Category Archives: Guest columnist

Historic hatred of Birmingham Catholics ends in murder

Chervis Isom (Photo by Hugh Hunter)

Today’s guest columnist is Chervis Isom.

Everyone who resides in or near the City of Birmingham is aware of our city’s brutal history relating to race relations between Blacks and Whites and the civil rights struggle by its Black residents against the Jim Crow laws. Continue reading Historic hatred of Birmingham Catholics ends in murder

Huntsville man stands up to Birmingham

Doug Martinson

Today’s guest columnist is Doug Martinson, II.

Tom Cosby, a long time Birmingham Chamber of Commerce champion, penned a column recently to proclaim that Huntsville is never going to be Alabama’s largest city.

Though Mr. Cosby probably had the best of intentions, he appears to be completely unaware how much Huntsville has grown and prospered. Continue reading Huntsville man stands up to Birmingham

Huntsville is never going to be Alabama’s largest city

Tom Cosby
Tom Cosby

Today’s guest columnist is Tom Cosby.

There is a steady drumbeat in the clickbait news of how Huntsville is poised to overtake Birmingham as the state’s largest city.

While shocking in a man-bites-dog context, it is only true in the narrowest of contexts, that of comparing populations within a single municipality’s border. Continue reading Huntsville is never going to be Alabama’s largest city

The story behind the greatest Bama basketball team ever

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest columnist is Bill Ivey.

For all the right reasons, University of Alabama basketball is currently a hot topic.

Coach Nate Oats has it figured out: He recruits at a high level, he understands how to create a structured atmosphere that allows for creativity, and he knows that he can win big at Alabama.

It seems that Coach Oats is building a foundation that could lead to a national championship. Continue reading The story behind the greatest Bama basketball team ever

Mountain Brook man has epiphany about Birmingham

Maury Gaston
Maury D. Gaston

Today’s guest columnist is Maury D. Gaston.

Having lived all over the country I moved back to Birmingham 24 years ago—first to Homewood and then Mountain Brook.

For much of that time, even though I worked within the city limits of Birmingham and paid the occupational tax, I had very little interest in Birmingham itself.

Then everything changed. Continue reading Mountain Brook man has epiphany about Birmingham

Jeffco Mayors pull off minor miracle

Mayor Buddy Choat of Trussville
Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat, President of Jefferson County Mayors’ Association

Today’s guest columnist is Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat.

On May 19, our Jefferson County Mayors Association endorsed an agreement that has the potential to fundamentally change our region forever. Continue reading Jeffco Mayors pull off minor miracle