Author: Lagniappe

Ensuring the infrastructure of hope

Editor: Medical research means hope for millions of Americans and their families affected by a life-changing disease like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer or heart disease — diseases that certainly have an impact in Alabama. As we look to the future, it is important for Congress to continue to fund the National Institutes of Health to provide for the critical infrastructure needed by our nation’s medical research enterprise. Today, the physicians, scientists and patients at the UAB School of Medicine, USA College of Medicine and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology urge Congress to continue its commitment to sustained, robust growth in the NIH by creating a sustainable model for funding the NIH moving forward. Congress responded in a bipartisan and positive way to the extreme cuts proposed by the administration. Investment in scientific discovery is crucial to improving the health of patients, strengthening the economy in the near and long terms, and maintaining the United States’ global pre-eminence in medical innovation. The nation invests less than $100 per person annually for all of the research conducted and supported by the NIH, yet the return on investment has been spectacular for us all. The quality of life for millions of Americans has been improved by innovations in treatment, technology and care resulting from NIH-supported research across the country. Because of NIH-funded research, the HIV transmission rate in the U.S. from infected mothers to...

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A leader, not a follower

Editor: It was with some consternation that I read Ken Robinson’s complaint that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not “… a political leader willing to embrace positive change” (Lagniappe, May 4). Among the positive change he advocates Sessions embracing is the legalization of a mind-altering drug, marijuana. His reason for advocating the change is that national polls taken in November 2016 reported the highest-ever support. A leader, political or otherwise, is not someone who takes a poll, then acts accordingly. That is a follower, not a leader. A leader guides or directs based on in-depth experience, ability to be objective, etc. This is why important leadership positions are usually afforded to the mature. Robinson is touting legalization as a new and fresh approach, unaware that it is actually very old. In the 1830s some scholar-officials in China recommended legalizing opium, arguing that legalizing it would permit them to regulate and tax it. Others recommended a more hardline approach. After listening to both sides of the debate, the emperor decided to take the advice of the hardliners. History does not record that he took a poll before deciding. Robinson complains of “no treatment for those with substance abuse issues” in past decades, apparently unaware of the existence right here in Mobile Drug Court. Treatment is not a cure-all. Some drug offenders do not want to stop using chemicals and...

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Music Listings: May 25 – May 31, 2017

THUR. MAY 25 Bluegill— Emily Stuckey Blues Tavern— John Fleming Trio Callaghan’s— Eric Erdman Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Dority’s Bar and Grill— Lee Yankie Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// Destiny Brown, 4p/// Logan Spicer, 5p//// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Kyle Wilson Band, 6p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Chris Bryant Duo, 9p//// Ben Bradford Band, 10p//// Davis Nix Duo, 10:15p//// Whyte Caps, 10:30p Hangout— Ben Loftin & The Family, 6p Listening Room— Laurie Anne Armour, Summerlyn Powers, Madison Grace, 8p Live Bait— Brandon Styles, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p McSharry’s— Rock Bottom, 7:30p Tacky Jacks...

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Calendar of Events: May 25 – May 31, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Science on Tap Join Dr. Casey Daniel and Dr. Natalie Gassman for a discussion on “Safe Tanning: Fact or Fiction,” Thursday, May 25, 6-9 p.m. at Moe’s Original BBQ, 701 Springhill Ave. Call 251-445-9610. Blakeley Park Tour On Thursday, May 25, Blakeley State Park will host a “surf and turf” tour of Civil War naval battle sites beginning at 9 a.m. Call 251-626-5581 or visit blakeleypark.com. Free Senior Lunches The last Thursday of every month, End Time Harvest Ministry provides seniors with a free lunch at 1701 Donham Drive in Mobile. Call 251-604-2710. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2, behind the Fairhope Public Library, downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. MobiCon 2017 Mobile’s annual three-day convention for fantasy, science fiction, horror, comic book, anime and gaming fans. May 26-28 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S. Water St., Mobile. Visit mobilecomiccon.org. Free Family Movie Night Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie night at dusk on Friday, May 26. Market in the Square Mobile’s downtown farmer’s market is now held in Cathedral Square on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Come enjoy, music, food, beverages and more. “Red Bird” Serpents of Bienville will host “Red Bird,” a play with music written and performed by Brian Kennedy. Saturday, May 27, 7...

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Lagniappe: May 18 – May 24, 2017

Wet a hook with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explain the abbreviated season for recreational red snapper fishing in federal waters and the economic impact it could have locally. In Bay Briefs, we have a story about how the multi-million dollar 911 radio upgrade project in Mobile County is months behind schedule, and we also uncovered a lawsuit that claims a Saraland cop shooter was executed by police. Commentary touches on a strange campaign ad for Sen. Luther Strange, cuisine visits Ralph & Kacoo’s, arts checks in on the Makalani Theatre Ensemble, and music has interviews with...

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