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  • The Cullman Times

Meal money — the taxpayers’ money allotted to sheriffs to feed inmates — has been on the mind of Alabamians for months since a lawsuit filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in January.

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  • The News Courier

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk cited issues with the “climate” at Tanner High School as one reason why Principal Louis Gordon was placed on administrative leave March 12.

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  • The News Courier

Sound Off is a recurring featuring appearing in Sunday editions of The News Courier. Those wishing to sound off should email comments to NewsCourierSoundOff@gmail.com. Published entries cannot be longer than 100 words. Entries exceeding that amount will be edited for space/content. Please ke…

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  • The Cullman Times

Congress is treading dangerously close to severing one of the nation’s most beneficial healthcare programs that is widely used in Alabama.

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  • The Cullman Times

The special election for the U.S. Senate seat has come down to a boring duel among the top Republican candidates over who most likes President Donald Trump.

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  • The Cullman Times

The Alabama Legislature finished another lackluster session in Montgomery last month, leaving behind a dangerous, unresolved overcrowded prison system issue.

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  • The Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama legislators this past week wrongly approved a bill that shortens the appeal process for people convicted of a capital crime and facing an execution.

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  • The Cullman Times

Gov. Kay Ivey wasted little time in taking steps to restore some trust in state government Tuesday when she set a special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Jeff Sessions prior to being tapped as President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

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  • The Gadsden Times

Teachers in Alabama weren't pleased last year when Michael Sentance was hired as state school superintendent. The issues were his lack of both classroom experience (he's only been an education adviser, consultant and reformer) and connections to this state (he's from Massachusetts), and some…

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  • The Cullman Times

With the regular session of the Alabama Legislature under way, there is no room for junk bills that threaten to tie up valuable time with debates and emotional overload.

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  • The Cullman Times

Unfortunately, Alabama has its share of negative connotations: Many residents are too fat, so we claim the title of being the most obese state in the nation; our schools are up and down as far as education quality, ranking the state among the lowest in national educational surveys; and the e…

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  • The Cullman Times

President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at various news organizations this week for publishing information from an unsubstantiated report that Russia was holding compromising personal and financial information about him. It’s not the first time our president-elect has raised concerns about m…

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  • The Beckley, W.Va., Register-Herald

The nation’s bully pulpit has gone digital, and President-elect Donald Trump, our Twitterer-In-Chief, is using it as he did during the presidential campaign – to criticize and to demean.

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  • The News Courier

Government across the United States has one purpose — serve the people. That’s also the principle behind newspapers in holding government at all levels accountable and transparent.

  • The Joplin (Missouri) Globe

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been making campaign hay from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s gaffe in saying half of Trump’s supporters would fit into a “basket of deplorables.”

  • The Cullman Times

The modern conservative movement deeply entrenched in the Republican Party, dating to the rise of Ronald Reagan, created a long and successful path in American politics, especially across the South.

  • The Cullman Times

The special session of the Alabama Legislature concluded with some success following a complete breakdown in the Senate over a proposed lottery bill.

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  • The Dallas Morning News

Editor's note: The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Dallas Morning News. The paper broke with a 75-year tradition of endorsing Republican candidates to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. The newspaper gave permission to CNHI newspapers like The News Courier to reprint…

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  • The Muskogee, Okla., Phoenix

There is a reason the architects of the Bill of Rights included freedom of the press and speech in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — our democratic republic couldn’t survive without them.

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  • The News Courier

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rightfully command a lot of attention during the election season as they battle for the presidency.

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  • The News Courier

During previous election cycles, The News Courier has taken a stance against publishing endorsement letters for candidates seeking office on the opinion page.

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  • The News Courier

When the South went to the polls earlier this year, the Republican ballot showcased a field of candidates who offered a variety of conservative views. In this region, a give-them-what-they-want-to-hear political newcomer from New York instantly grabbed voters’ attention.

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  • For The News Courier

The uproar over allegations that Republican Gov. Robert Bentley had an affair with a top female staff member has limited his ability to lead the state during a critical time.

  • The Selma Times-Journal

The divorce records of Gov. and Mrs. Robert Bentley should be open to the public. Such is precedent in this state and there is no reason to do differently in this case.

  • The News Courier

The citizens of Athens have an important choice to make on Tuesday, and by now, most of you have been inundated with the pros and cons of the property tax referendum for Athens City Schools.

  • The News Courier

Imagine waking up to the sound of heavy construction equipment next door to your home, then going to wash the sleep from your eyes and finding the water shut off for environmental testing.

  • The News Courier

More than 400 miles southeast of Ferguson, Mo., residents of every color from Athens and Limestone County came together Thursday night and peacefully gathered for the annual Christmas parade.

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