Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Teresa Thorne
Teresa Thorne

Today’s guest columnist is Teresa (T.K.) Thorne.

One of the confusing calls today is the one to “Defund the Police.” My thoughts on the subject are seasoned with a career in law enforcement, a master’s in social work, some research, and a couple of decades of contemplation. Continue reading Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

Celestia Morgan
Celestia Morgan

Today’s guest columnist is The Bill Ivey.

Have you ever heard of Birmingham artist Celestia Anne (Cookie) Morgan? I hadn’t until a friend insisted that I check out her “REDLINE” exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. And I certainly knew nothing about the practice of redlining. Continue reading Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

Public Service Commission must think Alabamians fell off a turnip truck

Laura Casey
Laura Casey

Today’s guest columnist is Laura Casey.

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Alabama was the scene of an epic smackdown a hundred years ago. Would our state electrify with public power, or would we electrify with private power and the monopoly it entailed? Continue reading Public Service Commission must think Alabamians fell off a turnip truck

Birmingham healthcare to look a lot different

Will Ferniany, Chief Executive Officer of UAB Health System
Will Ferniany, Chief Executive Officer of UAB Health System

Today’s guest columnist is Will Ferniany.

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Health care plays a major role in the Birmingham economy and touches every one of us. With 14 hospitals in the metropolitan area, 12 ambulatory surgery centers in Jefferson County, and hundreds of physicians’ offices, there are more than 63,000 people directly employed in medical/surgical health care in our area. Continue reading Birmingham healthcare to look a lot different

Mtn. Brook mom pained by parental social media rants

Caleigh Rathmill Alevy
Caleigh Rathmell Alevy

Today’s guest columnist is Caleigh Rathmell Alevy.

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In recent weeks, I have witnessed parents in my community battle on social media as we are approaching the start of the school year. Parents who want the best for their children and will fight to make sure their children get as much of that as possible. Continue reading Mtn. Brook mom pained by parental social media rants

Startling observation from my quarantine drive

The Rev. Jon Chalmers
The Rev. Jon Chalmers

Today’s guest columnist is The Rev. Jon Chalmers.

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Judging from the license plates along the gravel road to Hargrove Shoals along the Cahaba River in Bibb County, my quarantine driven desire for a road trip was shared by many in our community. Continue reading Startling observation from my quarantine drive

B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

J. Mason Davis
J. Mason Davis
Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

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There is one incident in my life that I have always remembered and told and retold to audiences that had an interest. It occurred during summer break between my second and third years of Law School. 1958. Continue reading B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

Birmingham’s bright young future

Birmingham Regions Field Sign
Regions Field Sign (Mark Almond al.com)

I’m regularly asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Birmingham?

I always respond, ‘optimistic.’

The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a unique advantage.

Continue reading Birmingham’s bright young future

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham