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  • Editorial: “MoonPie New Year”

    Editorial: “MoonPie New Year”

    Thursday, December 29 2011 7:20 PM EST2011-12-30 00:20:44 GMT
    What's 12 feet tall, weighs in at 600 pounds, is currently sitting high atop the RSA BankTrust building in Mobile and is planned to drop 317 feet in 60 seconds down the side of that spectacular building?More >>
  • Editorial: Year to Remember

    Editorial: Year to Remember

    Tuesday, December 27 2011 7:20 PM EST2011-12-28 00:20:46 GMT
    We are closing the book this week on a year that saw many changes, challenges and opportunities. What a year for our world as we sat witness to a number of epic events. More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Supporting Others

    Guest Editorial: Supporting Others

    Tuesday, December 20 2011 7:20 PM EST2011-12-21 00:20:50 GMT
    It's the holiday season and many of us are focused on family and food, presents and, of course, giving. We like to give. It makes us feel good to do something for others. As you consider the gifts forMore >>
  • Editorial: Teacher Gift Exemption

    Editorial: Teacher Gift Exemption

    Thursday, December 15 2011 7:45 PM EST2011-12-16 00:45:58 GMT
    Seems this is Alabama's year for unintended legislative consequences.  We are all too aware of what our state is currently dealing with regarding the issues arising from our Immigration Law and now an unfortunate twist with our ethics law is rearing its head around the holidays.More >>
  • Editorial: Texting While Driving

    Editorial: Texting While Driving

    Tuesday, December 13 2011 9:37 PM EST2011-12-14 02:37:58 GMT
    The National Transportation board recommended this week that states should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies. More >>
  • Editorial: State Champions

    Editorial: State Champions

    Wednesday, December 7 2011 5:23 PM EST2011-12-07 22:23:51 GMT
    Speaking as a former High School football player on a team that went 3 and 37 over 4 years it was a true pleasure watching our local young men play winning football this weekend and bring home the ClassMore >>
  • Editorial: PACT Problem

    Editorial: PACT Problem

    Friday, December 2 2011 10:02 AM EST2011-12-02 15:02:08 GMT
    Most would agree that prepaid college programs are a good idea.  Lock in college tuition at current rates and when you head off to college your costs are covered at future rates.More >>
  • Editorials: Jobs Jobs Jobs

    Editorials: Jobs Jobs Jobs

    Tuesday, November 29 2011 7:20 PM EST2011-11-30 00:20:55 GMT
    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – there's been a lot of talk lately about what can be done to spur job creation in our country and further reduce unemployment.More >>
  • Editorial: Be Thankful

    Editorial: Be Thankful

    Monday, November 21 2011 7:21 PM EST2011-11-22 00:21:38 GMT
    Editorial:  Be thankful Its Thanksgiving week and here are a few things you might be thankful for. Be thankful that, even in this recession, America still has the strongest economy in the world. If you have a job in this time of 10% unemployment, be thankful. Be thankful that we live in a country that allows legal immigration, that the Gulf of Mexico is returning to good  ecological health, that Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville are not declaring bankruptcy, and that...More >>
    Editorial: Be thankful Its Thanksgiving week and here are a few things you might be thankful for. Be thankful that, even in this recession, America still has the strongest economy in the world. IfMore >>
  • Editorials: Fallen Soldier

    Editorials: Fallen Soldier

    Thursday, November 3 2011 7:29 PM EDT2011-11-03 23:29:17 GMT
    More times than not I tend to see both sides of an argument and can appreciate differing points of view. This is absolutely, positively not one of those cases. The Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka,More >>
  • Editorials: Teacher Exodus

    Editorials: Teacher Exodus

    Tuesday, November 1 2011 7:26 PM EDT2011-11-01 23:26:18 GMT
    This week the Governor's office said there isn't a need for a special session of the Legislature to address the looming retirement of thousands of teachers.  The RSA predicts 1,800 to 2,000 teachers will retire on December 1st to avoid higher health insurance costs.More >>
  • Editorial: Economic Impact

    Editorial: Economic Impact

    Tuesday, October 25 2011 7:33 PM EDT2011-10-25 23:33:22 GMT
    If you've had the opportunity to tour the Montgomery Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant on one of the trams you've participated in the following chant directed towards team members led by an enthusiastic tour guide – 1, 2, 3 Hyundai!More >>
  • Editorials: Alabama State Superintendent

