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Skip Tucker: Regarding the Pothole
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Skip Tucker: Regarding the Pothole

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Todd Stacy and Alabama Daily News, while setting a new pace for state news media (and whaling the tar out of pretenders), hasgiven me and some talented young pros the opportunity to help in the worthy endeavor. One of the things I do is to use politics from Back...

Skip Tucker: Roger the Sparrow Ain’t a Saint.
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Skip Tucker: Roger the Sparrow Ain’t a Saint.

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Roger Goodell as commissioner of the National Football League is paid $35 million a year. Many think he is not worth a sparrowpoot in the midst of Katrina. Number me among them. For those who might’ve been away, on Mars or somewhere, NFL referees fresh from the...

Skip Tucker: SEC! SEC! SEC!
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Skip Tucker: SEC! SEC! SEC!

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist Billy Richardson of Jasper was a member of Coach Paul Bryant’s first national championship team at Alabama, 1961. That team also featured Cotton Clark of Carbon Hill. Things were different, wildly different, in those days. There was no limit on how many scholarships could be given. Players...

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...