Editorial

We don’t make the news--we just print it

We received several phone calls this past week concerning our coverage of the Guin City Council meeting in the Wednesday, April 10, edition (Meeting ends early amid shouting, finger-pointing).
Those who fielded the calls were told they didn’t like how this story was handled, the harsh manner in which it was presented. In fact, our staff was told we actually reported too much.
Well, we didn’t like it, either.
Covering meetings when tempers are flaring and conversations and discussions are frayed are not enjoyable for our reporters.

Know how to save a life

Thanks to training and quick action in Winfield on March 30, a choking death was prevented. Devin Smith, a pharmacist, performed the Heimlich maneuver on Todd Fetter after food became lodged in Fetter’s windpipe.
According to the National Safety Council, an average of 5,000 people die each year from choking. Many of those deaths could have been prevented with the right knowledge and training, the kind of knowledge and training that both men possessed.  

Del Marsh and his standards repeal farce

One of the definitions of “farce” is “an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation.”
I can think of no better example than the effort by Sen. Del Marsh to repeal the Alabama College & Career Ready standards.
First Marsh was a staunch supporter of these standards. In an article by the Business Council of Alabama on April 23, 2013, describing a capitol rally in support of the standards, Marsh is quoted as telling reporters that any repeal effort was “off the table.”

Eternity

Harris
Faye Harris

What? You don’t want to die and go back to spirit...to become invisible? Allow me to explain...

Collusion and crying wolf

Scott
Scott Johnson

“Liars are not believed even when they are telling the truth.”
This is the phrase coined by Greek storyteller Aesop for the moral of his famous story, which we have come to commonly refer to as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

Almanacs reflected changes in American society

In my last Palmer’s Almanac (Journal Record, Feb. 20), I traced the evolution of almanacs from the beginning of recorded time to the founding of the United States of America. As American expansion moved west, the publication of almanacs soon followed.
Almanacs began as inscriptions on clay tablets about 5,000 years ago in the fertile Euphrates valley in modern-day Iraq.
Ancient farmers kept records of the seasons, the weather and the climate as a way of predicting when Spring planting should begin and, hopefully, increasing the next season’s harvest.

God has blessed America

My parents were young people during the Great Depression. While my maternal grandparents had owned the town grocery store and a large rooming house, complete with “hired-girls” to help, they were now relegated to living with their children, in a miner’s shack. It had a dirt floor and whatever they could find to stuff into the cracks in the walls.
I believe the World War II may have been the relief our nation found to overcome the abject poverty the Depression visited on our world.

State Budgets: Priority Number One

After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now. The session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over.
Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will. Even though they are, for the most part, a bright and talented group, they are still wet behind the ears when it comes to legislative ways.

RC&D making a difference

A little over two weeks ago, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page commended the Resource Conservation and Development council during the council’s meeting to discuss 2018’s projects.
Throughout last year, RC&D has funded projects ranging from buying computers and printers for schools and police departments to funding paving projects for school parking lots as they had at Brilliant High School in 2018.

Recent misstep good reminder of open government

The public’s business should be done in public. We have sounded this charge time and time again over the years. In the wake of a curious situation that the Hamilton City Council was faced with, we believe it’s a great opportunity to sound this charge again.
The Hamilton council, at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, was tasked with repealing a resolution for water department raises which it had swept through for approval at its previous meeting on Feb. 4. It then turned around and passed a clarifying resolution, correcting an error included in the previous ordinance.

AEA...dead or not?

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Steve Flowers

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) was the most powerful and influential political organization in Alabama for close to three decades. The late Dr. Paul Hubbert was the builder and king of this powerful organization.

Editorial: Thankful for the opportunity

Two areas in Marion County have received federal designation as Opportunity Zones, a program established recently through the passage of President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Nationwide, there is speculation that the program will be the largest investment program in history, generating as much as $100 billion, which will all be funneled into low-income areas to help provide boosts in economic development.
Per the regulations, Gov. Kay Ivey was given the responsibility of choosing a portion of the state’s low-income areas to be designated as “zones.”

Column: Ivey’s step in the right direction

Last week Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced in a memorandum to the state comptroller that tax-payer dollars intended to feed county inmates should go into a county account and not the sheriff’s personal account.
Alabama sheriffs are given $1.75 to feed each of the inmates in their care. The sheriff gets to keep any leftover money without any oversight as to where that money goes or how it is spent.

 

Ivey advantaged for re-election if she can play it safe

The four best will be Troy King versus Steve Marshall in the Attorney General’s race;  the Lt. Governor runoff between Twinkle Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth will be interesting;  the Agriculture Commissioner race between Rick Pate and Gerald Dial will be good; and  it will be interesting to see if Bobby Bright ousted Martha Roby from Congress in the 2nd District.

 

Editorial: Social media may hurt more than it helps...

We at the Journal Record appreciate the benefits of social media, like the rest of the world does. It’s a great way to keep up with family, friends and So-and-So that you haven’t seen since high school.
We like looking at sweet family pictures, we like to see who’s dating who and to make sure all of our friends are still married. You know...the social media basics.

 

Column: We the people

Harris
Faye Harris

Our fourth president, James Madison, once said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Alas, most politicians have little to worry about, men and women are not angels; thus those we elect to political office will never be without a job.

Editorial: Copying and pasting not what it’s all about

Recently it has come to the Journal Record’s attention that a misguided man has been copying and pasting our (allow us to make this plain--OUR) stories, to his website, which he proudly calls a “Media/News Company.”

At the footer of our webpage, we have a disclaimer which reads the following: “Printing, broadcasting or any other use of this content is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. All rights reserved.”

 

Is much-needed prison depopulation creating unintended victims?

A former Hamilton resident, Sheri Goggans, 69, was kidnapped at knifepoint while visiting family in the city. Her abductor, Marshall Lee Gray, 33, had only been out of prison for four days. He only served 38 months of a 20 years prison sentence for first-degree rape.
Thankfully, Goggans escaped alive, but not without being stabbed in her forearm as Gray reportedly was trying to cut her throat. This has left us with some sobering questions.

 

Giving thanks where thanks is due

PalmerSometimes we need to stop and give thanks to the people who have inspired us to become better at what we do.    
Back in April I gave a presentation to the Marion County Genealogical Society. In the middle of that presentation, which focused on my ancestor, Joseph M. Palmer, I realized that I owe William Stanley Hoole a debt of gratitude.