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  • Guest Editorial: The High Cost of Education

    Guest Editorial: The High Cost of Education

    Tuesday, December 29 2009 5:31 PM EST2009-12-29 22:31:55 GMT
    Education is expensive at all levels but it is highest at the lowest levels. I don't mean in terms of money, I mean in terms of loss. Recently the Governor announced a possible proration of the EducationMore >>
  • WSFA celebrates 55 years

    Editorial: Celebrating 55

    Wednesday, December 23 2009 8:02 PM EST2009-12-24 01:02:33 GMT
    WSFA began serving you on Christmas day 55 years ago. From color television to high definition digital television and, soon, mobile television we've appreciated being welcomedMore >>
  • Editorial: Songs of Praise

    Editorial: Songs of Praise

    Thursday, December 17 2009 7:06 PM EST2009-12-18 00:06:37 GMT
    Our area high school students have showcased incredible talents academically and athletically this year. From Wetumpka High School winning the state robotics championship to Reeltown, Brantley, PikeMore >>
  • Editorial: Benefit Liabilities

    Editorial: Benefit Liabilities

    Thursday, December 17 2009 7:04 PM EST2009-12-18 00:04:54 GMT
    The state of Alabama continues to increase the money spent on retirement benefits for state and education workers. But it is still falling short of fully funding its total liabilities and the gap isMore >>
  • Editorial: Giving Spirit

    Editorial: Giving Spirit

    Monday, December 14 2009 4:58 PM EST2009-12-14 21:58:28 GMT
    The city of Birmingham has its share of unmet challenges but in one area they set the bar for all of us in the state - running successful United Way campaigns. The city kept its long streak alive ofMore >>
  • Editorial: Health Care Help

    Editorial: Health Care Help

    Monday, December 14 2009 4:47 PM EST2009-12-14 21:47:03 GMT
    Editorial Health Care Help 12-10-09 Nearly 100,000 people in the River Region rely on local emergency rooms for routine medical services. That clearly doesn't serve patients orMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Tuesday, December 8 2009 9:30 PM EST2009-12-09 02:30:20 GMT
    Editorial Feedback 12-8-09 Our advocacy for Charter Schools in Alabama drew this email response: "Charter schools are a risk in Alabama, I think people know that. On the other hand,More >>
  • Editorial: Charter Schools

    Editorial: Charter Schools

    Thursday, December 3 2009 11:39 AM EST2009-12-03 16:39:20 GMT
    Nationally, Charter schools show no difference in student performance than local public school options in nearly half of the schools and more than a third deliver results significantly worse. But nearlyMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Shopping for Change

    Guest Editorial: Shopping for Change

    Tuesday, December 1 2009 5:05 PM EST2009-12-01 22:05:53 GMT
    The holiday season is here and many are well on their way with holiday shopping. As shoppers scurry in and out of stores, one of the number one questions on everyone's mind is "What gift should I buy?".More >>
  • Editorial: Giving Thanks

    Editorial: Giving Thanks

    Wednesday, November 25 2009 3:13 PM EST2009-11-25 20:13:29 GMT
    We certainly have much to be thankful for as we celebrate with family and friends this weekend. Alabama fans are cheering the best defense in the country and a potential football national championshipMore >>
  • Editorial: Public Knowledge

    Editorial: Public Knowledge

    Monday, November 23 2009 6:54 PM EST2009-11-23 23:54:25 GMT
    We pay local taxes to get services and enhance our quality of life. We don't pay them to settle lawsuits. But if that happens, we should now. It's our money. Montgomery's mayor says the city would notMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Thursday, November 19 2009 3:13 PM EST2009-11-19 20:13:11 GMT
    Our Race Relations editorial this week drew this response from Patricia Russell from Pike Road: “Your last comment in the editorial is the bottom line as far as I’m concerned. The character and moralMore >>
  • Editorial: Race Relations

    Editorial: Race Relations

    Monday, November 16 2009 6:50 PM EST2009-11-16 23:50:29 GMT
    Whether choosing an Auburn football coach, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, or President of the United States, the past year reflected both the past and the present reality in our community:More >>
  • Editorial: Taxing Troubles Feedback

