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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…

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A follow up on our actor Johnny Crawford’s comments of May 6 including his visit to Elba and his recent death. Becky Morrow reminded us that her late husband, Donnie, was behind the Crawford visit. Donnie was working at Ft. Rucker and in charge of filming training films. Crawford was in the …

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Horse trainer Bob Baffert was suspended after his horse, Medina Spirit, won the Kentucky Derby but tested positive for illegal drugs. This is reportedly the 5TH failed drug test in a year for trainer Baffert. However, he claims innocence and doesn’t have a clue how this happened. We wonder i…

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Actor Johnny Crawford, known for playing Chuck Connors’ son Mark in “The Rifleman” on TV from 1958-63, has died at the age of 75. Crawford visited Elba sometime, maybe in the late ‘60s or in the ‘70s. It was on a Friday and he walked the sidelines of the Elba High football game. We have forg…

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Packing of the U. S. Supreme Court by adding as many as five additional members – bad idea. We agree that it would probably be a good idea to have some system of staggering the appointment of new judges to the court, but just adding more bodies to the group is not smart, probably creating mo…

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COVID shots . . . . . many conservatives are not getting the shots. We wonder if it is vaccine skepticism by those not getting the shots or do they think it is being loyal to Donald Trump, who has had lots of negatives things to say about the virus, its seriousness, etc. What they need to re…

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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…