OPINION

Muscle Shoals Musician Johnny Wyker Dies in Decatur at 68

Southern Journal – By Glynn Wilson – The last time I saw Johnny Wyker it was 1986 and Eddie Hinton was still alive, living in an apartment above the Wyker family hardware store in Decatur, Alabama. At that time Wyker was living in a sailboat on the Tennessee River until a few days before I…

The 2014 Legislative Session in Alabama Should Not Be Wasted

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By Craig Ford – In two months the state legislature will reconvene for the final time before the next election cycle, and state leaders have announced that this session will move faster than normal. That is to be expected in an election year. Legislators want to finish business before the primary elections get underway. A…

Southern Journal: Thanksgiving Dreams

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Southern Journal – By Glynn Wilson – It is turkey season in the South again, and I don’t just mean hunting season, which begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is a time when the days grow short and cool and I have trouble staying awake after dinner. Going to bed early also means I sometimes…

A Word About Character and Class as Alabama Takes On LSU

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – The word “character” has many definitions, and it is often combined with the word class. It is often said that learning to play as a member of a team builds character and class in the individual. This subject is on my mind this morning for a number…

Red State Delta Blues: Fiery Young Leaves Bradley Byrned

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By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – On the third day he shall rise! The closest we sinners can come to resurrection on earth will be manifest Tuesday, November 5. This glad event will seem miraculous to some, demonic to others. But it comes as no surprise to those who know that one has kept…

Even Conservative Judges Now Say ‘To Hell With Congress’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s so quiet and cool on the porch oh so far from Washington that if you could avoid television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, you might be able to forget that the federal government is shut down and people are hurting as a result. I find it…

A Government Shutdown Game Without Winners

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – As the shutdown of the federal government drags on, Americans are angry. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching with nervous disbelief as we edge toward defaulting on our debts. And with each additional day the shutdown continues, the damage gets worse. The national parks, of course,…

Time to Draw the Line on Climate Change

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – Some great things have happened since that freezing day last February when I marched to the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., with 50,000 of my closest friends. Looking back, it did feel like the start of something big. From the stage, the sight of that sea…

Yes, Virginia, There Are Climate Solutions

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – This year, Virginians will elect a new governor, one of only two gubernatorial elections this year, the other being in New Jersey. At the moment, Terry McAuliffe is leading climate denier and attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in the polls, but a lot can happen between now and November…

Wag the Dog Politics in Alabama

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By Ron Crumpton – In government things are seldom what they seem, but why would your elected leaders use spurious propaganda in order to illicit an emotional response from the electorate? Every year, since the Republican takeover of the Alabama Legislature, the public has been roused into a state of frenzy over legislation that our…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

A Groundbreaking Year for Environmental Journalism and Activism

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s been one of the most interesting and groundbreaking years in a long time for environmental activism, environmental journalism and the Sierra Club nationally and in my home state of Alabama. Since I made the decision to cross the line and join the club to get personally…

Is the Alabama Accountability Act Helping Children?

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By Craig Ford – Alabama House Minority Leader – As the new school year has begun, the Accountability Act has once again made its way into the headlines of newspapers and news Websites across Alabama. The Accountability Act was sold to the public as giving families with children “trapped in a failing school” the opportunity…

Protect Public Lands from Reckless Fracking

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – One of the worst consequences of President Obama’s reckless “all of the above” energy policy is the blight of oil and gas rigs that has spread across our public lands — often right next to national parks and wilderness areas. Based on my own family’s camping trip this…

Chomsky Says U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy

But You’ll Never Hear About It From the Mainstream MediaThe following is a transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum. You can read more speeches by Chomsky here. I’d like to comment on topics that I think should regularly be on the front pages but are…