Perspectives

Socialism may be on the rise in the United States

April 8, 2019
By Daniel Sutter

Those of us old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union probably thought we had seen the last of socialism. The idea of government planning of an economy, once billed as “scientific socialism,” seemed consigned to the dustbin of history.

Times certainly have changed. Self-described socialist…

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It Came from the Archives: Recollections of a Wiregrass nursing student

March 28, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Hospitals in Wiregrass towns were privately owned and operated until well after World War 2. At one time Dothan had four private hospitals. Two of these – Frasier-Ellis Hospital on South St. Andrews Street and Moody Hospital on North Alice Street – trained nurses to be certified by the State of Alabama and who worked…

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Alabama’s new gas tax raises interesting economic, political considerations

March 14, 2019
By Daniel Sutter

Taxes, Roads, and Limited Government

The Alabama legislature kicked off its new term with a special session to increase the gas tax, a result which seemed foreordained.  Nonetheless, the gas tax raises interesting economic and political considerations.

Our gas tax is currently just under 21 cents a gallon, which ranks 41stnationally according to the Tax…

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