Category Archives: Guest columnist

Ouch! Birmingham has no Chamber of Commerce

Frank Young
Frank Young III

Today’s guest columnist is Frank Young.

Yes, you read the title right.

Birmingham has no Chamber of Commerce.

Twelve years ago, a small group of Birmingham business leaders decided to scrap the 122 year old Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and create a hybrid organization called the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Continue reading Ouch! Birmingham has no Chamber of Commerce

Do good or make money? Now Alabama entrepreneurs can do both

Patrick J. Murphy
Patrick J. Murphy
Jonathan Murphy
Jonathan Murphy

Today’s guest columnists are Patrick J. Murphy and Jonathan Murphy.

In January 2021, a law went into effect in Alabama that allows the formation of a new kind of business entity called a “benefit corporation.” Continue reading Do good or make money? Now Alabama entrepreneurs can do both

Hypocrisy backfires on State of Alabama

J. Mason Davis
J. Mason Davis

Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

I graduated from Talladega College, a small liberal arts college located in Talladega, Alabama, in June 1956.

Talladega College had been founded in 1867 as one of the first, if not the first, school for educating the former enslaved black man, though not limited to  his or her race. Continue reading Hypocrisy backfires on State of Alabama

Saving babies and moms in Alabama

Client baby of ShaTaura Lewis, Photo is courtesy BirthWell Partners.
Client baby of ShaTaura Lewis, Photo courtesy BirthWell Partners

Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer L. Greer

Last year, when I got the news that my great nephew had been born in Birmingham, AL, at the height of the pandemic, that he was healthy, and that his mom was healthy, I cried. And not just happy tears.

I cried tears of relief. Continue reading Saving babies and moms in Alabama

Hoover parents, is this best for our kids?

Hunter Strickler
Hunter Strickler

Today’s guest columnist is Hunter Strickler.

It’s tough being a parent.

On nearly every topic related to kids (including the one in this column), I find myself with many more questions than answers.

Though my experience with youth sports is limited to Hoover and baseball,  parents in other OTM communities like Homewood and Vestavia Hills have told me they are wrestling with similar trends across youth sports.

Continue reading Hoover parents, is this best for our kids?

We’re going to take Samford to the NCAA Championship–and we’re going to win

Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University
Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University

Today’s guest columnist is Bucky McMillan.

My love for the game of basketball runs deep. So does my love for Birmingham.

When I first became the head basketball coach at Mountain Brook High School some people would have laughed at the thought of Mountain Brook becoming a perennial powerhouse in the state of Alabama and a nationally recognized program.

At the time, it would have sounded a bit farfetched.
Continue reading We’re going to take Samford to the NCAA Championship–and we’re going to win

A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

Graham Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

Today’s guest columnist is Graham C. Boettcher.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is home to nearly 27,000 works of art encompassing cultures around the globe, created throughout human history. Continue reading A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

It shouldn’t be this difficult to help harassed and bullied students

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Charity Jackson
Charity Jackson

Today’s guest columnists are Michael Wilson & Charity Jackson.

Charter school application denied.

Appeal to the state commission denied.

A new application, this time written directly to the state commission, denied again.

Appeal the denial, finally victorious. Continue reading It shouldn’t be this difficult to help harassed and bullied students