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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Another area where we trail
Posted: May 27, 2015

We are accustomed to seeing rankings showing Alabama among the worst states in terms of the health of its citizens. We are among the very worst in conditions like strokes and hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Legislature is derelict in duty
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 8:19 am

Other than Gov. Bentley, no one in state government has put forth a reasonable plan to fund state government.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Be aware of heat's effects on children, pets
Posted: May 13, 2015

Now that summer weather is here, it's time to focus again on the dangers of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Gambling not a total solution
Posted: April 29, 2015

The question of whether Alabama should have a state lottery and legalize gambling has pretty much been answered along political party lines in the past, with Republicans generally opposed and Democrats in favor.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Lack of action has real consequences
Posted: April 22, 2015

We elect our representatives to the Alabama Legislature to represent our interests and competently manage state government for our benefit. The looming cuts in highway safety, mental health services, courts, prisons and nearly every other necessary function of state government would indicate they have let us down.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
More attention on health care
Posted: April 15, 2015

Gov. Robert Bentley has created the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force to consider ways to improve the delivery of health care in Alabama. The 38-member group led by state Health Officer Dr. Don

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Misleading advertising
Posted: April 08, 2015

Even when consumers use due diligence and read terms and conditions, there is no guarantee that they will get an accurate picture of the real cost of free or discounted services offered by some businesses, according to Better Business Bureau.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Funding state government
Posted: March 25, 2015

Gov. Robert Bentley is traveling the state this week to promote his plan to raise taxes to help shrink a $700-million deficit in the state's General Fund budget, which pays for such things as public safety, health care for the poor and elderly, and highway and bridge construction and repair. He'll have a tough sale, especially with his fellow Republicans who control the legislature. Most ran on a pledge of "no new taxes," just as Bentley himself did when running for his first term as governor.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Restore intent of state's open meetings act
Posted: March 18, 2015

As the 2015 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature gets started, there are many important issues facing our lawmakers. We don’t envy them. Most of us do not appreciate or understand the challenges they face regarding budgets, prisons, health care, and other essential services we have come to expect from state government.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Lawmakers vs. public schools
Posted: March 11, 2015

How to come up with a good local healthcare system is getting deserved attention right now, for quality of life of those who live here and for luring new businesses to improve our economy. As we focus on solving this problem, we should not take for granted what we do have going for us that may be lacking in other areas. That's our good public schools.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Unintended consequences
Posted: March 04, 2015

An email this week from the publisher of the Clark County Democrat in Grove Hill served as a reminder of the law of unintended consequences.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Why the secrecy over fee hike?
Posted: February 25, 2015

The 'kicking the can' column below describes some of the shortfalls in the state's General Fund budget that will have to be addressed when the legislature convenes next week. For too long too little has been done about an impending financial crisis, and now the state is out of options.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
No funding for roads and bridges
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 7:55 am

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) 17 of Alabama's 67 counties still don't have a four-lane route to an interstate, some-thing that companies almost always look for when deciding where to locate.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Chief justice incites lawlessness around federal court order
Posted: February 11, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's ruling that Alabama's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, it made Alabama the 37th state where same sex marriage is legal. Many court observers also feel it is a strong indication of how the Supreme Court will rule when it hears a case in June that will have implications for the remaining states.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
There's no reason not to vaccinate
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 8:42 am

Many of us had measles as children and survived. Nonetheless, measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash and fever illnesses. And it's one of the most easily spread.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Tough decisions
Posted: January 28, 2015

When the Alabama Legislature next goes into session, it will face some tough issues that will require some hard financial choices. The state's $1.8 billion general fund budget, which funds nearly all government functions except education, is short hundreds of millions, and the federal stimulus money that allowed state lawmakers to avoid dealing with the funding crisis is gone. Decision time is here.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Tax season scams to avoid
Posted: January 21, 2015

Anyone who has had an email account for any length of time probably has received unsolicited offers to reduce your IRS or credit card debt for pennies on the dollar.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Mail delays not likely to improve without change
Posted: January 14, 2015

Fielding calls from customers wanting to know why it takes so long for us to get their newspapers to them is a regular occurrence. We wish we had answers for them. The papers are mailed on Wednesday mornings, as always.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Encouraging signs of improvement in our economy
Posted: January 07, 2015

According to the Alabama Retail Association (ARA), Alabama experienced an increase of almost 2.7 percent in retail sales through October of 2014 and averaged 2.6-percent growth each month in 2014 over the same month a year earlier.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
A resolution that can save lives
Posted: December 30, 2014

It seems that there once was more emphasis on learning cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), either individually or in the work place, than there is today.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Christmas can be a time of renewal
Posted: December 23, 2014

Christmas music, Christmas meals, giving and receiving gifts, and spending time with family and friends are the memories most of us have this time of year.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
A blueprint for how healthcare can work for us
Posted: December 17, 2014

With more and more rural hospitals closing each year, and with Randolph County in a precarious position with its one remaining hospital, the future for quality healthcare here might seem bleak.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Why shop local?
Posted: December 10, 2014

An advertisement in last week's Leader by the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph County Economic Development Authority asked readers to shop locally first. Why shop at a locally owned business first? The following 10 reasons show how more money spent at local businesses is reinvested in our community.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Level playing field for sales tax collections
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 8:18 am

Level the playing field on sales tax collections

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Pushback from the prosecutor
Posted: November 19, 2014

Under our criminal justice system a person charged is presumed to be innocent until found guilty in the courts. Other aspects of living in a free society sometimes conflict with this presumption, however.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Safeguard credit card information
Posted: November 12, 2014