    Editorial: Taxing Troubles Feedback

    Thursday, November 12 2009 2:41 PM EST2009-11-12 19:41:57 GMT
    You offered plenty of feedback on our Taxing Troubles editorial this week. James Henry emailed: “If the Department of Revenue and the local revenue office would crack down on current use abuse a lotMore >>
  • Editorial: Taxing Troubles

    Editorial: Taxing Troubles

    Tuesday, November 10 2009 4:17 PM EST2009-11-10 21:17:06 GMT
    You get what you pay for in this world. That’s certainly true in Alabama, where we collect the lowest state and local taxes per person in the country, and rank near the bottom of all states in key measuresMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Cemeteries

    Guest Editorial: Cemeteries

    Thursday, November 5 2009 10:04 PM EST2009-11-06 03:04:34 GMT
    Alabama's Abandoned Cemeteries: What to do? Whether it's the mystery of death itself or our curiosity about the past or just the downright uniqueness of each one of them... most of us find cemeteriesMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Elected Officials

    Guest Editorial: Elected Officials

    Tuesday, November 3 2009 11:08 PM EST2009-11-04 04:08:42 GMT
    Langford lesson: Know who you vote for Last week Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was convicted on 60 counts of bribery, sentenced to prison and ousted from office. While Langford's case is certainlyMore >>
  • Editorial: Diversity Feedback

    Editorial: Diversity Feedback

    Wednesday, October 28 2009 6:09 PM EDT2009-10-28 22:09:43 GMT
    You gave plenty of feedback on our recent editorial on diversity. Yolanda Serritelli responded: "I couldn't resist taking time to express my appreciation and vote of approval after hearing your editorial.More >>
  • Editorial: Steady Improvement

    Editorial: Steady Improvement

    Wednesday, October 28 2009 5:30 PM EDT2009-10-28 21:30:57 GMT
    The best high school in the state is Loveless Academic Magnet. It's also considered one of the best in the nation, regularly showcasing National Merit Scholarship students. Brewbaker Technology MagnetMore >>
  • Editorial: Diversity

    Editorial: Diversity

    Wednesday, October 28 2009 5:25 PM EDT2009-10-28 21:25:14 GMT
    Next year's census will show less than one in four households in our country will be inhabited by a married couple with children. It will likely also show that in the two most populous states in America,More >>
  • Guest Editorial: PTSA

    Guest Editorial: PTSA

    Thursday, October 22 2009 4:47 PM EDT2009-10-22 21:47:41 GMT
    Parental involvement is a critical part of our students receiving a quality education. It is just as important in secondary school as being involved in the early stages of learning. Research shows thatMore >>
  • Editorial: Unemployment Woes

    Editorial: Unemployment Woes

    Monday, October 19 2009 8:50 PM EDT2009-10-20 01:50:42 GMT
    Plentiful jobs. Always has been and always will be the mark of a strong economy. Unemployment is now just under 11% for the state of Alabama, double what it was last year at this time. In our region,More >>
  • Editorial: CrimeStoppers

    Editorial: CrimeStoppers

    Tuesday, October 13 2009 2:41 PM EDT2009-10-13 19:41:19 GMT
    A stolen car was recovered this past week thanks to a call to CrimeStoppers. Last month a man who had stolen the identity of a woman in Elmore County and who had eluded authorities for three years, wasMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Troy Teamwork

    Guest Editorial: Troy Teamwork

    Wednesday, October 7 2009 4:26 PM EDT2009-10-07 21:26:38 GMT
    Last week, Alabama, Pike County, the City of Troy and Troy University celebrated an economic victory at a time where our state faces 10 percent unemployment. What's more, this economic celebration willMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Monday, October 5 2009 6:21 PM EDT2009-10-05 23:21:14 GMT
    Feedback to our editorial on transparency was not transparent. Jackie Adkins emailed: "I am a state employee and totally disagree with posting our salaries. Why is what I make any different than myMore >>
  • Editorial: Transparency

    Editorial: Transparency

    Thursday, October 1 2009 2:41 PM EDT2009-10-01 19:41:19 GMT
    Personal integrity seems to be in short supply in our world. Transparency in government certainly is as well. It took a further hit when the executive commission on community service grants voted downMore >>
  • Editorial: Family Guidance Center

