Tag Archives: Alabama

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

Horrified 87 year old physician pours his heart out to Alabama politicians

Dr. Jack Trigg
Dr. Jack Trigg

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Jack Trigg.  If you’d like to be a guest

blogger, please click here.

I’m afraid.

While there are many positive things happening in Birmingham and throughout our state, there are negative forces at work.

You have to wonder if our state politicians care about the lives of our citizens or if they just don’t know better. Continue reading Horrified 87 year old physician pours his heart out to Alabama politicians

Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest blogger is  Bill Ivey.

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For a moment, let’s assume a few things about the Birmingham metro area.

That the Birmingham mayor and council are the best we’ve had in generations.

That the Jefferson County Commission is in peak form. Continue reading Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape

Bruce Ely
Bruce Ely

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous metro Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Bruce Ely.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Alabama cities and counties depend heavily on revenues from sales taxes.

Unlike other states, sales taxes are the largest single source of tax revenue for Alabama municipalities and many counties. Continue reading Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape