we arrived at our destination tired, cranky and ready for a hot shower, a good meal, and a bed.

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    Guest Editorial: Come enjoy the game

    Guest Editorial: Come enjoy the game

    Thursday, December 8 2016 2:39 PM EST2016-12-08 19:39:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    There will only be 41 college bowl games played this year. That Montgomery, Alabama has one of them at all is still amazing to me, and a tribute to the city, the county, the chamber of commerce, and Raycom Media among others.

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    There will only be 41 college bowl games played this year. That Montgomery, Alabama has one of them at all is still amazing to me, and a tribute to the city, the county, the chamber of commerce, and Raycom Media among others.

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  • Guest Editorial

    Guest Editorial: Hunger doesn't take a holiday

    Guest Editorial: Hunger doesn't take a holiday

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 5:36 PM EST2016-12-06 22:36:07 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I once had someone ask if the holidays were the busiest time of the year for us. My response was, “Not really. Hunger doesn’t take a holiday."

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    I once had someone ask if the holidays were the busiest time of the year for us. My response was, “Not really. Hunger doesn’t take a holiday."

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  • Opinion

    Guest Editorial: Facebook and news

    Guest Editorial: Facebook and news

    Thursday, December 1 2016 9:41 PM EST2016-12-02 02:41:02 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Facebook is a wonderful thing. It allows us to keep up with friends, to share our photos and videos with family, and even to discover fascinating things from all over the world.

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    Facebook is a wonderful thing. It allows us to keep up with friends, to share our photos and videos with family, and even to discover fascinating things from all over the world.

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    Guest editorial: shop small

    Guest editorial: shop small

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 11:04 PM EST2016-11-30 04:04:59 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Sandwiched among last weekend’s Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, football rivalries and Cyber Monday was Small Business Saturday.

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    Sandwiched among last weekend’s Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, football rivalries and Cyber Monday was Small Business Saturday.

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    Guest Editorial: Thanksgiving for the little things

    Guest Editorial: Thanksgiving for the little things

    Friday, November 25 2016 6:59 AM EST2016-11-25 11:59:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Earlier this week, I asked the WSFA staff, “What are some simple things you’re thankful for this year?” 

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    Earlier this week, I asked the WSFA staff, “What are some simple things you’re thankful for this year?” 

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    Editorial: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Editorial: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 8:13 PM EST2015-02-18 01:13:15 GMT
    Tuesday, February 17 2015 8:13 PM EST2015-02-18 01:13:16 GMT
    Severe weather and tornados are part of life in Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley has declared this week Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state. What does this mean to you?IMore >>
    Severe weather and tornados are part of life in Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley has declared this week Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state. What does this mean to you?IMore >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Did you forget Veterans Day?

    Editorial: Did you forget Veterans Day?

    Thursday, November 17 2016 2:11 PM EST2016-11-17 19:11:37 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump’s somewhat surprise victory has been so intense that I’m afraid we haven’t paid much attention to other things, such as Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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    The aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump’s somewhat surprise victory has been so intense that I’m afraid we haven’t paid much attention to other things, such as Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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  • Editorial Feedback: Gaming Commission and Roy Moore suspension

    Editorial Feedback: Gaming Commission and Roy Moore suspension

    Thursday, October 13 2016 3:39 PM EDT2016-10-13 19:39:21 GMT

    Here is feedback from two recent editorials.

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    Here is feedback from two recent editorials.

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    Editorial Feedback: Gun control compromise

    Editorial Feedback: Gun control compromise

    Thursday, July 7 2016 11:41 PM EDT2016-07-08 03:41:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    In our editorial after the Orlando shootings it was suggested that “assault rifles and high magazine clips have no place in the public sector” and outlawing them and only them may be the only way to “get them off the streets”.  We had these responses:

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    In our editorial after the Orlando shootings it was suggested that “assault rifles and high magazine clips have no place in the public sector” and outlawing them and only them may be the only way to “get them off the streets”.  We had these responses:

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    Editorial: Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Roscoe Brown's passing

    Editorial: Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Roscoe Brown's passing

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 3:42 PM EDT2016-07-06 19:42:50 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    When I read Dr. Brown’s obit on our website on July 4th, I was reminded of the fact that we are on the verge of losing personal contact with World War II. Those who were just 18 as that war ended are now turning 90.

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    When I read Dr. Brown’s obit on our website on July 4th, I was reminded of the fact that we are on the verge of losing personal contact with World War II. Those who were just 18 as that war ended are now turning 90.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial Feedback: Gov. Bentley staying in office

    Editorial Feedback: Gov. Bentley staying in office

    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:51 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:51:24 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 7:40 PM EDT2016-04-07 23:40:29 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    To our editorial suggesting that Governor Robert Bentley may be able to finish his term in office regardless of what happens, we got plenty of feedback, most of which was negative, but expressed from different points of view.

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    To our editorial suggesting that Governor Robert Bentley may be able to finish his term in office regardless of what happens, we got plenty of feedback, most of which was negative, but expressed from different points of view.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial Feedback: Medicaid spending

    Editorial Feedback: Medicaid spending

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-04-05 22:33:57 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:01 PM EDT2016-04-06 02:01:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    To our editorial suggesting that Alabama must finds ways to cut Medicaid costs, perhaps even taking it out of the governments hands, we got these responses.

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    To our editorial suggesting that Alabama must finds ways to cut Medicaid costs, perhaps even taking it out of the governments hands, we got these responses.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Good week in the River Region

    Editorial: Good week in the River Region

    Thursday, March 31 2016 5:54 PM EDT2016-03-31 21:54:31 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 7:31 PM EDT2016-03-31 23:31:58 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    In the middle of a ‘wish-we-could-forget’ couple of weeks for state politics, it was a really good week for the River Region. Montgomery hosted two great events this week. While very different, they both showcased the positive and powerful direction that this city is going in.

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    In the middle of a ‘wish-we-could-forget’ couple of weeks for state politics, it was a really good week for the River Region. Montgomery hosted two great events this week. While very different, they both showcased the positive and powerful direction that this city is going in.

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  • Guest Editorial

    Guest Editorial: Cabinet pay raises

    Guest Editorial: Cabinet pay raises

    Thursday, March 17 2016 1:16 PM EDT2016-03-17 17:16:21 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 12:12 PM EDT2016-03-18 16:12:05 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    When it was revealed this week that three of Bentley’s cabinet members were given 80% pay raises last year, another a 45% raise and a fifth cabinet member a 32% raise, reaction from the public and from some legislators was strong.

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    When it was revealed this week that three of Bentley’s cabinet members were given 80% pay raises last year, another a 45% raise and a fifth cabinet member a 32% raise, reaction from the public and from some legislators was strong.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial Feedback: Teacher pay raise

    Editorial Feedback: Teacher pay raise

    Tuesday, March 15 2016 10:28 AM EDT2016-03-15 14:28:20 GMT
    Tuesday, March 15 2016 10:21 PM EDT2016-03-16 02:21:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week the Alabama House passed an Education Trust Fund budget that included a pay raise for teachers, and we aired an editorial supporting the pay raise. The responses we received were about 75% in favor. 

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    Last week the Alabama House passed an Education Trust Fund budget that included a pay raise for teachers, and we aired an editorial supporting the pay raise. The responses we received were about 75% in favor. 

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  • Editorial

    Guest Editorial: Veterans Day: What can you do?

    Guest Editorial: Veterans Day: What can you do?

    Thursday, November 5 2015 2:45 PM EST2015-11-05 19:45:03 GMT
    Thursday, November 5 2015 11:49 PM EST2015-11-06 04:49:14 GMT
    We celebrate Veterans Day in many ways. Parades and concerts are popular. Many businesses offer free or special deals to veterans only on this day.  But, what can you as an individual do?More >>
    We celebrate Veterans Day in many ways. Parades and concerts are popular. Many businesses offer free or special deals to veterans only on this day.  But, what can you as an individual do?More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Lure the 'Teacher of the Year' back

    Editorial: Lure the 'Teacher of the Year' back

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 6:27 PM EST2015-11-03 23:27:48 GMT
    Tuesday, November 3 2015 7:27 PM EST2015-11-04 00:27:06 GMT
    Bureaucracies such as government run schools, especially when dependent on federal funds, are not the most conducive environments for doing things right. Ann Marie Corgill is a victim of that bureaucracy.More >>
    Bureaucracies such as government run schools, especially when dependent on federal funds, are not the most conducive environments for doing things right. Ann Marie Corgill is a victim of that bureaucracy.More >>
  • opinion

    Guest Editorial: Columbus Day

    Guest Editorial: Columbus Day

    Tuesday, October 6 2015 7:12 PM EDT2015-10-06 23:12:06 GMT
    Tuesday, October 6 2015 7:12 PM EDT2015-10-06 23:12:05 GMT
    Monday is Columbus Day, perhaps the most inconsistently celebrated and controversial of national holidays.  If you get the holiday you may have to be reminded of which Monday holiday it is. More >>
    Monday is Columbus Day, perhaps the most inconsistently celebrated and controversial of national holidays.  If you get the holiday you may have to be reminded of which Monday holiday it is. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Vote, Montgomery!

    Editorial: Vote, Montgomery!