    Editorials: Alabama State Superintendent

    Wednesday, October 19 2011 1:28 PM EDT2011-10-19 17:28:22 GMT
    I took the liberty of reviewing the Alabama State Superintendent of Education ad this week and found the language in the ad for prospective candidates on point. Here's an excerpt, and I quote, "This isMore >>
  • Editorial: Protecting the innocent

    Editorial: Protecting the innocent

    Friday, October 14 2011 12:30 AM EDT2011-10-14 04:30:39 GMT
    It dawned on me as I listened to a powerful speech this week given by Jessica Brookshire, founder of K.A.R.M.A.... More >>
  • Editorial Feedback: Bullying

    Editorial Feedback: Bullying

    Friday, October 14 2011 12:02 AM EDT2011-10-14 04:02:44 GMT
    Our "Bullying" editorial prompted this feedback: "It's bad enough being the target of bullies but to have it recorded and passed around to everyone they know is more than any adolescent is emotionallyMore >>
  • Editorial: Bullying

    Editorial: Bullying

    Thursday, October 6 2011 8:01 PM EDT2011-10-07 00:01:03 GMT
    Alabama – the United States – our world - just lost another precious child this week to suspected case of bullying. Children and teens with bright futures are deciding more and more often to take theirMore >>
  • Editorial: Immigration Law

    Editorial: Immigration Law

    Tuesday, October 4 2011 7:46 PM EDT2011-10-04 23:46:55 GMT
    Our state has certainly been receiving a lot of national attention lately.  The talk of the country is the most recent ruling by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn allowing major portions of Alabama's immigration law to be implemented.More >>
  • Editorial: Park Policy

    Editorial: Park Policy

    Thursday, September 29 2011 7:33 PM EDT2011-09-29 23:33:05 GMT
    A recent unfortunate incident at a Montgomery public park has prompted local officials and law enforcement to revise reservation policies at parks for group gatherings. From this point forward all reservationMore >>
  • Editorial: "Caylee's Law"

    Editorial: "Caylee's Law"

    Tuesday, September 27 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-09-27 23:25:40 GMT
    Those of us with children have all had moments of panic when we could not locate our kids only to find them a short time later at a friend's house.  What a relief that was.More >>
  • Editorial: Bounce TV

    Editorial: Bounce TV

    Thursday, September 22 2011 7:26 PM EDT2011-09-22 23:26:10 GMT
    Bounce TV, the country's first-ever free over- the-air broadcast television network targeted to African-Americans will launch on WSFA 12.2 Monday, September 26thMore >>
  • Editorial: Swift Justice for Deepwater Horizon

    Editorial: Swift Justice for Deepwater Horizon

    Tuesday, September 20 2011 7:13 PM EDT2011-09-20 23:13:52 GMT
    Tuesday, September 20 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-09-20 23:25:58 GMT
    Last Wednesday's report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Coast Guard on the Gulf oil spill of 2010 was even more damning to BP than the President's panel findings earlier this year.  The report said in essence that BP's poor management, last-minute changes, failure to respond, and insufficient training were the principle factors in the blowout and oil spill that killed 11 workers and severely damaged the Gulf Coast.  BP has only paid aro...More >>
    Last Wednesday's report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Coast Guard on the Gulf oil spill of 2010 was even more damning to BP than the President's panel findings earlier this year. More >>
  • Editorial: Free Trade

    Editorial: Free Trade

    Thursday, September 15 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-09-15 23:25:50 GMT
    Last week in President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress he urged all lawmakers "to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for...More >>
  • Editorial: School Uniforms

    Editorial: School Uniforms

    Tuesday, September 13 2011 7:59 PM EDT2011-09-13 23:59:31 GMT
    I can honestly say I have never heard from my children's mouths "I don't know what I'm going to wear today!" Why – because they have always been in a school uniform. Montgomery Public Schools are nowMore >>
  • Editorial: 9/11 Remembrance

    Editorial: 9/11 Remembrance

    Tuesday, September 6 2011 9:28 PM EDT2011-09-07 01:28:24 GMT
    Ten years ago this Sunday the worst terrorist attacks in our nation's history occurred.  All of us most likely can remember where we were when the planes...More >>
  • Editorial: State Flag