    Editorial: Family Guidance Center

    Monday, September 28 2009 5:31 PM EDT2009-09-28 22:31:34 GMT
    For 50 years, The Family Guidance Center has strengthened families in our region through counseling services and numerous programs, including Success by 6, a community-based partnership ensuring all childrenMore >>
  • Editorial: Recycle

    Editorial: Recycle

    Wednesday, September 23 2009 4:31 PM EDT2009-09-23 21:31:07 GMT
    Curbside recycling ends next week in Montgomery. It was a good program for 20 years, despite the fact that it didn't include glass, less than a third of residents participated and only about a third ofMore >>
  • Editorial: Blue Ribbon Brew Tech

    Editorial: Blue Ribbon Brew Tech

    Monday, September 21 2009 4:59 PM EDT2009-09-21 21:59:46 GMT
    Congratulations to Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, selected by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon school of excellence. It is one of only four schools in Alabama honoredMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Health Care Reform

    Guest Editorial: Health Care Reform

    Friday, September 18 2009 6:32 PM EDT2009-09-18 23:32:24 GMT
    Consumers do better when there is choice and competition. Blue Cross/Blue Shield controls 90% of all insurance policies in Alabama. Its actions are guided by the profit motive. President Obama's "not-for-profit"More >>
  • Editorial: Health Care Plan Feedback

    Editorial: Health Care Plan Feedback

    Monday, September 14 2009 5:28 PM EDT2009-09-14 22:28:14 GMT
    You had plenty to say regarding our editorial last week on excluding the public option from health care reform. Brett emailed: "I completely disagree. A national plan such as that enjoyed by CanadiansMore >>
  • Editorial: Health Care Reform

    Editorial: Health Care Reform

    Thursday, September 10 2009 6:46 PM EDT2009-09-10 23:46:20 GMT
    More than half a million Alabamians don't have health insurance - a little more than one out of every ten of us. We have more than a dozen health care providers in our state, although Blue Cross BlueMore >>
  • Editorial: Don't quit!

    Editorial: Don't quit!

    Tuesday, September 8 2009 5:02 PM EDT2009-09-08 22:02:40 GMT
    "If you quit on school, you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country." Those were the words of our President to schoolchildren nationwide. A new wrinkle to the stay in schoolMore >>
  • Editorial: Alfa Contributions

    Editorial: Alfa Contributions

    Wednesday, September 2 2009 6:10 PM EDT2009-09-02 23:10:09 GMT
    Alfa's one thousand employees at the company's Montgomery headquarters deserve a big thank you from our community and so do their corporate leaders. Both set the bar high for all businesses in our communityMore >>
  • Editorial: New State Constitution

    Editorial: New State Constitution

    Monday, August 31 2009 5:55 PM EDT2009-08-31 22:55:49 GMT
    It's a good thing we will be able to get our weeds cut more quickly now in Montgomery. It's a shame we needed a recent special session of the state legislature to get permission to do it. Local governmentsMore >>
  • Editorial: Advanced Placement

    Editorial: Advanced Placement

    Thursday, August 27 2009 6:55 PM EDT2009-08-27 23:55:47 GMT
    Alabama ranks number one in the nation in an education metric and it is a big one - advanced placement progress. In the first year of a targeted expansion initiative, a group of Alabama high schools increasedMore >>
  • Editorial: Belt Tightening

    Editorial: Belt Tightening

    Monday, August 24 2009 7:31 PM EDT2009-08-25 00:31:46 GMT
    The effort by many to cut Montgomery's spending by nine million dollars is commendable. The budget process led to tough choices and logical process changes. Arguably, the government will be run moreMore >>
  • Editorial: Drop-outs Feedback

    Editorial: Drop-outs Feedback

    Wednesday, August 19 2009 6:42 PM EDT2009-08-19 23:42:35 GMT
    The Substance Abuse Networking Organization has tried to address the drop-out problem for the past 15 years through its CARE outreach program - Community Assistance Revitalization and Education. SAYNOMore >>
  • Editorial: Dealing with Drop Outs

