Month: September 2013

Prolife Alabamians should join letter writing campaign in Huntsville (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

Prolife supporters often feel discouraged by the size of the problem. Nearly half of the nation is prochoice, judges have enshrined abortion as a constitutional right, and now lawmakers want to force employers to pay for it. The average number of abortions performed annually is staggering: more than 10,000 in…

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Opponents are building their case against Common Core (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

Some conservatives are steadily building a case against the Common Core, raising questions about how the education standards were developed, fueling suspicions about the initiative's goals and spreading skepticism about its promised results. Critiques range from ideological firebombs to practical analysis. Glenn Beck charges that Common Core is a "leftist…

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Global warming advocates may be more Nostradamus than Galileo

Image of Earth taken during NASA's Apollo program. Those of us who are skeptical of man-made abrupt climate change are often accused of being hostile towards science. We're told that the facts prove our world is on an unprecedented and nearly irreversible warming trend and mankind is largely responsible. If…

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Conservatives should expand rather than restrict reading lists (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

During the last week of September the American Library Association will celebrate its annual Banned Books Week, a time when authors, librarians, booksellers and readers nationwide praise the benefits of accessible books and highlight recent attempts at censorship. The organization claims it cataloged more than 400 attempts to remove books…

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Alabama churches should stick with the Boy Scouts (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

Around this time of year little boys across Alabama are donning their Cub Scout uniforms for the first time, proudly displaying the American flag on their sleeves and anxiously awaiting their chance to earn that cool-looking Bobcat patch. They're forming new friendships, learning exciting and valuable lessons, and soon their…

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