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Skip Tucker: Family Tradition
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Skip Tucker: Family Tradition

The grand old man, Prof. Carmelo Astilla, went on ahead Monday evening, at or about midnight, at his home in Kenner, La. not far from NOLA and the Father of Waters. He was 78. Melo went peaceful into the Good Night, sort of. He caught cancer a few years ago which tried a few times...

Skip Tucker: Christmas Memories
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Skip Tucker: Christmas Memories

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Of temporal things, a cedar tree means Christmas to me. Cedars are not rare to the woods of my boyhood. They are uncommon though and finding one fit to become a Christmas tree was a matter of exertion, sometimes more than just some. Ten days out, my...

Skip Tucker: What the Dickens is Christmas Anyway?
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Skip Tucker: What the Dickens is Christmas Anyway?

Here comes Santa Claus and, boy, am I happy about it. I purely love Christmas. But those two things took their sweet time about getting together. The first recorded date of Christmas on Dec. 25 was in 336 and like many if not most good things was the result of some really swell in-fighting. Nobody...

Skip Tucker: Nuts! Our Hero Confustigates a Damn Yankee
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Skip Tucker: Nuts! Our Hero Confustigates a Damn Yankee

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist A cottonwood tree resembles a pecan tree the way CNN’s Bully Jim Acosta resembles a gentleman. A difference between Acosta and a cottonwood is that cottonwood has done at least one useful thing. Logs of it were used for a fort that repelled an army for 13...

Skip Tucker: A Damn Yankee on the Slurry Line?
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Skip Tucker: A Damn Yankee on the Slurry Line?

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Our old friend D.T, whose adventures in Old Pisgah Graveyard were twice told, had something of the wizardly about him. It wasn’t magic or, if it were, it wasn’t occult (though he had crossed eerie paths). It had more to do with an ability to process and...

Skip Tucker: The Political Postmortem
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Skip Tucker: The Political Postmortem

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist The excellent Todd Stacy and Alabama Daily News brought me on board in January to try to tease some meaning out of the political vagaries of the day. This day, political postmortem day, rests gentle on my mind. From where I sit, which is somewhere in the...

Skip Tucker: GOTV
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Skip Tucker: GOTV

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist It is time, as the great W.C. Fields once observed, to take the bull by the tail and face the situation. In the most recent midterm election in Alabama, 431,328 of Alabama’s roughly 3.4 million registered voters cast a ballot, meaning voter turnout was 12.7 percent. So,...

Skip Tucker: Oliver Cromwell and MSNBC
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Skip Tucker: Oliver Cromwell and MSNBC

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist I reached the frightening thought that it might be a good thing for the left to win the midterms. To my mind, too much power, even in the right direction, is too much. While I intend to vote, I considered a throwaway write-in. President Trump recently said...