Guest Columns

Forever Wild Deserves Chance to Save Locust Fork Land

Glynn Wilson The Swann-Joy covered bridge on the Locust Fork just north of the property up for sale… [poll id=”14″] Guest Column by Nelson Brooke In April, Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork River nominated 3,200 acres of property along the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, owned by the…

What Congress Needs to Know About Health Care

Guest Column by Martin Horzempa Huntsville, Alabama One thing a Congressman needs to know about Healthcare and probably doesn’t. This simple fact; The uninsured are STILL overpaying for health care. Does this sound a bit stupid, whacked out, or idiotic? It may, but I contend that it’s true. Whether we like it or not everyone…

There's Only One Entitlement in Health Care Debate

Guest Column by Martin Horzempa Huntsville, Alabama Health care can’t be seriously debated without a reference to entitlements. This is a good thing, but I would posit that there are a few more than the usual two suspects (Medicare and Medicaid) which are usually the only ones discussed. The providers are most certainly among those…

Supreme Court Could Use More Empathy

U.S. Senate Could Benefit From Less Sophistry Guest Column by David Gespass The headline to Jeff Sessions’ op-ed in the July 13 Birmingham News (no link available on their al.com Website) promised a fair hearing for Sonia Sotomayor. But the article itself raises questions about whether Senator Sessions was prepared to provide one. He initially…

Forming a More Perfect Union

Guest Editorial by Barack Obama This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let’s also remember the remarkable story that led to this day. Two hundred and thirty-three…

How to Keep the Pressure on Congress

Daily Rant by Rowland Scherman To: The People of the United States of America I care about what has happened, and what is happening, to our country. I am not alone. I know that most of you, too, are concerned with the complex situation that confronts us, and how our leaders are dealing with the…

A Letter to President Obama

Daily Rant by Rowland Scherman Dear Mr. President: As you must recall, when the Bush Administration came into power, they ignored or trashed evreything that the Clinton Administration had done. They wanted nothing to do with anything having ties to Clinton. The results of their ignorance and pride are what you now have before you…

Alabama's Congressional Delegation Opposes Climate Bill?

Guest Editorial by Jenny Dorgan Alabama has a knack for making national news. Maybe one day it will be good news. Yesterday, it was widely reported that our entire congressional delegation sent a letter claiming that the proposed climate legislation would hurt Alabama. This is not really a surprise, but it’s unfortunate to be sure,…

What If a Bird Sings and No One Hears It?

FWS Sam Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director International Migratory Bird Day May 9 Guest Column by Sam Hamilton Birds are a national treasure, one shared with neighboring countries well beyond our own continent. Nearly 1,000 different kinds of wildbirds call the United States their home at some part of the year. Sadly, 74 of those species…

Torture and Tea Tantrums

Random Thoughts From the Georgia Bureau by Dwayne Hood Don’t you just love right wing conservatives? They never miss a chance to wrap themselves in an American flag, stand on a tall pedestal, puff out their chests proudly and belt out Lee Greenwood’s patriotic anthem “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I…

We Must Not Forget Our Political Prisoners

Guest Column by Roger Shuler When commentators call for investigations of possible wrongdoing by members of the Bush administration, the discussions usually have an international focus. Subjects such as torture, illegal detentions, and spying tend to carry the day. But a recent Gallup poll shows Americans are concerned more with domestic wrongdoing, such as politicization…

Why Another War in the Middle East?

Editor’s Note: The last thing the world needed during the holiday season of 2008-09 was another war in the Middle East. But Hamas and the State of Israel just can’t seem to make peace. Israel Destroys Hamas Homes, Flattens Gaza Mosque Guest Column by David Gespass I spent five years in Hebrew school, gave money…