Month: August 2013

Alabama doesn’t need the United Auto Workers union (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

The United Auto Workers isn't the working class watchdog or political powerbroker that it was decades ago. Modern business practices, successful health and safety regulations and competition for skilled labor have rendered the legendary union nearly obsolete. Its home base of Detroit is bankrupt and literally crumbling, the Big 3…

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Matt Damon’s new film ‘Elysium’ accidentally criticizes Obamacare (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

View full sizeMatt Damon in the new movie "Elysium." Conservatives are calling Matt Damon's new sci-fi film "Elysium" another liberal manifesto disguised as a summer popcorn movie – a perfect vehicle to push Hollywood's liberal agenda. The conservative website Newsmax labeled it "sci-fi socialism" and "a heavy handed political propaganda…

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State should abandon plans to charge and regulate church schools (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

The Alabama Department of Education has begun taking small but meaningful steps toward encroaching on the right of church-based schools to operate free of government oversight, and it should stop dead in its tracks. At issue are long-standing exemptions for religious schools from some of the regulations and fees imposed…

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Of course we want to close all abortion clinics (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

Pro-choice advocates fear that the wave of abortion restrictions sweeping through state legislatures are part of a broader strategy to completely abolish a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy – and they're right. The restrictions vary from state to state. North Dakota's governor recently signed a law that could stop…

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DRILL, ‘BAMA, DRILL: Our state is a player in the U.S. oil and gas boom (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

The nationwide oil and natural gas boom you've been reading about may be coming – in a small yet profitable way – to the Deep South, and Alabama should ready itself for the potential opportunities that may bubble up. Alabama produced nearly 10,000 barrels of crude oil last year –…

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