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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Be Healthy School Grant Program is awarding $291,000 in grants to 31 schools statewide enrolling students in grades K through eighth for the 2022-2023 school year. The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs, emph…

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A total lunar eclipse will take place late in the evening of May 15th and the early morning of May 16th. Anyone can go on the web and get the exact time(s) for watching from most anywhere . . . . . We found “Pine Level” “Antioch”, etc., even “Saddle Hill” listed on a pop-up map along with El…

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Rep Madison Cawthorn was caught taking a loaded gun into the airport at Charlotte, NC (charged with same offense another time last year). This is the same guy who was recorded accusing members of Congress of drug use and inviting him to an “orgy” . . . . . only to later retract those claims.…

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The State of Florida has cancelled a special tax break that Disney World has enjoyed for years. Now, the tax break was probably an unfair advantage over other recreation sites within the state. However, public opinion is they did it in retaliation for Disney’s strong opposition to some recen…

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After leaving the office of President of the United States way back in the ’50s and retreating to the family home in Missouri, Harry Truman got itchy feet and he and wife Bess took a 1,500-mile automobile trip in his 1953 Chrysler to New York to visit daughter Margaret. Truman was probably t…

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The Russian/Ukraine war continues to generate graphic horrors of war. While we continue to read articles listing reasons the Russians will stop the war, we suspect there are actually ‘hopes’ that Putin will stop the Russian attack on it’s smaller neighbor, but it ain’t going to happen withou…

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We have been very open with our support of the COVID vaccines. Maybe at times a bit too pushy. However, we would not cut back on our support one bit. NOW, we need to practice a bit more of our preaching in support of vaccines. Right now we’re suffering, and Suffering with a capital S, with a…

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the U. S. Supreme Court. After all the gashing of teeth, etc., we predict that she will gain approval. We hear many Republican lawmakers trying to oppose her but fear a charge of racial profiling and will skip the vote or vote for her to prevent the backla…

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Saturday a Dumas, Arkansas car show was the sight of a real live gun fight that left one person dead and at least 27 wounded, including a child under the age of two. There have been no public reports on exactly what prompted the shoot-out, but the gun battle is ironic because the annual even…

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New postal regulations from U.S. Congress does not address the ongoing slowdown in mail delivery. The new regulations were welcomed by postal folks because they relieved the postal service of millions of financial obligations and put that directly on the government. It also required postal w…

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Panama City area woods fires last weekend really messed up lots of timber. It interrupted highway traffic in the area and taxed the firefighting assets of a wide area. Thankfully the bottom line is there were no deaths. Even though the Coffee County woods fires were not as large and destruct…

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We all know inflation is jacking up prices across the board but a recent comment from the CEO of Colgate-Palmolive at a meeting of business folks hinted that $10 tubes of toothpaste are coming!  Of course, expect these tubes to have a slightly different design and be pushed with words someth…

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The Pea River Bridge on Davis Street is a deplorable mess. Engineers have long explained the bridge was going ‘downhill’ due to the heavy usage. Well, the heavy usage has basically been shifted to the 4-lane bypass, while the street, and the bridge, have been resurfaced. Now the fresh layer …

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A feature on the History channel Sunday, February 20, will be about Abraham Lincoln. It is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winner, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. We like her writing, have read the book this is based on and encourage all who might be interested in our former president to t…

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It was announced last week that the U.S. national debt has topped $30 trillion as government borrowing surged amid the ongoing pandemic. With interest rates projected to increase real soon, there are predictions that the U. S. national debt will grow even faster! The increased national debt …

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Roy Moore testified Monday that sexual abuse allegations against him four years ago are “purely political.” Conversely, the lady on the other side of this equation stands by her charges. At this writing their counter claims court cases are ongoing. Now, we have no idea the facts on this issu…

