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The recent union vote by Amazon workers at the huge Alabama facility was a resounding defeat for the pro union group. We didn’t have any idea what was going on, nor apparently did those pushing the union effort. There are news reports of some workers complaining about work-related issues in …

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Drivers ignoring STOP signs at the Cook Chevrolet intersection . . . . Here is the picture (in words) three cars, coming toward town on Claxton Avenue, recently completely ignored the red flags, stop signs and red flasher. Thanks goodness the car in front of us was wisely waiting to turn int…

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Several weeks ago The Elba Clipper featured a story of upgrades in the flood gauges throughout SE Alabama. Maybe that report was a bit early. Workers have been back to the river gauge at Pea River (84) bridge several times lately. Last Friday afternoon they were removing some of the electron…

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Springtime is here – according to the calendar. It arrived last week during the depth of our latest cold snap. Folklore has it that South Alabama will always have an Easter cold snap but this one is a bit early in our thinking. Easter is just around the corner and we are probably going to st…

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Would Andrew Johnson have become president but for the assassination of Abe Lincoln? Would Theodore Roosevelt have ever been president if William McKinley had not been assassinated? Would Gerald Ford have ever been president if Agnew had not resigned in disgrace as Vice President and then th…

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On the health kick today and we read the feds are issuing new guidelines on expanded lung cancer screening on younger smokers. This sounds great if an annual CT screening will actually cut this leading deadly cancer death rate by a whopping 25%. This screening push is targeted at those 50 to…

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The first announced candidate, former ambassador Lynda Blanchard, to replace Richard Shelby in the U. S. Senate is waving her Trump banner. We predict she will not be the only candidate trying to ride that coattail into a coveted seat in Washington. That is not a bad political move in Alabam…

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As many of our readers already know we lost our life partner of 57 years last week when wife Heddy died after an extended battle with that life destroying thing called Alzheimer’s. My heart has been gladened by the many warm and loving comments from many of those who knew her.  

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We stumble upon some novel and interesting things on the internet. Sunday afternoon we were amazed to learn that the three letter word ‘run’ is the most complicated word in the English language with 645 meanings! That is just using it as a verb alone. This is not coffee shop chatter either, …

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It will be interesting to watch the ultimate outcome of campaigns urging the resignations of some of the most outspoken congressional supporters of Donald Trump and/or the 60-plus lawsuits that failed to prove voter fraud in last Fall’s presidential election. Of course, we don’t expect lawma…

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President Biden’s order on student athletes competing in class according to their ‘preferred’ sexual orientation is a noble jester however is just not practical in real life. Our thoughts are that most female athletics will not be able to compete physically with a person born as a male who d…

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Cognitive dissonance is just holding two views that in some way contradict one another. Hypocrisy is claiming to believe one thing but actually believing and/or doing something contradictory - usually consistently rather than just once. It is not unusual for public officials to be accused of…

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Stripe no longer processing Trump campaign payments, Facebook, Twitter and several others cutting him off, 2022 world known golf tournament at Trump golf course cancelled, banks refusing to do business with his companies, the list goes on and on. All that sounds like the end of the political…

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The Texas preacher killed with his own gun Sunday is a prime example of how things can go wrong, in spite of your determination. We often remind folks carrying a gun to ‘be careful’ someone doesn’t take it away from you and use it on you. It often prompts a laugh . . . but not today from the…

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The very unusual 2020 Christmas is now over and in spite of the quirks we, as a whole, have so far survived the odd conditions presented by COVID-19.  Of course, there are some among us who are grieving over lost ones or someone very, very ill, and you have our heartfelt prayers. Hopefully o…

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The folks at the Elba post office were busy this week wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as they handed out packages left and right! 