    Thursday, August 20 2015 7:50 PM EDT2015-08-20 23:50:25 GMT
    Thursday, August 20 2015 8:01 PM EDT2015-08-21 00:01:02 GMT
    We have a duty to honor our past and a responsibility to help determine our future. Do the right thing on Tuesday, Montgomery, and vote.More >>
    We have a duty to honor our past and a responsibility to help determine our future. Do the right thing on Tuesday, Montgomery, and vote.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Feedback - Tax or cut spending

    Editorial: Feedback - Tax or cut spending

    Thursday, June 11 2015 2:58 PM EDT2015-06-11 18:58:23 GMT
    Thursday, June 11 2015 7:25 PM EDT2015-06-11 23:25:09 GMT
    In response to my editorial suggesting that Alabama legislators need to raise taxes in order to pay for needed state programs, we got these comments...More >>
    In response to my editorial suggesting that Alabama legislators need to raise taxes in order to pay for needed state programs, we got these comments...More >>
  • editorial

    Guest Editorial: Tax or cut spending

    Guest Editorial: Tax or cut spending

    Thursday, May 28 2015 7:19 PM EDT2015-05-28 23:19:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 10:11 PM EDT2015-05-29 02:11:57 GMT
    There seems to be a great reluctance in the Alabama House and Senate to increase taxes in our state. It's not the best way to get re-elected. But then cutting services is not either.More >>
    There seems to be a great reluctance in the Alabama House and Senate to increase taxes in our state. It's not the best way to get re-elected. But then cutting services is not either.More >>
  • OPINION

    Guest Editorial: Charter schools in Alabama: Do it right

    Guest Editorial: Charter schools in Alabama: Do it right

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 3:48 PM EDT2015-03-17 19:48:27 GMT
    Tuesday, March 17 2015 6:34 PM EDT2015-03-17 22:34:54 GMT
    It looks like Alabama's legislature will pass a charter schools bill this year, maybe as early as this week. There is opposition, but with a weakened AEA and five years of debate behind us, 2015 seems to be the year...More >>
    It looks like Alabama's legislature will pass a charter schools bill this year, maybe as early as this week. There is opposition, but with a weakened AEA and five years of debate behind us, 2015 seems to be the year...More >>
  • EDITORIAL

    Guest Editorial: "Feedback - Who gets to decide?"

    Guest Editorial: "Feedback - Who gets to decide?"

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 4:46 PM EST2015-02-10 21:46:43 GMT
    Tuesday, February 10 2015 7:26 PM EST2015-02-11 00:26:31 GMT
    In response to my guest editorial last week suggesting that Alabama is fighting a losing battle against the federal courts on same sex marriage, we received these comments among others.More >>
    In response to my guest editorial last week suggesting that Alabama is fighting a losing battle against the federal courts on same sex marriage, we received these comments among others.More >>
  • EDITORIAL

    Guest Editorial: Human trafficking in Alabama

    Guest Editorial: Human trafficking in Alabama

    Friday, February 6 2015 7:09 PM EST2015-02-07 00:09:56 GMT
    Friday, February 6 2015 7:31 PM EST2015-02-07 00:31:16 GMT
    Last year thirty seven cases of human trafficking were reported in Alabama. Cases involving sex and/or labor induced by force, fraud, coercion or in which the person induced to perform such acts was under 18 years of age.More >>
    Last year thirty seven cases of human trafficking were reported in Alabama. Cases involving sex and/or labor induced by force, fraud, coercion or in which the person induced to perform such acts was under 18 years of age.More >>
  • opinion

    Guest Editorial: Who gets to decide?

    Guest Editorial: Who gets to decide?

    Wednesday, February 4 2015 7:22 PM EST2015-02-05 00:22:32 GMT
    Wednesday, February 4 2015 11:33 PM EST2015-02-05 04:33:19 GMT
    The history of America, and particularly Alabama, is rife with arguments over whether the federal or state governments get to make the law on certain issues.More >>
    The history of America, and particularly Alabama, is rife with arguments over whether the federal or state governments get to make the law on certain issues.More >>
  • EDITORIAL

    Guest Editorial: "Friends to the End"

    Guest Editorial: "Friends to the End"

    Thursday, January 22 2015 5:38 PM EST2015-01-22 22:38:22 GMT
    Friday, January 23 2015 3:43 PM EST2015-01-23 20:43:40 GMT
    In response to our editorial reflecting on the failure of our country to show gratitude to airmen such as Clarence Huntley and Joseph Shambrey upon their return from World War II, because of their color, we received these comments:More >>
    In response to our editorial reflecting on the failure of our country to show gratitude to airmen such as Clarence Huntley and Joseph Shambrey upon their return from World War II, because of their color, we received these comments:More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Dominance and pride

    Guest Editorial: Dominance and pride

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 4:53 PM EST2015-01-13 21:53:06 GMT
    Tuesday, January 13 2015 7:14 PM EST2015-01-14 00:14:09 GMT
    Monday night's College Football Championship Game was the first one in five years that did not involve Auburn or Alabama, and that still stings.But lest you feel too down about this brief interruption in our football dominance, consider these academic facts.More >>
    Monday night's College Football Championship Game was the first one in five years that did not involve Auburn or Alabama, and that still stings.But lest you feel too down about this brief interruption in our football dominance, consider these academic facts.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Yes, Virginia...

    Guest Editorial: Yes, Virginia...

    Monday, December 22 2014 6:08 PM EST2014-12-22 23:08:58 GMT
    Tuesday, December 23 2014 7:23 PM EST2014-12-24 00:23:05 GMT
    Editorial Logo (2013)Editorial Logo (2013)
    I suspect there are many young people who are not familiar with one of the great American editorials of the 19th century, so I'd like to share it with you.In 1897 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the editor of New York's Sun newspaper...More >>
    I suspect there are many young people who are not familiar with one of the great American editorials of the 19th century, so I'd like to share it with you.In 1897 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the editor of New York's Sun newspaper...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "What are you thankful for this week?"

    Guest Editorial: "What are you thankful for this week?"

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-11-26 00:28:47 GMT
    Tuesday, November 25 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-11-26 00:28:48 GMT
    During this Thanksgiving week here are just a few things for which, perhaps, we can all be grateful together.More >>
    During this Thanksgiving week here are just a few things for which, perhaps, we can all be grateful together.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Attracting industry with a skilled workforce"

    Guest Editorial: "Attracting industry with a skilled workforce"

    Thursday, November 6 2014 5:36 PM EST2014-11-06 22:36:44 GMT
    Thursday, November 6 2014 6:20 PM EST2014-11-06 23:20:11 GMT
    On Thursday I attended the 32nd Annual Economic Summit, an event where speakers talk about issues impacting business in the River Region.We learned that although Alabama has done a great job attracting new industry, one of the major factors...More >>
    On Thursday I attended the 32nd Annual Economic Summit, an event where speakers talk about issues impacting business in the River Region.We learned that although Alabama has done a great job attracting new industry, one of the major factors...More >>
  • Opinion

    Guest editorial: Jimmy Hill, President and CEO of River Region United Way

    Guest editorial: Jimmy Hill, President and CEO of River Region United Way

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 6:50 PM EST2016-11-22 23:50:02 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The River Region United Way works to help make life better for EVERYONE in our communities.

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    The River Region United Way works to help make life better for EVERYONE in our communities.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Thank you!

    Editorial: Thank you!

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 11:49 PM EST2016-11-16 04:49:40 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I can’t begin to thank all the people in Montgomery who went out of their way to make an outsider feel at home. In only a year and a half we have made lifelong friends, friends who we would count on with our lives and our children’s lives. But it is the South, and that is what you do. 

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    I can’t begin to thank all the people in Montgomery who went out of their way to make an outsider feel at home. In only a year and a half we have made lifelong friends, friends who we would count on with our lives and our children’s lives. But it is the South, and that is what you do. 

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Mr. President

    Editorial: Mr. President

    Thursday, November 10 2016 8:26 PM EST2016-11-11 01:26:11 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As a Republican I have made no bones about my disdain for Donald Trump, the candidate. I have said from the start that he did not belong in the presidential arena. Obviously he does. He is our next president.

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    As a Republican I have made no bones about my disdain for Donald Trump, the candidate. I have said from the start that he did not belong in the presidential arena. Obviously he does. He is our next president.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: In the end, you vote

    Editorial: In the end, you vote

    Thursday, November 3 2016 8:20 PM EDT2016-11-04 00:20:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The election is coming on Tuesday. When talking about the presidential race, for many it can’t come soon enough. Don’t let the absolute mental drain that has been this presidential race keep you from exercising your right to vote.

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    The election is coming on Tuesday. When talking about the presidential race, for many it can’t come soon enough. Don’t let the absolute mental drain that has been this presidential race keep you from exercising your right to vote.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial feedback: Almost over

    Editorial feedback: Almost over

    Thursday, October 27 2016 9:53 PM EDT2016-10-28 01:53:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week I gave an editorial discussing the presidential election and my belief that the two candidates running for the most important job in the world are both poor choices. This editorial received some very heartfelt feedback. Let’s take a look.

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    Last week I gave an editorial discussing the presidential election and my belief that the two candidates running for the most important job in the world are both poor choices. This editorial received some very heartfelt feedback. Let’s take a look.

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  • Editorial

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-26 00:42:36 GMT

    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Almost over

    Editorial: Almost over

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 2:42 PM EDT2016-10-18 18:42:49 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Only a few long weeks and this presidential election will finally be over. I have never been so sick of politics in my life. The question that we have to ask ourselves is, “How the heck did we get here?” How are these two the choices that we have for President of the United States.

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    Only a few long weeks and this presidential election will finally be over. I have never been so sick of politics in my life. The question that we have to ask ourselves is, “How the heck did we get here?” How are these two the choices that we have for President of the United States.

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  • OPINION

    Guest Editorial: Vote YES on Amendment 11

    Guest Editorial: Vote YES on Amendment 11

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 11:14 AM EDT2016-10-11 15:14:13 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    In November, Amendment 11 will be on the upcoming ballot. This amendment adds to the tools local government can use to finance roads, sewer, water, land and buildings in mega-sites across Alabama, infrastructure that is necessary to provide jobs.

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    In November, Amendment 11 will be on the upcoming ballot. This amendment adds to the tools local government can use to finance roads, sewer, water, land and buildings in mega-sites across Alabama, infrastructure that is necessary to provide jobs.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: What should we expect from the governor's new gaming commission?

    Editorial: What should we expect from the governor's new gaming commission?

    Thursday, October 6 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-07 00:42:53 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of an Alabama Advisory Council on Gambling to study the issues related to gambling or lack thereof in our state. 

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    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of an Alabama Advisory Council on Gambling to study the issues related to gambling or lack thereof in our state. 

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Judge Roy Moore 'suspended', not 'removed'

    Editorial: Judge Roy Moore 'suspended', not 'removed'

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 8:45 PM EDT2016-10-05 00:45:57 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for the remainder of his term nine months after instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage. Moore was suspended and not removed. There is a very big difference between the two.

