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  1. Hidden Costs of Stagnant Minimum Wage
    July 28, 2014 | By Jennifer Marsden  
  2. You’ll Never Guess Who Just Bought Half of UAB’s Football Tickets
    July 22, 2014 | By Dave Folk  
  3. For Uber Bad Ideas, Look No Further than Birmingham’s City Council
    July 21, 2014 | By Dave Folk  
  4. Right Women, Right Now (Kay Ivey)
    June 19, 2014 | By Kay Ivey  
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    June 18, 2014 | By Steven Boydstun  
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Recent Blogs:

  1. The Northern Beltline a Boon to Northwest Birmingham
    June 4, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  2. House of Byrnes
    February 26, 2014 | By West Honeycutt  
  3. Barking up the Wrong Tree in the Alabama House
    February 25, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  4. The Sermon on the Mount-gomery
    February 20, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  5. Republicans Still Don’t Get It
    February 11, 2014 | By Michael Hansen  
  6. Not Getting Jobbed by Bentley’s Job Numbers
    February 3, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  7. The Southern Snowstorm and Sprawl
    January 31, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  8. Two Good Initiatives in Alabama That Make Me Happy
    January 24, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  
  9. The Crimson White Covers Sweet Home Politics Launch
    January 23, 2014 | By West Honeycutt  
  10. House Democrats’ Legislative Agenda
    January 21, 2014 | By Wesley Vaughn  

Letters to the Editor

Don’t Forget Meaning of Memorial Day (Martha Roby)

May 26, 2014   |   By Martha Roby  

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the brave Americans who sacrificed their lives in defense of this great nation. A special day set aside for all of us to stop and acknowledge those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.  I hope you and your family are able to take time over theContinue Reading

Obama Isn’t Running in an Alabama Primary (Darrio Melton)

May 19, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton  

We will go to the polls to choose our governor and lieutenant governor. We will choose our secretary of state, who will handle our elections. But most importantly, we will choose our representatives to the state house and the state senate. I’ve seen the ads across the state showing Republican hopefuls are running against PresidentContinue Reading

A Call for Action (Craig Ford)

May 19, 2014   |   By Craig Ford  

What if Etowah County and the 4th Congressional District had the same leadership in our congressional representative as they do in South Alabama? Last week, Congressman Bradley Byrne of Mobile made a strong, public stand for construction of a bridge on Interstate 10 over the Mobile River. The congressman called the project, “a national priority,”Continue Reading

Why I’m Serving on the Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi (Martha Roby)

May 19, 2014   |   By Martha Roby  

House Speaker John Boehner recently asked me to serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, a significant and solemn responsibility that I accepted. This was not a decision I took lightly. The Benghazi attack was a terrible tragedy, and we still mourn the four Americans thatContinue Reading

A Time to Build (Bradley Byrne)

May 19, 2014   |   By Bradley Byrne  

Last week was National Transportation Week – an excellent opportunity for our community to have a discussion about transportation needs in Southwest Alabama. Most of us agree that our most pressing need is to build a new I-10 bridge that is able to handle increased vehicle traffic as we continue to attract more businesses toContinue Reading

Entrepreneurs are the Heart of the American Dream (Darrio Melton)

May 12, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton  

The American Dream is built on the principles of hard work and ingenuity.  In today’s economy, though, these virtues are paying off less and less as more people are unable or unwilling to pursue their dreams. The ability to create your own path–to start a business, to develop an idea, to capitalize on an invention–isContinue Reading

Congratulations Graduates! (Craig Ford)

May 12, 2014   |   By Craig Ford  

I have always believed in the power and value of education. That is why I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who are graduating this month. Whether you are finishing high school, a vocational program or a college degree, you should be proud of how hard you have worked and what youContinue Reading

Government Must Play By the Rules Too (Martha Roby)

May 12, 2014   |   By Martha Roby  

There’s an old saying that, in life, nothing is certain but death and taxes. It’s true that paying taxes is a fact of life, one that ordinary Americans accept and dutifully take care of every year. We play by the rules when interacting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and if we step out of line there are consequences.Continue Reading

Bipartisan Support for LCS Means Alabama Jobs (Bradley Byrne)

May 12, 2014   |   By Bradley Byrne  

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee considered the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that the committee passes every year to authorize funding and set policy for the military. The scope of this legislation is so wide, it typically takes well over 12 hours to complete committee consideration of the bill. Last Wednesday, weContinue Reading

We Cannot Get Help If Our Leaders Do Not Ask For It (Craig Ford)

May 5, 2014   |   By Craig Ford  

The storms that hit Etowah County and Alabama last week have left a devastating impact on our community. While the EMA is still working on a damage assessment, it is already clear that in Etowah County we have suffered far more damage than the required threshold to be declared a federal disaster area. In myContinue Reading