Subject: Christmas in Downtown Montgomery
With nine active construction sites, downtown Montgomery looks a bit conjested but that's no reason not to venture there and see what's available for the HolidayMore >> Editorial Books 12-17-07
One of the best gifts you can give to your child is the gift of reading.
A reading rich community is a community that prospers.
A book for every child is aMore >> We commend Alabama leaders for being on the forefront nationally in using alternative fuels.
All vehicles purchased by the state this year were flex fuel vehicles. The state motor pool now has 151 ofMore >> Thanks to all of you who are helping make the holiday season brighter for needy youngsters in our area.
You generously contributed more than 3,000 toys in our 12's Day of Giving effort.
In addition,More >> Editorial Green Up 12-5-07
Prosperity poses potential problems when we don't recycle waste.
Alabama's Department of Environmental Management planned to reduce landfill waste by 25% over the past dozenMore >> 18 candidates are running for president, nine Republicans and nine Democrats.
The chosen two will likely be selected just two months from now.
That's because more than half the states will be holdingMore >> Montgomery is ranked first in the state in a category it would rather not be: the numbers of new HIV/AIDS cases being reported.More >> Last month we editorialized that current state law ignoring previous DUI offenses after a five year period makes no sense.
One viewer suggested it would make more sense to consider a new law requiringMore >> In the last few weeks we have all been mesmerized by the recent violent outbreaks of crime in our city. In truth we have been horrified at the casual attitudes of some of the criminals and their "meMore >> We quite possibly wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for our World War II veterans.
The youngest member of that group is now 78 years old.
Many World War II vets have not seen their War Memorial inMore >> We quite possibly wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for our World War II veterans.
The youngest member of that group is now 78 years old.
Many World War II vets have not seen their War Memorial inMore >> We can't live without water.
It is our most precious resource.
A severe drought has Alabama, Georgia and Florida battling over how much water can be released from federal reservoirs.
Soon, cities withinMore >> Editorial Blue Ribbon Excellence
There are nearly 90,000 public schools in America.
Only 250 were selected as Blue Ribbon schools of excellence by the UnitedMore >> Last week's editorial suggesting state employees kick in a bit more for health insurance premiums to help offset their health costs that have risen 600 million dollars in the past five years brought anMore >> Last week's editorial suggesting state employees kick in a bit more for health insurance premiums to help offset their health costs that have risen 600 million dollars in the past five years brought anMore >> Suppose you were hit by a drunk driver and you find out it was his sixth offense in the last six years.
You could reasonably wonder why he wasn't in jail.
Under current law, he wouldn't be and that lawMore >> It's budget time for area businesses.
Soon we will be told how much our health insurance premiums will increase next year.
We've all experienced this annual ritual of health premium increases for manyMore >> Follow up and focus sustain initiatives.
Montgomery's Crime Free Weekend marked the catalyst for raising awareness.
We'll feel our streets are safe if we continue to make fighting crime a priority.
AMore >> The chamber is currently in the middle of its annual Total Resource Campaign. We urge all businesses in the River Region to become members and participate in the projects and events of the chamber. More >> 72 animals were euthanized here at the Montgomery Humane Society Tuesday. More than 30,000 were euthanized at shelters in Central and South Alabama last year. Many others were dumped in the countryMore >> One out of every seven people have some form of dyslexia.
Close to 90% of them don't know it.
Awareness is key.
Learn about it and you can then effectively deal with it.
If you have trouble reading,More >> Our guest editorial on Bullying generated several e-mails.
One viewer wrote:
"My daughter experienced bullying last year at her school. ..I had to take her out of school one day so she would have peaceMore >> Alabama's Reading Initiative should be expanded beyond third grade.
The state scored big in the national report card for education progress this year - leading the nation in improvement. And MontgomeryMore >> Children are full of ideas, new expressions and can be the most violent of teasers. They taunt each other for fun, jump on each other because they think it's funny and when it suits them, they pick fights over the smallest of issues.More >> The best women professional golfers in the world will be in Prattville next week for the Navistar LPGA Classic on the Senator Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill facility.More >> Six years ago this week our country prayed together as we began the healing process from a horrific attack that stabbed us all in the gut.