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    Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for the remainder of his term nine months after instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage. Moore was suspended and not removed. There is a very big difference between the two.

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  • OPINION

    Editorial Response: Prison problems

    Editorial Response: Prison problems

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-09-27 16:08:47 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week I presented an editorial discussing the prison issues that this state faces. There were many responses. Typically I would give you several of those, but today I am going to only give you one. This is only a paraphrased version of the entire response but I do think it is important enough to share.

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    Last week I presented an editorial discussing the prison issues that this state faces. There were many responses. Typically I would give you several of those, but today I am going to only give you one. This is only a paraphrased version of the entire response but I do think it is important enough to share.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Leaders must address state's prison problems

    Editorial: Leaders must address state's prison problems

    Thursday, September 22 2016 7:58 PM EDT2016-09-22 23:58:31 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    How many more Alabama Correctional Officers will be injured, or now we can say killed, before we finally address the problems in our state’s prison system?

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    How many more Alabama Correctional Officers will be injured, or now we can say killed, before we finally address the problems in our state’s prison system?

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  • editorial

    Editorial: GA has $2 billion in reserves

    Editorial: GA has $2 billion in reserves

    Thursday, September 15 2016 8:39 PM EDT2016-09-16 00:39:03 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I get it. We are Alabama, not Georgia, and we don’t want to be Georgia. We don’t need to be, but contrary to many peoples thinking, we must grow.

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    I get it. We are Alabama, not Georgia, and we don’t want to be Georgia. We don’t need to be, but contrary to many peoples thinking, we must grow.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Remembering 9/11

    Editorial: Remembering 9/11

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 3:42 PM EDT2016-09-13 19:42:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    After 9/11 this country was unified at a level it had not been in any of our lifetimes. We were all Americans on those days and just Americans. duncanThe events of the past twelve months and even the past month are proving that as a nation we may be more divided than we have ever been.

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    After 9/11 this country was unified at a level it had not been in any of our lifetimes. We were all Americans on those days and just Americans. The events of the past twelve months and even the past month are proving that as a nation we may be more divided than we have ever been.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Special Session

    Editorial: Special Session

    Thursday, September 8 2016 4:53 PM EDT2016-09-08 20:53:34 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The legislature passed the BP bill that will pay down debt and keep Medicaid funded fully through 2017 and partially for 2018.

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    The legislature passed the BP bill that will pay down debt and keep Medicaid funded fully through 2017 and partially for 2018.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Response Editorial

    Editorial: Response Editorial

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 5:50 AM EDT2016-09-07 09:50:53 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    This week the legislature gets back to town to try and at least come up with a short-term fix for our immediate budget woes.

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    This week the legislature gets back to town to try and at least come up with a short-term fix for our immediate budget woes.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Deja vu all over again

    Editorial: Deja vu all over again

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 8:32 PM EDT2016-08-31 00:32:01 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Well it is over. The lottery bill died on Friday as the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the House version of the bill. 

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    Well it is over. The lottery bill died on Friday as the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the House version of the bill. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Alabama Politics on display

    Editorial: Alabama Politics on display

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 2:30 PM EDT2016-08-24 18:30:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    After the Senate did its job and voted on a lottery bill the bill stalls in the House of Representatives.

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    After the Senate did its job and voted on a lottery bill the bill stalls in the House of Representatives.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Families of the Year Awards

    Editorial: Families of the Year Awards

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 1:00 PM EDT2016-08-24 17:00:55 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News )(Source: WSFA 12 News )

    WSFA is a proud media partner with the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and the Families of the Year Awards. This is the 28th year of the awards, and over those years 135 families in central and south Alabama have been honored. 

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    WSFA is a proud media partner with the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and the Families of the Year Awards. This is the 28th year of the awards, and over those years 135 families in central and south Alabama have been honored. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Red Cross thank you

    Editorial: Red Cross thank you

    Thursday, August 18 2016 8:35 PM EDT2016-08-19 00:35:22 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News )(Source: WSFA 12 News )

    On Wednesday, WSFA 12 News partnered with the Red Cross and you, the people of the River Region, to raise close to $40,000 to help flood victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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    On Wednesday, WSFA 12 News partnered with the Red Cross and you, the people of the River Region, to raise close to $40,000 to help flood victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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  • editorial

    Editorial: WSFA 12 News Flood Relief Drive

    Editorial: WSFA 12 News Flood Relief Drive

    Thursday, August 18 2016 12:17 AM EDT2016-08-18 04:17:49 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News )(Source: WSFA 12 News )

    It hasn’t even been a week since the rain began to fall in south Louisiana.

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    It hasn’t even been a week since the rain began to fall in south Louisiana.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Engage with your student

    Editorial: Engage with your student

    Thursday, August 11 2016 7:30 PM EDT2016-08-11 23:30:59 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    School is in and summer fun is over for another year. For parents the end of summer is often a good thing.

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    School is in and summer fun is over for another year. For parents the end of summer is often a good thing.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial Feedback: Lottery

    Editorial Feedback: Lottery

    Tuesday, August 9 2016 7:39 PM EDT2016-08-09 23:39:12 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Last week I discussed the special session and called upon lawmakers to listen to the public and at least put the lottery on the ballot.  Poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority think it should go to a vote. Here are a few responses from you about that subject.

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    Last week I discussed the special session and called upon lawmakers to listen to the public and at least put the lottery on the ballot.  Poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority think it should go to a vote. Here are a few responses from you about that subject.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Make something happen

    Editorial: Make something happen

    Thursday, August 4 2016 7:47 PM EDT2016-08-04 23:47:27 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Governor Bentley has called a special session. That is not new information for anyone. I have stood here repeatedly and complained about the costs of special sessions at the tax payers expense, but for now that ship has sailed.

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    Governor Bentley has called a special session. That is not new information for anyone. I have stood here repeatedly and complained about the costs of special sessions at the tax payers expense, but for now that ship has sailed.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial Response: Attorney General Luther Strange

    Editorial Response: Attorney General Luther Strange

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 8:58 PM EDT2016-07-27 00:58:18 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As Alabama’s chief law enforcement official, it is my duty to uphold and defend our laws, and I’ve made fighting public corruption a top priority.

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    As Alabama’s chief law enforcement official, it is my duty to uphold and defend our laws, and I’ve made fighting public corruption a top priority.

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  • Editorial: Keeping record

    Editorial: Keeping record

    Thursday, July 21 2016 12:53 PM EDT2016-07-21 16:53:19 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    In April a bill was passed, and this month the new law goes into effect allowing state school systems to place cameras on the stop arms of school buses.  This will provide for the capturing of video evidence when a driver breaks the law by not stopping when these signs are displayed at stops. 

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    In April a bill was passed, and this month the new law goes into effect allowing state school systems to place cameras on the stop arms of school buses.  This will provide for the capturing of video evidence when a driver breaks the law by not stopping when these signs are displayed at stops. 

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: We're not that far apart

    Editorial: We're not that far apart

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 8:05 PM EDT2016-07-20 00:05:25 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Right now our country is dealing with a lot of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, anger and sadness. The people in Baton Rouge are hurting.

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    Right now our country is dealing with a lot of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, anger and sadness. The people in Baton Rouge are hurting.

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  • opinion

    Editorial: Mike Hubbard

    Editorial: Mike Hubbard

    Friday, July 15 2016 4:27 PM EDT2016-07-15 20:27:58 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Lost in the national news of the day, our now former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday. The verdict will be appealed, but for now the first of three political embarrassments has reached a conclusion.

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    Lost in the national news of the day, our now former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday. The verdict will be appealed, but for now the first of three political embarrassments has reached a conclusion.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Tragedy

    Editorial: Tragedy

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 8:03 PM EDT2016-07-13 00:03:11 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Last Thursday I, like many of you, got the alert on my phone and immediately turned on the news to see what was going on in Dallas. The killing of police officers in Dallas, in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of two African American men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge by Police officers, made last week a very somber, disturbing week for all Americans.  dun

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    Last Thursday I, like many of you, got the alert on my phone and immediately turned on the news to see what was going on in Dallas. The killing of police officers in Dallas, in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of two African American men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge by Police officers, made last week a very somber, disturbing week for all Americans.  dun

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Travel safely this Fourth of July

    Editorial: Travel safely this Fourth of July

    Thursday, June 30 2016 7:47 PM EDT2016-06-30 23:47:32 GMT

    I blinked and the year is half over. Time to take a deep breath and remember all the things I swore I would do this year and have not.

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    I blinked and the year is half over. Time to take a deep breath and remember all the things I swore I would do this year and have not.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Supreme Court immigration ruling

    Editorial: Supreme Court immigration ruling

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 9:25 PM EDT2016-06-29 01:25:55 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    The Supreme Court was deadlocked four to four on President Obama’s attempt to grant de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants via executive order. The deadlock upheld a lower court’s ruling to block the attempt by the president.

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    The Supreme Court was deadlocked four to four on President Obama’s attempt to grant de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants via executive order. The deadlock upheld a lower court’s ruling to block the attempt by the president.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Chaos on the House floor in Washington

    Editorial: Chaos on the House floor in Washington

    Thursday, June 23 2016 8:35 PM EDT2016-06-24 00:35:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Wednesday and deep into the early morning hours Thursday House Democrats posed a sit-in over the Speaker of the House not allowing gun control legislation to come to a vote.  Similar legislation had been voted on and was defeated in the Senate earlier.

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    Wednesday and deep into the early morning hours Thursday House Democrats posed a sit-in over the Speaker of the House not allowing gun control legislation to come to a vote.  Similar legislation had been voted on and was defeated in the Senate earlier.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Summer Fund and Food Drive

    Editorial: Summer Fund and Food Drive

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 8:29 PM EDT2016-06-22 00:29:13 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    This week marks the beginning of summer. For many of that means vacations and summer fun. For many others it means kids are home all day and extra burdens on already taxed budgets.

