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Friday, February 9th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

A recent study showed that on an automobile that was driven 20,000 miles in a year—in a city of one million people—300,000 people noticed the imprint of the car dealer who sold the vehicle. That is a lot of inexpensive exposure. Bumper stickers are meant to be more noticeable than an auto dealer’s logo...
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Friday, January 26th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

There is the evangelical right. Fiscal conservatives. Social liberals. States righters. Neo-Nazis. Those who are pro-immigration and those who are anti-immigrants. Anarchists. Wall builders. Pro-union groups and antiunion forces. People who believe everything they read on the Internet...
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Friday, January 12th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

Just over 10 years ago, Dr. Robert Witt, the president of the university, sent the athletic director, Mal Moore, to Miami to lure Nick Saban away from the Miami Dolphins. He pointedly told Moore, “Do not come back here without Nick Saban on that airplane..."
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Thursday, December 14th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

Vi was a dedicated bream fisher. If there was a lake, pond, creek or mud puddle that held bream, she knew where it was. I spent an afternoon in Redbay, Florida, with Vi and her son Lum years ago. They were set up on the bank of a small pond with all their gear...
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Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

There are lots of ways to attain money. There’s the old-fashioned way. You can inherit it. Being born a white male in the United States is the original affirmative action. Most people aren’t born white or male or in the United States. You can work hard and be smart...
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Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

Aside from his personal behavior, Folsom was my kind of governor. He once said, “Negroes constitute 35 percent of our population in Alabama. Are they getting 35 percent of the fair share of living? Are they getting adequate medical care?” He decried the “stirring of old hatred and prejudices and false alarms..."
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Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

The change in pace can be refreshing. The Gulf is often too rough to fish, but bay fishing is good for trout, redfish and flounder. Oysters taste best this time of year. There’s less traffic. Many people take the time to travel. Lots of fishermen become deer hunters...
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

It doesn’t make much sense to constantly boast about our military strength. It’s universally accepted that we have the largest and most powerful armies and arsenals in the world (even if we are a bit stretched right now). Our power is always more obvious when we lead by example...
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

Over the next 12 nights, Ken Burns is bringing the Vietnam War back to our living rooms. The PBS documentary will be an exhaustive 18-hour history of our involvement in Vietnam. The parallels between that catastrophic experience and the Afghanistan War are going to be remarkably unavoidable...
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Thursday, September 7th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

My adult life has been spent primarily between Destin and the Bahamas. I’m familiar with hurricanes. They’re fascinating works of nature. They’re more predictable than earthquakes, tornados, or fires—although with advanced science and the Weather Channel, everything is more predictable these days...