Category Archives: Alabama

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

High stakes–How to open Alabama schools

Dr. Karim I. Budhwani, CEO CerFlux,

Today’s guest columnist is Dr. Karim I. Budhwani.

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Many parents, teachers, and administrators are agonizing over the safety of students and ultimately their loved ones as Alabama schools open in the next few weeks. Continue reading High stakes–How to open Alabama schools

Hoover and Mountain Brook not immune from Coronavirus

Frank McPhillips
Frank McPhillips

Today’s guest columnist is Frank McPhillips.

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If you live in a leafy over-the-mountain community, you might think you have nothing to worry about when it comes to COVID-19.

The argument goes like this: the coronavirus won’t bother me because I don’t belong to an at-risk population. Continue reading Hoover and Mountain Brook not immune from Coronavirus

The most courageous white man in B’ham history and how he changed our city, state, and nation

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest columnist is Bill Ivey.

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This story’s about a man who likely disarmed people with his not-so-slick, portly appearance.

He was a lawyer and brilliant strategist who quietly used the law and his mind as weapons. Continue reading The most courageous white man in B’ham history and how he changed our city, state, and nation

How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

Jefferson County Justice is Blind Mural
Justice is Blind Mural at Jefferson County Courthouse

Our Alabama legislature screams bloody murder when the federal government passes legislation that overrides Alabama’s wishes.

Our legislators proclaim liberty and states’ rights—yet they rule our cities with an iron hand that deny them the ability to govern.

Gov. Kay Ivey just signed a bill requiring cities to get legislative approval for new occupational taxes, blocking a 1% tax passed by the Montgomery City Council last month. Continue reading How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

4 days to stop Alabama from executing a man for a crime he didn’t commit

Savannah “Sav” Miles
Savannah “Sav” Miles

Today’s guest columnist is Savannah “Sav” Miles.

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(Editor’s note: Nate Woods was executed  March 5, 2020. This piece was published March 1)

For those who want Alabama to attract more talent and investment, read this.

You could also save someone’s life. Continue reading 4 days to stop Alabama from executing a man for a crime he didn’t commit

Bart Starr, Jr.: Governor Ivey–Please intervene before a man is killed for a crime he didn’t commit

Bart Starr, Jr.
Bart Starr, Jr.

Today’s guest columnist is Bart Starr, Jr.

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(Editor’s note: Nate Woods was executed  March 5, 2020. This piece was published  February 25.)

In 1998 our family had the honor of meeting a wonderful couple who had endured an unspeakable tragedy. Continue reading Bart Starr, Jr.: Governor Ivey–Please intervene before a man is killed for a crime he didn’t commit

I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central

Roy Wood, Jr. (Photo by Jill Friedman)
Roy Wood, Jr. at Alabama Bicentennial (Photo by Jill Friedman)

Today’s guest blogger is Roy Wood, Jr.

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I was furious when we moved to Birmingham.

Absolutely furious!

Like most 2nd graders I had my network of friends. I was cool with the local guy at the corner store who gave me extra candy and I‘d finally earned a starting position on the little league team.  Continue reading I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central