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    This week marks the beginning of summer. For many of that means vacations and summer fun. For many others it means kids are home all day and extra burdens on already taxed budgets.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Father's Day

    Editorial: Father's Day

    Friday, June 17 2016 6:47 AM EDT2016-06-17 10:47:50 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    This week the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office is rounding up delinquent fathers and mothers who are massively behind on their child support payments. District Attorney Bailey stated “I cannot force you to have a relationship with your child but I can force you to support your child.”

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    This week the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office is rounding up delinquent fathers and mothers who are massively behind on their child support payments. District Attorney Bailey stated “I cannot force you to have a relationship with your child but I can force you to support your child.”

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Another senseless shooting

    Editorial: Another senseless shooting

    Tuesday, June 14 2016 2:59 PM EDT2016-06-14 18:59:14 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    We now have a new largest mass shooting record in the United States. The saddest part of that statement is that it is a record that will be broken. Probably sooner rather than later.

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    We now have a new largest mass shooting record in the United States. The saddest part of that statement is that it is a record that will be broken. Probably sooner rather than later.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: The presidential race is set

    Editorial: The presidential race is set

    Thursday, June 9 2016 7:46 PM EDT2016-06-09 23:46:20 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    The truth is that the most qualified are not running for president. They see what is going on in Washington and are staying far away.

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    The truth is that the most qualified are not running for president. They see what is going on in Washington and are staying far away.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: TSA Security issues

    Editorial: TSA Security issues

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 5:49 PM EDT2016-06-07 21:49:23 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    If you have traveled through a major airport recently, you probably have noticed extra-long lines at the security check points. Luckily we do not have this issue in Montgomery, but larger airports do. 

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    If you have traveled through a major airport recently, you probably have noticed extra-long lines at the security check points. Luckily we do not have this issue in Montgomery, but larger airports do. 

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Memorial Day

    Editorial: Memorial Day

    Thursday, May 26 2016 8:15 PM EDT2016-05-27 00:15:48 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. It is for many an opportunity to get to the beach, the lake, or even the back yard with family and friends. We should not, however, forget the true intention of the holiday, to honor those who have fallen to protect this country and the freedoms that we have.

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    Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. It is for many an opportunity to get to the beach, the lake, or even the back yard with family and friends. We should not, however, forget the true intention of the holiday, to honor those who have fallen to protect this country and the freedoms that we have.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Is it really going to happen?

    Editorial: Is it really going to happen?

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 2:40 PM EDT2016-05-24 18:40:52 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    I was reminded recently just how long ago Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 class B felonies.  It was October of 2014; more than a year and a half ago. Delay after delay made me start to wonder if this trial would ever begin. Well, that time has come.

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    I was reminded recently just how long ago Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 class B felonies.  It was October of 2014; more than a year and a half ago. Delay after delay made me start to wonder if this trial would ever begin. Well, that time has come.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial feedback: Trump responseson

    Editorial feedback: Trump responseson

    Friday, May 20 2016 12:30 PM EDT2016-05-20 16:30:43 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week I owned up to my earlier statement that Trump could never win the Republican nomination, and now that he looks to have won the nomination, I discussed the race with Hillary Clinton that is in front of us.

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    Last week I owned up to my earlier statement that Trump could never win the Republican nomination, and now that he looks to have won the nomination, I discussed the race with Hillary Clinton that is in front of us.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Words of Wisdom

    Editorial: Words of Wisdom

    Tuesday, May 17 2016 5:20 PM EDT2016-05-17 21:20:09 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    A survey of more than 2,500 high school juniors and seniors conducted last year found that 79 percent of those teens surveyed said that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on graduation night. 

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    A survey of more than 2,500 high school juniors and seniors conducted last year found that 79 percent of those teens surveyed said that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on graduation night. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Inmate strike

    Editorial: Inmate strike

    Thursday, May 12 2016 3:49 PM EDT2016-05-12 19:49:51 GMT
    Monday, May 16 2016 2:24 PM EDT2016-05-16 18:24:24 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    For most of May inmates at several Alabama prisons have been on strike. On the surface they are striking because they are not getting paid for work performed while in prison. For that I say, “Get back to work.”

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    For most of May inmates at several Alabama prisons have been on strike. On the surface they are striking because they are not getting paid for work performed while in prison. For that I say, “Get back to work.”

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Who said Trump should get out?

    Editorial: Who said Trump should get out?

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-05-10 19:10:55 GMT
    Tuesday, May 10 2016 9:53 PM EDT2016-05-11 01:53:03 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    HI said last December that Trump should get out of the race. I said that he lacked diplomacy and that his outlandish comments were unfitting a president. I also said that in the end he could never win the Republican nomination. On the last statement I was obviously wrong.

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    HI said last December that Trump should get out of the race. I said that he lacked diplomacy and that his outlandish comments were unfitting a president. I also said that in the end he could never win the Republican nomination. On the last statement I was obviously wrong.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Another session in the books

    Editorial: Another session in the books

    Thursday, May 5 2016 3:36 PM EDT2016-05-05 19:36:17 GMT
    Friday, May 6 2016 10:33 AM EDT2016-05-06 14:33:33 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Another legislative session is in the books, and it looks like another special session is on the way. The 2016 legislative session went on with little fanfare compared to recent years. Both budgets were passed early on, though the General Fund and the issue with Medicaid funding will probably bring legislators back in late summer.

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    Another legislative session is in the books, and it looks like another special session is on the way.The 2016 legislative session went on with little fanfare compared to recent years. Both budgets were passed early on, though the General Fund and the issue with Medicaid funding will probably bring legislators back in late summer.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: LPGA back in Prattville

    Editorial: LPGA back in Prattville

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 5:32 PM EDT2016-05-03 21:32:37 GMT
    Tuesday, May 3 2016 8:46 PM EDT2016-05-04 00:46:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Another great weekend is shaping up in the River Region. This weekend Prattville is the place to be with the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic back in town for another year.

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    Another great weekend is shaping up in the River Region. This weekend Prattville is the place to be with the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic back in town for another year.

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  • opinion

    Editorial: Safe harbor

    Editorial: Safe harbor

    Thursday, April 28 2016 2:46 PM EDT2016-04-28 18:46:11 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 7:45 PM EDT2016-04-28 23:45:15 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Not many people know that we have a sex trafficking super highway running right through the heart of Alabama.

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    Not many people know that we have a sex trafficking super highway running right through the heart of Alabama.

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  • Editorial

    Guest Editorial: End of school

    Guest Editorial: End of school

    Monday, April 25 2016 2:40 PM EDT2016-04-25 18:40:21 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 10:18 PM EDT2016-04-27 02:18:35 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As a preventative initiative, I invite all parents of middle school students in the Montgomery Public Schools system to attend one of several meetings to address students who choose to fight at the end of school.

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    As a preventative initiative, I invite all parents of middle school students in the Montgomery Public Schools system to attend one of several meetings to address students who choose to fight at the end of school.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Payday loans

    Editorial: Payday loans

    Thursday, April 21 2016 5:57 PM EDT2016-04-21 21:57:24 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 8:17 PM EDT2016-04-22 00:17:21 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I have been quietly watching a piece of legislation to see if it would actually make it all the way through, and to my dismay it looks like it won’t. The legislation is designed to reform the payday loan industry.

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    I have been quietly watching a piece of legislation to see if it would actually make it all the way through, and to my dismay it looks like it won’t. The legislation is designed to reform the payday loan industry.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Tourism

    Editorial: Tourism

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:24 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:24:11 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 10:25 PM EDT2016-04-20 02:25:03 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    I often stand here and show you graphs or site statistics that show Alabama at the bottom of any particular category. Well today I am going give you some positive news about our state, the region and an industry that is showing tremendous growth.

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    I often stand here and show you graphs or site statistics that show Alabama at the bottom of any particular category. Well today I am going give you some positive news about our state, the region and an industry that is showing tremendous growth.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial Feedback: Shortcomings of the General Fund Budget

    Editorial Feedback: Shortcomings of the General Fund Budget

    Thursday, April 14 2016 1:53 PM EDT2016-04-14 17:53:50 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 7:20 PM EDT2016-04-14 23:20:09 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Earlier this week I talked about the legislature and the shortcomings of the General Fund Budget. There were several well thought out responses. Here are a few.

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    Earlier this week I talked about the legislature and the shortcomings of the General Fund Budget. There were several well thought out responses. Here are a few.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: The session is winding down

    Editorial: The session is winding down

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 3:28 PM EDT2016-04-12 19:28:10 GMT
    Wednesday, April 13 2016 11:17 AM EDT2016-04-13 15:17:06 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    For a reason that is beyond me the vast majority of the elected leaders of this state, and many of the citizens, refuse to see that the state is not funding the basic needs of its citizens.

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    For a reason that is beyond me the vast majority of the elected leaders of this state, and many of the citizens, refuse to see that the state is not funding the basic needs of its citizens.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Alabama politics

    Editorial: Alabama politics

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 3:34 PM EDT2016-03-29 19:34:06 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-01 21:55:19 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger this pops up. The Governor is accused of having an affair, though both parties deny it. The Governor has apologized for his inappropriate conversations. Whatever has happened, it seems to have been enough to cause Mrs. Bentley to stop being Mrs. Bentley. Is that enough for him to resign? It’s a debatable topic.

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    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger this pops up. The Governor is accused of having an affair, though both parties deny it. The Governor has apologized for his inappropriate conversations. Whatever has happened, it seems to have been enough to cause Mrs. Bentley to stop being Mrs. Bentley. Is that enough for him to resign? It’s a debatable topic.

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  • Editorial

    Guest Editorial: The effects of untreated mental illness on the community

    Guest Editorial: The effects of untreated mental illness on the community

    Thursday, March 24 2016 4:05 PM EDT2016-03-24 20:05:39 GMT
    Thursday, March 24 2016 9:33 PM EDT2016-03-25 01:33:19 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Mental illness is a disease affecting 20% of Americans, yet 60% of those affected did not receive treatment last year. The cost of this disparity is elevated suicide rates, unemployment, and 193 billion dollars in lost productivity.