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Free Covid home tests are available from the feds. Guess you can say we ‘cheated’ on applying for these tests. It was officially announced that they would be available for ordering online last Wednesday. Well, the word leaked out that they were doing a ‘soft’ opening on Tuesday. We jumped on…

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At least three vehicles hit deer on the 203 Bypass last week! Considerable vehicle damage was reported but apparently there were no personal injuries (except maybe a bump on the head). This was not just at night but right in open daylight. The bottom line is that for some reason the deer are…

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Norway’s military is in a crunch for uniforms for new recruits. They report that supply chain issues and shortage of money is causing this problem. The military is solving the problem by requiring soldiers being discharged to turn in ALL their used military issue bras, underwear, and socks! …

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We read the opinions of a couple of ‘experts’ last week discussing the possible new garbage that would explode on social media in 2022. It is hard to think things could get any wilder than they are today. Of course there was the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 claiming there had been life found on t…

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A storm survivor in last weekend’s Kentucky tornadoes pulled up a chair to the Grand piano in the shambles of his home and began playing the beautiful religious song “There’s Something About That Name.” He explained to reporters that it wasn’t planned, it just happened and gave him peace in …

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Even at our age it is not uncommon to still stumble over the meaning of words. Last weekend we were reading an opinion piece by a British editor and stumbled over the word “Defenestration.” We guessed the meaning due to the subject and the follow up sentence but decided to find out for sure.…

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Reliability of polls? It is no secret this column is not a cheering fan of holding up opinion polls as the gospel. Our reaction is mostly amusement. Case in point is result of two polls dealing with Thanksgiving meals. We noted excerpts from one just before Thanksgiving this year. The first …

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“Why is Alabama’s AG involved in a cakebaker’s lawsuit in Colorado?” That was the headlines on an article we saw on <al.com> recently. It struck a chord because we have been trying to figure out why Attorney General Steve Marshall gets involved in so many out-of-state court cases. If i…

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The Italian auto maker Ferrari has just announced a new limited edition muscle car, “you read this as a muscle car.” It is something with an 829 horsepower V12 engine that will go from zero to 100 in under three (3) seconds! Of course, there will only be a few hundred of these monsters built…

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A list of 12 traditional Thanksgiving foods that Americans not just dislike but hate was recently released by a polling firm – they probably ran out of politicians to promote (or slander). The leading items on this list are cranberry sauce, turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, corn, pumpkin pie…

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“Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.” — Aristotle

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A couple of Saturdays ago an unusual tap, tap on the front door revealed two young girls knocking on doors in the neighborhood and giving out homemade ‘things’. We think they said they wer eight and nine years old, but we were so surprised those ages are not etched in stone. The little thing…

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A couple of years ago a man in Indiana was found to have thousands of human remains and an array of museum-worthy artifacts from around the world in his basement. That is a bunch of bones and artifacts! The guy was 90-years-old at the time. Is (was) he a very active grave robber or a real co…

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Another @@%$# automobile wreck at the intersection of U.S. 84 and HWY 141, West of Elba. These happen so often the real news is a week when there happens to be no wrecks at this intersection! It has been bad enough ever since the 4-laning of Hwy 84 was completed but with the detouring of Hwy…

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Monday night we got a very rare craving for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It has been years since we ate one of those. However, we do know a cure for that rare but strong craving. Thus, we proceeded to get out the bread, the jar of PB and of course an equally fresh jar of jelly. After …

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“There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision, for the greater good of society.” President Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci supporting vaccine mandates

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HO HUM . . . The United States government is again on the brink of a shutdown of many federal agencies because the treasury is broke and has reached its legislative approved debt limit. This has become a routine Washington event in recent years. The majority political party presents a plan t…

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We should never let our brain, nor our friends, imply that we know and have seen it all. This past weekend is case in point . . . there was a shooting in Pennsylvania, and three young adults were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Law officers reported there was apparently an argument over th…

