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The 2016 Alabama legislative session ends today, and with all of the important issues facing the state, it is amazing how little has gotten done. But, hey, Alabama now has an official state cake. Well, the Legislature passed a bill to name lane cake the state cake of Alabama. It won’t be official until Gov. Robert Bentley signs it. Lane cake, for those who don’t know, and we believe there are quite a few who don’t, is a layered cake with pecans, coconut and, sometimes, a little bit of bourbon. more
The American Red Cross is relocating in June from its current office on Viking Drive in Jasper to the former National Guard Armory in Cordova. On the surface, that move doesn’t seem … more
In yet another example of government waste, bureaucratic bloat and excessive regulation, Americans complete more than 23,000 forms for 68 federal agencies each year, according to a new analysis by the American Action Forum. Just filling out all these forms consumes 11.4 billion hours, which works out to about 35 hours per person — almost a full work week. more
Despite the ongoing recovery, businesses continue to face challenges in Southern California. The Los Angeles Business Federation’s annual poll of its members is just out and the top five concerns of employers are: 1. Taxes and fees; 2. transportation; 3. government regulation/compliance; 4. education; and 5. public infrastructure (roads, rail, bridges, waterways, etc.). more
California state and local governments continue to try to crack down on e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, and regulate them like cigarettes, yet mounting data show that the devices are far safer to users — and those around them — and have been proven … more
At some point in our country’s evolution, we developed certain hard-line philosophies about criminals and redemption that have less to do with justice or deterrence than with revenge. Once a felon, always a felon, the thinking goes. Your record … more
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: The Gadsden Times on tornado season in Alabama: Alabama hasn’t reached triple digits in tornadoes since the hellish year of 2011. (April 27 of that year gained permanent bold print status in the … more
Educators across Alabama are concerned about the future of career technical education (CTE) in the state. If educators are concerned, all residents of our state should be concerned. more
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case brought by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. He argued that just because he and his wife took $177,000 in loans, vacations and lavish gifts in exchange for using the governor’s … more
Not again. Even on Easter, innocent people were slaughtered by terrorists. At least 72 people were killed and 300 wounded in Sunday’s attack aimed at Christians gathered for Easter at a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore. “The park was … more
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