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We have had only one e-mail pointing out our error in the Roosevelt quote following the 1941 WWII Pearl Harbor  attack in last week’s Brainstorms. The mistake jumped out like a sore thumb AFTER the paper was printed, but alas that is too late. As we noted to our alert writer, we can’t be sur…

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Pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood last week called for Georgia Republicans to boycott the January Senate runoff election! This woman was, for a while, on the Trump legal team challenging the election results in several states and then the campaign folks said she wasn’t on the team any more. Howev…

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Many cartoons carry a message, while others poke fun at people. This cartoon we saw last week was definitely poking fun at a bunch of folks: Man and woman looking at SUV with back hatch up and toilet paper tumbling out. Woman’s only comment was, ‘The feds gave you $1,000 and you spent it all…

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The number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise all across the United States (and around the world) on a daily basis, as does the number of deaths directly related to the virus. The daily number of new virus cases is extremely hard to fathom, and unfortunately so is the number of COVID deaths.…

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A younger sister (a retired school teacher) said something in an e-mail exchange Saturday afternoon that should help anyone, of any political persuasion, worried about the state-of-the-nation - "The fact that jellyfish have survived for over 500 million years despite having no brains gives m…

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Angry political protesters gathering at polling places -with guns! You only need one hothead to pull a trigger, or even accidentally discharge a weapon and the ensuing disaster will leave a black mark on all America. Tragically that will not prevent some shortsighted citizens from continuing…

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It is nice to have a computer that can instantly give a definition of strange words. Early one morning last week we were reading a routine morning update on the small screen and came across “nihilism”, clicked on Google and instantly had a definition. It can mean a negative attitude, or just…

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It was interesting to read the opinions of ‘who won’ following last Thursday night’s presidential debate. The first numbers we read indicated that die hard Trump supporters credited him with a win while those on the opposite side of the equation gave the win to Biden by about the same percen…

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Our desire for sweets seems to ebb with age. Last Wednesday was Dessert Day and it triggered some thoughts from ‘back when.” During our army days all those years ago, our motto at the mess hall was “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” And truly the first thing we ate was the dessert! That of …

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What does comity mean in politics? Well it has one meaning in law and a bit different in politics. In the latter it means ‘courtesy and considerate behavior towards others’. The example on Google is “a show of public comity in the White House”. There are those who would suggest Google get a …

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Elkin Williamson died Friday, another victim of COVID-19. It is heartbreaking to know anyone dies of this virus, but when it someone you know so well, you can easily get mad. We have experienced that several times during the past six months. It is not something one becomes accustomed to – it…

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Senator Mitch McConnell has reportedly said he is not firmly committed to a pre-election vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U. S. Supreme Court prior to the November election. As a Republican normally agreeing with President Trump, it is our uninformed opinion that he is saying h…

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week. She had been quoted as saying she hoped to hold on until after the elections. That didn’t happen and now there is a new elephant in the room that might alter the public sentiment about who Americans want as president for the next four years.

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We owe our deepest gratitude to the Enterprise Rescue Inc. folks for their prompt response last Wednesday morning when we had a medical emergency with dear wife Heddy. To them and all those who have shown concern, we can only say, “Thank You until we can better pay.” Gratefully she is home a…

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 A scary side effect of COVID-19 is a tendency to have an inflamed heart muscle. This can lead to death if not treated and is especially dangerous for athletics (read this again and slowly football fans).

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The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday refused to reverse its decision upholding much of the 2016 ethics convictions of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard. This appears to be the end of the road for his appeals . . . that is unless he goes on to the U. S. Supreme Court with his appealing. If tha…

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Heddy and yours truly ‘celebrated’ our 57th wedding anniversary Sunday. The truth on the ‘celebration’ part is that I didn’t even think about it until about 9 p.m. Sunday night! Luckily, our three children and their parents can look back and realize that we were actually all together for an …

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Most consumers are glaringly aware of price jumps during the ongoing pandemic. It has hit the food market hard. Vegetables, meat products, eggs, etc., have all ballooned in price. Well, apparently it is the same all across the spectrum. Homebuilders are moaning about the continuous jumps in …

