Gap of Opinion on Flinn Case Wider than B-52 She Flew

American opinion is divided over the way the Air Force handled the case of 1stLt Kelly Flinn. Lt Flinn, an Air Force B-52 bomber pilot, resigned under pressure from the Secretary of the Air Force with less than an honorable discharge because she had an adulterous relationship.

As with the O.J. Simpson case, everyone . . . → Read More: Gap of Opinion on Flinn Case Wider than B-52 She Flew

Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

The infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study took place between 1932 and 1972 in Macon County Alabama. In that study, a group of poor Macon County black men with syphilis were left untreated by government health care officials so researchers could monitor the effects of untreated syphilis in a human population. The study continued long after . . . → Read More: Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

Crudeness, Harassment Not Same: Paula Jones Case Dismissed

Heretofore, this column remained silent with respect to President Clinton’s widely publicized sexual diversions. On a public level, I didn’t think it was any of my business whether he did or did not do any of any of the things his accusers claimed. I wanted to wait for the legal proceedings to conclude before commenting. In a surprising turn of events, those proceedings concluded on the 1st day of April with reports that President Clinton thought the judge’s opinion was an April fool’s joke. It was no joke. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against Mr. Clinton. . . . → Read More: Crudeness, Harassment Not Same: Paula Jones Case Dismissed

Missing Fathers Take Big Toll

Far too many of Alabama’s children are in trouble. They live in poverty; they lack access to health care; and they are caught up in the State’s overcrowded juvenile justice system. Much of this juvenile social pathology stems from homes with vanished fathers.

According to Professor Donald Bogie at Auburn University in Montgomery’s Center . . . → Read More: Missing Fathers Take Big Toll

White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

Last year, in an Austin, Texas speech, the president challenged the nation to begin an earnest conversation about race. This past spring in California, he announced establishment of a Presidential Commission to conduct a series of town meeting style hearings on race relations. It seems as if everyone in the country is talking about . . . → Read More: White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

Alabamians Need Choice of Marriages

A Time Magazine poll (July 1997) reveals a lot about how Americans feel about divorce. In the poll, 50 percent of respondents thought that it should be more difficult for married couples to get divorced. For couples with young children, the figure rose to 61 percent. Ironically, asked if the government should make divorce . . . → Read More: Alabamians Need Choice of Marriages

Social Costs of the Vanishing-Father

Far too many of Alabama’s children are in trouble. They live in poverty; they lack access to health care; and they are caught up in the State’s overcrowded juvenile justice system. Much of this juvenile social pathology stems from homes with vanished fathers.

According to Professor Donald Bogie at Auburn University in Montgomery’s Center . . . → Read More: Social Costs of the Vanishing-Father

Extortion Is Criminal, But So Is This Kind Of Child Abuse

The recent extortion trial and subsequent conviction of 22 year old Autumn Jackson by a New York Federal District Court, unfolded as a classic tragedy. A jury convicted Ms. Jackson of attempting to extort $40,000,000 from Bill Cosby, the famous television comic/actor/pitch-man. During the trial, Ms. Jackson claimed that she was “negotiating” with the man she believed to be her father. Jackson and co-defendants, Jose Medina, 51, a former tennis instructor, and Boris Sabas, 42, a small business owner, are scheduled for sentencing by Judge Barbara Jones in October. When they are sentenced, Jackson could receive up to 12 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Judge Jones can impose a lesser sentence if she determines that there are mitigating or unusual circumstances in the case. There are many. . . . → Read More: Extortion Is Criminal, But So Is This Kind Of Child Abuse

Durr Lecture Series Brightens City’s Intellectual Climate

Auburn University at Montgomery’s (AUM) Clifford J. Durr Lecture series continues to attract distinguished thinkers. Studs Terkel and Charles Morgan, Jr. spoke at the 1997 lecture. They told many wonderful stories about their experiences with Virginia and Clifford Durr. Through their anecdote laden speeches, the two long time friends of the Durrs also exposed . . . → Read More: Durr Lecture Series Brightens City’s Intellectual Climate

Misguided Party-Switchers Choosing Backward Response

Today it is hard to find a politician in Alabama who does not claim to be a conservative. Claiming conservative values, many former members of the Democratic Party have switched to the Republican Party. The issue that concerns me is one that should concern all of us. That is: Why is conservatism attracting so many life-long Democrats? . . . → Read More: Misguided Party-Switchers Choosing Backward Response