The deadly summer

MOBILE, AL. —— Though Gov. Kay Ivey has mostly re-opened the state — restaurants, hair and nail salons and gyms included — cases of COVID-19 are increasing here, not declining. And Mobile County, home to a sleepy Gulf Coast port city, has led the state in confirmed cases for weeks now, though it has a […]

The ugliest election

The bully-in-chief keeps issuing taunts on Twitter that accuse former President Barack Obama of some unspecified grand conspiracy. In what may be more evidence of a deteriorating mental state, President Donald J. Trump has made up “Obamagate,” apparently to account for the incompetence and malfeasance of his own administration. On Thursday (May 14), Trump tweeted […]

If there were no video . . .

The video clip is a mere 36 seconds, but it is shocking, explicit, sickening. And because it has gone viral — prompting national outrage — two white men have finally been arrested and charged in the death of a black jogger in southeast Georgia in February. That hardly means that the family of Ahmaud Arbery […]

Virus will devastate Deep South

MOBILE, Al. — A close friend here confided her worries about the plans for an April family funeral. Her extended family wants to memorialize a loved one with a well-attended funeral in a small church in eastern Alabama, and they hope to gather afterward at a home for the traditional repast of Southern-style comfort foods. […]

GOP’s disdain for working folk

Congress managed to come together to pass an unprecedented $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, but not before a small group of Republican senators reminded us of the narrow-minded condescension their party directs toward the working poor. Trump-ism holds its own malicious — indeed, dangerous —strains of contempt, but the malevolent disdain the GOP holds for […]