    Editorial: State Flag

    Thursday, September 1 2011 8:22 PM EDT2011-09-02 00:22:03 GMT
    One would think when an Alabama soldier serving abroad in Afghanistan risking his life so we can all live peacefully in pursuit of liberty and happiness asks for a state flag– he would get it. Well thisMore >>
  • Editorial: Revising Alabama's constitution

    Editorial: Revising Alabama's constitution

    Tuesday, August 30 2011 5:44 PM EDT2011-08-30 21:44:03 GMT
    Tuesday, August 30 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-08-30 23:25:50 GMT
    For as long as I can remember, there have been pleas from concerned Alabamians for the revision of our state's 1901 constitution.  Finally, our newly elected legislature and governor, making  good on one of their many campaign promises, have taken a huge step toward that revision, and kudos to them for it. The Constitutional Revision Commission meets on Wednesday of this week for the first time.  Among the appointees is former Governor Albert Brewer, whose effort...More >>
    For as long as I can remember, there have been pleas from concerned Alabamians for the revision of our state's 1901 constitution. More >>
  • Editorial: MLK Memorial

    Editorial: MLK Memorial

    Thursday, August 25 2011 9:17 PM EDT2011-08-26 01:17:29 GMT
    This weekend history will be made as our country celebrates and memorializes someone who contributed greatly to our history as a nation. That someone is Martin Luther King, Jr.More >>
  • Editorial: Child Poverty

    Editorial: Child Poverty

    Thursday, August 18 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-08-18 23:25:55 GMT
    A new survey is out looking into Child Poverty and unfortunately Alabama is at the back of the line.More >>
  • Editorial: Back to School

    Editorial: Back to School

    Wednesday, August 17 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-08-17 23:25:34 GMT
    Remember that first day back to school when you were a child?  There was as much joyful anticipation as there was anxiety about that day.More >>
  • Editorial: Corruption Trial

    Editorial: Corruption Trial

    Thursday, August 11 2011 7:18 PM EDT2011-08-11 23:18:48 GMT
    Whether you agreed with the verdicts or lack thereof in the Federal bingo corruption trial – the judicial system worked.More >>
  • Editorial: S&P Downgrade

    Editorial: S&P Downgrade

    Tuesday, August 9 2011 8:11 PM EDT2011-08-10 00:11:05 GMT
    Drastic times call for drastic measures and last week Standard & Poor's took the unprecedented step in lowering the rating on U.S. Government debt from AAA to AA+ - a first in our nation's history. TheyMore >>
  • Editorial: Alabama's AYP grade

    Editorial: Alabama's AYP grade

    Wednesday, August 3 2011 9:01 PM EDT2011-08-04 01:01:04 GMT
    Thursday, August 4 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-08-04 23:25:44 GMT
    On Monday Alabama  schools' Adequate Yearly Progress report came out.  49 state school systems including 377 schools did not make AYP this year. While many people agree that AYP has brought improvement to schools, some have criticized the program as rigid and unrealistic.  Like it or not, it is in place and will be until at least 2014. It is only one type of report card and it is "pass or fail" with nothing in between.  We don't grade our students solely...More >>
    On Monday Alabama  schools' Adequate Yearly Progress report came out.  49 state school systems including 377 schools did not make AYP this year.More >>
  • Editorial: Default averted

    Editorial: Default averted

    Tuesday, August 2 2011 7:22 PM EDT2011-08-02 23:22:03 GMT
    Tuesday, August 2 2011 7:22 PM EDT2011-08-02 23:22:03 GMT
    Another fascinating episode in American politics ended this week as Congress finally came to a compromise agreement on raising the national debt ceiling.  Under the plan, the debt limit increases some $2.1 trillion over the next two years.  Spending cuts will take longer… the first 900 billion over the next 10 years, and another 1.4 trillion yet to be determined.  It does not address long term spending cuts of Medicare, Medicaid and defense, the programs which...More >>
    Another fascinating episode in American politics ended this week as Congress finally came to a compromise agreement on raising the national debt ceiling.More >>
  • Editorial: Troy's ban on smoking

    Editorial: Troy's ban on smoking

    Wednesday, July 27 2011 8:14 PM EDT2011-07-28 00:14:36 GMT
    Thursday, July 28 2011 7:24 PM EDT2011-07-28 23:24:56 GMT
    Last week Troy University decided to ban smoking on campus.  They join the nearly 500 colleges in America that have done so… many, like Troy, in an effort to promote healthier living.  While that is a noble motive, it is not the best reason for the ban.  Smoking should be prohibited in public places to protect the rights of non-smokers.  If healthy living is the reason for the ban, then let's ban over eating, being sedentary and consuming al...More >>
    Last week Troy University decided to ban smoking on campus. They join the nearly 500 colleges in America that have done so… many, like Troy, in an effort to promote healthier living. While that is aMore >>
  • Editorial: The Space Shuttle Era

