What you probably won't hear about very much in the coverage looking back at Katrina is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature.
How is it, despite all our social progress, even with hundreds of people around, some people find it completely acceptable to spread such hate?
No one will ever argue against the need for educators to be held accountable for their actions or deeds. But, what happens when you are being held accountable to a moving target?
This week we saw how dissimilar appeals to our better and lesser angels look. For the former, there was Jimmy Carter's grace-filled press conference on Thursday revealing that cancer has spread to his brain. He reflected proudly on the work of his Carter Center, which, among many other things, has nearly eradicated the misery-causing guinea worm disease. But the week began very differently, as Donald Trump released an immigration plan that would end birthright citizenship, a proposal that would involve reverting to before the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868 to grant freed slaves citizenship in the wake of the shameful Dred Scott decision. Quite a vision for the future. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush said he disagreed with Trump, but made sure to get in on the xenophobia with the term "anchor babies." It was a week that gave us two very different examples of statesmanship and what America can stand for.
In the two years since the University of Alabama formally integrated their sororities, the decision has been regarded as a step in the right direction. However, what does this new integration actually look like?
Personal finance website NerdWallet examined data from its credit card tool and found that secured and balance transfer credit cards are the most clicked on cards in the South.
Most things are working out for Isbell since he gave up drinking in February 2012, then married Shires and recorded Southeastern with producer Dave Cobb two years ago. All those are "improvements on my life," said the recovering alcoholic who had a long-term relationship with Jack Daniel's.
Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.
There are compassionate people like this across the country, and it's critical to connect their compassion to causes that save and protect animal lives. Some people are already inspired and active; others are just waiting for a local event like this to capture their concern.
Persistence pays off. Let's remember this as we celebrate 50 years of Medicaid on July 30. Almost 70 million people in the U.S. turn to Medicaid for their health coverage. But Medicaid is much more than the country's top health insurer. It's also a key battleground for the future of our country.
For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."
The older woman in this picture is my great aunt Alma Underwood Laird. She was sort of shy, a wonderful woman and was what was called at the time a "m...
Our responsibility to end the suffering caused by coal brings with it a singular opportunity to build something better to take its place.
Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.
In the South there is a rather unique subculture that I like to refer to as "Dowagers of Death." These Dowagers are fascinating women... they are usually women, although a man could certainly qualify to join the ranks.
Conversations on race are occurring nationwide, and in an Alabama city of 34,000, Sauron's gaze has landed on the Vestavia Hills Rebels. Vestavia was established in 1950. The median household income is about $87,154, and 90.4% of the population is White.