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Fort Payne Times Journal (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Fort Payne, Alabama 7 disapprove of what you say but i will defend to the death your right to say Voltaire Dekalb voices november 30, 2007 Friday times journal times journal editorial Board . Jared Felkins Man. Editor Lew Qhui and sports editor guest voice Alabama diversifying you May have noticed a Story in state newspapers last week about Alabama s population. The trend is toward diversification using the term in the broadest sense. Most observers think the trend is Good but they May not be fully appreciative of the reasons behind it. In 1960, 85 percent of the state s residents were born in Alabama. That was consistent with the pattern in other Southern states. Today in a trend occurring throughout the South things have changed. In 2006, figures showed the native born population at 71 percent. Some states in the Region showed More dramatic changes. Students of demographics said the change in the state s population has been positive. They praised the need for blood ideas and investment. Most of us can Tell stories about meeting residents. They usually relate How they were apprehensive about moving to Alabama Only to find themselves greatly enamoured with it after they got Here. But it seems to us that the biggest Force behind the change has been Alabama s steady movement into the american mainstream. This is no longer the Alabama of George Wallace and the stands in the school House door. Alabama s economic growth has been occurring for decades but it has been Only about 15 years since the state landed the key prize of the present generation Mercedes Benz. In addition to jobs Mercedes brought Alabama instant credibility both nationally and internationally. Other automakers followed. Prosperity has not come evenly to every Alabama Community. But even Rural and relatively poor regions of the state Are finding assets to take Pride in. Week before last the state reported that its unemployment rate had fallen to 3.1 percent the lowest in Alabama s history. Alabama is not a perfect place to live. No place is. Even so it has become a place where americans from other parts of the country can move and find conditions both modern and advantageous. In the future the question May not be whether our growth will continue but whether we ought to find ways to control it or even limit it. Huntsville times your government Montgomery & Washington state representative Todd Greeson . Box 159 , 35981 state 334 242-7743 fax 334 242-4759 . Representative Robert Aderholt 1433 Longworth House office building Washington . I a a Wei 20515 & g a local 256 546-0201 Washington 202 225-4876 state representative Richard Lindsey 14160 or 22 Centre Al 35960 local 256 475-3400 state 334 242-7713 . Senator Richard Shelby 110 Hart Senate office building Washington . 20510 local 256 772-0460 Washington 202 224-3416 state senator Lowell Barron . Box 65, Fyffe,Al., 35971 local 256 623-2298 state 334 242-7858 state representative Jack Page . Box 8207 Gadsden Al., 35902 state 334 242-7742 local 2,56 5,49-8287 . Senator Jeff sessions 335 Russell Senate office building Washington . 20510-0104 local 256 533-0979 Washington 202 224-4124 go ahead beam me up Scottie if there were a Golden Rule of Washington politics it would have to be phrased differently from the biblical injunction. The prevailing ethos of our nation s capital appears to be do unto others before they get a Chance to do unto most americans say they re sickened by excess partisanship but it s not Clear they really mean it. Many appear unwilling or unable to perform the simplest thought Experiment to wit turn a political scandal inside out. What would you be saying if the opposite party got caught playing the same dirty tricks it s the Only Way i know to see around partisan blinders. Consider the Valerie Plame affair. What if the Clinton White House had deliberately blown a Covert Cia agent s cover to punish her husband for exposing a presidential falsehood that helped drive the nation to Gene Lyons columnist War what if vice president Gore s chief of staff had been convicted of perjury and obstruction of Justice would Clinton have survived to commute his sentence before being impeached convicted and removed from office would Gore have escaped indictment that s what made it so remarkable when former White House press Secretary Scott Mcclellan briefly appeared to have spilled the Beans about the Plame affair in his forthcoming Book what happened inside the Bush White House and what s wrong with infamous for stonewalling and evasiveness Mcclellan came clean the most powerful Leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq he wrote. So i stood at the White House briefing room podium. For the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior most aides in the White House Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not True. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so Rove Libby the vice president the president s chief of staff and the president the White House got away with it largely because As Wilson and Plame commented after Mcclellan s remarks surfaced the Washington press establishment. Increasingly resembles the corrupt soviet propaganda nobody who reads her own Book fair game can continue to deny Plame s courageous service to her country. Charged with nuclear counter proliferation she had undertaken secret spy missions to the Middle East As recently As 2002. But never mind. The Day after Scottie s Bombshell his publisher took it All Back. " Bush told him something that was t True but the president did t know it was t True the Man said. The president told him what he thought to be the so Here s my question How does Scottie know what Bush knew Gene Lyons is a nationally syndicated columnist. Dusty Plunkett times journal photographer Percious memories do linger looking Back Over the last 2,205 Days of my life i be come to realize just How Lucky i am. In the last 315 weeks i be made a lot of memories reached some goals and even Learned from a few mistakes. Please join me if you would As i relive the highlights of the last 52,920 hours. During that time Span i a flew to York City to see the Dave Matthews band perform live in Central Park and could later be seen on the did of the concert. A cheered on Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione in his attempt to bring Crimson tide football Back to National prominence. A went on a weekend ski trip in West Virginia. A went deep see fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. A cheered on Alabama head coach Mike Price in his attempt to bring Crimson tide football Back to National prominence. A cheered on Alabama head coach Mike Shula in his attempt to bring Crimson tide football Back to National prominence. A graduated from College. A watched on television As the Boston red sox ended their 86-year drought As the Best team in baseball. A started my Job As a photographer at the times journal. A bought my first Brand car. A welcomed a Niece into the world. A bought my first House. A floated Over Dekalb county in a hot air balloon. I cheered on Alabama head coach Nick Saban in his at tempt to i bring Crimson tide football Back to nation a Al prominence. I watched i on television As the Boston red sox ended their 3-year drought As the Best team in baseball. A flew to Oregon to be with my Niece on her first birthday. A raised my fists into the air triumphantly while celebrating an Iron bowl Victory Over the hated Auburn tigers. Of wait never mind that last one did t happen. Dusty Plunkett can be reached at . Times journal 811 Greenhill Boulevard .  fort Payne Al 35967 mailing address . Box 680349, fort Payne Al 35968-1604  uses 630-500 published tuesday thru Friday and a weekend edition periodicals postage paid at fort Payne Al 35966. Postmasters Send All address labels from undeliverable copies with 3579, to the times journal . Box 680349, fort Payne Al 35968-0349. About us report news Call 256 845-2550 or 1-800-34times fax 256 845-7459 a publisher . Davidson a managing editor Jared Felkins sports editor Lew Gilliland chief photographer Dusty Plunkett staff writer Kelly Townsend living Section features general assignment staff writer Greg Purvis county government records crime general assignment . Other departments advertising director Gloria Jackson circulation manager Tammy Stevens classified manager Mary Craig . Subscriptions to Start delivery or report problems Call 256 845-2550 Between 8 . And 5 . 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