    Editorial: The Space Shuttle Era

    Tuesday, July 26 2011 12:25 PM EDT2011-07-26 16:25:41 GMT
    Tuesday, July 26 2011 7:26 PM EDT2011-07-26 23:26:00 GMT
    Last week, with the final landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, an era of American history came to an end. It is especially poignant for Alabamians because the rockets that launched the shuttles came from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. For 30 years, 5 different shuttles carrying 350 astronauts over 500 million miles, during 135 flights,  brought back advancements in everything from medicine to military to telecommunications to the Hubble telescope, with p...More >>
    Last week, with the final landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, an era of American history came to an end. It is especially poignant for Alabamians because the rockets that launched the shuttles came from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.More >>
  • Editorial: Dog Park

    Editorial: Dog Park

    Thursday, July 21 2011 7:26 PM EDT2011-07-21 23:26:01 GMT
    All you dog lovers pay close attention. We have less than two weeks to get Montgomery, Alabama to the top of the PetSafe "Bark for Your Park" national contest awards one city $100,000 for the constructionMore >>
  • Editorial: Protecting TV

    Editorial: Protecting TV

    Monday, July 18 2011 11:15 PM EDT2011-07-19 03:15:54 GMT
    The future of television is bright and we want to ensure it stays that way. Congress is currently considering action as part of the debt and budget negotiations that could threaten your ability to viewMore >>
  • Editorials: Legislative Compromise

    Editorials: Legislative Compromise

    Thursday, July 14 2011 7:26 PM EDT2011-07-14 23:26:02 GMT
    Everyone take a deep breath and sit back down. That's what congressional leaders are doing this week at the White House to resolve and forestall an economic catastrophe. If you have been in front ofMore >>
  • Editorial: Immigration Feedback

    Editorial: Immigration Feedback

    Tuesday, July 12 2011 8:41 PM EDT2011-07-13 00:41:23 GMT
    Our Immigration Considerations editorial prompted this differing feedback: "The toxic partisan atmosphere in Alabama to these our fellow citizens is detrimental to all of us. A reasonable, simple pathwayMore >>
  • Editorial: Immigration Considerations

    Editorial: Immigration Considerations

    Friday, July 8 2011 12:22 PM EDT2011-07-08 16:22:51 GMT
    Alabama's recently passed Immigration Law has been quite the topic of debate recently.  While we all agree that laws must be obeyed, we should also agree that things are not always black and white. More >>
  • Editorial: Remembering

    Editorial: Remembering

    Thursday, July 7 2011 1:59 PM EDT2011-07-07 17:59:14 GMT
    There are times when remembering dates and events can be challenging. Think about how hard it is to remember joyous occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. When the events are tragic it is humanMore >>
  • Editorial: Independence Day 2011

    Editorial: Independence Day 2011

    Thursday, June 30 2011 7:46 PM EDT2011-06-30 23:46:05 GMT
    Independence Day, Fourth of July, "The day I catch up on yard work?!?" However you refer to the 4th it's a holiday we all look forward to each year for different reasons. More >>
  • Editorial: DUI Legislation

    Editorial: DUI Legislation

    Tuesday, June 28 2011 8:49 PM EDT2011-06-29 00:49:39 GMT
    It took a while to get Alabama on this dance floor but finally we are there. Governor Robert Bentley this month signed into law House Bill 361, the Matthew John Dahl DUI Prevention Act. With his signature,More >>
  • Editorial: Smokers Beware

    Editorial: Smokers Beware

    Thursday, June 23 2011 8:18 PM EDT2011-06-24 00:18:54 GMT
    By the fall of 2012 all cigarette makers will have graphic warning labels on cigarette packs depicting the health risks of smoking. These warnings, soon to be on the front and back of all packs, will constituteMore >>
  • Editorial: Session Wrap

