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Skip Tucker: A Modest Proposal
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Skip Tucker: A Modest Proposal

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist In the troubling wildness of the Kavanaugh hearings, particularly troubling to your humble narrator was the number of hard things said by CNN news people about old white men comprising the Republican side of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dammit, your humble narrator is an old white man...

Skip Tucker: Old Pisgah
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Skip Tucker: Old Pisgah

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist The rural Wrinkled People, after years of toil, spent lengthening autumn nights around fireplaces full of coal and wood (wood catches fire quicker, coal burns longer). They dwelt among untrodden ways. Sometimes the house was cold, the fire always warm, so families huddled. Songs were sung, a...

Skip Tucker: My Day in the Barrel
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Skip Tucker: My Day in the Barrel

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News featured columnist Certain people in this great land of ours, by dint of their intelligence, hard work and fortitude, have become Caesars of Capitalism. And so I will render unto Caesar. But when they take paths I despise, I rail against them in my own small way. I despise...

Skip Tucker: The Prisoner’s Dilemma      
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Skip Tucker: The Prisoner’s Dilemma      

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist While I learned from every class I’ve taken, and I had enough hours to be a brain surgeon, some were such drudgery it’s a wonder I didn’t grab an occasional professor, shake him and yell, “Teach something, you loser. Your class is mind-numbing.” And I’ll get back...

Skip Tucker: The Snake and I
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Skip Tucker: The Snake and I

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Kenny Stabler is the only national celebrity I have known, and I wasn’t a bosom buddy. But I knew him enough to know that Scott Fitzgerald was right when he said the very rich are different. And not just moneywise. The extremely skilled are different, too, and Stabler was...

Skip Tucker: Wherein Bear Bryant Walks on Water
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Skip Tucker: Wherein Bear Bryant Walks on Water

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, Jan. 2, 1967. The winter of 1966 was droning past, blustery mean and chill, though dry. Not dry this day in Tulane’s Yulman Stadium. Early morning rain slanted in from the north, dampening turf but not spirits. By 1pm, the rain goes thin...

Skip Tucker: Wherein He Watches John Henry Drive Steel
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Skip Tucker: Wherein He Watches John Henry Drive Steel

One blistering summer afternoon when I was 10, I saw John Henry drive steel. I kid you not. From the shade of my front porch, a hundred yards from the Frisco railroad track, I watched him swing a nine-pound spike hammer, heard the cold steel ring.  He was as real as the song. Moreso, because...

Skip Tucker: Oh, Please
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Skip Tucker: Oh, Please

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News featured columnist My turn in the barrel. That’s the punchline to a very old, very off-color joke, but it sets up today’s effort, which I intend as a broadside into those meager “thought leaders” that whack Donald Trump when they find time on their hands, often for little more...