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Matthew Stokes: On walls and national emergencies
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Matthew Stokes: On walls and national emergencies

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Last weekend was a mixture of relief and despair for many political observers.  For my own part, there was great relief that the Senate – led by Alabama Senator Richard Shelby – had reached an agreement on Homeland Security funding, and that after House approval, another government shutdown...

Matthew Stokes: Dear, Doug Jones
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Matthew Stokes: Dear, Doug Jones

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist I did not vote for Doug Jones for Senate in 2017, but I helped him win by voting for a third party candidate.   Roy Moore was a deeply flawed candidate even before the accusations of aggressively pursuing romantic relationships with teenage girls.  For many conservatives like me,...

Matthew Stokes: Let’s develop citizens, not just workers
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Matthew Stokes: Let’s develop citizens, not just workers

College is truly not for everybody.  No matter how much fun we may have in Tuscaloosa or Auburn on fall Saturdays, the reality is that many more of our young people would be better served by going to work.  Our legislators should continue to craft policies that make job entry easier and more rewarding, while likewise ensuring that students who skip college do not miss out the sort of education that will help them become the thoughtful and engaged citizens that our state and nation so desperately need.

Matthew Stokes: Three Cheers for Charter Schools
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Matthew Stokes: Three Cheers for Charter Schools

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist One of the more recent heartening developments for Alabama came late last year, when it was announced that Montgomery will finally open its first charter school later in 2019. Not only will they attempt to open one school, but an entire feeder system by which students can remain...

Matthew Stokes: A fiscal conservative ponders the gas tax
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Matthew Stokes: A fiscal conservative ponders the gas tax

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist By the time this goes to print, most all of Alabama’s students will be back at school, and the rest of us will be back to work.  Our elected officials are doing the same; Alabama’s legislative session begins this week, and Congress is back in Washington D.C. With...

Matthew Stokes: Population and Education
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Matthew Stokes: Population and Education

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Watching Saturday night’s College Football Playoff semi-final matchup between Oklahoma University and the University of Alabama was excruciating.  By the time the clock hit zero at the end of the fourth quarter, I was happy with the outcome but just glad the whole thing was over. That has...

Matthew Stokes: We’ll miss The Weekly Standard
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Matthew Stokes: We’ll miss The Weekly Standard

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Last Friday was a sad day for a certain type of conservative.  I say a certain type because there are various kinds of conservatives, with various passions that animate them.  For those of us who read and digest conservative policy, ideas, and cultural criticism, the closing of The...

Matthew Stokes: Don’t get scared now
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Matthew Stokes: Don’t get scared now

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist As our children get older, it has been a lot of fun rewatching older Christmas movies with them. Recently we pulled out Home Alone. Did you realize that movie is now twenty-eight years old? It holds up remarkably well, from the slapstick humor, the well-respected actors and actresses...