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The Trump administration has been deeply divided in regard to its policy in Syria. President Trump himself keeps changing his mind about U.S. military involvement in Syria.

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Now that I'm no longer in the television news business, this year's inauguration for Gov. Kay Ivey and other elected officials sneaked up on me.

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Today is my dad’s birthday. He celebrated his last one in 1994. Less than six months later, he collapsed in a poolside chair and died.

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The turning of the calendar to 2019 reminds me of one of my favorite passages of scripture, John 20:19.

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Recently my friend Rex Roach and I were talking about growing up in our hometown of Geneva. 

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My wife Jean and I spent a delightful eight years living and working in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She taught school and wrote for the Ste. Genevieve Herald, the newspaper of which I was editor and publisher. 

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Between all the college football bowl games and holiday movies that also have a New Year's theme, I'm going to take you way back in time and place.

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Somewhere in the final months of 2018, I realized I needed to stop listening to public radio in front of my 4- and 6-year-old.

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The great Jewish historian, Josephus, writes about King Herod, who looms large in the story of Christmas.

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Those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves; purify their inner worlds of hatred, rancor, and jealousy; and adorn their outer worlds with virtue.” M. Fethullah Gülen

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The year 1958 was a great one if you were a 10-year-old who loved movies about men going into space.

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The Christian singer Brandon Heath has a wonderful, fun song I heard for the first time in late November. Here are the first two stanzas:

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My nightmarish yule memory dates back to a time when our American military men — there were no women trained for combat then — were treated like second-class citizens, or perhaps even less.

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On Jan. 16, 1899, W. G. Sumner (1840-1910) gave a brilliant lecture at Yale that was prophetical in terms of today’s world. 

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One of the unexpected rewards of retirement is being able to watch television at length. 

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God revealed through his son Jesus — his open-door policy! Everyone is invited to the banquet table and a place in the kingdom.

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There is a pleasant connection between the late President George H. W. Bush and the city of Montgomery.

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In this era of big-business football, the role of starting quarterback is a most coveted one. Being named to run the offense of a major college team is, indeed, a heady position.  The quarterback is usually the face of the team and the one who gets the most praise or blame, depending on whet…

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At the end of last week's conversation, I told you that I would have an update on how my elder son's first attempt at frying a turkey for Thanksgiving turned out .

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When the Legislature returns to work in Montgomery early next year, a proposed state gas tax of 5 to 7 cents a gallon is expected to be a priority item.

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Is it just me or is our culture, country and world having difficulty this year with Thanksgiving?

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I'm sure the North American Free Trade Agreement took less time to complete than my wife's deciding on what to have for Thanksgiving dinner!

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How does a world become so torn by hate? And blind hate at that — hate fueled by online forums, conspiracy theories, bully pulpits (in the truest sense of bully) across the country, and such? 

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Back in November of 1979, my wife Paula was working with the Alabama Film Commission on a movie that was being shot in Montgomery and some location shots in the Auburn-Opelika area. It was titled "Sister, Sister" — Maya Angelou's story of the three Lovejoy sisters whose family was in turmoil…

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When you get to be as old as I am, you start to read the obituaries very closely. I start to compare myself to those who were younger than I am when they made "the transition."

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I was involved in a bad automobile accident a few weeks ago, and I am slowly, slowly returning to normal. I hope. But the soreness and fatigue continue, along with a fuzzy, other-worldly mind. 

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Earlier this week I found myself reflecting on the age-old drama that is the children’s Christmas program.

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Editor's note: The following was presented during a memorial service last Saturday at Beth Shalom Synagogue to remember victims of the recent shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

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Alabama's Constitution of 1901 often is criticized for apparently being the longest in the nation with almost 900 amendments and reportedly 170,000 words. The U.S. Constitution, by contrast, has fewer than 5,000 words and 27 adopted amendments.

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After reading David Housel's column in the Sept. 13 issue of The Villager, I couldn't help but reflect on my own Auburn football memories. And as David said, "Memories. Oh, those memories!"

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In a sleepy haze this morning a headline in the sports section of the local newspaper caught my eye.

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Even though solitude and community are two sides of the same coin, we find tension between them. They are both essential, but they can feel more like rivals than friends.

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I had surgery on my shoulder about seven weeks ago. The surgery was supposed to last one hour. Recovery and healing meant limited use of my right shoulder and arm for six weeks.

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Each October, seven days are set aside to observe “National Newspaper Week.” Not too many years ago, the entire month of October was known as “National Newspaper Month.”

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The Affordable Care Act of 2010 does several important things for my family. Most importantly, it requires that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions without charging so much for that coverage that no one can pay for it. This means that my grandchild, niece and nephews who have l…

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I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “Christianity isn’t about religion; it’s about relationship with God.”

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1975 was a great year for music with hits, like "Love Will Keep Us Together" by the Captain and Tennille. Montgomery native Toni Tennille was the singer, and her husband, "Captain" Daryl Dragon was on keyboard. It was the bestselling single of the year, staying at No. 1 on Billboard Magazine…