Ms. Matthews is a grandmother on a fixed income and takes care of her grandchildren.
Members of the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey had no way of knowing when they approved a gas tax this spring that petroleum facilities in Saudi Arabia would be bombed about the time the bulk of the tax kicked in.
By nature, I’m an optimist, but lately I worry that my beloved country is on a downward spiral for three reasons: (1) our national debt is off the charts, (2) the U.S. and Russia have decided to scrap the Intermediate range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)they signed in 1987, thus bringing about …
What is a Unitarian Universalist? It’s a question I’ve had come up numerous times, even more so since I became a minister in the faith as the natural next question after you tell a curious acquaintance you’re a Unitarian Universalist minister is, “What’s that?”
I attended the Aug. 27 Auburn University Senate meeting to see if Interim President Jay Gogue would live up to his well-earned repute of rarely missing Senate meetings and taking questions from those present. I was not disappointed.
"Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in... Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." — Winston Churchill.
When my husband and I considered where to settle down, we had a handful of requirements beyond gainful employment — a good hospital, a place where you didn’t have to know about block heaters for cars in the winter (warm, thank you very much), a landscape with natural water beyond playas, and…
Recently, I told someone that in Bo Nix I felt Auburn had signed its best quarterback out of high school since Pat Sullivan in the late 1960s (“out of high school” would eliminate Cam Newton, since he was a transfer).
A few weeks ago, we had a conversation about smart phones and the long list of tasks they perform. One of those tasks is at the top of the list for TV stations looking for a way to lock in viewers day and night.
As a youngster, I considered the U.S. to be a safe and secure country. However, in my twenties, I came to the realization that security is a relative term. If a president like John F. Kennedy (who had the Secret Service guarding him) could be assassinated then no one is safe.
Some time ago, The Villager ran stories about the planned stand-alone emergency room for Auburn, and other media have reported on it extensively of late. The venture amounts to a good example of the city of Auburn, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) and Auburn University working together for…
In past years, debates over economic policy have focused on the best application of sound economic principles — free markets based on voluntary exchange, prices determined by supply and demand, consumer sovereignty, free trade, limited government intervention and fiscal responsibility. These…
A gentleman emailed me recently, incensed over what he perceived as an insinuation in my column about the departure of Dr. Steven Leath that Iowa State was an inferior institution to Auburn.
What's the one thing that people around the world couldn't do without for any length of time? I'm not talking about food or water or any of the necessities of life. I'm talking about something optional to your existence as a human being.
The word “authentic” isn’t spoken much these days. That’s because authentic means “the real deal — genuine.” There’s very little, if any, genuineness around in 2019.
The committee of legislators, state officials and prominent citizens studying ways to improve Alabama prisons met for the first time this week. And the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy, as the committee is called, faces a very difficult task.
The next time you use GPS for navigation or secure Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, you'll find a connection to a comedy film and a gorgeous movie star born in Vienna. Let's begin with the movie.
I've begun to lose track of all the television programs and written accounts dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. space program, NASA and its Apollo 11 flight to the moon.
In a letter on July 21, 1944, to his longtime friend, Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while in prison, recalled a conversation he had some years ago with a young French pastor. They discussed what they both wanted out of life.
This weekend (the 20th), it will have been three years since I suffered a stroke. Little did I know as I drove home from work that day that in literally a split second my life was about to change forever.
Around Independence Day, people seriously start talking about vacations — if they haven’t gone on one already. So, I tried to remember our favorite vacations of all time.
Something was seriously amiss, I reasoned, when Auburn President Steven Leath refused to put a football-only facility on the June agenda and members of the Board of Trustees overrode him. That was a public slap in the face.
The American Camp Association will give you many reasons why your child should attend camp — developing independence, experiencing the outdoors, relaxing, getting unplugged and becoming better at making and keeping friends (these five particular reasons are listed on their website, acacamps.org.)
Did you know that a crime committed by a pair of the country's best-known outlaws occurred about 52 miles from my hometown? That's a fact. And it was this crime that sent them on their way to Alcatraz federal prison.
One of the most interesting laws passed this year by the Alabama Legislature provides for chemical castration for persons convicted of sex crimes against children.