OPINION

Will the Occupy Wall Street Movement Change the Course of History?

A Reflection on the Protests from Occupy Mobile Guest Column by David Underhill Perhaps it’s true that the people united will never be defeated. But they can be arrested. That was the local Alabama authorities’ instinctive reaction to the uprisings of the 1960s. And it worked really well — if rights and consequences are no…

So Much for the ‘Game of the Century’

Can We Focus on Public Policy Now? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson So much for the “game of the century.” Maybe if the LSU-Alabama game had gone into four or five more excruciating overtimes it might deserve that distinction. No game without a single touchdown deserves the label, however, although it was an epic…

Wall Street Protesters Reach Second Week of the Occupation

by Michael Braunstein Special to the Locust Fort News-Journal View photos with this column at Michael’s Flickr Photo Stream NEW YORK – The occupation started as a call out for a short weekend occupation by the activist group Adbusters and quickly swelled to include Anonymous, US Day of Rage, and was soon joined by a…

Saving the Planet Requires Direct Action, Alternative Media

Glynn Wilson Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. Under the Microscope by Cliff Griggs Back in 1971, the environmental movement was just a dream in the minds of people who wanted the governments and the corporations of…

Freedom of the Press is NOT Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It is a cool 72 degrees in the foothills of the Appalachians, a time of year we long for during the long, hot dog days of summer. The cooler temperatures and the ability to get outside without sweating and dodging mosquitoes relieves some of the pressure from the modern…

Ten Years After: Fear Itself

Cliff Griggs There’s no turning back the hands of time, except in pictures by Cliff Griggs Ten years, heinous acts by madmen, and thousands of lives ruined by war and hatred, have gone by, and it still isn’t over. Even though we are trying to extricate our country from Iraq and Afghanistan, that leaving is…

Is America Opinioned Out?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Where do you turn for a fine piece of opinion writing in the era of the blog, YouTube and social networking? Glynn Wilson Happy Independence Day: Watch for new photos from the fireworks over Vulcan on Tuesday Since Frank Rich stopped writing his column for the New York Times…

Technology U: Prometheus Unbound

“Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing…” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth by Glynn Wilson The Big Picture Do you ever feel the pressure of change in your life? Do you ever get the feeling that new technology is coming on so fast you can’t keep…