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Today I’ve been thinking about our friend, Louis. He is dying. He's almost 90 and in congestive heart failure. After surviving several bouts with cancer, a defective valve that could have been fixed several years ago is now beyond repair. His body … more
A year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was. Now, I can’t imagine what Zac and I talked about before we decided it was time to spend money on decent phones. We text each other podcast recommendations on an almost daily basis. When we sit … more
Alright, now it is my turn to say something. As you might have read in this paper, the Walker County Commission didn’t like the coverage of an interview I had Clinton Carter, the state finance director. We were told Carter didn’t like it, … more
• I was gratified to hear Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to prioritize local news sources in posts in response to requests from local newspapers and to help people have more engagement with their communities. Apparently he and his wife took a cross-country trip that also made its way to Alabama, and he visited at least one newspaper in Alabama. I think it is a great idea, and it will certainly help the Daily Mountain Eagle engage with our area readers, and will help other smaller newspapers across the nation. Moreover, it will provide a way to still keep our readers engaged with breaking news and what is happening in their communities. more
Frankly, I think I was quite tired of writing about the subject of the proposed 1-cent sales tax by the weekend before the Aug. 15 referendum. I’m still tired of it, and thought seriously of addressing President Trump’s comments on the … more
Ree Drummond and I have nothing in common. Maybe that’s why I am so fascinated with her. When I picked up her book “Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story” several years ago, I was totally unaware of her blog, which … more
When people over 50 need a job, they tend to look for help in all the wrong places. One of the first questions I always ask is, “Have you been to the Career Center?” A surprising percentage of jobseekers say no. One lady told me that she wasn’t trying to get unemployment check, but a job. more
For six days in August 1835, New Yorkers were captivated by a series of newspaper articles that described the latest discoveries of astronomer Sir John Herschel. From his post on the Cape of Good … more
I can remember when Bucky Rizzo and I interviewed then-state Rep. Robert Bentley on the radio here in Jasper in 2010 as he was running for governor. He was a congenial conservative who made a nice impression. When he left, Bucky and I turned to each … more
Where were you the last time you thought to yourself, “The people here are always so nice”? For me, it was Chick-fil-A. I’ve had some serious talks over their original chicken sandwich over the years. The food is always hot, the staff is … more
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