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    Mental illness is a disease affecting 20% of Americans, yet 60% of those affected did not receive treatment last year. The cost of this disparity is elevated suicide rates, unemployment, and 193 billion dollars in lost productivity.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: General Fund continues to be their downfall

    Editorial: General Fund continues to be their downfall

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:10 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:10:35 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 9:53 PM EDT2016-03-23 01:53:27 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Session is rolling along but the legislative bus is about to be back in the General Fund ditch. The General Fund has for many years been the thorn in the state's side and will again prove to be an enormous problem in 2016.

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    The Session is rolling along but the legislative bus is about to be back in the General Fund ditch. The General Fund has for many years been the thorn in the state's side and will again prove to be an enormous problem in 2016.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Legislature is in full swing

    Editorial: Legislature is in full swing

    Thursday, March 10 2016 12:28 PM EST2016-03-10 17:28:02 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 9:04 PM EST2016-03-11 02:04:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Don’t look now but the State Legislature is in full swing. There are some real positives coming down from the hill, but before we get too excited there are still some real challenges as well. One huge positive is the Education Fund budget getting out of committee in the House with long overdue pay raises for our teachers and administrators.

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    Don’t look now but the State Legislature is in full swing. There are some real positives coming down from the hill, but before we get too excited there are still some real challenges as well. One huge positive is the Education Fund budget getting out of committee in the House with long overdue pay raises for our teachers and administrators.

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  • Guest Editorial:

    Guest Editorial: Untreated mental illness

    Guest Editorial: Untreated mental illness

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 12:25 PM EST2016-03-08 17:25:00 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 12:21 PM EST2016-03-10 17:21:16 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has two goals: Improve the quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, and foster economic growth to create jobs. As Chairman of the Chamber, I’d like to take a moment to talk about an issue that greatly impacts both of these goals, but is seldom acknowledged—untreated mental illness.

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    The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has two goals: Improve the quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, and foster economic growth to create jobs. As Chairman of the Chamber, I’d like to take a moment to talk about an issue that greatly impacts both of these goals, but is seldom acknowledged—untreated mental illness.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: The system is working

    Editorial: The system is working

    Friday, March 4 2016 8:35 AM EST2016-03-04 13:35:10 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 10:46 AM EST2016-03-04 15:46:25 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    A bill filed by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery would require the City Council to develop procedures to investigate all perceived police misconduct. This would give City Council knowledge of the investigation therefore possible input on the direction of the investigation.

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    A bill filed by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery would require the City Council to develop procedures to investigate all perceived police misconduct. This would give City Council knowledge of the investigation therefore possible input on the direction of the investigation.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Tragedy

    Editorial: Tragedy

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 2:30 PM EST2016-03-01 19:30:18 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 4:33 PM EST2016-03-02 21:33:11 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    An African American man lost his life last week. The person that took it was a white police officer. Those two facts are public and undeniable. There are many other facts involved in this tragedy that are not public and will not be public for weeks. Some may never be.

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    An African American man lost his life last week. The person that took it was a white police officer. Those two facts are public and undeniable. There are many other facts involved in this tragedy that are not public and will not be public for weeks. Some may never be.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Good news from the Legislature

    Editorial: Good news from the Legislature

    Thursday, February 25 2016 9:46 AM EST2016-02-25 14:46:52 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 7:25 PM EST2016-02-26 00:25:08 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Statewide Amendment One, sponsored as a bill by State Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur, would do away with the supernumerary system that is in place for district attorneys and circuit clerks.

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    Statewide Amendment One, sponsored as a bill by State Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur, would do away with the supernumerary system that is in place for district attorneys and circuit clerks.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Helping each other

    Editorial: Helping each other

    Thursday, February 18 2016 1:46 PM EST2016-02-18 18:46:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 18 2016 7:24 PM EST2016-02-19 00:24:07 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The satisfaction of getting a paycheck and working makes all us feel really good. It means you are supporting yourself, your family and are a productive member of your community. However, not everyone has a job.

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    The satisfaction of getting a paycheck and working makes all us feel really good. It means you are supporting yourself, your family and are a productive member of your community. However, not everyone has a job.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial Feedback: Lottery

    Editorial Feedback: Lottery

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 11:46 AM EST2016-02-16 16:46:55 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 7:24 PM EST2016-02-17 00:24:07 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week I discussed the prospect of a lottery bill. As always this topic creates a lot of feedback. 95% of the feedback was pro vote but there were some well thought out comments on the lottery and the Legislature in general. Here are a few of those comments.

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    Last week I discussed the prospect of a lottery bill. As always this topic creates a lot of feedback. 95% of the feedback was pro vote but there were some well thought out comments on the lottery and the Legislature in general. Here are a few of those comments.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Lottery

    Editorial: Lottery

    Thursday, February 11 2016 1:46 PM EST2016-02-11 18:46:48 GMT
    Thursday, February 11 2016 7:14 PM EST2016-02-12 00:14:08 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    What do you say we end the debate once and for all on a state lottery and pass legislation this year up or down.

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    What do you say we end the debate once and for all on a state lottery and pass legislation this year up or down.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Robbing Peter to pay Paul

    Editorial: Robbing Peter to pay Paul

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 2:34 PM EST2016-02-09 19:34:09 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 7:26 PM EST2016-02-10 00:26:03 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Each legislator has an agenda full of items that are important to their district and that work has to get done as well. I just never understood why the larger items on the agenda that are statewide don’t get done first, and then the more regional items get tackled at the end of the session.

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    Each legislator has an agenda full of items that are important to their district and that work has to get done as well. I just never understood why the larger items on the agenda that are statewide don’t get done first, and then the more regional items get tackled at the end of the session.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: The races just got a little more interesting

    Editorial: The races just got a little more interesting

    Thursday, February 4 2016 10:26 AM EST2016-02-04 15:26:37 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 7:22 PM EST2016-02-05 00:22:02 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Monday Iowa caucused and the results on both sides of the aisle could cause a major shift in the races.

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    Monday Iowa caucused and the results on both sides of the aisle could cause a major shift in the races.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: On your mark ...

    Editorial: On your mark ...

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 6:15 PM EST2016-02-02 23:15:21 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 7:25 PM EST2016-02-03 00:25:12 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Well here we are. The State of the State speech launches the 2016 legislative session and we will be off and running.  In years past the running seemed to be away from solutions to serious financial problems that face the General Fund.

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    Well here we are. The State of the State speech launches the 2016 legislative session and we will be off and running.  In years past the running seemed to be away from solutions to serious financial problems that face the General Fund.

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  • opinion

    Editorial: Montgomery Internet Exchange

    Editorial: Montgomery Internet Exchange

    Friday, January 29 2016 6:56 PM EST2016-01-29 23:56:37 GMT
    Friday, January 29 2016 7:20 PM EST2016-01-30 00:20:06 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    Big news came out of the City of Montgomery last week with the announcement that Montgomery will have an internet exchange. What the heck is an internet exchange? To be honest, I had to ask my IT guy the same question! More >>

    Big news came out of the City of Montgomery last week with the announcement that Montgomery will have an internet exchange. What the heck is an internet exchange? To be honest, I had to ask my IT guy the same question!

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  • opinion

    Editorial: Start the Session

    Editorial: Start the Session

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:10 PM EST2016-01-26 21:10:38 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 7:24 PM EST2016-01-27 00:24:07 GMT

    A little less than a week from now our Alabama legislative body will convene for the start of the 2016 legislative session. As always, there is much to accomplish this year.

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    A little less than a week from now our Alabama legislative body will convene for the start of the 2016 legislative session. As always, there is much to accomplish this year.

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  • opinion

    Guest Editorial - Another big step forward for Montgomery

    Guest Editorial - Another big step forward for Montgomery

    Thursday, January 21 2016 11:51 AM EST2016-01-21 16:51:04 GMT
    Thursday, January 21 2016 7:25 PM EST2016-01-22 00:25:10 GMT

    This week it was announced that Montgomery would be home to Alabama’s first, and one of only four Internet exchanges in the Southeast. Young people and those new to the area may take this kind of development for granted, but this is a big deal for Montgomery.

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    This week it was announced that Montgomery would be home to Alabama’s first, and one of only four Internet exchanges in the Southeast. Young people and those new to the area may take this kind of development for granted, but this is a big deal for Montgomery.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Distraction

    Editorial: Distraction

    Thursday, January 14 2016 10:57 PM EST2016-01-15 03:57:13 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 11:28 PM EST2016-01-15 04:28:23 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    This week a statement was released by the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee detailing a passed resolution dated Sunday, Jan. 10 calling upon Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to “suspend his leadership position.” 

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    This week a statement was released by the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee detailing a passed resolution dated Sunday, Jan. 10 calling upon Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to “suspend his leadership position.” 

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  • EDITORIAL

    Editorial: Feedback on immigrant children at Maxwell

    Editorial: Feedback on immigrant children at Maxwell

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 7:40 PM EST2016-01-13 00:40:04 GMT
    Tuesday, January 12 2016 7:40 PM EST2016-01-13 00:40:04 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Last week, I gave an editorial discussing the idea of using Maxwell Air Force Base as a place to house illegal immigrant children arriving at our Mexican border until extradition hearings are done. The topic received a lot of comments, both for and against the idea. 

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    Last week, I gave an editorial discussing the idea of using Maxwell Air Force Base as a place to house illegal immigrant children arriving at our Mexican border until extradition hearings are done. The topic received a lot of comments, both for and against the idea. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Maxwell Gunter is not a home for immigrant children

    Editorial: Maxwell Gunter is not a home for immigrant children

    Wednesday, January 6 2016 5:27 PM EST2016-01-06 22:27:00 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 7:22 PM EST2016-01-08 00:22:08 GMT

    This week Rep. Martha Roby and Rep. Mike Rogers let us know that the federal government was looking at Maxwell Air Force Base as a possible option to house illegal immigrant children as they await hearings on extradition.

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    This week Rep. Martha Roby and Rep. Mike Rogers let us know that the federal government was looking at Maxwell Air Force Base as a possible option to house illegal immigrant children as they await hearings on extradition.

