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! V Page 2 Thursday, August 7,2014 F ] Comments by the editor are opinions, reasons, or recommendations... Emphasis is on Hillary Clinton's past foul ups drug dealers out of prisons. He is not interested in rather than Barack Obama's current foul ups. This is immigration, the deficit, or the pride of America. in the liberal media today. He certainly is not interested in the people, espe- Also, instead of covering what he is not doing in cially the poor and the black. He just gives them stuff America, we see the talking heads on our television and expects adoration and adulation and election set telling us how sorry he is about the plane shot from them. If they drive old rusty cars if they can down over a war zone in Eastern Europe or Asia, afford that with the rampant inflation or devaluation w fiere ever Ukraine is. of the American dollar, Obama knows that since he is "He is supposed to be the president of the United considered black they will follow him and elect him. States of America. The country is being overrun by He is not interested in what these poor people pay foreigners and he ignores them, even welcomes them. for gas, milk, bread, or beer. Obama has no concept of American history. He is Locally, we are more interested in the price of gas indeed a Kenyan who never learned respect, never down to the store. Obama and his broad minded and earned respect, and is not concerned about respect, behind lady don't care. They have a free ride on the He acts as though he is the imperial potentate rifted tax money the poor pay from their welfare checks. up by Allah. He orders people killed and is tuming Marengo County voters turned out about 50% in Just a few folks raise cotton any more and the ones the run-off for sheriff, who do that have machines to cultivate, plant, and This was a good campaign with no character assas- pick it. sinations apparent. Many former cow pastures are now pine planta- There are some historical facts about politics, tions and this will lead to a glut on the market in 10 One of the first is: an incumbent is difficult to years. unseat. This does put people to work if they are not dope Another is that name recognition is important early, heads. Dope heads know how to grow marijuana but One point used 50 years ago was that a Demopolis not cotton or collards. They don't pay sales taxes on candidate would have a hard time winning in the what they grow so this doesn't register with the county. That has changed since we have had some economists who compile the statistics about jobs and fine office holders from the land down along the river employment. This market is dominated by blacks. bottom. They vote, too. They may not know for whom they With the advent of voter registration drives for the vote, but they vote. They also get welfare entitle- blacks in Marengo County, that group or bloc of ments. Those entitlements are not really entitlements. votes usually goes to one candidate. That candidate is They are just the Roosevelt Democrats' scheme to get usually a Democrat. folks to vote Democratic. U. S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi learned That boils down to the bone in Marengo County how to pull black votes into his re-election campaign because if welfare were withdrawn, the handM of to win. His opponent is still smarting from that. people who do work would not support those who We could not help but notice that Republican: refuse to work. Cochran and our own Richard Shelby are on the What would happen to these people? They might Senate Appropriations Committee together, learn how to plant a garden, raise chickens and pigs Since Shelby is an expert on campaigning among and how to milk a cow. Some would riot and demand blacks, one might surmise that Shelby taught the .............. food, free housing, free cars, free cell phones, Mississippi man how to get along with blacks and free medical care, free beer, and free everything else. how to get them to vote for him. When there was slavery, the slaves got those things It is evident in Marengo County that Richard Bates free, except cars and cell phones. knows how to get white votes, too Perhaps, the divisive efforts of the Yankee media is beginning to crumble in the South. Despite what all the media commentators say about the South, the people of all colors here are in the same boat. None of us have the millions and billions in the bank that the Yankee media owners have. Most all of the people have their own gardens. Many have chick- ens and milk cows. A few raise their own pork. Some Of the smart ones harvest tons of fish from the abun- dance in our rivers and lakes. The Yankee media didn't like slaves being produc- tive and happy in the South. So, slavery became a bad thing. But, it was not bad in the North because the media there did not report it. We saw what happened in Detroit and other cities where the descendants of slaves from the North took over. Those cities are dead. The people are dying and are killing each other. They voted for the bloc and they are getting killed. In Marengo County, the bloc was p u'tially effective but the majority of whites ruled the ejection. I l ,I USPS 153-380 ........ ........ '" '"'"'" ..... Editor Publisher ,\x critic. I.indelL I'v|atcn o ( "ountv. Ahtl anlu 3674N. I'os ilMt,i." plt..l~C ..,..l|,l *" cl,m~gu'" ol ~tdtht'nnc', to: i:'a I .il~tk'n NCl~ ,T ,,1 i L'ntabli~h*.,d I NTL). Mul~.':lgo I~m~l-at *2MabliMi,.'d I NNg. i _,lnol, ili% Alabmna. 'o ...... ...... : l-,rooucnon Manager In Mm'u'ng,,. ('larku. ('hl~_-Iaw Nun c'. (;r~'~'n~.., HaKL ~,'rrv. I)~lllan. mid W'ik.ox ( 't ~untic~.. imnual ,,ub*,t't'iptions at'd Y~35.IR]. .... ....... .o. ......... ...... Production Assistant uu M,- \hd~rlnla ~o0.lx). Goodloe Sutton Barbara Quinney Jim DeWitt Henry Waiters Angela Compton ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE Brandon DeMyan ward. years, RSA's three major funds averaged Currently, in both the teacher and state only about a 6.5% return. Public employees often state that the lack employee pension funds, the amount of For comparison's sake, the average of take home pay is one reason why their unfunded liabilities is about 150% of the investor putting their money in the S&P 500 benefits should remain generous and well entire covered payroll. In other words, if the saw a return of 7.6% over the same 10 above those of private employment plans. RSA captured all $9.5+ billion of what years. Because of the compounding effects When benefit plans are included,-public teachers and state employees are paid annu- of underperformance, every year RSA does employees on average actually make about ally in Alabama, it would need an additional not reach its 8% projected rate of return $6,0110 more than their private employee $4.5+ billion more to fully fund their pen- requires it to significantly over perform in counterparts in Alabama. With over 300,000 sions. As the unfunded gap continues to subsequent years. state and local government employees, that expand, as it has since 2001, it will be up to The second option is that Alabama seri- equals about $1.8 billion more annually, the State and the taxpayers to make up the ously examines the costs and benefits of The growth of government in Alabama difference, maintaining a large government apparatus. has thankfully been stemmed, although that Two options exist. Either the economy Costs to the taxpayer exist in the near term can mostly be attributed to the sputtering roars back and Alabama is able to continue with large annual payrolls, and in the long economy. Whatever the case, statistics from to compensate an over-employed govern- run with billions in unfunded liabilities to the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of ment at a rate higher than the national aver- public pension funds. The 2015 Alabama Economic Analysis show that Alabama's age or our leaders in Montgomery struc- Legislature should make structural pensidn ratio of public to private employees is still turally change how the RSA handles its pen- reform and protecting the taxpayers a priori- the 10th highest in the nation -- about 20 sion funds, ty. In doing so, it must keep its promises to government employees for every 100 The first option is a gamble based on the those vested in the system and current employees in the private sector. The popular presumption that the global economy can retirees, but must also acknowledge that notion that Alabama runs a "bare bones" fully rebound from the worst economic cri- inaction will inevitably result in more government simply is not true. s~s since the Great Depression. and that the painful decisions for future generations. The Taken together, these statistics show that RSA will consistently acquire an 8% annual time to reform Alabama's public pensions is Alabama still has a big government prob- return on its investments. In the last 10 now, while we still have it. lem, costing the taxpayers significant resources that could be used elsewhere. . - More importantly, the considerable numbers .~e.-~'~ /~ bCX~ [;'/~N: ~ ~1~ on Alabama's public payrolls present sub- o~ - .~if O0~'~qo It,/,N~t--IMMIC,~a4~ stantial challenges for Alabama's pension i ~k~'I~I2V-.4~ ~I" N~d~'~ 0~" funds. ~ " "fo b,'/~'- ~t~'g-~ t The greatest challenge is that the ~ Alabama taxpayer must guarantee the State's pension system, whose beneficiaries on average make more in total compensa- tion than the guaranteeing taxpayer. In an era with stagnant growth and perpetual 6% or higher unemployment, the trajectory of our State's pension funds is heading down- OLD TIMES BY THE LATE JOEL D.JONES ORIGINALLY PUI}LI~;I-IED FEBRUARY 23, 10:30 An interesting incident of the war between the states those reserved for public purposes. By 1820, the town was occurred in 1862 in the destruction of the lighthouse located incorporated. It gradually increased in population until 1826, on Sand Island between Fort Morgan and the blockading when it became very unhealthy, owing to bad sanitary condi- squadron. This structure, a hundred feet high, was used to tions, and many of its people moved to other localities. In look over into the bay and watch the movements of the run- 1827, the "Selma Courier" was issued, being the first new@a- ners, hence a plan was laid for its destruction. A party left per published in the town. In 1828 the out lots and the fen'y Fort Morgan one nigh( :~ a sail boa(e ~iiia landed on Sand across the river were sold. In 1831, the ~~erved ~ Ishmd and placed a charge 6f powder Under the monument public