Fairhope Public Library

Author: Lagniappe

We’re all on the same team

Editor: It is abundantly clear that columnist Jeff Poor adheres to the political philosophy of the Republican Party. In commenting on the declaration of Sen. Richard Shelby that he would not endorse Roy Moore in the Senate race with Doug Jones (“The shameless antics of Richard Shelby,” Dec. 20), it is clear that Poor was not pleased with Sen. Shelby. In his criticism of Shelby, Poor stated: “His rhetoric [Shelby] aided and abetted a political enemy.” The words “abetted” and “enemy” are descriptive terms used in describing a crime, “abetted,” and war, “enemy.” Neither of these terms are appropriate in describing the action of another person with whom you disagree in democratic political discourse. These descriptions are symptomatic of the hostility between parties in the legislative process and can only harden the division between them. I remember that outstanding public servant, patriot and hero, Sen. Bob Dole. During his campaign for the presidency against Bill Clinton, one of his supporters described former President Clinton as the “enemy.” Sen. Dole promptly corrected her, stating that Bill Clinton was his opponent, not his enemy. This from a man who well knew the meaning of “enemy.” Dominick Matranga...

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The moral high ground

Editor: Regarding Jeff Poor’s column in the Dec. 20 issue, (“The shameless antics of Richard Shelby”), I refer specifically to Rep. Bradley Byrne’s comments in which he states: “I think I signed a pledge to vote for Republican candidates. If I feel I can’t vote for Republican candidates, I shouldn’t be a Republican anymore.” Poor goes on to suggest that Sen. Shelby should consider this position as well. Does anyone else find that attitude troubling? That is what is wrong with the Republican Party and politics in general today: Party before state and country. I was under the impression that although congressional representatives are elected to serve their constituents, they are supposed to make decisions in the best interest of the United States: America first, not party first. They take an oath to uphold the Constitution, not the Republican Party. I would think that morality would play some role in their decision making as well (remember your Christian beliefs? WWJD? Any of that sound familiar?), but obviously I am wrong. Even our Republican governor stated that while she believed those women and their accusations against Moore she would be voting for him anyway. Where do Republicans draw the line in the sand? When do they say enough is enough and this is too much? Based upon Rep. Byrne’s comment, Hitler resurrected and running on the Republican ticket would get...

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New year, new you

Rob: My wife, Marianne, left the fake fireplace on the fake TV channel for me to watch while she is baking a ham. But she was thoughtful enough to get your column, “Fables of the U.S. Senate race” (Dec. 20) on the computer for me. I loved your thoughtful commentary on the fables, there’s lots of wisdom there for everyone. Let’s enjoy a day of rest and family, and respite from the political trench warfare of 2017, to clean our weapons and redistribute the ammo for the New 2018 Year. Damn the torpedoes. Jim Eddins...

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Council presidency should revolve

Editor: I think the president of the Mobile City Council should rotate on an annual basis, much as the leadership of the Mobile County Commission currently does. The people of each district would have equal representation over time. This is all about the people, not the person. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold, II,...

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Siegel’s Baby’s Room closing after 33 years in business

SUBMITTED — Siegel’s Baby’s Room located at 758 Downtowner Blvd., a privately-owned and operated business since 1985, announces its owners are retiring and closing the business. Siegel’s Baby’s Room has been serving the Gulf Coast since 1985. Over its 33-year history Siegel’s Baby’s Room has become widely recognized for having the largest selection of infant furniture, bedding, clothing and baby gifts in the greater Mobile market. The store has earned its reputation by providing an extraordinary shopping experience, and offering products of unmatched design and quality. The business is owned and operated by Denise and Mike Collier. The Collier’s look forward to seeing their many loyal customers to say farewell, and thank them for their support and patronage. When asked about their plans to retire and close the business, Ms. Collier expressed the following sentiments, “it has been our great privilege to assist so many wonderful customers from Mobile and the greater Gulf Coast. The consideration of closing our shop has been difficult, and the decision was not made quickly or easily. We will miss the excitement of working with soon-to-be and new mothers, fathers, as well as their friends and families. Many have become our friends, connected by the joys of a new baby.” Ms. Collier further commented, “our infant furniture, bedding, clothing and baby gifts are rarely discounted; so our sale, which coincides with the outset of...

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Mobile County felon handed 57-month federal sentence for possession of firearm

SUBMITTED — The United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that Montrell Pettaway (pictured above), a 29-year-old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced today to 57 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm after being convicted of felony possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. On Nov. 29, 2016, a Mobile County deputy was told by an informant that he/she has just seen Pettaway packaging, processing and storing illegal drugs at his residence in Mobile, Alabama. The informant provided the deputy with a photograph to support his/her information. Several experienced narcotics investigators (deputies)...

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Felon’s shotgun tirade results in 33-month prison sentence

SUBMITTED — United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that United States District Court Judge William H. Steele sentenced Willie Howard Ferguson (pictured above) on Dec. 28, 2017 to 33 months in prison, for violation of 18 USC § 922(g)(1), Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. On May 25, 2017, deputies from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Edmond Marchand Road in Grand Bay, Alabama, because of reports of an armed individual at that location. When deputies arrived, witnesses informed them that Willie Howard Ferguson had been there, arguing...

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Lagniappe: January 3 – January 9, 2018

Go behind the gavel with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explain why negotiations for the presidency of the Mobile City Council continue to break down. In Bay Briefs, we discuss the city of Mobile’s uptick in homicide cases in 2017 for the second year in a row. There’s also two stories from Fairhope, and another detailing the city of Mobile’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Cuisine has some easy tips for eating healthier in 2018, music chats with Mobile native Walker Hayes, whose country music is exploding in Nashville, and arts previews a jazz roundtable Jan....

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