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A strike took out Al-Qaeda leader X, accused of being one of the leaders behind 9/11, in Afghanistan.  The first question most have is whether such attacks make us safer or not.  A top-notch LaGrange College student’s paper for a national undergraduate research conference provides some answers.

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The 1962 Governor’s Race was between George Wallace, James “Big Jim” Folsom, and newcomer Ryan DeGraffenreid, a state senator from Tuscaloosa. Television had become the new medium.  Therefore, Wallace, Folsom, and DeGraffenreid had all bought 30-minute, live television shows the night before…

My former colleague at Robert E. Lee High School, percussion instructor and baseball coach Donnie Hudson, used to get excited by the smell of freshly cut grass on our Ann Street practice field and say, “it’s almost band season.”

Medicare for All remains on the congressional docket. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recently re-introduced his bid for a single-payer system, claiming it would guarantee all Americans health coverage while lowering costs and saving lives.

I’ll take the names out of it so it’s not so personal. Last week the state executed a man who killed his ex-girlfriend in 1994 – 28 years ago. He was put to death by lethal injection which is supposedly the most humane procedure to put someone to death.

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The Auburn Tigers will begin practice on Friday in preparation for the upcoming 2022 football season. The media has no faith in the Tigers this year predicting they will finish last in the West. I could say I have dissected megabytes of data from each SEC team and deconstructed every schedul…

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The oft-overused description of “game changer” is applied to a lot of people in a variety of situations, but this past week a television icon celebrated his 100th birthday.  He is still considered to be the most influential TV producer of all time.

I have now been a high school choral director and general music teacher longer than I taught high school band. The first few years of my teaching career were at three schools before I landed in Tallassee and homesteaded: Frisco City High School, Zion Chapel High School, and Robert E. Lee Hig…

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It’s common for political extremists to get the media’s attention and for pundits to claim that there is no cooperation across party lines.  But as the Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index shows, some senators and house members work with their political opponents to pass meaningful legislation.  …

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I’m naïve, but I’d like to think people on both sides of the abortion issue would like for there to never need to be another one – ever! We could agree that prevention is better than abortion. I would hope so.

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In my observations of Alabama politics, every election year brings an underlying election year surprise or two.  The underlying prevailing theme emerging from the Alabama political arena this year is that women have arrived politically in the Heart of Dixie.

SEC Media Days, the unofficial start to the college football season, will begin in all its glory next week at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Auburn, and Bryan Harsin, won't make an appearance until the final day of the proceedings on Thursday. Media from all over the country w…

There is a sexual assault taking place right now. Every 68 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  More than 97 percent of perpetrators get off scot-free.

NOTE: This originally ran in the TALLASSEE TRIBUNE in August, 2013.  Over the past few years, more people have approached me about this column than any other I’ve ever written.  So, I therefore present for your reading pleasure a command performance of “Gator Boy and the Bikini Mama.” – M.B.

Readers, please forgive my tardiness in getting this to press as Independence Day was celebrated earlier this week.  However, the broadcast transcribed at the end of this column is good reading any day of the year. 

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There have been a lot of times in my life when I have uttered a phrase like, "I'll never live to see the day when…" only to witness the exact event I was so adamantly sure would never happen. I never thought I would live to see the Red Sox actually win the World Series. Remember the curse of…

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In the summer of 1969, an arrangement of a Baptist hymn from 1755 became a Top 40 hit.  The story of how it happened is fascinating.

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Many members of Congress have seen what happens when a newspaper closes in their district, and they see the impact it has on the community.

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As hard as it may be to believe, what is generally regarded as the greatest situation comedy of all time, “I Love Lucy,” began 70 years ago this season.

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With summer in full effect now since it’s June, sports have slowed down. They’re still happening, but at a much slower pace.

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If you are on the fence about who to vote for, we have compiled a list of suggestions based on our conversations and interactions with candidates.

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Their birthdays are mostly in 2003 and 2004: that long-ago time when we were about to get involved in a War on Terror, and George W. Bush was still in his first term.  We were all ‘standard definition’ and not yet ‘high definition,’ and cellular phones were either really tiny or so large the…

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A few weeks ago, I was covering a baseball game when I got asked what should’ve been a pretty simple question.

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The PBS series “American Masters” recently spotlighted one of the finest citizens Alabama – or the United States – has ever produced: Helen Adams Keller of Tuscumbia.

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In April 2019, a bus load of juniors and seniors from Tallassee High School attended the Troy University production of MAMMA MIA!  It was staged at the Claudia Crosby Theatre, inside C.B. Smith Hall (named for Charles Bunyan Smith, a former president of Troy University but also the founding …

"You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.” - Psalm 73:24

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The old phrase “shock and awe” is reappearing in the national mindset this week.

"My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." - John 4:34

Every once in a while, one sees or hears about a notable example of sportsmanship at some event, and it seems like such incidents are “notable” simply because they happen.

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The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?" - John 4:11 

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Richard and Robert Sherman are wonderful songwriters.  They are responsible for the most-performed song of all time, “It’s a Small World (After All),” heard daily at the Disney-themed parks featuring the Small World ride.  The Shermans also wrote memorable music for Winnie the Pooh, Mary Pop…

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After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.

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The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?" - John 4:11 

You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy place. - Exodus 15:13