Tag Archive for Alabama

Chemical Spills Raise Safety Questions for Drinking Water

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An Accident Away – By Cindy Lowry – If the recent chemical spill in West Virginia made you wonder about the safety of your drinking water supply, I don’t blame you. Over half of Alabamians get their drinking water from rivers, streams, and reservoirs. Alabama has not historically placed a priority on protecting drinking water,…

State of the States and the State of the Union

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – President Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that the state of America is “strong.” If you listen to conservative Republican politicians, they’ll tell you without exception that “right to work” for less laws are an essential tool in recruiting industry and providing…

Wyoming Replaces Alabama as the Most Conservative State in the U.S.

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The Word ‘Liberal’ is Experiencing a Resurgence in American Life – By Glynn Wilson – Could it be that the people of my home state are finally starting to get their news online and waking up to the ravages of run amok corporate capitalism and the do-nothing nature of conservative Republicans who don’t know how…

Dear Dog Save Us All From ‘The Good Old Days’

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Grandpa Tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like This world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday, Where the line between right and wrong Didn’t seem so hazy. Did lovers really fall in love to stay Stand beside each other come what may was a promise really something people kept,…

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.…

White House Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hurt People

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In States Like Alabama, Health Care Costs Would Rise, Families Would Be Hurt – Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of America’s new health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress, according to a White House press release sent out Thursday with facts for people…

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…

Governor Bentley Responds to Pressure to Expand Alabama Medicaid Program

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Progressive Democrats Plan Protest Rally Saturday in Birmingham – By Glynn Wilson – The pressure is building for conservative states like Alabama and Texas to join the rest of the nation in getting onboard to help citizens without insurance obtain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for economic reasons.…

Alabama’s Immigration Law Permanently Blocked in Justice Department Lawsuit

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By Glynn Wilson – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama entered its final judgment Monday in United States v. Alabama, resolving the Justice Department’s constitutional challenge to Alabama’s immigration law. The judgment permanently prohibits Alabama from enforcing seven provisions of H.B. 56 that were designed to affect virtually every aspect of…