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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...

Matthew Stokes: On Straight Ticket Voting
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Matthew Stokes: On Straight Ticket Voting

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist There’s a story once told by the great pundit George F. Will.  When he was first hired to write for National Review, the conservative magazine, he confessed to his boss, NR editor William F. Buckley, Jr., that he wasn’t sure he could manage to put out three columns...

Matthew Stokes: GOP rule in Bama is undisputed
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Matthew Stokes: GOP rule in Bama is undisputed

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Political prognostications are tricky business, and the last week must have been murder on those who do it for a living.  The fabled “blue wave” looked more like a trickle on Tuesday evening, but as provisional ballots have matriculated through each state, the House GOP appears to have...

Matthew Stokes: A Halloween humbug learns to love the holiday
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Matthew Stokes: A Halloween humbug learns to love the holiday

By MATTHEW STOKES, Alabama Daily News Columnist Let me make a little confession.  I don’t like Halloween. It’s not really a moral thing.  We’re far enough removed from the days of the Druids that I can overlook the day’s mostly pagan origins. It’s just such a hassle. There’s buying the costumes, and the wailing and...