    Editorial: Dealing with Drop Outs

    Monday, August 17 2009 6:34 PM EDT2009-08-17 23:34:36 GMT
    To stop losing a third of all high school students in the state each year to drop outs, Congressman Artur Davis advocates taking their driver's licenses. He also says if elected governor, he would advocateMore >>
  • Editorial: SEC Control

    Editorial: SEC Control

    Thursday, August 13 2009 8:03 PM EDT2009-08-14 01:03:05 GMT
    Some of our parents cautioned us to never get too big for our britches...More >>
  • Editorial: Public Safety Insurance Fund

    Editorial: Public Safety Insurance Fund

    Monday, August 10 2009 3:57 PM EDT2009-08-10 20:57:23 GMT
    Public safety servants have jobs that aren't like yours and mine. We ask them to, and they willingly, put themselves in danger to protect you and me. And we all say we appreciate them and what they do. SevenMore >>
  • Editorial: AYP Progress

    Editorial: AYP Progress

    Wednesday, August 5 2009 6:42 PM EDT2009-08-05 23:42:17 GMT
    In five years all schools nationwide are supposed to be 100% proficient in reading and math - students in grades three through eight and grade 11 must test at grade level. That's the goal set and trackedMore >>
  • Editorial: Kids Count

    Editorial: Kids Count

    Monday, August 3 2009 4:53 PM EDT2009-08-03 21:53:09 GMT
    More children grow up in single-parent families in Alabama than all but four states. In all but three states fourth graders perform better in math. Juvenile arrests are rising. Are we looking afterMore >>
  • Editorial: Sports Capitol

    Editorial: Sports Capitol

    Wednesday, July 29 2009 6:51 PM EDT2009-07-29 23:51:51 GMT
    It will be great for Montgomery to play host to the crown jewel of Alabama High School Athletic Association again. All Star sports week left us five years ago for Huntsville. Folks from throughout theMore >>
  • Editorial: Economic Challenges

    Editorial: Economic Challenges

    Monday, July 27 2009 6:28 PM EDT2009-07-27 23:28:54 GMT
    New construction permits totaled 31 last month in Montgomery, up from 23 in May and 15 in April. The dollar value of the construction was more than 10 million, up from three million in May and less thanMore >>
  • Editorial: Read!

    Editorial: Read!

    Wednesday, July 22 2009 8:49 PM EDT2009-07-23 01:49:47 GMT
    Has your child read more books or seen more movies this summer? School begins in three weeks and maintaining reading progress during the summer will get the year off to a great start for students. CheersMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Monday, July 20 2009 5:43 PM EDT2009-07-20 22:43:35 GMT
    Our editorial last week encouraging Alabama and Auburn to schedule in state games with more fan interest than paying big bucks to lesser name out of state teams struck a chord. Tom DeBray emailed: "ThisMore >>
  • Editorial: Intra-State Games

    Editorial: Intra-State Games

    Wednesday, July 15 2009 4:50 PM EDT2009-07-15 21:50:43 GMT
    Auburn fans will see Louisiana Tech and Ball State and Furman at Jordan Hare Stadium in September and Furman in November. Alabama fans will see Florida International and North Texas at Bryant Denny StadiumMore >>
  • Editorial: Special Anniversaries

    Editorial: Special Anniversaries

    Tuesday, July 14 2009 12:37 PM EDT2009-07-14 17:37:06 GMT
    Special salutes to the City of Saint Jude, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and Magic Moments, celebrating its 25th. Both help children. The Father Purcell exceptional children's centerMore >>
  • Editorial: Abandoned Eyesores

    Editorial: Abandoned Eyesores

    Thursday, July 9 2009 4:22 PM EDT2009-07-09 21:22:42 GMT
    Editorial Abandoned Eyesores 7-9-09 Neighbors say this house on East Delano has been abandoned for 15 years. Within a few hundred yards of it, houses on Southmont, Wilmington and NormanMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Wednesday, July 8 2009 11:38 PM EDT2009-07-09 04:38:31 GMT
    Editorial Feedback 7-7-09 You shared our editorial concerns following the school board meeting we aired live on wsfa.com last week when the new superintendent for Montgomery public schools was selected.More >>
  • Editorial: Embarrassment

