The Big Switch
Over the past year WSFA 12 News has aired hundreds of ads.. and news stories... and provided phone in hotlines... and published numerous web items... and spoken to civic clubs acrossMore >>
You said hold on a minute on our recent editorial supporting a bill to make it a felony rather than misdemeanor for eluding police.
Bill Ventress emailed that he has read Senator Smith's proposed billMore >>
Four of the seven high schools in Montgomery - Lamp, Carver, BTW and Brewbaker Tech - and two in Autauga County - Billingsley and Autaugaville - ranked in the top 9% of all high schools inMore >>
If you don't stop when a police officer attempts to pull your vehicle over, you are not charged with a felony crime if you are in Alabama.
You are charged with a felony crime if you are in every otherMore >>
There are nearly two million women in Alabama over the age of 18.
Only four of them serve in our State Senate.
Six serve as judges on our federal bench.
Fourteen serve in our State House.
Montgomery's downtown will really grow when more people live in the many lofts being developed here. Alleviating some parking concerns should expedite that, and easing off on train whistles that wouldMore >>
Some long time area businesses are closing their doors and many are trimming employees by the dozens. This in turn causes an increase in the number of people using area social service agencies. ThusMore >>
As a small child I watched my grandfather stuff money into a mattress because he didn't trust banks.
With the rise and fall of the Stock Market recently I am beginning to think that some people are doingMore >>
We have two Alabamas. The haves and have nots. Unemployment sits at 6% in 33 of our 67 counties and three in our area - Dallas, Perry and Wilcox Counties, exceed 13% unemployment. We have the best ReadingMore >>
What we can do to support all newly elected officials as well as how we can stay in touch regarding issues of concern to us as citizens must be of concern to us, the electorate.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITYMore >>
You gave mixed feedback concerning our editorial encouraging a no excuse, early voting two week window for Alabama voters.
Brenda Bixler emailed: "I am against early voting. It is one more area whereMore >>
The power in a democracy rests with the people.
That is what makes our country great and will always make us special.
It was said earlier this year that our newly elected president was unelectable soMore >>
Principals who put children first and know every student's name...well behaved, well-mannered students...students and teachers enthusiastically engaged in instruction...mini-college curriculums...caringMore >>
Montgomery Biscuits fans reveled in the Tampa Rays World Series run the past two weeks as a third of the Rays roster are former Biscuits players. Those players thrilled us over the past five years byMore >>
If we hear one more attack ad, we may attack our television screen.
It would seem that if the Republican and Democratic national committees and individual candidates spent as much time and energyMore >>
When the voter registration deadline passes Friday for the November 4th election, more Alabamians than ever before will have registered.
If you haven't yet registered, do it...and then vote.
Record turnoutMore >>
Many of us are being forced to use the holiday funds we've set aside to pay for our mortgage, food and gas.
Likewise, the state needs to tap into its Alabama Trust Fund reserves next year to pay forMore >>
You had plenty to say responding to recent editorials.
Responding to our trash costs editorial, Jane Davis emailed: "I will gladly pay the additional fee if garbage service improves and cost-saving measuresMore >>
For the first time in 15 years, auto sales failed to top the million mark in a month last month.
So far this year, auto sales are down more than a million and a half from last year.
Toyota just had itsMore >>
In April of this year, amid some controversy, the City of Montgomery installed red light cameras at 7 intersections in town. The results have been positive.
Between April and August there was a 32%More >>
Most of us want to help other people, but the busi-ness of our lives sometimes makes it difficult. We need a nudge... a suggestion... a little organized guidance.
Make a Difference Day 2008, a 16 yearMore >>
The old adage "you get what you pay for" doesn't quite hold true for Montgomery residents regarding trash pickup.
We get more than we pay for - much more.
In fact, in the fiscal year that just ended,More >>
Financial concerns dominant our focus right now.
Healthcare concerns will be next.
The five counties in the River Region total about 400,000 people and 100,000 of them are uninsured or under insuredMore >>
Hard to believe in the long and illustrious history of the Alabama National Fair there has never been a military appreciation day. We applaud event organizers for offering a salute to America's veteransMore >>
Secrecy doesn't work well in a democracy.
Bailing out businesses to the tune of $700 billion doesn't sit well already with taxpayers.
Doing it by giving the Secretary of the Treasury sweeping powersMore >>
There are 360 apartments at this Garden of Cloverland complex in Montgomery. They were condemned by the city last year and slated to be demolished. Tenants dealt with leaking water, piles of trash, brokenMore >>
Fuel frustration abounds in our region.