    Editorial: Session Wrap

    Thursday, June 23 2011 4:20 PM EDT2011-06-23 20:20:36 GMT
    State lawmakers started this year's regular session by filing 265 bills for review, in­including important bills dealing with our state budget, il­legal immigration and school board redistricting as detailedMore >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Thursday, June 16 2011 7:28 PM EDT2011-06-16 23:28:45 GMT
    Thursday, June 16 2011 7:59 PM EDT2011-06-16 23:59:00 GMT
    I received plenty of feedback on my editorial questioning the wisdom of Alabama's new immigration law.  One viewer wrote: "It is the responsibility of the state to keep its citizens safe. If the federal government will not enforce the laws, the state must take control to protect our constitution and all Alabamians." Another  wrote: "The feds have no interest in stopping illegals from entering this country because they know they can't round them all up and deport ...More >>
    I received plenty of feedback on my editorial questioning the wisdom of Alabama's new immigration law.  One viewer wrote:More >>
  • Editorial: Tough Immigration Law

    Editorial: Tough Immigration Law

    Monday, June 13 2011 7:57 PM EDT2011-06-13 23:57:18 GMT
    Tuesday, June 14 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-06-14 23:25:46 GMT
    Last week the state legislature passed, and Governor Bentley signed, what everyone agrees is the toughest immigration law in the nation. Unfortunately it is not only tough on illegal immigrants, but is also tough on citizens. Citizens who may unknowingly help an illegal immigrant can be arrested for it. Tough on public school administrators, who must make sure that suspicious students have proof of citizenship. Tough on law enforcers who may verify the legality of anyone the...More >>
    Last week the state legislature passed, and Governor Bentley signed, what everyone agrees is the toughest immigration law in the nation.More >>
  • Editorial: Riley's Testimony - Correction

    Editorial: Riley's Testimony - Correction

    Tuesday, June 7 2011 2:54 PM EDT2011-06-07 18:54:51 GMT
    Monday, June 13 2011 4:38 PM EDT2011-06-13 20:38:42 GMT
    This editorial aired on Tuesday, June 7th.  There was an error in the use of the word "blocked" in the 4th paragraph.  The correct word should have been "modified".  My apologies. Unless you just tuned in and have been under a rock since April of last year, you know that what may turn out to be one of the most significant trials in Alabama history began this week. 9 defendants, including 4 state senators, are accused of bribery, fraud and conspiracy in buyi...More >>
    This editorial aired on Tuesday, June 7th.  There was an error in the use of the word "blocked" in the 4th paragraph.  The correct word should have been "modified".  My apologies.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Teachable Moments

    Guest Editorial: Teachable Moments

    Thursday, June 9 2011 8:52 PM EDT2011-06-10 00:52:04 GMT
    The 2010-2011 school term has come to an end, and now is the ideal time to help our children prepare for their 2011-2012 school year.More >>
  • Editorial: Fair Dismissal

    Editorial: Fair Dismissal

    Thursday, June 2 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-06-02 23:25:50 GMT
    Last week the Alabama Legislature passed and Governor Bentley signed into law the "Students First" Tenure and Fair Dismissal Reform Act. This new law preserves tenure protection for teachers while givingMore >>
  • Editorial: Ethics Amendment

    Editorial: Ethics Amendment

    Wednesday, June 1 2011 1:39 PM EDT2011-06-01 17:39:53 GMT
    Alabama currently has four Affiliated Double A, Minor League Baseball teams out of only 30 in the United States. These teams, which hold value for our state and communities, face serious issues if the current ethics reform bill passes without a proposed amendment. More >>
  • Editorial: Securely funded Ethics Commission

    Editorial: Securely funded Ethics Commission

    Thursday, May 26 2011 4:51 PM EDT2011-05-26 20:51:57 GMT
    Thursday, May 26 2011 10:48 PM EDT2011-05-27 02:48:12 GMT
    Earlier this week Governor Bentley signed into law a bill that will guarantee adequate funding of the State Ethics Commission for the foreseeable future.   I applaud him and the current state legislators, many of whom promised to make this happen if elected. The commission will be funded at one tenth of 1 percent of the state's General Fund budget, and it will take a two thirds vote of the house and senate to change this law.  Even though funding could vary depend...More >>
    Earlier this week Governor Bentley signed into law a bill that will guarantee adequate funding of the State Ethics Commission for the foreseeable future.   I applaud him and the current state legislators, many of whom promised to make this happen if elected.More >>
  • Editorial: Virtual reality and responsibility