    Editorial: Embarrassment

    Wednesday, July 1 2009 8:47 PM EDT2009-07-02 01:47:12 GMT
    Why would she want to come here? That is what board members who voted FOR the newly elected Superintendent of Schools for Montgomery County said and what members who voted against her have said. That'sMore >>
  • Editorial: West Side Story

    Editorial: West Side Story

    Monday, June 29 2009 6:18 PM EDT2009-06-29 23:18:33 GMT
    As a manager of a 55 year old business on Montgomery's west side, it is good to see some focused attention on our area. The heart of any city is its downtown and Montgomery's well on its way to makingMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Children Are Our Future

    Guest Editorial: Children Are Our Future

    Friday, June 26 2009 4:28 PM EDT2009-06-26 21:28:58 GMT
    By: Calvin D. Johnson There is an alarming trend in the public school system. The high school dropout rate in major U.S. cities is nearly 50%. The local dropout rate for Montgomery County public schoolsMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Monday, June 22 2009 12:24 PM EDT2009-06-22 17:24:58 GMT
    You had much to say regarding recent editorials. Myra Corsino's take on the Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Search: "The community was asked for input that was ignored. Everyone screams weMore >>
  • Editorial: MPS Superintendent Search

    Editorial: MPS Superintendent Search

    Wednesday, June 17 2009 6:08 PM EDT2009-06-17 23:08:13 GMT
    Only 3% of Montgomery County Public schools improved reading skills of first graders in the first half of this past school year, according to performance tests. That improved to 91% the second half ofMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: A Climate of Hate

    Guest Editorial: A Climate of Hate

    Friday, June 12 2009 5:36 PM EDT2009-06-12 22:36:43 GMT
    "Hate" is a nasty four letter word but in the course of recent human events, we can't ignore it. The "Climate of Hate" that has cropped up in the last six months must not be passed off. This is the 21stMore >>
  • Editorial: Budgeting

    Editorial: Budgeting

    Thursday, June 11 2009 5:16 PM EDT2009-06-11 22:16:26 GMT
    We applaud what the city of Montgomery is doing now - zero based budgeting. Start from scratch. Access your spending needs. Justify them. Be accountable for every cent you spend. The state shouldMore >>
  • Editorial: Digital Era

    Editorial: Digital Era

    Tuesday, June 9 2009 4:03 AM EDT2009-06-09 09:03:26 GMT
    When you turn on the "Today in Alabama" newscast Friday morning it will be broadcast in digital only. Overnight Thursday we will turn off our analog signal. For the past five years we've been broadcastingMore >>
  • Editorial: Call Your Senator

    Editorial: Call Your Senator

    Saturday, June 6 2009 1:27 PM EDT2009-06-06 18:27:12 GMT
    I believe that one of our civic responsibilities is letting our elected officials know what we think about issues on which we cannot vote, but on which they can. A significant opportunity to do this isMore >>
  • Editorial: Click It or Ticket

    Editorial: Click It or Ticket

    Monday, June 1 2009 3:11 PM EDT2009-06-01 20:11:19 GMT
    When I was a child my parents would sometimes let me sleep on the back dash of our car while traveling at night. People did things like that 50 years ago. By the time my children came along, 25 yearsMore >>
  • Editorial: Private Sector Change

    Editorial: Private Sector Change

    Thursday, May 28 2009 3:24 PM EDT2009-05-28 20:24:39 GMT
    Change with government leadership dominates discussion this year. More powerful perhaps is change led by the private sector. Common Ground Montgomery, a local ministry on Mobile Road begun by Brian KellyMore >>
  • Editorial: Prison Funding

    Editorial: Prison Funding

    Tuesday, May 26 2009 3:55 PM EDT2009-05-26 20:55:26 GMT
    Funding prisons isn't appealing to anyone. It's a necessary cost you put up with to protect law abiding citizens. Alabama dislikes it so much we fund our prisons at less than half the national average. WeMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Thursday, May 21 2009 2:41 PM EDT2009-05-21 19:41:06 GMT
    You gave mixed feedback on our checkpoints editorial. Jim McNees emailed: "I want more of them especially in the areas where me and my family drive. I request that if the car is not insured, that theMore >>
  • Editorial: Teacher of the Year

