September 4, 2008 RSS feed / Editorials

You can't make up politics this crazy

Publisher's Comments

This has to be one of the craziest presidential campaigns in the United States' history. First, who would have thought a first term U.S. More...

Storms can sidetrack the best of plans

Report From Congress

As John Steinbeck wrote, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry," and so it went for me last week. My intentions were to return to Washington, D.C. More...

Jefferson County's mess could be rest of Alabama's too

South Alabamians may not have been keeping up with it, but Jefferson County is in a financial mess. The county is on the brink of bankruptcy because it is defaulting on a massive $3.2 billion (yep, with a B) sewer bond debt. More...

Explaining the fiscal year

Just the Facts

The best way to show what monies come into and out of the Washington County Commission is to use budget numbers. Here is a fiscal year. The General Fund gets $3,790,677 to operate County business. More...

The smaller the election the more your vote counts

Editorials

Congratulations are in order to all of the winners in last week's municipal elections around the region. To those who didn't win we offer condolences and thanks for giving citizens a choice. More...

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Why teachers teach

Alabama Viewpoint

My wife Nancy has taught school, mostly first grade, for 40 years. She jokingly says that unlike her students she "has just never been promoted. More...

First boll weevil attack in 1910

This Week In Alabama History

September 3, 1910: Boll weevils are first discovered on Alabama soil in Mobile County. The devastation the insect would cause to cotton throughout the South ultimately spurred agricultural diversification away from "King Cotton. More...