    Editorial: Virtual reality and responsibility

    Tuesday, May 24 2011 12:39 PM EDT2011-05-24 16:39:43 GMT
    Tuesday, May 24 2011 7:25 PM EDT2011-05-24 23:25:27 GMT
    Last week we received a long, thoughtful email from a viewer in Tallassee.  She expressed her concerns about how the internet, social networking, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and the like are eroding teenagers' sense of responsibility for their actions.  She wrote… "All respect in manner of conduct evaporates in this environment…   they can make a statement online and hide behind it… they can say whatever they want and receive no immedia...More >>
    Last week we received a long, thoughtful email from a viewer in Tallassee. She expressed her concerns about how the internet, social networking, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and the like are eroding teenagers' sense of responsibility for their actions. More >>
  • Editorial: Maxed Out

    Editorial: Maxed Out

    Friday, May 20 2011 12:47 PM EDT2011-05-20 16:47:25 GMT
    Unfortunately that day we editorialized on over a month ago has arrived. On Monday our government reached the $14.3 trillion dollar limit on federal borrowing. That's it – not one more penny can be borrowedMore >>
  • Editorial: Support Jubilee

    Editorial: Support Jubilee

    Tuesday, May 17 2011 8:37 PM EDT2011-05-18 00:37:59 GMT
    Tuesday, May 17 2011 8:37 PM EDT2011-05-18 00:37:59 GMT
    In 1976, in celebration of the nation's bicentennial, Jubilee was first held in Montgomery.    Three years later the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce took it over to raise interest in the downtown area, and in 15 years Jubilee grew from 1,500 to 50,000 in attendance.  In 1993 Jubilee became its own non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life in the river region. The list of acts performing at Jubilee has truly been a who's...More >>
    The list of acts performing at Jubilee has truly been a who's who of the music industry, but...More >>
  • Editorial: School Days

    Editorial: School Days

    Thursday, May 12 2011 9:16 PM EDT2011-05-13 01:16:41 GMT
    Those school districts dealing with recent tornado damage will have one less thing to worry about-making up missed school days.More >>
  • Editorial: Tobacco Free

    Editorial: Tobacco Free

    Tuesday, May 10 2011 7:30 PM EDT2011-05-10 23:30:41 GMT
    At the beginning of this year Baptist Health, Jackson Hospital and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital jointly implemented a tobacco-free campus policy. This smoke-free policy included their sidewalks,More >>
  • Editorial: Zero Tolerance

    Editorial: Zero Tolerance

    Friday, May 6 2011 2:47 PM EDT2011-05-06 18:47:20 GMT
    It's hard to believe in a time like this when our state is in the process of rebuilding and recovering there are those that will see this as an opportunity to take advantage of the situation and the suffering people involved.More >>
  • Editorials: Storms

    Editorials: Storms

    Wednesday, May 4 2011 6:57 PM EDT2011-05-04 22:57:06 GMT
    Last week marked an historic week of severe weather and tragic loss of property and life in Alabama. Currently there are a reported 200+ deaths in Alabama attributed to the violent storms and tornadoes.More >>
  • Editorial: Taxes and Education

    Editorial: Taxes and Education

    Tuesday, April 26 2011 7:30 PM EDT2011-04-26 23:30:40 GMT
    We can all agree that education is the foundation of a strong and vibrant society. More >>
  • Editorial: Energy Savings

    Editorial: Energy Savings

    Thursday, April 21 2011 7:47 PM EDT2011-04-21 23:47:46 GMT
    The Montgomery Public School System is saving energy, saving money and ultimately saving teachers jobs.More >>
  • Editorial: Debt Crisis

    Editorial: Debt Crisis

    Wednesday, April 20 2011 2:09 PM EDT2011-04-20 18:09:50 GMT
    Our nation's debt is currently north of $14 Trillion dollars. That's right TRILLION with 12 zero's...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Child Abuse

    Guest Editorial: Child Abuse

    Thursday, April 14 2011 7:23 PM EDT2011-04-14 23:23:29 GMT
    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and events will be scheduled throughout the state to bring public awareness and education to the citizens of Alabama. More >>
  • Editorial: Alabama State Budget

    Editorial: Alabama State Budget

    Tuesday, April 12 2011 7:31 PM EDT2011-04-12 23:31:06 GMT
    Challenging as the 2012 budget will be 2013 is even more daunting. $263 million from the oil and gas trust fund in the 2012 budget will not be available in 2013.More >>
  • Editorial: Play Ball