    Editorial: Teacher of the Year

    Tuesday, May 19 2009 8:23 PM EDT2009-05-20 01:23:33 GMT
    I don't know who said it, but I like this twist on that famous George Bernard Shaw quote. "Those that can, do. Those who believe that others also can, teach." Last week I was reminded again of why IMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Extend Lake Martin Season

    Guest Editorial: Extend Lake Martin Season

    Wednesday, May 13 2009 3:22 PM EDT2009-05-13 20:22:34 GMT
    For the first time ever, an economic impact study of the 750 miles of shoreline on pristine Lake Martin has been conducted with results that reveal significant eye-opening information, which deserve attention.More >>
  • Editorial: New Members Needed

    Editorial: New Members Needed

    Tuesday, May 12 2009 3:44 PM EDT2009-05-12 20:44:35 GMT
    When the legislative session ends Friday, it will be past time for many legislators to say goodbye. If they don't leave voluntarily, voters should help them along. To say some new blood is needed wouldMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Social Networking

    Guest Editorial: Social Networking

    Wednesday, May 6 2009 2:48 PM EDT2009-05-06 19:48:25 GMT
    The Internet brings new challenges and chances at stardom today. The woman from Britain's Got Talent has had more than a million hits on YouTube. The 1st runner-up to Miss USA has become better known thanMore >>
  • Editorial: Veteran Salute

    Editorial: Veteran Salute

    Wednesday, May 6 2009 2:46 PM EDT2009-05-06 19:46:22 GMT
    Editorial Veteran Salute 5-5-09 Prattville Intermediate School students cheered World War II veterans for hours Saturday morning in Washington, D.C. and that was before the veteransMore >>
  • Editorial: Checkpoints

    Editorial: Checkpoints

    Thursday, April 30 2009 11:38 PM EDT2009-05-01 04:38:10 GMT
    Editorial Checkpoints 4-30-09 Birmingham raised the roof recently when their crime numbers dropped 10%. We tip our cap to them, but our crime stats in Montgomery are down moreMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Tuesday, April 28 2009 5:05 PM EDT2009-04-28 22:05:40 GMT
    Last month we encouraged you to sustain the volunteer effort exhibited with the Extreme Home Makeover program to help other homes and neighborhoods in need. Your feedback was tangible, as seven homesMore >>
  • Editorial: Cut Food Tax

    Editorial: Cut Food Tax

    Thursday, April 23 2009 4:13 PM EDT2009-04-23 21:13:05 GMT
    We all want the state sales tax on groceries removed, including both Democratic and Republican legislators. To do so requires a constitutional amendment voted on by us. It's time we get the chance toMore >>
  • Editorial: Downtown Development

    Editorial: Downtown Development

    Tuesday, April 21 2009 3:27 PM EDT2009-04-21 20:27:16 GMT
    When thousands of people come to Jubilee CityFest next month, they will be treated to a much more vibrant downtown, thanks to the opening of this Alleyway, reminiscent of parts of New Orleans. NearlyMore >>
  • Editorial: Helping Hand

    Editorial: Helping Hand

    Thursday, April 16 2009 5:43 PM EDT2009-04-16 22:43:02 GMT
    New allocation checks sent this month to nearly 50 area service organizations supported, in part by the United Way, are less than last month and will be for the next year. As generous as our area wasMore >>
  • Editorial: Let Us Know

    Editorial: Let Us Know

    Monday, April 13 2009 5:34 PM EDT2009-04-13 22:34:28 GMT
    The Sweet Home Alabama Coalition wants to let us vote. What exactly will we vote for? If a current bill to expand and regulate electronic gambling in the state house is passed, it won't be a vote yesMore >>
  • Editorial: PACT

    Editorial: PACT

    Thursday, April 9 2009 6:43 PM EDT2009-04-09 23:43:49 GMT
    Gambling is supposedly illegal in Alabama but the state has been gambling with money paid by 48,000 participants in the prepaid affordable college tuition plan. The investments made with that money overMore >>
  • Editorial: Lawmaker Immunity

    Editorial: Lawmaker Immunity

    Tuesday, April 7 2009 4:13 PM EDT2009-04-07 21:13:08 GMT
    It's time to end lawmaker immunity. Lawmakers should follow the law just like everyone else. A 190 year old constitutional provision gives Alabama lawmakers immunity from arrest while the legislatureMore >>
  • Guest Editorial - New Superintendent