Last Friday, prices rose a dollar a gallon or more overnight at some places, hitting $5.29 a gallon outside Dothan, $4.70 a gallon in Prattville and $4.65 a gallonMore >>
Seven years ago civic pride swelled in the aftermath of 9/11.
We knew war had been declared on us and we fought back in our own way.
We also went out of our way to be more considerate of each otherMore >>
You took exception to our recent editorial advocating a proposed truancy ordinance in Montgomery.
Brenda Pierce replied: "I can't understand why parents should be held accountable for kids not attendingMore >>
One in six babies in Alabama is born premature.
The number of babies who die before their first birthday in Alabama is higher than it has been in 10 years, and nearly double the national average.
Three out of every ten Alabamians eats too much.
Only Mississippi and West Virginia outscore us in obesity ratings.
Clearly, our food's better and we have better cooks than most states.
But we alsoMore >>
Labor Day weekend seems an appropriate time to call attention to the most significant free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade agreement - the Korea Free Trade Agreement. Congress hasMore >>
Should parents be held accountable for their child's attendance and behavior at school?
Should students who skip school unexcused be held accountable?
We think absolutely YES!
Is this a problem?
Three recent editorials drew some ire from viewers.
Regarding the airport improvement editorial, Ken Newmeyer e-mailed:
"Although the on time departures and arrivals have improved, other things haveMore >>
Conserving energy is something we can all do to reduce energy dependence on foreign countries.
We salute homeowners like some here in the Old Cloverdale section of Montgomery who incorporate energy savingMore >>
Our state's fiscal year ends in six weeks. When it does, we will likely have depleted nearly a half million dollars from reserve funds to pay education bills. And next year's budget assumes a revenueMore >>
For the past four years, WSFA's offered viewers both analog and digital broadcast channels. We've also broadcast NBC programs in high definition, a premium digital viewing experience, as you will seeMore >>
In six years, our nation's goal is to have every child performing at grade level in math and reading.
Alabama is doing its part. Only 227 out of nearly 1,400 schools, aren't making the grade.
Beijing will be the center of the world's attention next Friday with the start of the Olympics.
Birmingham wants to be the host city in 12 years.
While rallying around a project like that is admirable,More >>
Editorial Making Movies 7-29-08
Sweet Home Alabama was a sweet movie for some.
An upcoming movie on the Tuskegee Airmen should be even better.
It's a shame neither movie was made here.
When it comesMore >>
Cut by half the number of young people who drop out of school and number of lower-income families.
Those two goals, as well as increase by one-third the number of young people who are healthy and avoidMore >>
Sweet home Alabama has been bittersweet for many college students swindled by questionable colleges delivering worthless diplomas.
Cheers to the Department of Postsecondary Education for attempting toMore >>
Some of the world's best corporations employ thousands of Alabamians in our great state. Many represent one segment of the economy - blue collar auto industry jobs.
We need to make Alabama as attractiveMore >>
The lack of interest if the run-off election should tell party leaders loud and clear: don't have them.
Let the simple majority vote winner in the primary advance to the general election.
It may notMore >>
On a warm Thursday evening last week I went out for a walk and heard the screaming sirens of a Fire Engine and stopped at the curb to see which direction it was coming from. I noticed that several carsMore >>
Show me a community prospering and vibrant and you can be assured it has visionary leadership.
Emerge Young Professionals, a new community group of leaders under 40 has just formed.
We applaud your enthusiasmMore >>
Editorial Kids Count 6-12-08
One out of every four children in Alabama lives in poverty.
We must do better by our children.
We editorialized two years ago to make Alabama the best place in the countryMore >>
Editorial Maxwell/Gunter AFB 6-10-08 People make a place and our community is much richer because of the people who come through Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base each year. They impact our community beyondMore >>
Editorial Election Rules 6-5-08
One out of every ten registered voters statewide voted this week.
Montgomery County registered voters showed up a bit more -just under two in ten.
Imagine what the numbersMore >>
Editorial Jubilee CityFest 6-3-08
This beautiful amphitheatre along the Alabama River showcased several performances during Jubilee City Fest Memorial day weekend, from Three Days Grace to Huey LewisMore >>
Last week, two prominent national reports graded Montgomery Public Schools at the top of the class. U.S. News & World Report gives Montgomery's Loveless Academic Magnet High School its highest honors inMore >>
Editorial Feedback 5-27-08
Not passing legislation exempting your federal stimulus checks from state income taxes or legislation allowing small businesses and employees to deduct health care premiumsMore >>
Students throughout our region are wrapping up another school year with varying degrees of satisfaction. Here at E.D. Nixon elementary, most enjoyed a year of top notch instruction they have now comeMore >>
We all cheer when our teams beat rivals Georgia, LSU, Florida and Tennessee in recruiting athletes.
