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  • Editorial: The Auburn Knights Orchestra

    Editorial: The Auburn Knights Orchestra

    Friday, July 23 2010 12:22 PM EDT2010-07-23 16:22:56 GMT
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    Editorial: The Auburn Knights – 7/22/10 In 1930 a  group of student musicians at  the Alabama Polytechnic  Institute, now known as Auburn University, formed a swing band… not such an unusual event at the time.  What is unusual  is that The Auburn Knights Orchestra is still playing music… 80 years later. Unless you're a fan, you may not know that the likes of Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich and even Frank Sinatra have performed with the Knigh...More >>
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  • Editorial: Media access to the gulf oil spill

    Editorial: Media access to the gulf oil spill

    Friday, July 23 2010 12:20 PM EDT2010-07-23 16:20:00 GMT
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    Editorial – Media access to gulf oil spill – 7-20-2010 Last week BP finally capped the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but only after somewhere between 93 and 184 million gallons of crude oil polluted our coastline, depending on whose estimate you believe.  BP has grossly underestimated the flow of oil since day one of this disaster.  Three weeks ago, the federal government's oil response director, Thad Allen, put severe restrictions on media cove...More >>
    Editorial – Media access to gulf oil spill – 7-20-2010 Last week BP finally capped the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but only after somewhere between 93 and 184 million gallons of crude oilMore >>
  • Editorial: Food and Fund Drive

    Editorial: Food and Fund Drive

    Friday, July 23 2010 12:18 PM EDT2010-07-23 16:18:34 GMT
    Friday, July 23 2010 12:18 PM EDT2010-07-23 16:18:34 GMT
    Editorial:  June 22, 2010:  Food and Fund Drive Over $12,000 and nearly 4,000 pounds of food… that's what YOU gave to the Montgomery Area food Bank last Friday during WSFA 12 News' annual Fund and Food Drive, and we thank you. Thanks also to the folks at Dixie Electric Cooperative, Cumulus Broadcasting and The Atlanta Highway Wal-Mart, who helped make the event a success. The Montgomery Area Food Bank currently serves 12 counties and 3 additional distribut...More >>
    Editorial: June 22, 2010: Food and Fund Drive Over $12,000 and nearly 4,000 pounds of food… that's what YOU gave to the Montgomery Area food Bank last Friday during WSFA 12 News' annual Fund and FoodMore >>

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 alone won't dig us out of the bottom ten nationally in graduation rates.

Inspiring and encouraging teachers and parents need to help as well.

Enhanced dropout prevention programs like the ones in both bills will also help.

About one of every four Alabamians does not have a high school diploma. 

That hurts our state economically now and will cripple it if it continues.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he is terrified of our workforce of tomorrow when he compares our high schools to what he sees traveling abroad.

Former President Bill Clinton says, "where once nations measured their strength by the size of their armies and arsenals, in the world of the future knowledge will matter most."

It is past time to get serious about education in our state.

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