    Guest Editorial - New Superintendent

    Thursday, April 2 2009 1:46 PM EDT2009-04-02 18:46:16 GMT
    For years as a native of Montgomery I have seen School Superintendents come and go but they had all been natives of the State or area. For several years now we have "hired from outside" and had both positiveMore >>
  • Editorial: Earned Bonus

    Editorial: Earned Bonus

    Monday, March 30 2009 4:35 PM EDT2009-03-30 21:35:23 GMT
    Soldiers who are serving on combat duty after their enlistment ends will begin receiving bonuses this week. It's good to see a group actually earning their bonus money and we applaud Congress for passingMore >>
  • Editorial: Giving Notice

    Editorial: Giving Notice

    Thursday, March 26 2009 4:42 PM EDT2009-03-26 20:42:21 GMT
    We tell our children to do their homework to be prepared for class the next day. We don't expect them to read the entire textbook right away, but lesson by lesson. Same for adults - we all attend meetingsMore >>
  • Editorial: Results

    Editorial: Results

    Thursday, March 19 2009 3:49 PM EDT2009-03-19 19:49:20 GMT
    A viewer recently suggested we report on results from our editorials. Here's a snapshot: Voters agreed with our endorsements for Amendment One tapping into the Alabama Trust fund reserve and AmendmentMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Monday, March 16 2009 3:41 PM EDT2009-03-16 19:41:08 GMT
    Our guest editorial on domestic violence brought this feedback from Faye Forbus: "Thank you Rose McCall for telling it like it is. No one who has to prove a point by violence truly loves you." Tish MacInnisMore >>
  • Editorial: Ethics Reform

    Editorial: Ethics Reform

    Thursday, March 12 2009 7:16 PM EDT2009-03-12 23:16:24 GMT
    Much can be accomplished in six months. Launching and completing investigations of ethics complaints against public officials isn't one of them. Especially when you have received 223 ethics complaintsMore >>
  • Editorial: Drop Out Age

    Editorial: Drop Out Age

    Monday, March 9 2009 5:54 PM EDT2009-03-09 21:54:20 GMT
    Alabama should raise the legal high school dropout rate to age 17 from 16. Bills out of committee in both houses will do just that and we encourage legislators to vote for them. Of course, that aloneMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Domestic Violence

    Guest Editorial: Domestic Violence

    Friday, March 6 2009 5:15 PM EST2009-03-06 22:15:50 GMT
    Recently the news media has been filled with information on the possible Domestic Violence case between Rihanna and Chris Brown. Domestic Violence cannot be taken lightly. It cannot be ignored by speculatingMore >>
  • Editorial: Volunteer Support

    Editorial: Volunteer Support

    Tuesday, March 3 2009 4:22 PM EST2009-03-03 21:22:52 GMT
    Imagine what we could do as a community to take back our neighborhoods dealing with inadequate housing. Montgomerians by the thousands recently volunteered their time and talent to rebuild a home forMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Thursday, February 26 2009 4:16 PM EST2009-02-26 21:16:58 GMT
    We appreciate your suggestions and feedback on our editorials as we attempt each week to advance the dialogue in our community and help improve our region. You appreciated our guest editorial this weekMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Personal Responsibility

    Guest Editorial: Personal Responsibility

    Wednesday, February 25 2009 8:06 PM EST2009-02-26 01:06:09 GMT
    One common theme of President Barack Obama's campaign was, "yes we can, yes we will." And America did. Not only did we as a country elect our first African American President, but by doing so, weMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Opportunities

    Guest Editorial: Opportunities

    Thursday, February 19 2009 10:08 PM EST2009-02-20 03:08:15 GMT
    Opportunities of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity...in other words, once your window of opportunity closes, it may never open again. Too, there is a Latin phrase, carpeMore >>
  • Editorial: Showcase Community

    Editorial: Showcase Community

    Thursday, February 19 2009 5:18 PM EST2009-02-19 22:18:16 GMT
    Next week Birmingham will host the Alabama High School Athletic Association state championships for the 14th straight year and this December they'll do the same for the Super 6 football championships. ThisMore >>
  • Editorial: State of our State

