June 19, 2014 RSS feed / Editorial

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Inside the Statehouse

No big surprises in legislative races

There is an old adage that says the more things change the more they remain the same. This is certainly apropos for this year’s primary elections. On election night, I kept looking for some upset or surprise. It was not forthcoming. More...

Greasepit Grammar

Penetrating the ‘impenetrable’

General Motors has had problems penetrating the issues involving the faulty ignition switches in some of its models, but Anton Valukas, the former U.S. More...

Old rattlesnakes

 Charlie Chan, the fictional Honolulu detective, was created in 1919 by novelist Earl Derr Biggers. The books featuring Chan became so popular that the character made the leap to radio, movies and television. More...

State should switch to blanket primary

They’re called party primaries, but in Alabama the parties don’t pay for them. The taxpayers do. It’s time to reconsider the structure of these elections, especially if they are to continue being conducted with public funds.  More...

Here’s A Quote

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” Novelist Tom Clancy  “You may do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Colette   More...

Gone South

Dumpster gets a heavy load

A few weeks ago I told of how I had begun cleaning out the family home down in South Alabama. Many of you wrote to sympathize with my plight on two levels. More...

Dollars & Cents

Are negative interest rates on the way?

The European Central Bank (ECB), the counterpart of our Federal Reserve, took unprecedented action on June 3. More...

Cornbread & Buttermilk

The sea beneath our feet

I reckon you’ve heard about that new ocean they’ve discovered.  It’s deep in the ground, and holds three times as much water as the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans combined, even if you throw in the Gulf of Mexico.& More...