    Editorial: Play Ball

    Thursday, April 7 2011 6:57 PM EDT2011-04-07 22:57:42 GMT
    The words "Play ball" will fill the air again this week as the Montgomery Biscuits open their 2011 season.  It's hard to believe that it was only 7 years ago that minor league baseball returned to the River Region at Riverwalk Stadium.More >>
  • Editorial: Pay Raises

    Editorial: Pay Raises

    Thursday, April 7 2011 11:37 AM EDT2011-04-07 15:37:43 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - When the entire state of Alabama is being asked to do the same or more with less – wouldn't you think all state legislators would be willing to share in the sacrifice? You wouldMore >>
  • Editorial: Obesity Bill

    Editorial: Obesity Bill

    Thursday, March 31 2011 7:30 PM EDT2011-03-31 23:30:27 GMT
    Alabama lawmakers are discussing a bill that would stop people from suing restaurants because they ate there and became obese.More >>
  • Editorial: Change

    Editorial: Change

    Wednesday, March 30 2011 1:11 PM EDT2011-03-30 17:11:42 GMT
    Change is in the air.  The winter chill is all but a memory with warm spring winds and pollen returning with vigor.More >>
  • Editorial: Future Looks bright

    Editorial: Future Looks bright

    Friday, March 25 2011 5:32 AM EDT2011-03-25 09:32:07 GMT
    Montgomery's best days are ahead and that makes leaving here extra tough.  When I arrived, education shortcomings led the concerns list.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Feedback & Speeding Legislation

    Guest Editorial: Feedback & Speeding Legislation

    Tuesday, March 22 2011 7:21 PM EDT2011-03-22 23:21:17 GMT
    After last week's editorial supporting a statewide ban on texting while driving, we received these comments from viewers...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Ad Valorem Taxes

    Guest Editorial: Ad Valorem Taxes

    Friday, March 18 2011 6:30 PM EDT2011-03-18 22:30:17 GMT
    You've got to love the expression, "the elephant in the room". It means that we should stop avoiding the obvious, and it came up recently in an editorial board meeting discussion on education and property taxes.More >>
  • Editorial: Statewide Texting While Driving Ban

    Editorial: Statewide Texting While Driving Ban

    Tuesday, March 15 2011 7:30 PM EDT2011-03-15 23:30:58 GMT
    Alabama has one of the worst teen fatality rates in the country and teenagers love to text message.  Any distraction while driving is dangerous, but numerous studies have shown that texting is one of the worst, and that a ban on texting reduces accidents.More >>
  • Editorial: Somber State of the State

    Editorial: Somber State of the State

    Thursday, March 3 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-03-04 00:30:49 GMT
    Just before the state of the state address last year we editorialized cuts were needed and new revenue streams developed to pass a balanced budget.More >>
  • Editorial: Alabama's Racist Constitution

    Editorial: Alabama's Racist Constitution

    Wednesday, March 2 2011 3:10 PM EST2011-03-02 20:10:44 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2011 3:10 PM EST2011-03-02 20:10:45 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)  Legislation to create and secure jobs is most welcome this new legislative session. Expanding incentives, expanding deductions from state taxes of health care costs by small businesses and their employees, and enacting "rolling reserve" budget reform are all positive steps to enhance the business climate. Eliminating the racist language from Alabama's constitution would be a big help as well. Section 256 of the constitution states that "separate schoo...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) Legislation to create and secure jobs is most welcome this new legislative session. Expanding incentives, expanding deductions from state taxes of health care costs by small businessesMore >>
  • Editorial: Toomer's Corner Feedback

    Editorial: Toomer's Corner Feedback

    Thursday, February 24 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-02-25 00:30:54 GMT
    Many of you took exception to our Toomer's Corner editorial.More >>
  • Editorial: Toomer's Corner

    Editorial: Toomer's Corner

    Tuesday, February 22 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-02-23 00:30:54 GMT
    How people react to unfortunate events speaks volumes. The reaction of both Auburn and Alabama fans to the poisoning of the 130 year old oak trees at Toomer's corner in Auburn has been impressive. More >>
  • Editorial: Positive Direction

    Editorial: Positive Direction

    Thursday, February 17 2011 7:31 PM EST2011-02-18 00:31:08 GMT
    Directional signage in downtown Montgomery has been a long time coming but well worth the wait.  We certainly applaud the efforts of the city to make it happen.More >>
  • Editorial: Feedback