We should also cheer when we trump those states in recruiting jobs.
Alabama's recruited thousands thisMore >>
When nearly one out of every two of our high school students drop out before graduating, we all have a problem and we all need to help solve it.
We need to offer more magnet quality programs in all schools.
We should expect that the people we select to represent us in the State House will be present and accountable for their votes.
It is disturbing to know that lawmakers must invoke a special rule if theyMore >>
If you got a 62% raise this year, would you then ask your manager to let you work a second job and take time off to do it?
Legislators want just that and are upset that the new state school board policyMore >>
Senators, let the people decide whether to approve a proposed constitutional amendment passed this week in the House that will remove the state sales tax from groceries.
That's how it should be sinceMore >>
Tax season didn't cause as much pain for nearly 1,500 families in Alabama this year, thanks to schools like Huntingdon college and Troy University Montgomery, who participated in the SaveFirst initiative.More >>
Hard to believe that the Chief Justice of the Alabama 's Supreme Court, Sue Bell Cobb, was first appointed a judge just three weeks after she became a lawyer.
Most every profession requires some experienceMore >>
The Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman to build its replacement for the KC-135 unleashed an unfortunate tsunami of shock and indignation from some politicians. I'm shocked by the shrill rhetoricMore >>
You had some pointed feedback regarding two recent editorials. Regarding our editorial on bad bills being considered by the legislature, Charles Turnipseed e-mailed: "Our state can counter bad legislationMore >>
It appears there may be convicted child molesters not listed on Alabama's sex offender registry or Web site. We know the most notorious one is not because Leon Prince is set for a hearing Friday to explainMore >>
Writing an essay sometimes gets grade school students extra credit for one class. Apparently, it also may get you a college degree. Alabama's comparative lax regulations and oversight creates a havenMore >>
Our recent editorial on bad bills pending in the state legislature resonated.
Responding to our call to kill the bill giving the legislature oversight authority over the policy decisions of the StateMore >>
The big switch to all digital television comes on February 17th of next year, when everyone will need some form of digital reception to be able to watch local television.
In the meantime local stationsMore >>
Property reappraisal has been a hot topic for the past few years. Code of Alabama, states that ad valorem taxes should be based on the fair market value of all property on the last preceding October, therefore,More >>
A new entertainment era begins Friday in downtown Montgomery with the first show at the new Performing Arts Center - the first of more than 100 planned this year alone!
This comes on the heels of impressiveMore >>
"Young people...get your education...obey your parents and your leaders...don't get mixed up in drugs and that type of thing in our community."
Those were among the last words spoken in public last monthMore >>
Polite manners, greetings and salutations, and hellos should be at the top of everyone's list.
Unfortunately, they're not. That day has - almost come and gone. It's never too late to use GOOD MANNERS.More >>
Every delegate counts perhaps more than ever before in an unprecedented pseudo national primary Super Tuesday.
This could well be the year that one or both parties enter national conventions in AugustMore >>
Guest Editorial By: Calvin D. Johnson The Power of Prayer 1-30-08 What if there were a way to combat the senseless crime and heinous violence in Montgomery and neighboring cities. Or a way to bringMore >>
Tax rebate checks may come as soon as May from the federal government to stimulate spending and jump start a slowing economy. Alabama seems poised to weather the potential problems better than most states,More >>
You deluged us with email comments on our guest editorial on baggy pants. Walter Barden from Prattville: "Mark Bullock should do his saying as "pull ‘em up" and they should do like Atlanta and arrestMore >>
TV as you know it will be obsolete in about 500 days. It will be better. All analog broadcasts will cease per congressional mandate. WSFA currently broadcasts both an analog and digital signal. PerMore >>
This past weekend many of us celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with planned programs, marches, and other festivities to commemorate and immortalize King's accomplishments. Dr. King'sMore >>
You gave us an earful on our editorial last week on Montgomery's Judicial Building renovation. John Yuhas emailed: "Don't you think you might have mentioned that the RSA owns Raycom which owns WSFA?More >>
As a parent I am so sick of seeing little boys and baggy pants that I could just cry! I don't have that problem. My son knows the rules but for the life of me I don't see the "fashion" behind having yourMore >>
One of life's lessons is what's on the inside is what counts. The irony of the current discussion over the Judicial Building Renovation is that we haven't seen the inside of the building in 15 years andMore >>
If we all resolve to better serve each other this year, '08 should be a great one. WSFA 12 News will work toward that goal by expanding our news offerings to include a daily 9pm newscast on our partnerMore >>