We were unified.
We appreciated more deeply our loved ones,More >> Combatting crime takes an assault from many.
Montgomery's police department formed two special units - a rapid response team and a beefed up bike police force to patrol neighborhoods and commercial districts.More >> A recent editorial envisioning what type of city we want to call home brought two email responses.
George Olsson wrote: "If I were Jewish, Muslim or any other non-Christian belief I would be thoroughlyMore >> Four years from now when Mayor Bobby Bright celebrates the completion of a third term, we all want to say we feel safer living here.
Voters overwhelmingly gave him a third term.
The mayor pledged toMore >> Elected leaders serve us.
Makes sense for us to choose them.
Make it a priority to vote.
Who we select to lead us as mayor and on city council makes a difference in Montgomery's future.
Visionary,More >> When this month ends next Friday, we will remember it as the hottest and driest ever in our region.
More than half of the days of the month will have had highs over 100 degrees, including 12 straightMore >> Editorial Montgomery 8-20-07 As we prepare to vote next week on who we want to lead Montgomery for the next four years, let's take a minute to visualize what type of city we want to call home. SeemsMore >> WSFA 12 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on lawmakers receiving state health benefits.More >> On the last night of the legislative session, Senators passed by voice vote a resolution asking Alabama's Insurance Board to treat them as they treat all active full-time state employees -paying nothingMore >> One out of every four Alabamians don't have a high school diploma or GED.
We have only a 60% graduation rate in grades K through 12.
Despite that - and with 20 million dollars from the state and federalMore >> Three years ago, 47 Montgomery Public Schools were NOT making adequate yearly progress on achievement goals set under No Child Left Behind. This year, 44 Montgomery Public Schools made ALL of theirMore >> Help and Hope
Guest Editorial: Bob Ramsey
It's incredibly sad to hear stories of violence, especially violence against children such as the recent triple murder/suicide involving three children andMore >> When we began editorials again last year on WSFA 12 News, our first one focused on making Alabama the best place in the country to raise a child.
Looks like we've regressed.
The annual Kids Count dataMore >> You had plenty to say regarding recent editorials.
Concerning merging the city and county government, James Lucci emailed:
"I don't think combining the city police and the county deputies is such a goodMore >> The cycle continues.
Bonds are set low. Criminals out on bond commit more crime.
Prisons are overcrowded. Judges reduce jail time. Criminals who should be in jail commit more crime.
Montgomery'sMore >> The cycle continues. Bonds are set low. Criminals out on bond commit more crime. Prisons are overcrowded. Judges reduce jail time. Criminals who should be in jail commit more crime. Montgomery's firstMore >> Ten years ago Alabama ranked in the top 10 in the country in highway quality.
Now we rank in the bottom 10.
We rank in the bottom three in percentage of miles of urban and rural interstate in poor condition.
OurMore >> One way to get more police officers patrolling Montgomery streets would be to merge the city and county governments. Some cross over work happens now, but more would under one government.
MontgomeryMore >> The Montgomery Area Food Bank has its own summer drought - monetary and food donations this time of year wane and it does impact our community.
The Food Bank serves over 250,000 needy Alabamians everyMore >> Empty Buildings
Driving on the East South Boulevard a few weeks ago, I counted ten empty buildings just on the main artery. Old restaurant sites, empty Mall spaces and child care centers dot the landscape.More >> We live in a beautiful country blessed with bountiful resources.
Cherish who we are: free people in a democratic society who value self-reliance, hard work, and taking risks.
Celebrate our nation'sMore >> When I was 12 years old a firecracker exploded in my hand. I can remember, even now, how it felt, and how it frightened me. From then on, I tended to watch fireworks rather than light them. For manyMore >> Gasoline prices have everyone concerned about travel this summer, and yet, we all need a vacation.More >> The news of nine firefighters dying in Charleston, South Carolina, shocked us all.