    Editorial: State of our State

    Thursday, February 12 2009 6:12 PM EST2009-02-12 23:12:58 GMT
    Alabamians who earn at the federal poverty level pay the nation's highest state income tax bill. Sales tax in Alabama ranks among the nation's highest and hits the poor the hardest. About 90 cents ofMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: United We Stand

    Guest Editorial: United We Stand

    Wednesday, February 11 2009 5:46 PM EST2009-02-11 22:46:57 GMT
    The year 2009 began with an air of hope and high expectations, with the election of this nation's first black president. The month of February is recognized as black history month, and many will continueMore >>
  • Editorial: Digital Transition

    Editorial: Digital Transition

    Monday, February 9 2009 5:16 PM EST2009-02-09 22:16:24 GMT
    It is disheartening that our federal government has taken a positive action - the sunset of analog television in favor of digital television - and made it a political mess. Digital television is an exceptionalMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: Positive Change

    Guest Editorial: Positive Change

    Monday, February 2 2009 5:04 PM EST2009-02-02 22:04:53 GMT
    Today, just a few weeks after America has sworn in our 44th and first African American President, Barack Hussein Obama, it is now time for us to settle down, buckle up, and get down to business. WeMore >>
  • Editorial: County Commissions

    Editorial: County Commissions

    Wednesday, January 28 2009 7:52 PM EST2009-01-29 00:52:03 GMT
    Interesting comparisons of County Commissions this week. Montgomery's commissioners reveal they are working with a non-profit group to explore a toll road and public/private partnership as a way to getMore >>
  • Editorial: Jobless

    Editorial: Jobless

    Tuesday, January 27 2009 5:56 PM EST2009-01-27 22:56:31 GMT
    Shelby County has the lowest jobless rate in the state: 4.4% Last year at this time, more than half of our state's 67 counties had a jobless rate of 4% or less. Wilcox County led the state lastMore >>
  • Editorial: Crime Crackdown

    Editorial: Crime Crackdown

    Thursday, January 22 2009 1:57 PM EST2009-01-22 18:57:40 GMT
    Our neighborhoods are being taken back. A five year trend of crime reduction in major crime in Montgomery: homicides, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larceny, auto theft and felony sex cases continuedMore >>
  • Editorial: Inaugural Glow

    Editorial: Inaugural Glow

    Monday, January 19 2009 7:21 PM EST2009-01-20 00:21:42 GMT
    Editorial Inaugural Glow 1-20-09 Hope and optimism cascade through the countryside this week. Exuberance and excitement over our new president resound most from younger Americans. They believedMore >>
  • Editorial: Credit Economy

    Editorial: Credit Economy

    Thursday, January 15 2009 1:49 PM EST2009-01-15 18:49:51 GMT
    Our country's debt was nearly six trillion dollars when President Bush took office. It is nearly 10 trillion dollars now as he leaves. World debt is now 185 trillion dollars. Alabama borrowed 437 millionMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: A Day of Service

    Guest Editorial: A Day of Service

    Wednesday, January 14 2009 7:50 PM EST2009-01-15 00:50:04 GMT
    Fifteen years ago, Congress passed legislation designating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a national day of community service. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is working to encourage participationMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Wednesday, January 7 2009 5:48 PM EST2009-01-07 22:48:20 GMT
    Our editorial on Senate Staffing and budget concerns drew quick response. Susan Stover emailed: "I think they should lessen their own salary - proration." Manuel Edino emailed: "Your comments wereMore >>
  • Editorial: Senate Staffing

    Editorial: Senate Staffing

    Tuesday, January 6 2009 3:15 PM EST2009-01-06 20:15:38 GMT
    One billion dollars. That's an estimate of how much less the state will have in its revenue coffers to spend on education and non-education services this year. Wise spending is more important than ever. OneMore >>
  • Editorial: Happy New Year

    Editorial: Happy New Year

    Friday, January 2 2009 3:31 PM EST2009-01-02 20:31:49 GMT
    It will be a happy new year if crime continues to decrease in our region and we encourage neighborhood and church groups to keep taking back our neighborhoods. It will be a happy new year if the new MontgomeryMore >>
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