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Texas Governor pledges to eliminate rape!! That is a noble idea but unfortunately rape has existed at least as long as history has been recorded and probably much longer. He would have been believed and praised by more citizens if he had pledged to aggressively ‘combat’ rape and other violen…

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Lately this column has been critical of those who take the horse wormer medicine Ivermectin as a substitute for “the shot” to fight COVID. That has not changed. However sitting at home during the long weekend, we pondered the mindset of those who are unlucky enough to be hospitalized (and ve…

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We read one comment last week about the fad of taking the horse wormer medicine Ivermectin for COVID. It is unclear to us if this animal wormer is taken as a cure or preventive, but to each his own. Anyway, a friend of ours described Ivermectin as “Today’s version of snake oil salesmen.”  An…

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The feds have officially approved one of the several COVID vaccines that have been on the market for months. We have wondered exactly why it took so long for this formality, but now it is done. Americans who have not taken either of the offered vaccines because “they are not approved by the …

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Alabama’s children are back in school and hopefully will stay healthy throughout the year. As always, we urge the driving public to be especially watchful for children who might dart out into the street. Also watch the school busses and remember the flashing red lights on that bus are to rem…

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Moderna recommends a COVID booster shot. Medical experts think such action is premature. We had already decided to ‘wait’ before taking the booster until things are a bit less muddy. Most things, even a glass of water, can be dangerous if over indulged. 

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Monday morning we were reading an opinion piece entitled “Are We Entering the ‘Age of the Individual?’” Perhaps most importantly, we are now capable of literally designing ourselves to be different individuals. So far, so good then . . . . the next line scared the stew out of us! “Genomic te…

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Back last year two guys reportedly drove from NYC to LA and back in 74 hours and 5 minutes! They were driving a 1999 R912 SL500 Mercedes-Benz coupe. Just like in the movies, they have all sorts of radar detection stuff but still got stopped a couple of times for speeding. We read that they a…

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The Unemployment numbers in Alabama are down to 3.3%. Now that is not 3.3% of the whole adult population, but 3.3% of the active work force (or those wanting a job). This is good, but it also places some businesses in a bind because they can’t find trained, qualified people to fill their job slots.

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America is knocking down statues, changing the names of army bases, college buildings, etc. all in the name of political correctness. That has so excited folks that there are now critics of the American flag, Declaration of Independence, Statue of Liberty, Christopher Columbus, etc. Some are…

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The U. S. Post Office historic peak of 787,538 employees in 2000 dropped to 495,941 on the payroll in 2020. That is a bit over a 37 percent drop from peak employment. We can probably attribute that to ‘computers’ doing lots of the sorting of mail. Of course when the mail goes astray the comp…

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Today, July 1st, marks our 50th anniversary as owners of The Elba Clipper, and it was also a Thursday. After seven or eight years of being an employee of the newspaper, it ‘only’ took a couple of signatures and years of long hours at work for the newspaper to become our responsibility. It al…

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‘Obamacare’ survives again: the Supreme Court dismissed another big challenge last week. The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire Affordable Care Act intact in ruling that Texas, other GOP-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. The law’s now-…

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the recent fighting with the Arabs neighbors has been supplanted by politicians voting in a new leader. We wondered if maybe the fighting was promoted to rally Netanyahu’s supporters to ensure him another term in office. Well if that was the polit…

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Don’t know what is going to happen with the Alabama prison system’s plan to lease three ultra-modern prisons from private companies. A plan to build two of them collapsed recently when funding for the projects fell through – largely because of political pressure from citizens (bank customers…

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Memorial Day has come and gone for another year. It seems this year there were more words and/or actions directed toward actually pausing to honor the memory of those who gave their life so that each of us can live in relative peace, and voice our opinions without fear of prison and/or death…

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Elba native Rachel (Cowart) Oliver has made quite a name for herself in the decorating world. Living in the Atlanta, GA area positions her in just the right place to gets lots of folks, both commercial and residential, needing just the right chair, picture on the wall, etc. It also brings he…