Month: October 2014

Alabama’s rank-and-file conservatives should support House Speaker Mike Hubbard: opinion

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (file)J. Pepper Bryars President Harry Truman is believed to have said that, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." The same could be said about every state capital and county seat in America. There's just no loyalty in politics. That wasn't the…

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Ebola crisis reveals differences between liberals and conservatives: opinion

Ebola virus (L) and Enterovirus 68 (R) (CDC)J. Pepper Bryars There may only be a few Ebola cases in the United States, but the entire country is worried sick. Every day, travelers from Ebola-plagued regions of Africa arrive at U.S. airports, the Centers for Disease Control doesn't seem to be…

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Conservatives should be cautious about school prayer efforts: opinion

State Rep. Steve McMillian, R-Gulf Shores, is pushing legislation that would encourage prayer in public schools. (File)J. Pepper Bryars Religious conservatives have been trying to restore prayer in our public schools since it was banned decades ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. They have good reasons; show me someone who…

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Alabama’s new parental consent law protects minors and the unborn from abortion: opinion

Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia Minors in Alabama must be at least 14-years old to operate a personal watercraft by themselves, 16-years old to get a driver's license and 17-years old to watch an R-rated movie without a parent or guardian. Then there are all those permission slips required for school…

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Alabamians should send prayers and money to Christians in Iraq: opinion

Iraqis attend Mass at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest in a 7th-century monastery overlooking Alqosh, Iraq. (AP file) Imagine that you're at church with your family somewhere in Alabama. Maybe you're singing along with the choir at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, or listening…

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