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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

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

Downtown was bustling–then COVID-19

Today’s guest columnist is Sue Johnson.

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Ten years ago this September my husband, Jimmy, and I moved downtown to live and to start a new venture.

We bought an historic old building that we completely restored to hold our loft and our small business, Dog Days of Birmingham. Continue reading Downtown was bustling–then COVID-19

An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

Lightning
An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

A savvy business friend made an observation about Birmingham’s economic future that really got my attention.

But before I disclose what he said, please review a list of Birmingham’s largest companies to determine what you think they all have in common. Continue reading An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

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

The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

DNA Helix Tower
DNA Helix Tower

Today’s guest columnist is Vance Wesson.

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Seattle has the Space Needle… Dallas–the Reunion Tower.

Visit the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio or the Calgary Tower in Alberta Canada.

Wow! What an experience!

But all of them, including the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, and the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls are similar in design. Continue reading The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

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