Christmas decorations were on store shelves before Halloween, and within days some radio stations already were playing non-stop Christmas music. Thanksgiving, lacking the commercial potential of Christmas, has become an afterthought.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Veterans Day is for giving thanks
Posted: November 05, 2014

Veterans Day is next Tuesday, which is when the post office, banks and government offices close in observance. It always is November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
The amendments
Posted: October 29, 2014

Five proposed statewide amendments to the Alabama Constitution will be on next Tuesday’s ballot. The full text of each appears in the Public Notices section of this issue of The Leader. Here’s a summary and an analysis of each.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
A dime's worth of difference
Posted: October 22, 2014

Monday's grand jury indictment of Alabama House Speaker and former Alabama Republican Party chairman Mike Hubbard on 23 felony ethics law violations is a pretty good indication little has changed in state-level politics.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Simple questions deserve answers
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 8:24 am

Next Monday we'll have the opportunity to observe candidates for several offices respond to a series of prepared questions. The event at the Roanoke City Auditorium will be a chance to actually see and hear the candidates and should help us decide if this is the person we want representing us in the office for which he or she is running.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Constitutional grandstanding
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 8:14 am

In addition to the offices up for grabs in November's general election, five amendments to Alabama's Constitution will be on the statewide ballot.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Vote could affect more than hospital
Posted: October 01, 2014

The top two stories on the front page are separate stories yet related to each other.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
A silly stance by state government
Posted: September 24, 2014

Code of Alabama 1975, § 36-12-40 provides that, "Every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute."

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
A surprising technology critic
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 9:14 am

Following up on last week's editorial about our dependence on technology to the point of having very little face-to-face interaction anymore.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Escaping the latest technology
Posted: September 10, 2014

Apple introduced its iPhone 6 yesterday, with a larger screen, upgraded software and a number of features to make the company's newest smart phone even more indispensable to users. Rather than being a cause for celebration, however, some of us see the accelerating personal technology race as cause for alarm.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Why we need a hospitla here
Posted: September 03, 2014

We’ve always heard that the first minutes are critical for victims of cardiac arrest or trauma. The American Heart Association in fact has established a standard response time of four minutes for basic life support and eight minutes for advanced life support to begin for victims of cardiac arrest. Survival in any lifethreatening medical emergency is dependent on receiving an appropriate level of medical care as quickly as possible.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Serving ideology not children
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 9:05 am

We'd like to believe that only the Alabama Legislature could come up with something as bad as the misnamed "Alabama Accountability Act," which takes funds from our already underfunded public schools to give to unaccountable private schools.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Body cameras may benefit all
Posted: August 20, 2014

By getting body cameras for its officers, the Roanoke Police Department is way ahead of most other departments––of any size. We expect many more law enforcement organizations will follow suit in the coming years. The times demand it.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Prison problem needs solution
Posted: August 13, 2014

Alabama's prisons are severely overcrowded due to a number of factors, including a "three strikes" law, harsh penalties for drug crimes, and elected judges and prosecutors who don't want to be seen as soft on crime.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
School safety
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 8:03 am

School resumes next week in Randolph County, and with it comes special dangers with more children out and about and with more traffic as certain times of the day.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Shop now and shop locally
Posted: July 30, 2014

Alabama’s annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and ends at midnight Sunday Aug. 3, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state’s four percent sales tax. Here, local governments also have waived their portion of the tax, joining 231 other municipalities and 57 other counties that have done so.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Seeing the world very differently
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 11:01 am

Some of us don't see the world the way some of our elected officials do.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Rabies threat is real and present
Posted: July 16, 2014

The threat is real and it is here now.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Learning from others' tragedies
Posted: June 25, 2014

An Alabama man was charged with murder after authorities say he left his toddler son in his SUV for seven hours on Wednesday of last week. The 22-month-old boy was strapped into a child car seat in the back seat of his father's vehicle. The temperature was 88 degrees outside the car a little after 4 p.m. when the father realized he had left his son in the vehicle all day.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Deck is stacked against hospitals
Posted: June 18, 2014

Concern about the future of Wedowee Hospital has spread beyond the hospital's board and the Randolph County Healthcare Authority to the general public, as it should. As the only hospital in Randolph County, it has meant the difference in life and death on several occasions. Emergency situations continue to arise where there simply isn't time to reach a medical facility farther away.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
BBB's top five summer scams
Posted: June 11, 2014

Summer is a great time to take that long-overdue vacation or make much-needed home repairs, but as the weather heats up, so do scams. Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about these popular summer scams.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
An opportunity not everyone has
Posted: June 04, 2014

We in Randolph County had a voting opportunity yesterday that many in Alabama did not have. Yet many here did not avail themselves of that opportunity.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
A few election reminders
Posted: May 28, 2014

Every time political party primaries are held there are complaints from some voters that they were not allowed to vote for all of the candidates they wanted to vote for. Their favorite for revenue commissioner might be on the Democratic ballot, for example, while their choice for state representative might be running as a Republican.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Good and bad campaigning
Posted: May 21, 2014

We're in full campaign swing now with the Republican and Democratic primary elections coming up in less than two weeks. Between now and then we'll be bombarded with campaign messages––some infor-mative but most falling far short of letting us know why we should vote for a particular candidate.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
There's more good news than bad
Posted: May 14, 2014

The message of the week in the Directory of Churches on page 17A points out that people helping others and doing good in the world are so commonplace that it is the heinous crimes that make the news, simply because they are so shocking and out of the norm. It asks us to imagine a newscast every evening with headlines such as "Charitable giving is up" and "People are helping others everywhere."

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