Author: Lagniappe

Gulf Coast weighing implications of Trump’s budget proposal

By Jason Johnson, Dale Liesch and Jane Nicholes With a Republican in the White House and GOP majorities in both houses of Congress, it’s likely the conservatives who’ve long called for federal budget cuts will get their wish in the coming fiscal year. When President Donald Trump’s proposed budget leaked from the Office of Management and Budget last week, its key points were consistent with promises he made as a candidate. Notably, “the budget blueprint to make America Great Again” includes a 10 percent increase in military spending — bringing the possible defense budget to $574 billion in 2018....

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Don’t forsake the helpless

Editor: I am both pleased and quite concerned about the present legislation that is proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. I am happy the present legislation under consideration maintains health care access for people with pre-existing conditions. However, I am very concerned that this proposed legislation will discontinue the added funding that allowed 31 states to expand Medicaid under ACA. What will these states do in 2020 if this legislation passes? I seriously doubt that a per capita cap will adequately fund health care for the poor, disabled and vulnerable. Quite honestly, I am concerned with the present “worldview” that addresses diminished physical, emotional and spiritual vitality by merely prescribing pills, rather than addressing the underlying causative factors many complementary healing modalities attempt to address. Quite frankly, I do agree with many people who feel increased funding cannot adequately address our societal challenges with health and vitality. Quite simply, our culture must learn our life choices affect our vitality and clarity. However, we must as a society enact a two-step process in tackling our spiraling health care financing challenges. We must educate young minds on the responsibilities inherent in well-being. And until we can redirect the choices of our “children” to greater compassion, we must treat the bodies of those who need physical restoration. We must continue to fund health care for the most vulnerable in society. Certain...

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Without malice

Editor: I am appalled at Cynthia Tucker’s column in Lagniappe this past week. You have no idea about the Comic Cowboys and who they are. You have no right to slander them in this manner. I know this group well. They are composed of people from all different backgrounds and beliefs. Some are conservative and some are liberal. But they have always learned to laugh at everyone and everything — including themselves. It is a shame that people like you are calling them racist. They are not racist. They will criticize anyone and everyone equally. If there were more signs mocking “black Americans” this year, then perhaps there was more to mock this year. Face the facts of our country today. What about Black Lives Matter and the chants of “Pigs in a blanket, fry like bacon”? How sick is that? Where is your outrage? Why aren’t you worried about your 8-year-old seeing and hearing that? Oh yes, some of Mobile’s most “distinguished civic and business leaders” are members of this group. So are many of your everyday blue-collar workers. It is a vast group of different individuals and I am personally so sorry that Mayor Stimpson and Councilman Joel Daves dropped out of the organization, but then I understand their reasoning, they were so afraid that Fred Richardson would get back on his racist bandwagon and try to...

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Music Listings: March 23 – March 29, 2017

THUR. MARCH 23 Bluegill— Soulshine Duo Blues Tavern— Doobious, 8:30p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// Rusty Tabor, 5p/// Mark Sherrill, John Joiner, Chris Newbury and Mel Knapp, 6p/// Tyler Mac Band, 6p//// Hung Jury, 10p//// Kyle Wilson Trio, 10:15p//// Lee Yankie and the Hellz Yeah, 10:30p Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Phil and Foster, 7p The Merry Widow— Glass Mansions, Phil & the Blanks, 9p Moe’s BBQ (Mobile) — Stereo Dogs w/Clark Shaw Jazz Band, 6p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Matt Slowik, 6p Wind Creek Casino— Michael Stacey Band, 8p FRI. MARCH 24...

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Calendar of Events: March 23 – 29, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Festival of Flowers The largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast. March 23-26 at Providence Hospital campus, 6801 Airport Blvd. Visit festivalofflowers.com. Annual rummage sale The Junior League of Mobile hosts its annual rummage sale March 23-26 at 266 Azalea Road in Mobile. For tickets to presales and more information, visit juniorleaguemobile.org. 2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show March 23-26 at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Visit wharfboatshow.com for tickets and details. Negotiated Affections “Negotiated Affections: The Women of Mobile’s Historic Red-Light District” will be presented by Raven Christopher, archivist at the Alabama Department of History and Archives. Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. at 300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile. Visit historicmobile.org. Buds & Brews Thursday, March 23, 7-11 p.m. at Providence Hospital. Benefiting the Providence Foundation. Tickets online at FestivalofFlowers.com or call 251.639.2050. Clothes swap Thursday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m. join GFWC Women’s Club of Saraland for a ladies’ clothing swap and rummage presale. Cost is non-perishable food items. 216 Highway 43 N., Saraland. Call 251-679-0191. St. Mary Parish anniversary St. Mary Catholic Church in midtown Mobile will celebrate its 150th anniversary March 25-26. For more information call 251-432-8678 or email [email protected] Holi Color Festival This Indian festival of color will be Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at USA Student Center, 350 Campus Drive. Free. Details at facebook.com/ISAUniversityofSouthAlabama. Bottle show The Mobile Bottle Collectors...

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