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There is an age-old question of how much is too much of something? I find this adage to pop up every time my wife and I take a trip somewhere. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s to the grocery store or a trip around the world I have to load the car with things “she might need.” More than…

A district court judge recently blocked the Trump administration from approving oil leases off the coast of Alaska. The decision is terrible news for American workers, who will lose out on thousands of jobs if the ruling stands.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m one of those Americans who loves the flag, posting it not just on holidays. I’ll wear soccer jerseys bearing the U.S. emblem and T-shirts from patriotic races.  I’ve written columns praising the “Star-Spangled Banner,” defending our national anthem long before C…

The 2020 presidential election year has already begun. It usually begins on Labor Day of the year prior to the election but in recent decades the parade has started early. They really are four-year caravans and begin the day after the president is sworn in.  

It’s hot as Hades. Hotter than h-e-double-hockey-sticks. Hot as the devil, and hotter than his house cat. Hotter than asphalt at Six Flags. Hotter than The Oak Ridge Boys’ hearts on fire for Elvira. Hotter than a fresh biscuit out of the oven. Hotter than the racetrack at Daytona. And finall…

Ever heard of Hurricane Pam? It hit New Orleans in July 2004. The Category 3 storm made a direct hit on the Crescent City, destroying half-a-million homes, displacing a million residents and killing an estimated 25,000 to 100,000 citizens.

Don’t look now but the 2020 presidential election is upon us. Indeed, as many as 21 Democratic aspirants are already announced and campaigning.

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There’s a debate going on in the Trump Administration about what to do concerning Iran. On one hand, he has a group of advisers who can’t wait to go to war in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman against Iran. They are opposed by President Donald J. Trump, who wisely has tried to downplay t…

I have an awful headache and really don’t feel like writing this article today. I get them often; sometimes the timing is terrible. Since I missed a couple of weeks in June already, I felt obligated to write this week, only I didn’t. 

The first European settlers in America came seeking religious freedom without government intervention and prohibitions. Some came who simply wanted freedom and a new start in life. Ambitious European rulers competed for colonial superiority over their counterparts in the new world.

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One year. 365 days. 8,760 hours. 525,600 minutes. Too many seconds to count.

Every time you bring up the subject of grandchildren every grandparent immediately reaches for photos of the kids. To them, their grandchildren are the most beautiful things in all the world. It seems they can’t get enough pictures of their precious offspring because every one of them is a K…

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) has been in the Alabama House and Senate for over 40 years, a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator.

Iran has supplied weapons and money across the Middle East and around the world for decades. Iran recently attacked oil tankers and shot down an American unmanned drone. President Donald Trump signaled the U.S. would strike back and media and politicians went nuts speculating about Trump lea…

Vacation Bible School starts Sunday at Sixth Street Baptist Church where I’m interim pastor. I guess that explains all these folks in the church diligently decorating rooms. Vacation Bible School has come a long way from coloring books, sugar cookies and red Kool-Aid. Nowadays everything is …

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolous, President Donald Trump said he didn’t feel he would have to contact the FBI if a foreign government offered him campaign dirt on whoever he faces in 2020, and overruled his own FBI director who said Donald Trump Jr. should’ve contacted the FB…

Last Sunday night I had the privilege of entertaining a large group of wounded warriors, their spouses, other guests and leadership at The Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands on Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia. Lordy, that’s a lot of L’s. Try saying that three times or half a time if you’re a stut…

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Some of us who were former legislators were considered by many to always be their legislator.  A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to get in touch with their congressman or senator about a certain issue so that they can express thei…

Alabama has been in the news lately for recently passing the nation’s strongest anti-abortion law but it also just enacted what is being hailed by one expert as one of the most comprehensive and effective campus free-speech laws in the country.

Sunday is the least known holiday on the national calendar. It is a small blip on a giant radar screen that hardly seems mentioning. Yet, right behind our recognition of South Malaccan Independence Day and National Take Your Cat to Church Day sits the exciting celebration of Father’s Day. Co…

I went out to the trash container last week. At our condos, we have the big gray dumpsters with sliding black doors. You hope your neighbors shut them but occasionally the door is left open.

In the fall of 1994, I was interning for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold while taking classes for graduate school During that time, the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” better known as the 1994 Crime Bill, was all anyone was talking about.

The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent primary, powerful state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions.

More than half of Americans say they have a hard time affording their prescription drugs. Luckily for them, the Trump administration recently proposed a rule to criminalize the shady business practices that keep drug prices high for patients at the pharmacy counter and lawmakers should suppo…

I had a dream last week that was unusual. I dreamed I was at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex practice fields Wednesday night just before prayer meeting to talk with some of the children and their parents. 

Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Missouri passed a heartbeat bill and other states may join the trend. Alabama criminalized abortions, even in the cases of rape and incest. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the bill in her state, claiming “Alabamians deeply held belief that every life is…

For almost 100 years one of the best annual events for young Alabama high school leaders in Alabama has been the Boys State and Girls State programs sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.

For the past two years Americans have been force-fed conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump colluding with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton.

I’ve been working at Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. for more than two years now, as I just hit my two-year anniversary May 22. While it’s been sort of a whirlwind and there have been ups and downs, I love my job and I am thankful to be here.

Lottery supporters were left saying “so close” last week after the latest attempt to establish the game in Alabama collapsed under the weight of competing interests and power plays.

When you visit the World War II museum in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend, just before the D-Day anniversary, you get a strong sense of the courage of the American soldiers and their officers, the willingness of the American people to sacrifice for victory and also a lot about why we fou…

When I first started writing about my travels and events over the past few weeks, I didn’t realize there’d be a part two, much less a miniseries. When I write, I really don’t know what I’m going to write about until I sit down to do so.

Many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no-nonsense, good-government legislation fails to pass although it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators.

This spring LaGrange College was privileged to host retired General John Jumper, one of America’s top military leaders. From Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War to Kosovo, he was a key player in the resurgence of America’s armed forces. I was fortunate enough to get him for an interview for a ve…

Everywhere I look I see cars with “Seniors 2019” marked all over them. You would think these kids are glad to graduate and get on with their lives. There is a lot of pride in having achieved this rite of passage of surviving high school. This week they will walk the aisle and become high sch…

Do you really know anything about the Clean Water Act? It protects our water and at this point in our history we should be very concerned about clean water.

Graduation season is upon us in the county and it has kept us at The Outlook busy this week. Between senior awards, baccalaureate services and preparing for graduation itself, we know the students have also been busy in addition to feeling anxious before crossing the stage and getting their …