Not since 9-11 have so many firefighters died at one time. Their passing reminds us once again of the sacrifice, andMore >> We are overweight as a nation, and Alabama leads the way.
It doesn't have to be that way.
One way to curb adding pounds and be healthier in general is to drink water, milk or juice rather than soda.
ThatMore >> You had plenty to say regarding our last editorial on unfinished business by the legislature. It was certainly helped along by the unfortunate incident on the last day of the session that brought nationalMore >> Legislators should take some credit for voter approval of amendments to our constitution this week that will keep our state economically competitive and meet obligations to retired state workers and teachers.More >> Many states struggle to meet pension and health care obligations to their retired workers. Alabama has established trust funds to pay for public retirees' future health benefits. We will vote TuesdayMore >> WSFA 12 News Editorial by General Manager Ken SelvaggiMore >> We probably need more women senators in the legislature.More >> Tears flow around our region this week as a local soldier, Matthew Bolar, is buried at Arlington National Cemetary. More >> "What Happens Now That Summer's Here?" By Rose McCall In a matter of days our children will be graduating from schools - Elementary, Junior High, High School and College, with no clue as to what liesMore >> WSFA 12 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on recruiting excellence.More >> Recent editorials drew pointed viewer response:More >> Only two states rate a perfect 10 for state-funded prekindergarten sites.
Alabama is one of them.
The National Institute for Early Education research gives us that honor.
But only two percent of ourMore >> You only get one shot at making a good first impression.
Montgomery will be getting many new visitors when the new Convention Center opens.
We need to plan now to greet them well.
Many will come byMore >> The heart makes our bodies run. The heart of a city is downtown. Without that strong pulse, a city won't reach full potential. Montgomery's downtown receives added adrenaline this week with the openingMore >> Alabama has the highest number of single-driver vehicles of any state in our country.
Congestion results and accidents follow.
One recent report ranked Montgomery's drivers among the worst 22 citiesMore >> We are paying taxes that support our public two-year colleges that many people say do a good job preparing students for life.
But we are also supporting a litany of mismanagement.
In many cases, ourMore >> Hollywood plans a movie soon on the Tuskegee Airmen. Our President just saluted them with the Congressional Gold Medal - our nation's top civilian award. This group of pilots and their crews served heroicallyMore >> More than 800,000 automobiles will be made in Alabama this year. Fifteen years ago, that number was zero. An average salary for people involved with making those automobiles is $20 an hour. And thatMore >> Alabamians know our home is special.
Tourism is our state's largest industry, topping seven BILLION dollars.
We're visited by more than 22 million people each year.
They swim the beautiful Gulf CoastMore >> Your comments continue to come.
Regarding our editorial on Hyundai Excellence, Shawn Duncan e-mailed: "I work with the Hyundai Emergency Response Team so I get around in all of the plants...Hyundai isMore >> WSFA 12 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi shares feed back on the Editorial concerning the Legislative Pay Raise.More >> We all believe democracy trumps all forms of government.
We are a free people, part of a government created for and by the people.
When information flows freely, we know what's going on and are a strongerMore >> Want a raise? Work for it. Perform well.
Most of us have had one in the past 16 years. If it exceeded 3-6%, we were fortunate.
If you've worked part-time as an Alabama legislator the past 16 years, youMore >> WSFA 12 General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on the regular legislative session.More >> WSFA 12 General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on Enterprise's recovery.More >> Guest editorial commenting on black history monthMore >> WSFA 12 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on the the special legislative session.More >> WSFA 12 General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on Editorial feedback.More >> WSFA 12 General Manger Ken Selvaggi comments on Huyndai's excellence in Montgomery.More >> WSFA 12's General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on education.More >> WSFA 12 General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on personal identity theft.More >> WSFA 12's General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on the public library system.More >> Evidence supports that notion in cities in Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Tennessee and Texas.More >> WSFA 12's General Manager Ken Selvaggi comments on prosperity.More >>