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At this time a year ago, our feeling of normalcy tilted firmly toward trepidation of an unknown killer hitchhiking its way into our community — the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, were arriving in the Loveliest Village.

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Recently, I was watching TV and came across a fascinating program (at least it was to me) featuring people who choose —for whatever reason — to live off the grid in frozen Alaska.

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A lot of people have fretted over Auburn’s proposed short-term rental (the “STR”) ordinance. Thus far, many people, particularly the majority of Auburn’s elected officials, have viewed the proposed ordinance as simply a means for bringing a noncompliant use into compliance, as a supplemental…

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A renter’s perspective: When our daughter was an infant, my wife and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in Knoxville. We wanted to stay somewhere that had multiple rooms because our daughter was a light sleeper. We also needed to be close to downtown since that is where the wedding party a…

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As I was preparing this week's conversation, I found out how treatment of some of the most dreadful diseases known to man are literally going to the dogs. 

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The failure of the electrical power system in Texas, which left millions without heat and other necessities during very cold weather, is beyond awful. Why did this happen?

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To this observer of the hours-long Feb. 16 Auburn City Council meeting, one Councilperson’s multi-part amendment (which was adopted) to the “Short-term Rental/Homestay Ordinance” looks like an eleventh-hour strategy to undermine the years of work done by the Planning Commission and the Task …

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e careful where you step. There are lots of rabbit holes out there, and they are not easy to spot. 

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fective vaccines against Covid-19 had been created in less than a year seemed miraculous — a triumph of science and American ingenuity. It took only six weeks to tarnish that image. Pride in the remarkable feat has been replaced by confusion, accusations of unfairness, frustrating waits and …

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You might say we're living by the numbers. Here's more on what I'm talking about.

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Many in the Auburn community and across the nation find themselves adapting to a "remote" life from their homes. While many in the Auburn area were already sheltering in place over the past two weeks, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey made the measure official last weekend, issuing a "Stay at Home"order…

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Our world was turned upside this week, shaken from its very foundation by something I didn’t even know existed three weeks ago. No one could anticipate the devastation the novel coronavirus would have so quickly.

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Alabama joins the presidential politics derby in only two-and-a-half weeks, on March 3, but who would ever know it from the lack of political advertising?

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Following Auburn’s win over Kentucky in basketball, this past weekend I was watching one of those talking heads post-game shows. Among the guests was Daymeon Fishback who played on an Auburn SEC Championship team in 1999.

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Amtrak, the train service, does not currently offer passenger service from Mobile to New Orleans. That may be about to change — if the state of Alabama and its local governments commit to a few million dollars a year.

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As we start a new year, we also embark on a new decade, and I am going to make a prediction right now that by the end of the decade, Huntsville will rank as Alabama’s largest city. In fact, I anticipate that it will be the largest within five years.

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Alabama seems poised to finally vote on a lottery again. And veteran observers believe it could pass statewide this time.

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Christians around the world are celebrating “Holy Week,” which culminates in Easter this Sunday. During Holy Week, I normally take a point of personal privilege in this space to discuss my faith.

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The 2020 race for the U.S. Senate became more intriguing this past weekend when former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville announced he is running for the Republican nomination.

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A friend told me recently that he would not trade Bruce Pearl for any college basketball coach in America. Based on Auburn’s performance the past week or so, I would be hard pressed to disagree with him.

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“Common Core,” the national school standards originally the idea of the National Governors Association, have suddenly and surprisingly become a hot topic in the Alabama Legislature.

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With so many of President Trump’s closest allies facing the possibility of prison time, presidential pardons is a topical issue right now. And the issue that towers over the others is whether the president may pardon himself.

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Auburn’s “second” football season starts Monday when spring training begins. And all eyes will be on the quarterback competition, since coach Gus Malzahn hopes to name a starter by the end of spring drills.

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One recurring issue before the Alabama Legislature is whether the state of Alabama should be in the liquor business and operate so-called "state stores."

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The Alabama Legislature convenes for its 2019 regular session next week and so far the most talked about issue probably has been a proposed gasoline tax increase, although a proposed Medicaid expansion has gotten considerable ink lately, as influential groups like the Alabama Hospital Associ…

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There is a scene in Robert Bolt’s play, “A Man for All Seasons,” in which Sir Thomas More, the lord high chancellor of England, suggests to a young and ambitious man of the royal court that he should become a teacher.