Letters to the Editor

Sierra Club Demands that Governor Bentley Release Water Policy Report

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Letter to the Editor – By Margo Rebar – Chair, Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club The people of Alabama need to know what the recommendations are for securing our water resources from the threats of outside neighboring states and inside competing uses. But it seems water in Alabama is something of a political football.…

Alabama Republicans Adopt Famous Racist Slogan of George Wallace

Letter to the Editor: By Peggy Wallace Kennedy – When you spend you entire life in the world of politics, sometimes the longest walk home is from your mailbox to the kitchen table. Monday, October 29th, was one of those days. Mixed among a utility bill, a church bulletin and three advertisements was a large-sized,…

Mobile BayFest Cleaned Up by Prison Labor With No Safety Equipment

Dear Editor: by David Underhill MOBILE, Ala. — When BayFest relinquished the downtown streets, I could reach the main post office again. But I paused at the entrance to study the scene in the vacant block across the street. Workers were dismantling the stage and other remnants of the BayFest venue which had filled that…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

Guest Column by Cliff Griggs ARAB, Ala. — It is summer time in Alabama and this is the time of year when we celebrate Freedom in America in July and honor American Labor in early September. “We the People” takes on special meaning for all of us whether you are eating hot dogs or baby…

Union Boss: Just the Working Guy Down the Street

Letter to the Editor One Saturday morning, a man got up early, quietly put on some work clothes and left his home to join with others on a mission. They met with one purpose in mind, to help a community which had been ravaged by a killer tornado. As they moved into this wasteland which…

Republican Teacher Speaks Out Against Tenure Destruction Bill

Editor’s Note: The new conservative Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature seems intent on destroying teacher tenure in a bill supported by the corporate press in the state. This is how one Republican teacher feels about that. Letter to the Editor Susan Ronilo Caraway Member, Jefferson County Chapter American Federation of Teachers As a life-long…

Hazardous Waste Listing for Coal Ash Essential

Letter to the Editor Eva Dillard, staff attorney Black Warrior Riverkeeper The stated position of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Public Service Commission that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should not classify coal ash as hazardous waste has more to do with the cozy relationship between…

‘Black Liquor’ Intoxicating for Paper Plants?

Letter to the Editor: The report, Paper industry pushed further into the black by ‘black liquor’ tax credits, about bio-fuel tax credits deserves a swift response on behalf of the 95,000 domestic paper industry workers employed in 44 states we represent as the United Steelworkers (USW). Let me give you a different take. The paper…