    Editorial: Feedback

    Tuesday, February 15 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-02-16 00:30:55 GMT
    Our editorial "Cut the Debt" received quite a bit of response.More >>
  • Editorial: Building Refueling Tankers

    Editorial: Building Refueling Tankers

    Thursday, February 10 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-02-11 00:30:55 GMT
    Creating and keeping jobs dominates state house activity. One sure fire way to create several thousand jobs is for the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company to get the contract to...More >>
  • Editorial: Library Services

    Editorial: Library Services

    Thursday, February 3 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-02-04 00:30:45 GMT
    Where can you check out movies, CDs, and books at no charge? Take computer classes at no charge or just use computers provided for you for free? Tap into Alabama's virtual library database providingMore >>
  • Editorial: Cut the Debt

    Editorial: Cut the Debt

    Tuesday, February 1 2011 7:31 PM EST2011-02-02 00:31:20 GMT
    Babies born today will face a grim reality by the time they are in college: interest on the debt and benefits for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will consume the entire federal budget.  There will be no money left for anything else.More >>
  • Editorial: Statewide Education Improvement

    Editorial: Statewide Education Improvement

    Thursday, January 27 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-28 00:30:37 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama no longer ranks at the bottom nationally among states for education performance. In fact, it ranks higher than 25 other states, including Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, CaliforniaMore >>
  • Editorial: Follow Ups/Feedback

    Editorial: Follow Ups/Feedback

    Tuesday, January 25 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-26 00:30:15 GMT
    In December 2008 we editorialized how positive it was that Montgomery would be making the Coosa Street crossing a quiet zone, private crossing so the loud train whistles would stop for folks trying to sleep at downtown hotels.  Now it seemsMore >>
  • Editorial: Community Conversations

    Editorial: Community Conversations

    Thursday, January 20 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-21 00:30:14 GMT
    Montgomery Public Schools have lost 32 million dollars the past two years due to funding cuts...More >>
  • Editorial: Black Belt Recreation

    Editorial: Black Belt Recreation

    Tuesday, January 18 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-19 00:30:23 GMT
    Job creation is Governor Robert Bentley's top priority. One region  that continues to trail the rest of the state: The Black Belt.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Feedback Response

    Guest Editorial: Feedback Response

    Thursday, January 13 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-14 00:30:36 GMT
    In response to a recent WSFA editorial which endorsed Troy University for elevation to a higher conference within the NCAA...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Capital of Dreams

    Guest Editorial: Capital of Dreams

    Tuesday, January 11 2011 9:23 PM EST2011-01-12 02:23:11 GMT
    Recently, we decided the City of Montgomery needed a brand that would carry us into the next 30 years - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  That led to the development of what we call the Dreams Campaign.More >>
  • Editorial: Viewer Feedback

    Editorial: Viewer Feedback

    Thursday, January 6 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-07 00:30:24 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Our editorial suggesting ways to deal with the unfunded liability for state employee pensions and health care didn't sit well with state workers. One emailed "I find your commentsMore >>
  • Editorial: Unfunded Liabilities

    Editorial: Unfunded Liabilities

    Tuesday, January 4 2011 7:30 PM EST2011-01-05 00:30:35 GMT
    Not that long ago the Retirement Systems of Alabama had the assets to fund 100 percent of retirement liabilities...More >>
  • Editorial: New Year's Resolutions

    Editorial: New Year's Resolutions

    Thursday, December 30 2010 7:30 PM EST2010-12-31 00:30:17 GMT
    Resolutions abound as the new year rolls in and the WSFA team will join you in making them.More >>
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    Editorial: Oh rats!

    Editorial: Oh rats!

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:11 AM EDT2018-08-16 14:11:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    If you think we have to deal with some ridiculous things in this country listen to this.  

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    If you think we have to deal with some ridiculous things in this country listen to this.  

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    Editorial: Family of the Year Awards

    Editorial: Family of the Year Awards

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 6:56 AM EDT2018-08-14 10:56:23 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    WSFA 12 News is a proud media partner with the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and the Family of the Year Award. 

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    WSFA 12 News is a proud media partner with the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and the Family of the Year Award. 

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    Editorial: There should be no debate about debate

    Editorial: There should be no debate about debate

    Thursday, August 9 2018 9:49 AM EDT2018-08-09 13:49:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The big talk right now is centered around a debate between Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox. 

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    The big talk right now is centered around a debate between Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox. 

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