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  • Editorial

    Editorial: Ready or not here comes 2016

    Editorial: Ready or not here comes 2016

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 7:16 PM EST2016-01-06 00:16:15 GMT
    Wednesday, January 6 2016 10:33 AM EST2016-01-06 15:33:41 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)

    My business always puts me in the same position. December is a very busy month for the media business, and there is little time to look forward to the new year and no time to reflect on the year that is about to end. 

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    My business always puts me in the same position. December is a very busy month for the media business, and there is little time to look forward to the new year and no time to reflect on the year that is about to end. 

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Another transportation option in Montgomery

    Editorial: Another transportation option in Montgomery

    Thursday, December 31 2015 11:32 PM EST2016-01-01 04:32:31 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 12:05 AM EST2016-01-01 05:05:21 GMT
    Tuesday, January 5 the Montgomery City Council will vote on an ordinance that would allow Uber to operate in the city. What is Uber and why do I care you may be asking yourself?  If you are under the age of 30 you probably already know, but hang in there for a second. UBER is an app-based ride sharing company. It is an alternative to calling a cab. Fees are predetermined and paid by a credit card already set up with the company. No money changes hands with the driver. ... More >>

    Tuesday, January 5 the Montgomery City Council will vote on an ordinance that would allow Uber to operate in the city. What is Uber and why do I care you may be asking yourself?  If you are under the age of 30 you probably already know, but hang in there for a second. UBER is an app-based ride sharing company. It is an alternative to calling a cab. Fees are predetermined and paid by a credit card already set up with the company. No money changes hands with the driver. ...

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Be Safe and Good Luck

    Editorial: Be Safe and Good Luck

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 6:08 PM EST2015-12-29 23:08:37 GMT
    Tuesday, December 29 2015 7:21 PM EST2015-12-30 00:21:07 GMT
    Most of the country is finishing up the holiday season as New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. But not in Alabama. We are just getting started. Now that the preliminary events are over it’s time to get serious. More >>

    Most of the country is finishing up the holiday season as New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. But not in Alabama. We are just getting started. Now that the preliminary events are over it’s time to get serious.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Low taxes

    Editorial: Low taxes

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 11:41 PM EST2015-12-24 04:41:29 GMT
    Wednesday, December 23 2015 11:41 PM EST2015-12-24 04:41:28 GMT
    We all know that there is no simple answer, but the reality is that we do not have enough money coming in to pay for the essential needs of this state.  More >>

    We all know that there is no simple answer, but the reality is that we do not have enough money coming in to pay for the essential needs of this state. 

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  • opinion

    Editorial: Holiday travel

    Editorial: Holiday travel

    Thursday, December 17 2015 7:34 PM EST2015-12-18 00:34:05 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 7:34 PM EST2015-12-18 00:34:04 GMT
    Many of you will be hitting the road this weekend or early next week on your way to gather with family for the Christmas holiday. More >>

    Many of you will be hitting the road this weekend or early next week on your way to gather with family for the Christmas holiday.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Camellia Bowl

    Editorial: Camellia Bowl

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 5:43 PM EST2015-12-15 22:43:46 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 7:30 PM EST2015-12-16 00:30:23 GMT
    This Saturday the second annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will be played here in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl.More >>

    This Saturday the second annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will be played here in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl.

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  • opinion

    Editorial: A big congrats for football teams

    Editorial: A big congrats for football teams

    Thursday, December 10 2015 7:02 PM EST2015-12-11 00:02:44 GMT
    Thursday, December 10 2015 7:02 PM EST2015-12-11 00:02:44 GMT
    Congratulations to Alabama on a 25th SEC title and another trip to the College Football playoffs! It seems like the excitement might be diminished after all these titles but Alabama fans will tell you different.All-in-all it was a pretty good year for college football in the region. More >>

    Congratulations to Alabama on a 25th SEC title and another trip to the College Football playoffs! It seems like the excitement might be diminished after all these titles but Alabama fans will tell you different.All-in-all it was a pretty good year for college football in the region. 

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  • OPINION

    Editorial: Takeaways from the California terrorist attack

    Editorial: Takeaways from the California terrorist attack

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 7:04 PM EST2015-12-09 00:04:16 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 1:29 PM EST2015-12-09 18:29:38 GMT
    The tragic event in San Bernardino, California is another chilling reminder that we are in the middle of a war unlike any we have ever seen. More >>

    The tragic event in San Bernardino, California is another chilling reminder that we are in the middle of a war unlike any we have ever seen. 

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  • Editorial: Trump reaction

    Editorial: Trump reaction

    Thursday, December 3 2015 7:42 PM EST2015-12-04 00:42:54 GMT
    Thursday, December 3 2015 7:58 PM EST2015-12-04 00:58:12 GMT
    This week I gave an editorial stating my belief that Donald Trump should step aside in the race for the Republican nomination.We received what was easily the largest feedback to date.More >>

    This week I gave an editorial stating my belief that Donald Trump should step aside in the race for the Republican nomination.We received what was easily the largest feedback to date.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Trump has had his time

    Editorial: Trump has had his time

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 5:47 PM EST2015-12-01 22:47:08 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:22 PM EST2015-12-02 00:22:04 GMT
    Donald Trump has had his moment, but it is now time for him to step aside. I think Mr. Trump has been a valuable part of the Republican primary, and in the end it will show that his involvement in the process was very important.More >>

    Donald Trump has had his moment, but it is now time for him to step aside. I think Mr. Trump has been a valuable part of the Republican primary, and in the end it will show that his involvement in the process was very important.

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  • Opinion

    Editorial: Follow up to refugee comments

    Editorial: Follow up to refugee comments

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 11:42 PM EST2015-11-25 04:42:39 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 6:08 AM EST2015-11-25 11:08:44 GMT
    Recently I gave an editorial on the visa-free program and Gov. Robert Bentley’s efforts to keep refugees out of Alabama.More >>

    Recently I gave an editorial on the visa-free program and Gov. Robert Bentley’s efforts to keep refugees out of Alabama.

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  • opinion

    Editorial: We must keep the pressure on

    Editorial: We must keep the pressure on

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-11-17 21:33:11 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 7:28 PM EST2015-11-18 00:28:08 GMT
    The killing and injuring of innocent people last week in Paris is a tragic reminder of the world we live in. The issues in the Middle East are as old as time, and if anyone is surprised by the escalation, they have not been paying attention. The religious unrest in the Middle East and in other Muslim dominated parts of the world will never end.More >>
    The killing and injuring of innocent people last week in Paris is a tragic reminder of the world we live in. The issues in the Middle East are as old as time, and if anyone is surprised by the escalation, they have not been paying attention. The religious unrest in the Middle East and in other Muslim dominated parts of the world will never end.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: March of Dimes Citizen of the Year

    Editorial: March of Dimes Citizen of the Year

    Thursday, November 12 2015 1:02 PM EST2015-11-12 18:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, November 12 2015 9:12 PM EST2015-11-13 02:12:07 GMT
    Next Tuesday the Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes will honor Montgomery Biscuits owner Sherrie Myers as the 2015 River Region Citizen of the Year. She will be honored during the March of Dimes annual Roast and Recognition fundraiser presented this year by the law firm of Beasley Allen.More >>
    Next Tuesday the Alabama Chapter of the March of Dimes will honor Montgomery Biscuits owner Sherrie Myers as the 2015 River Region Citizen of the Year. She will be honored during the March of Dimes annual Roast and Recognition fundraiser presented this year by the law firm of Beasley Allen.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Elected Montgomery leaders

    Editorial: Elected Montgomery leaders

    Tuesday, November 10 2015 3:38 PM EST2015-11-10 20:38:50 GMT
    Tuesday, November 10 2015 9:31 PM EST2015-11-11 02:31:52 GMT
    On Tuesday in Montgomery the mayor and the city council were sworn in to start their terms as either newly elected or reelected city officials.More >>
    On Tuesday in Montgomery the mayor and the city council were sworn in to start their terms as either newly elected or reelected city officials.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Vampire Judge

    Editorial: Vampire Judge

    Thursday, October 29 2015 7:20 PM EDT2015-10-29 23:20:15 GMT
    Thursday, October 29 2015 7:20 PM EDT2015-10-29 23:20:15 GMT
    In the category of “you’re never going to believe this” we hear about a Perry County Circuit Judge that gave two options for those not able to afford to pay their court fees. Give Blood or go to jail.More >>
    In the category of “you’re never going to believe this” we hear about a Perry County Circuit Judge that gave two options for those not able to afford to pay their court fees. Give Blood or go to jail.More >>
  • Editorial

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on highway fatalities

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on highway fatalities

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 9:13 PM EDT2015-10-28 01:13:42 GMT
    Wednesday, October 28 2015 6:10 AM EDT2015-10-28 10:10:58 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    Last week I discussed the amount of traffic fatalities in Alabama in 2015 and my amazement that a high percentage continue to involve people in cars not wearing a seat belt. More >>
    Last week I discussed the amount of traffic fatalities in Alabama in 2015 and my amazement that a high percentage continue to involve people in cars not wearing a seat belt. More >>
  • Editorial

    Editorial: AL high school graduation rates on the rise

    Editorial: AL high school graduation rates on the rise

    Thursday, October 22 2015 9:01 PM EDT2015-10-23 01:01:14 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 12:57 PM EDT2015-10-23 16:57:57 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    Recently, the U. S. Department of Education released data showing that the graduation rate among high school students in the U.S. is on the rise. The state of Alabama saw the second highest jump of any state at 6.3 percent. More >>
    Recently, the U. S. Department of Education released data showing that the graduation rate among high school students in the U.S. is on the rise. The state of Alabama saw the second highest jump of any state at 6.3 percent. More >>
  • Editorial

    Editorial: Deadly Decisions

    Editorial: Deadly Decisions

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 9:06 PM EDT2015-10-21 01:06:30 GMT
    Tuesday, October 20 2015 9:06 PM EDT2015-10-21 01:06:30 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    We are midway through October and Alabama’s 2015 traffic fatalities are pacing well above last year for the same time period. To date there have been 413 traffic deaths in Alabama this year. More >>
    We are midway through October and Alabama’s 2015 traffic fatalities are pacing well above last year for the same time period. To date there have been 413 traffic deaths in Alabama this year. More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Hazing

