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  • Guest Editorial: "Update the voter lists"

    Guest Editorial: "Update the voter lists"

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:20:08 GMT
    A disturbing fact came to light this week about the voting process in the state of Alabama. According to figures from the U.S. Census and from the Alabama Secretary of State's office  four counties, Macon,More >>
    A disturbing fact came to light this week about the voting process in the state of Alabama. According to figures from the U.S. Census and from the Alabama Secretary of State's office  four counties, Macon,More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Responsibility to Pets"

    Guest Editorial: "Responsibility to Pets"

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:30:22 GMT
    National Pet Week is coming up in May, a good time to think about domesticated animals and our responsibility to them. In the Montgomery Humane Shelter alone nearly 3,300 animals have been taken in overMore >>
    National Pet Week is coming up in May, a good time to think about domesticated animals and our responsibility to them. In the Montgomery Humane Shelter alone nearly 3,300 animals have been taken in overMore >>
  • Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:20:14 GMT
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.  This year alone in our area a femaleMore >>
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.More >>
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  • Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-12-25 00:15:09 GMT
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy HolidaysMore >>
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy Holidays and that certainly includes Christmas.More >>
  • Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Thursday, December 19 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-20 00:20:06 GMT
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
  • Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-18 00:20:09 GMT
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Some of the most heart-warming stories following the ice storm last week were stories of kindness involving Alabama children; kindness delivered by those that most would agree, are underpaid and undervalued – Alabama teachers.  These teachers cooked food, played games, quelled fears and tucked in hundreds of schoolchildren stranded at schools due to ice. They did what they did because of their love of the children they teach and the responsibility they bare while the kids are under their watch… doing so unconditionally.

I'm sure a lot of people will want to do something special for these teachers, including the General Manager of The Beach Club Resort in Gulf Shores.  He decided that this unconditional display of leadership deserved something and that something was two nights at his resort at no cost. 

Here lies the issue; in 2012 Alabama lawmakers amended our ethics laws stating any gift to a teacher must not exceed $25 dollars. The intent of the law was to discourage corruption with state employees, but it is resulting in the unintended consequence of preventing teachers from accepting a gift such as this.

While I don't believe teachers will be up in arms about this situation or that the law will be amended to allow gifts in excess of $25 dollars, I do think these teachers deserve something.  So I would encourage each parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle of a child that was kept safe by a teacher last week to write them a heartfelt note of thanks; a note of thanks to that teacher that no one can put a price on, but I will assure you will have a value and meaning much greater than $25 dollars.

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