2015 AAN Commentary Winner

2015 AAN Commentary Winner

Alabama settles Gulf State Park lawsuit

After nearly three years in court, the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) has settled the lawsuit it filed against the state of Alabama over its use of $58 million of BP monies to rebuild a hotel and “convention center” at the Gulf State Park in Baldwin County. Specifically, the lawsuit was filed against trustees representing a number of federal departments tasked with approving early restoration projects for Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds after the 2010 oil spill. In their most recent decision, the trustees allocated $58.5 million to the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project. Of that, around $48 million...

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Back in high school and college, I remember a period of time when it seemed all of my friends started losing their grandparents one right after another. I, of course, was not immune from this either. Such is life … unfortunately. I received “the call” on my clunky Nokia that my sweet Grams had died right after I had finished taking a biology exam my freshman year of college. I received “the call” on a slightly less clunky Nokia that my Papa had joined her just after I graduated a few years later. But “my troops” marched right on...

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PCP and porn: An addict’s road to recovery

In retrospect, it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I only tried PCP once, but that was enough for me to learn just how addictive it was. I knew I had a problem when at 5 a.m., I was still awake, sitting on the floor pathetically cutting out tiny squares of yellow paper and attaching to them cardboard boxes. One by one by one. Over and over again. Like a mindless, drooling robot. I couldn’t stop. I just needed one more “building.” One more centerpiece. One more backdrop. Just one more fix and everything would be...

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Cheering on the mammogrammer

The night before when they called to remind me, I knew the next day was just going to stink. I was to wear no perfume or deodorant to my first mammogram. Gross! No problem with the perfume, but no deodorant in Mobile … in May? Thank God my appointment was at 8:15 a.m. My BO and pit staining shouldn’t be too bad that early in the morning. I arrived at Mobile Infirmary’s Breast Center to find quite a disturbance in the parking lot. A redneck momma was screaming loudly at one of her two young and freshly buzzed-cut sons....

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