    Editorial: Hazing

    Wednesday, October 14 2015 1:36 PM EDT2015-10-14 17:36:17 GMT
    Thursday, October 15 2015 7:30 PM EDT2015-10-15 23:30:18 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    The most recent in a long list of hazing incidents happened at the University of Alabama Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. The University is no more or less to blame than most any other school as hazing happens everywhere and not just at fraternities. Incidents involving college bands have also been in the news but fraternities have always been the greatest offenders.More >>
    The most recent in a long list of hazing incidents happened at the University of Alabama Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. The University is no more or less to blame than most any other school as hazing happens everywhere and not just at fraternities. Incidents involving college bands have also been in the news but fraternities have always been the greatest offenders.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Help the flood victims

    Editorial: Help the flood victims

    Wednesday, October 14 2015 6:18 AM EDT2015-10-14 10:18:01 GMT
    Wednesday, October 14 2015 7:44 AM EDT2015-10-14 11:44:12 GMT
    Sitting here, we all feel deeply for the victims of the storms. This is why we are partnering with the Red Cross for a disaster relief drive benefiting flood victims.More >>
    Sitting here, we all feel deeply for the victims of the storms. This is why we are partnering with the Red Cross for a disaster relief drive benefiting flood victims.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: The greatest generation

    Editorial: The greatest generation

    Thursday, October 8 2015 10:07 AM EDT2015-10-08 14:07:13 GMT
    Thursday, October 8 2015 7:15 PM EDT2015-10-08 23:15:05 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    I heard a great speech last Thursday by Tom Brokaw at the event held by Faulkner University. It was a first class event with who I found to be a first class speaker. Anyone who knows anything about Mr. Brokaw would consider him a little left of center when it comes to politics. Anyone who knows me would consider me on the right side of center.  More >>
    I heard a great speech last Thursday by Tom Brokaw at the event held by Faulkner University. It was a first class event with who I found to be a first class speaker. Anyone who knows anything about Mr. Brokaw would consider him a little left of center when it comes to politics. Anyone who knows me would consider me on the right side of center.  More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: We asked for it?

    Editorial: We asked for it?

    Thursday, October 1 2015 4:53 PM EDT2015-10-01 20:53:02 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 8:12 PM EDT2015-10-02 00:12:51 GMT
    This week the state announced that five state parks, 31 driver’s license offices, at least 15 Alabama National Guard Armories, and one ADECA surplus warehouse are closed or will be very shortly.More >>
    This week the state announced that five state parks, 31 driver’s license offices, at least 15 Alabama National Guard Armories, and one ADECA surplus warehouse are closed or will be very shortly.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Viewer response to AL obesity problem

    Editorial: Viewer response to AL obesity problem

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 7:01 PM EDT2015-09-29 23:01:25 GMT
    Tuesday, September 29 2015 7:01 PM EDT2015-09-29 23:01:25 GMT
    Last week I did an editorial on the obesity problem in Alabama. This topic induced some very colorful responses. Here are a few of the ones I could share...More >>
    Last week I did an editorial on the obesity problem in Alabama. This topic induced some very colorful responses. Here are a few of the ones I could share...More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: “Heavy News”

    Editorial: “Heavy News”

    Thursday, September 24 2015 7:42 PM EDT2015-09-24 23:42:31 GMT
    Thursday, September 24 2015 7:42 PM EDT2015-09-24 23:42:31 GMT
    New numbers are out from the Centers for Disease Control, and they’re not good. Alabama is on the heavy side and getting bigger every year.  We like to hold titles here in our state, but this one is one we cannot be proud of.More >>
    New numbers are out from the Centers for Disease Control, and they’re not good. Alabama is on the heavy side and getting bigger every year.  We like to hold titles here in our state, but this one is one we cannot be proud of.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Make a difference

    Editorial: Make a difference

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 8:23 AM EDT2015-09-23 12:23:56 GMT
    Wednesday, September 23 2015 8:23 AM EDT2015-09-23 12:23:56 GMT
    On Sunday, a coward walked into a Selma church and tried his best to kill HIS infant child and the child’s mother. I am not going to give his name because I don’t think it deserves to be said. I will tell you the names of some of the people that stood up and made a difference. More >>
    On Sunday, a coward walked into a Selma church and tried his best to kill HIS infant child and the child’s mother. I am not going to give his name because I don’t think it deserves to be said. I will tell you the names of some of the people that stood up and made a difference. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: We have a budget!

    Editorial: We have a budget!

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:04:55 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:04:55 GMT
    We have a budget! This week both bodies of the Alabama Legislature overwhelmingly passed a budget for 2016. This is good news for state employees and state funded programs as the October 1st deadline was looming.More >>
    We have a budget! This week both bodies of the Alabama Legislature overwhelmingly passed a budget for 2016. This is good news for state employees and state funded programs as the October 1st deadline was looming.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Unseal Bentley divorce records

    Editorial: Unseal Bentley divorce records

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 8:39 AM EDT2015-09-16 12:39:06 GMT
    Wednesday, September 16 2015 8:39 AM EDT2015-09-16 12:39:06 GMT
    We have recently announced that WSFA 12 News is part of a group that is filing a motion to unseal Governor Bentley and his wife’s divorce documents. I have received more than one response saying that it is none of our business why the Bentleys filed for divorce. It is a private matter.Part of me agrees, but...More >>
    We have recently announced that WSFA 12 News is part of a group that is filing a motion to unseal Governor Bentley and his wife’s divorce documents. I have received more than one response saying that it is none of our business why the Bentleys filed for divorce. It is a private matter.Part of me agrees, but...More >>
  • Editorial

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on Legislative Special Session

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on Legislative Special Session

    Thursday, September 10 2015 4:49 PM EDT2015-09-10 20:49:39 GMT
    Thursday, September 10 2015 10:04 PM EDT2015-09-11 02:04:22 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12)(Source: WSFA 12)
    Last week, my editorial addressed the start of the second Special Legislative session. My challenge to the legislature, don’t waste the $800,000 cost of the two special sessions and finally pass a responsible budget.More >>
    Last week, my editorial addressed the start of the second Special Legislative session. My challenge to the legislature, don’t waste the $800,000 cost of the two special sessions and finally pass a responsible budget.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Third time is the charm

    Editorial: Third time is the charm

    Tuesday, September 8 2015 2:54 PM EDT2015-09-08 18:54:48 GMT
    Wednesday, September 9 2015 8:53 AM EDT2015-09-09 12:53:02 GMT
    The legislature is getting back together for the third time THIS YEAR! At stake is the 2016 budget.More >>
    The legislature is getting back together for the third time THIS YEAR! At stake is the 2016 budget.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Mayoral election

    Editorial: Mayoral election

    Thursday, September 3 2015 7:34 PM EDT2015-09-03 23:34:03 GMT
    Thursday, September 3 2015 7:34 PM EDT2015-09-03 23:34:03 GMT
    The Mayoral Election is over and Mayor Todd Strange has won another term. Not only did he win, he received over 56 percent of the vote in a five candidate race. That is a major victory and shows that the voters feel like he is taking Montgomery down the right path.More >>
    The Mayoral Election is over and Mayor Todd Strange has won another term. Not only did he win, he received over 56 percent of the vote in a five candidate race. That is a major victory and shows that the voters feel like he is taking Montgomery down the right path.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: I Am Ready For Some Football

    Editorial: I Am Ready For Some Football

    Tuesday, September 1 2015 7:36 PM EDT2015-09-01 23:36:07 GMT
    Tuesday, September 1 2015 7:36 PM EDT2015-09-01 23:36:06 GMT
    The first question I got when I was introduced to the staff here at WSFA was “Who are you pullin' for?” More >>
    The first question I got when I was introduced to the staff here at WSFA was “Who are you pullin' for?” More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Reporter safety

    Editorial: Reporter safety

    Thursday, August 27 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-08-27 23:13:32 GMT
    Thursday, August 27 2015 10:19 PM EDT2015-08-28 02:19:38 GMT
    This week two journalists in Roanoke, Virginia at WDBJ-TV were murdered on live television during their morning newscast. This is not the first incident involving journalists being hurt or killed in the United States.More >>
    This week two journalists in Roanoke, Virginia at WDBJ-TV were murdered on live television during their morning newscast. This is not the first incident involving journalists being hurt or killed in the United States.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Change your routine

    Editorial: Change your routine

    Tuesday, August 25 2015 8:17 PM EDT2015-08-26 00:17:43 GMT
    Wednesday, August 26 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-08-26 15:19:30 GMT
    It’s that time again. Summer is over.  We’ve moved from the vacation routine to the go to school routine. That is never an easy adjustment for most kids and has proven to be an even tougher adjustment for many parents. More >>
    It’s that time again. Summer is over.  We’ve moved from the vacation routine to the go to school routine. That is never an easy adjustment for most kids and has proven to be an even tougher adjustment for many parents. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Back to school

    Editorial: Back to school

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 7:37 PM EDT2015-08-18 23:37:52 GMT
    Tuesday, August 18 2015 7:37 PM EDT2015-08-18 23:37:51 GMT
    It’s the middle of August and that means the end of summer for kids and time to go back to school. My drive in to work this week was a quick reminder as well, that everyone is getting back into the  “school routine”. More >>
    It’s the middle of August and that means the end of summer for kids and time to go back to school. My drive in to work this week was a quick reminder as well, that everyone is getting back into the  “school routine”. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Wasted money

    Editorial: Wasted money

    Thursday, August 13 2015 7:32 PM EDT2015-08-13 23:32:17 GMT
    Thursday, August 13 2015 7:32 PM EDT2015-08-13 23:32:17 GMT
    Our legislature just wasted time and our money on a special session that produced absolutely nothing. Some legislators are saying that they could even be farther apart on how to deal with the General Fund shortfall. Here is what we got for the estimated $400,000 that we spent on this special session: Nothing.More >>
    Our legislature just wasted time and our money on a special session that produced absolutely nothing. Some legislators are saying that they could even be farther apart on how to deal with the General Fund shortfall. Here is what we got for the estimated $400,000 that we spent on this special session: Nothing.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on Legislature's failure

