Category Archives: Guest columnist

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

Pollyannish white man: ‘B’ham has reached a tipping point’

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest columnist is Maury Shevin.

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A few weeks have passed since our nation and our city erupted in righteous revulsion to the killing of George Floyd.

Like many, I am still putting events into perspective, but  Floyd’s death can only be described as a 21st Century lynching. Continue reading Pollyannish white man: ‘B’ham has reached a tipping point’

Birmingham surprised me!

Jeff Barrett
Jeff Barrett

Editor’s note: On January 17th, Jeff Barrett, a highly respected business writer, wrote a piece for Entrepreneur saying Birmingham, Alabama was the most interesting place he visited in 2019. He’s not done bragging on Birmingham…

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When you spend two years traveling to 50+ cities, 40+ states for Inc and Entrepreneur you gain a very unique perspective about the country. There isn’t a bad trip; everyone is putting their best foot forward.

Still, Birmingham has surprised me. This isn’t another article. This is a thank you letter to Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham surprised me!

The Talk

Thom Gossom, Jr.
Thom Gossom, Jr.

Today’s guest columnist is Thom Gossom, Jr.

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(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on Facebook and is being  published with permission of author)

I remember “the talk.”

The talk that black fathers gave and probably still give to their sons. It was time. I was probably getting closer to driver’s license age and that meant I could venture further from the nest on my own.

The talk was serious. No! It wasn’t the sex talk. We had that one too. It was like the sex itself. Quick and… well you know. Continue reading The Talk

What B’ham swastika drawing students didn’t know

Teresa Thorne
Teresa (T.K.) Thorne

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

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How could students from a Birmingham-area school think it’s cool to draw swastikas on each other? This happened recently and brought home a warning. Continue reading What B’ham swastika drawing students didn’t know

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

Jeffrey Bayer—Time to rethink Birmingham

Jeffrey Bayer
Jeffrey Bayer

Today’s guest columnist is Jeffrey Bayer.

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Our new COVID-19 world!

What do we worry about first?

…our personal health?

…our financial survival?

…the huge deficits being created by our federal government?

But there’s one additional worry specific to our Birmingham region. Continue reading Jeffrey Bayer—Time to rethink Birmingham

Everyone thought this Jewish man crazy for moving to Birmingham

Danny Cohn
Danny Cohn

Today’s guest columnist is Danny Cohn.

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Just about everyone told us we were crazy to move to Birmingham.

Then right when I moved, family yet to come, the world was hit with the Coronavirus.

So I’m new to Birmingham—starting a new job and a new life—all alone. Continue reading Everyone thought this Jewish man crazy for moving to Birmingham

Coronavirus: Turning point for Birmingham

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest columnist is Maury Shevin.

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Never has the expression “we’re all in this together” rung with more truth than during this COVID-19 pandemic.

News about the pandemic—its societal, political and economic consequences—pervades our every waking moment.  And, regrettably, it too often interferes with our sleep—and our dreams. Continue reading Coronavirus: Turning point for Birmingham

JeffCo city councilors do the unexpected

Jennifer Andress
Jennifer Andress

Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer Andress.

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I’m writing on behalf of a group of elected officials from disparate Jefferson County cities that are doing what many people might have thought impossible. Continue reading JeffCo city councilors do the unexpected