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My name is Rick, and I’m a tool-a-holic. There! I’ve said it. I come by my addiction honestly. It started with my grandpa who was a blacksmith. He cared for his tools like he would a restless … more
Several weeks ago, I woke up from a deep sleep, frantic and screaming. more
Let’s clean out the notebook... • Jasper attorneys Eddie Jackson and Richard Fikes of Jackson, Fikes, Hood and Brakefield had a big victory in Hamilton on Dec. 18. According to the Journal Record in Hamilton, Circuit Judge John Bentley ruled … more
The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press. — Ida B. Wells more
So, out of the blue, our political columnist was quoted this week in Politico about how some in Alabama wouldn’t believe any thing the Washington Post prints. “Their attitude is, ‘If the … more
Things are winding down at work. I’ve spent the last three years working at Bevill State Community College as a job coach. The work has had its high points and some low ones, too. I will miss the work but, I’ll also miss my office window. more
I have a confession — I judge books by their cover. Without this finely honed system based on snap judgments, I might never have read my favorite book of 2017. I had so many questions about the title character of “Lillian Boxfish Takes a … more
It was the Olympic equivalent of “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Last Friday, NBC’s commentators told viewers that Anna Veith of Austria was the women’s Super-G champion at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The handful of skiers waiting to complete their runs were written off as also-rans. more
The Walker County Republican Party recently decided to reject two local candidates who applied to be on the GOP ballot this year: Mike Cole, who was going to try for sheriff, and Tanya Guin, who is running for county superintendent of education. Cole, who ran four years ago for sheriff as a Democrat, now will likely bow out of that race, although he has protested as to the process being unfair. more
“Once you stop learning, you start dying,” said Albert Einstein. This quote is one of the most profound statements ever uttered. People over the age of 50 should make it their mantra. … more
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