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on Legislature's failure

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 7:33 PM EDT2015-08-11 23:33:10 GMT
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 7:33 PM EDT2015-08-11 23:33:10 GMT
    Last week’s editorial on the lack of any progress from the current legislative special session produced a huge response. The responses unanimously state that the legislators are not accomplishing what they are elected to accomplish. Here are a few of those comments.More >>
    Last week’s editorial on the lack of any progress from the current legislative special session produced a huge response. The responses unanimously state that the legislators are not accomplishing what they are elected to accomplish. Here are a few of those comments.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Another special session

    Editorial: Another special session

    Thursday, August 6 2015 9:25 PM EDT2015-08-07 01:25:47 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 9:25 PM EDT2015-08-07 01:25:47 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    As this special session winds down and our tax dollars continue to flow down the drain, our legislators are already saying that they need MORE time and another session. As a taxpayer, I am floored by the lack of ANYTHING and I MEAN ANYTHING of substance coming from our legislators.More >>
    As this special session winds down and our tax dollars continue to flow down the drain, our legislators are already saying that they need MORE time and another session. As a taxpayer, I am floored by the lack of ANYTHING and I MEAN ANYTHING of substance coming from our legislators.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Stand up to crime

    Editorial: Stand up to crime

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 6:42 PM EDT2015-08-04 22:42:58 GMT
    Tuesday, August 4 2015 7:34 PM EDT2015-08-04 23:34:09 GMT
    This week marks the 31st anniversary of National Night Out, an annual community building campaign that promotes law enforcement and community partnerships. It is a great way get to know your neighbors and to put a focus on helping law enforcement to stop crime in your neighborhood.More >>
    This week marks the 31st anniversary of National Night Out, an annual community building campaign that promotes law enforcement and community partnerships. It is a great way get to know your neighbors and to put a focus on helping law enforcement to stop crime in your neighborhood.More >>
  • OPINION

    Editorial: Exempt day care

    Editorial: Exempt day care

    Thursday, July 30 2015 7:50 PM EDT2015-07-30 23:50:50 GMT
    Thursday, July 30 2015 10:34 PM EDT2015-07-31 02:34:41 GMT
    Alabama is one of only fourteen states that allow day care centers to operate without a license or the need to pass inspection. Today, there are between 800-900 operating day care centers in our state that are not licensed.More >>
    Alabama is one of only fourteen states that allow day care centers to operate without a license or the need to pass inspection. Today, there are between 800-900 operating day care centers in our state that are not licensed.More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Feedback on downtown safety

    Editorial: Feedback on downtown safety

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-07-28 23:08:52 GMT
    Tuesday, July 28 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-07-28 23:08:53 GMT
    Last week I offered an editorial on events related to the fireworks show downtown and the safety of the area. As expected this topic received a large number of responses. More >>
    Last week I offered an editorial on events related to the fireworks show downtown and the safety of the area. As expected this topic received a large number of responses. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Downtown Montgomery is still safe

    Editorial: Downtown Montgomery is still safe

    Thursday, July 23 2015 5:27 PM EDT2015-07-23 21:27:17 GMT
    Thursday, July 23 2015 7:22 PM EDT2015-07-23 23:22:07 GMT
    Last Saturday night while thousands of local residents just finished enjoying a great baseball game and they, along with hundreds of others at nearby Riverfront Park were watching a fantastic fireworks display, a few unruly kids decided to ruin it for everyone.More >>
    Last Saturday night while thousands of local residents just finished enjoying a great baseball game and they, along with hundreds of others at nearby Riverfront Park were watching a fantastic fireworks display, a few unruly kids decided to ruin it for everyone.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on gambling

    Editorial: Viewer feedback on gambling

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 8:48 PM EDT2015-07-22 00:48:47 GMT
    Tuesday, July 21 2015 8:48 PM EDT2015-07-22 00:48:46 GMT
    Last week I did an editorial on gambling, the lottery and their place in solving the budget woes that are upon the state of Alabama.The topic, as expected, generated a lot of feedback. Here are a few of those responses:More >>
    Last week I did an editorial on gambling, the lottery and their place in solving the budget woes that are upon the state of Alabama.The topic, as expected, generated a lot of feedback. Here are a few of those responses:More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Gambling in Alabama

    Editorial: Gambling in Alabama

    Thursday, July 16 2015 7:16 PM EDT2015-07-16 23:16:22 GMT
    Thursday, July 16 2015 7:16 PM EDT2015-07-16 23:16:22 GMT
    Gambling and the expansion of it has been a hot topic in Alabama for years. Now, with the ever growing budget crisis, it has even become a bigger issue.More >>
    Gambling and the expansion of it has been a hot topic in Alabama for years. Now, with the ever growing budget crisis, it has even become a bigger issue.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: "It's not yours to spend"

    Editorial: "It's not yours to spend"

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 11:20 AM EDT2015-07-15 15:20:42 GMT
    Wednesday, July 15 2015 11:20 AM EDT2015-07-15 15:20:42 GMT
    Last week we all received word that Alabama would receive $2.3 billion dollars from BP as compensation for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; $1.3 billion for environmental damages and $1 billion for economic damages. Almost immediately Alabama lawmakers were making recommendations on how to spend the $1 billion.More >>
    Last week we all received word that Alabama would receive $2.3 billion dollars from BP as compensation for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; $1.3 billion for environmental damages and $1 billion for economic damages. Almost immediately Alabama lawmakers were making recommendations on how to spend the $1 billion.More >>
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    Editorial: The PGA Tour is coming

    Editorial: The PGA Tour is coming

    Thursday, July 9 2015 4:12 PM EDT2015-07-09 20:12:11 GMT
    Thursday, July 9 2015 7:25 PM EDT2015-07-09 23:25:11 GMT
    Next week the PGA Tour will make its first ever stop in Alabama. The Barbasol Championship will be played July 16th through the 19th at Grand National in Auburn / Opelika.More >>
    Next week the PGA Tour will make its first ever stop in Alabama. The Barbasol Championship will be played July 16th through the 19th at Grand National in Auburn / Opelika.More >>
  • Opinion

    Editorial: Talk to your legislator

    Editorial: Talk to your legislator

    Tuesday, July 7 2015 3:52 PM EDT2015-07-07 19:52:17 GMT
    Wednesday, July 8 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-07-08 15:19:10 GMT
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    Last Week Alabama was awarded $2.3 billion a settlement with British Petroleum over the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Unfortunately, this money will not have any impact on the states General Fund shortfall.More >>
    Last Week Alabama was awarded $2.3 billion a settlement with British Petroleum over the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Unfortunately, this money will not have any impact on the states General Fund shortfall.More >>
  • Guest Editorial

    Editorial: Montgomery residents need to vote

    Editorial: Montgomery residents need to vote

    Thursday, July 2 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-07-02 23:00:27 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-07-02 23:00:27 GMT
    On Tuesday, August 25th, a Municipal Election is scheduled to elect the Mayor of the city of Montgomery and nine City Council Members.More >>
    On Tuesday, August 25th, a Municipal Election is scheduled to elect the Mayor of the city of Montgomery and nine City Council Members.More >>
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    Editorial: Feedback - Charleston

    Editorial: Feedback - Charleston

    Monday, June 29 2015 6:03 PM EDT2015-06-29 22:03:57 GMT
    Monday, June 29 2015 7:24 PM EDT2015-06-29 23:24:07 GMT
    Last week I stated my opinion that a gun or a flag was not the cause of the horrific racially motivated killings in a Charleston church, but that the gunman and those that knew what he was capable of were to blame. Here are a few of the many comments that editorial received...More >>
    Last week I stated my opinion that a gun or a flag was not the cause of the horrific racially motivated killings in a Charleston church, but that the gunman and those that knew what he was capable of were to blame. Here are a few of the many comments that editorial received...More >>
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    Editorial: Fly your flag

    Editorial: Fly your flag

    Thursday, June 25 2015 7:10 PM EDT2015-06-25 23:10:09 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 7:10 PM EDT2015-06-25 23:10:10 GMT
    Governor Bentley made the controversial decision this week to take down the Confederate Flags from the State Capitol. The Governor stated that he did not want the flag controversy to become a distraction to lawmakers as they continue to work on the state's budget. You can't help but recognize that the decision comes on the heels of the killings in South Carolina.I said just this week that the killings should not be blamed on the flag or a gun, but on the individual who committed the act. I st...More >>
    Governor Bentley made the controversial decision this week to take down the Confederate Flags from the State Capitol. The Governor stated that he did not want the flag controversy to become a distraction to lawmakers as they continue to work on the state's budget. You can't help but recognize that the decision comes on the heels of the killings in South Carolina.I said just this week that the killings should not be blamed on the flag or a gun, but on the individual who committed the act. I st...More >>
  • Editorial

    Editorial: Charleston

    Editorial: Charleston

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 4:42 PM EDT2015-06-23 20:42:37 GMT
    Tuesday, June 23 2015 8:17 PM EDT2015-06-24 00:17:07 GMT
    The shooting in Charleston last week was horrific and beyond tragic. It is another reminder that evil lives among us. Now as a culture we are left to discuss and debate the cause of this tragic event. More >>
    The shooting in Charleston last week was horrific and beyond tragic. It is another reminder that evil lives among us. Now as a culture we are left to discuss and debate the cause of this tragic event. More >>
  • opinion

    Editorial: Preventable

    Editorial: Preventable

    Friday, June 19 2015 1:26 PM EDT2015-06-19 17:26:54 GMT
    Friday, June 19 2015 1:26 PM EDT2015-06-19 17:26:54 GMT
    Recently a young child in Panama City lost their life after being forgotten and left in a hot car. These are always tragic reminders and, unfortunately for the person transporting the child, preventable occurrences.More >>
    Recently a young child in Panama City lost their life after being forgotten and left in a hot car. These are always tragic reminders and, unfortunately for the person transporting the child, preventable occurrences.More >>
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