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At least nine young lives were mercilessly snuffed out Thursday when a shooter opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon. Dozens more were injured. One remains in critical condition.

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On Thursday I attended the unveiling of Northeast Community College’s new mathematics, science and engineering technology (MSET) building.

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones on which this country was founded, even if that opinion is unfounded and based on rumors and bits and pieces of the truth – see Garry Morgan’s column from yesterday as an example.

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Ever notice how politicians assign complicated, malicious sounding names to the “crises du jour?” 

It’s pretty ridiculous, and it’s nothing more than a marketing campaign to try and scare people into choosing a side. 

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In the State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama mentioned something that caught my ear. 

In his statements Obama brought up the minimum wage, and how we ought to raise it in order to ensure everyone makes a “living wage.” 

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Last Sunday’s Super Bowl was one of many firsts.

It was the first one with two brothers as opposing coaches. It was the first one where the power went out and delayed the game. It was the first one where a player, Courtney Upshaw, had won the National Championship in college and the Super Bowl in consecutive years in the same building.

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Thirty years ago today the world lost an icon. 

At age 69, Paul W. “Bear” Bryant was taken far too early. He’d coached his last football game a mere 28 days before dying of a heart attack in Tuscaloosa. 

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s become sort of a tradition for me to fry turkeys for friends and family. That’s something I really enjoy doing, and I’m glad others call on me this time of year for help. This year I fried seven in total. 

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This past Monday we celebrated Veterans’ Day for the 58th time. Incidentally, a man named Raymond Weeks from Birmingham first suggested the idea. 

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The country has spoken. While I disagree with the outcome of the election, I respect the decision to give President Obama another term. 

That’s not because I dislike President Obama – I just happen to think he and the Democrat party are absolutely clueless on how to address a stagnant economy and out of control spending. 

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The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of change here at The Daily Sentinel.

We’ve totally redesigned both the look and content of our print product. The feedback from those changes has been extremely positive both from readers and industry peers.

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Recently we overhauled the look of The Daily Sentinel. More importantly, we overhauled the content. 

The new look/new content format has been around for several weeks now, and we’ve received very positive feedback.

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Okay. I’ll admit it. I played hooky yesterday – at least for half of the day. 

Scott Berry, Jon Bergman, Blake Wright and I drove to Terrapin Hills Country Club in Fort Payne to participate in the Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation golf tournament. 

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You’ll notice things look a bit different in today’s edition of The Daily Sentinel. 

Many months of hard work have resulted in a total overhaul of our print product.

While there is definitely a noticeable change in the look, what we’re most proud of is the change in content. 

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On July 26, 2012, President Obama signed an executive order backing a controversial campaign to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so members of racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of their behavior. 

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On Thursday, Advance Publications, Inc. announced that four of its daily newspapers would cut print editions from seven days per week to three.

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I’m looking for some feedback, and I need your help. The campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is in full swing. Numerous debates have been televised.


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TVA’s decision to complete Unit 1 at Bellefonte is tremendous for Scottsboro and Jackson County. It’s arguably the biggest decision in the history of our community. The 26 people, including myself, who made the trip to Knoxville to attend the board meeting and voice our support for Bellefonte, recognized that fact.