square was divided into lots and sold. At this time where it would be most effective, fired and fused, and went back to Fort Morgan. In a short time the explosion took place and the lighthouse was utterly destroyed, and from that time onward it was impossible for the Federals to know what was going on in the bay. The capture of Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines by Admiral Farragut in August 1864, with the loss of Blakney and Spanish Fort in the spring of 1865 brought Mobile into Federal possession and on May 8, 1865, General Richard Taylor surrendered his entire department which soon followed the collapse everywhere of the last vestige of the Confederate government. For some time before the close of the war. the stores of merchants were kept open, but toward the end of the war little could be seen on the shelves except home made goods. Tea and coffee disappeared and a substitute for coffee was made from potatoes or rye. As the war pro- gressed, the purchasing power of Confederate money fell lower and lower. In 1865. it took two hundred dollars to buy a barrel of flour and five hundred dollars to buy a suit of clothes, made from home spun goods. As the war progressed nearly every family in the State had one or more relatives in the army and news was constantly sought from the Joel front. Every battle, whether victory or defeat to the southern armies meant death to some house- hold. After battles, newspaper offices were besieged by anx- ious citizens making inquiries about absent ones in the army, but with the interruption and irregularity of the mails it was frequently weeks before news could reach relatives of the ones killed or wounded in battle. Selma, located on what was know back in t732 as "Soap Stone Bhfff,'" was known by that name by the white people that lived in Alabama in 1810. In 1851, a Tennesseean named Thomas Moore, settled with his family on this bluff, where he cultivated a few acres of corn, but supported himself and fam- ily largely by fishing and hunting. The next year several East Tennessee families settled on the bluff, but the climate not agreeing with them, they disappeared after one year's resi- dence. In 1819 the Selma Land Company was organized. This company bought the land on which Selma now stands and determined to build a town at this point. The place was sur- veyed and laid off in 125 lots and 37 half lots. The name Selma was given to the town by Hon. William R. King, who had also thus named the company. Being a man of literary tastes he no doubt took the name from the "Song of Selma" in McPersnn's "Ossian". All the lots were soon sold except The late Desaker Jones Selma became a healthy town and prosperous and greatly increased in population, and large amounts of cotton was shipped by river to Mobile. During 1836, two companies of volunteers were organized and went forth from Selma for service against the Indians. In 1838 the "Ladies Educational Society" of Selma with the object of promoting the building of churches was organized. The "Dallas Academy" still stands as a monument of their labor. In 1839, was laid the corner stone of the Episcopal Church which during the War of Secession was destroyed by the Federal Army. In 1847, sixty young men of Selma volunteered for war with Mexico. In 1853, yellow fever reached the town and was very fatal to the people then living in the town. In 1855, over one hundred men organized a company, and with General William Walker, went to Nicaragua for service. After serving their time of enlistment, participating in a number of engagements, they returned home with the loss of only six of their companions to the Confederate cause during the first twelve months of the war, making an aggregate of more than six hundred men. The town was the most impor- tant military depot in the lower states of the Confederacy. Here was estab- lished a powder mill, nitre works, an arsenal, a foundry for making shot and shell, a naval iron foundry, which made the largest and best cannon. A factory in which everything in the way of steam machinery was manufactured and in short by 1863, there was every kind of machinery in Selma making all the war material needful in the conflict between the United States and the Confederacy. The four noted boats, "Tennessee", "Selma", "Morgan", and "Gaines" were made in Selma. Federal General James Wilson, with a force of over 14,000 men, the best equipped soldiers in America, arrived on the afternoon of April 2, 1865, at Selma, which was held by General Forrest with only 3,000 soldiers. The battle took place, and by the superior equipment of the Federal troops the result was the utter defeat of the Confederates, and burning of the town that night, the fire lasted two days, and the complete destruction the next day of everything that would aid the Confederate cause. After order was restored, the Confederate dead soldiers and citizens were buried and the dead animals in the street were hauled away and thrown into the river. I have written this story of Selma, by the request of some of the readers of the Reporter who live in Selma, and in that part of the country. So long until next time. The Red Barn Restaurant & Lounge Gre~tt ~te~ks P~rty Room Available Gre~t Seztfood Hwy 80 Demopolis Gre~t Atmosphere ~89-0595 '/ i !