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There were 41 e-mails in our SPAM folder recently. Only two of them had English subject lines. One was from Russia offering to upgrade our e-mail service – HA! The other English language one was from another foreign country and also was wanting to sell something. Our German is still good eno…

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Family gatherings, reunions, parties, etc., have been associated with far too many cases of COVID-19. Experts are citing case after case of large groups (15 to 35) and even a dinner party for six in one state are causing many, if not all, of the new cases of the virus. The party of six at th…

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Boy, what you can find on the internet . . . . however, getting the truth is not always so easy! We have often heard that “If it can happen it will happen.” That holds true for sure in the Sahara Desert. A lone tree was famous as a key landmark for travelers (with 250 miles of open desert in…

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It had not crossed our mind until lately, but those who have personally faced the fight against ‘the bug’ may now face the stigma that was faced by Ebola virus survivors and to a far lesser degree even today, cancer survivors. So, we each should make it a point not to unconsciously shy away …

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Alabama newspaper managers Phil Sanguinetti of the Anniston Star, age 100 and Barrett Sheldon Jr. of the Decatur Daily, age 89 each died in the past week. Death is a part of life that we all must face, but observing some deaths impacts us as individuals more than others. We liked and admired…

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This idea of being politically correct in everything has no end. On Saturday we received an e-mail announcing that real estate agents in Texas would no longer describe the biggest, best equipped bedroom as the ‘master’ bedroom. It will be forever more be the ‘primary’ bedroom. Well that is u…

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Our e-mail ‘mailbox’ gets a workout every day! Occasionally there is something worth noting. As much as is in our in-box, Troy Cable has a system that sorts out a lot of the Spam stuff into a separate folder. Once in a while there is something in it that we pull back and review but mostly it…

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An unidentified Alabama mother is fighting to stop a court order approving the withholding of life support from her young son, described as being terminally ill. Medical folks assert that the efforts to keep him alive are very painful to the child and will only prolong his agony. From afar w…

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LAST THURSDAY MORNING . . . The number of confirmed virus deaths in the U.S. had surpassed 100,000. That is just a small portion of the 1.7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in America. The United States has had 28 percent of global deaths despite having only 4 percent of the world’…

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We hear you – the citizens complaining about government ‘over stepping’ authority by calling for shutdowns and other actions in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Our thoughts go further and wonder why anyone would complain against efforts to protect his or her health or very l…

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Lots of March buying was ‘panic buying’ but total retail sales were still down 8.4 percent that month. That panic attack probably impacted the drastic April gross sales drop of 16.4 percent. The combined two month drop in sales was a record for the United States. It may be wishful thinking, …

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To us the idea of Alabama using some of the money sent down by the feds to compensate for money spent on COVID-19 issues on building a new State House is a . . . there just isn’t a word in our brain to adequately express the personal disgust everyone should have with this idea. Acting like i…

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Lawyers were already gearing up to sue owners of the meat packing plants that were experiencing hundreds of the coronavirus cases. Now with the President signing an official order for the plants to stay open that opens up the deep-pockets of the federal government as an additional defendant …

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Clearly the medical folks need to get a list of every person in the U. S. who has had the coronavirus and gotten well. We read an article about a 52 year old man who was . . . well he was dying from the virus but is now well! The answer appears to be a transfusion he got from another man who…

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Recently we commented about many of our family members posting pictures from Easter family gatherings of years past. Well, since those no longer happen, ‘remembering’ is probably the next best. That is unless your daughter and son-in-law drive up on Easter Sunday with a carload of food like …

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Samaritan’s Purse’s has set up a temporary hospital in New York City to treat the overflow of Coronavirus victims that has brought the medical community of that huge city to its knees. They brought their own doctors and nurses, etc. and are volunteers. These folks are working directly with t…

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We still have people who discount the seriousness of this Coronavirus issue, in spite of the full hospitals and mounting death tolls. We are not in that group. Folks this is serious and will not be going away next week. Experts are predicting that it may not be under control THIS YEAR! Hopef…