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What Have We Learned?

PowerSouth invests resources into economic development in Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Economic development, new jobs, and better-paying jobs are the lifeblood of communities. We know it, you know it, and local leaders know it. If an economy (especially a small economy) is not growing, neither is the community. To build stronger communities and cities, we need more and better jobs.

Jimmy V and Jackson

Since 2006, the NCAA and ESPN have sponsored Jimmy V Week,  showcasing the country’s best college basketball teams in a competition to fund the V Foundation’s effort to cure cancer.

BIG MIKE’S BEAN HOUSE

My friend, Covington County Circuit Judge Ben Bowden, recently sent me an article from The Atlantic written by James Hamblin entitled, “If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef.” He sent it to me to see if I thought it was satire. Since there are other studies and articles on the effects of diet on climate …

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PECAN TREES AND NUCLEAR PLANTS

Charlie Lowman was President and CEO of Alabama Electric Cooperative (the predecessor of PowerSouth Energy) from 1970 until 1988. When he retired, Charlie moved north of Andalusia and started a pecan farm. He developed his own strain of pecans. In response to questions about starting a pecan farm so late in life, Charlie responded, “You …

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RENEWABLE LIES

A few weeks ago, an article about the California Legislature caught my attention. They have passed a bill establishing a requirement that 60% of the state’s electricity be renewable by 2025 and 100% to be renewable by 2045. I know California has a lot of renewable energy, but I was interested in how such aggressive …

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THEORY AND PRACTICE

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.” This quote is attributed to Yogi Berra. I don’t know if Yogi said it or not, but there is a lot wisdom in it. Really big plans or theories rarely turn out as planned. Practice is almost always different from theory. This …

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ENERGY EDUCATION

I give a number of civic club presentations. I call them my “Rotary Club talks.” I start each presentation by picking an unsuspecting victim and asking, “Where does electricity come from?” The answers vary, but the most common answer I get (about 30% of the time) is, “out of the wall” or the “the switch.” I …

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EXPERTS AGREE: LOCAL REGULATION IS THE BEST REGULATION

Guest Column: Rep. Randy Davis My colleagues and I in the Alabama Legislature know we do not work in a vacuum. We do not dream up laws out of the blue. I am a citizen-legislator, like my fellow Representatives in the House and our co-workers in the Senate. If I didn’t place more importance on the …

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A REAL FACE OF CANCER

We all know someone who has or has had cancer. If it is someone close, you have shared their physical pain, their mental doubt and the many changes in their lives. We fly cancer victims to cancer hospitals for treatment. We also help Pilots for Christ with their mission to fly cancer patients to cancer …

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A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH

A Bad Conservative Approach I get a number of comments about my articles. Some are good. Some are not so good and even personally demeaning. One response said, “You need to stop printing Gary Smith’s opinion because it’s idiotic and above all untrue! He is a coal promoter and denies global warming exists. Therefore he …

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