• 66°
Hartselle Enquirer

Give Siegelman credit for perseverance

By Staff
Bob Ingram, Alabama Scene
MONTGOMERY–Say what you may about Don Siegelman….love him or hate him…but give him a rousing ovation for his upbeat nature.
The former governor is under attack on a variety of fronts. Two federal grand juries, one in Birmingham and the other in Montgomery, have been working around the clock building up a variety of cases against him. He has already been indicted once and other indictments are likely to follow.
None of the charges have been proved in court but the smoke around his administration as governor is so thick one must believe there is a fire somewhere.
But despite all of this, Siegelman is acting like he is a sure-fire candidate for a second term as governor in 2006. He is showing up at conventions and pressing the flesh with as much enthusiasm as ever. And last week, in a letter begging for money to help him pay his mounting legal bills, Siegelman dropped another strong hint that he will be a man to contend with in the '06 gubernatorial campaign.
He wrote in his letter that he had thought that the next time he asked for money "it would be re-election campaign."
You can't help but admire his upbeat outlook. If he is not a member of the Optimist Club he ought to be.
Be sure he beat the rap. He showed the arresting officers his legislative ID, invoked legislative immunity, and went on his way.
But Barron was upset that in both instances he was stopped by local law enforcement officers who were patrolling the interstate…not State Troopers.
He determined to do something about that, and having the power he has, he did. Barron got a law passed prohibiting city and county law enforcement officers in rural areas from making traffic arrests on interstates in their jurisdiction
The result has been that with the desperate shortage of State Troopers because of the funding crisis Alabama's interstates have been turned into speedways.
State Public Safety Director Mike Coppage puts it another way. He says Alabama has become known as a "Hammer State"…which is to say motorists…and most especially 18-wheelers…know they can put the "hammer down" on Alabama's interstates with little fear of being ticketed. He and Gov. Riley would like to repeal the Barron law and return to the city and county enforcement officers the authority to make traffic arrests on the interstates..
In 2002 Sen. Russell directed $107,000 of her pork money to Jefferson State Community College and then had $37,000 of that money given to a program called Expressways to Learning–a tutoring program she had created with another act. This program is run by her brother and sister.
What is puzzling is why Sen. Russell faces possible legal action by the Attorney General's Office for the questionable spending of $37,000 but no one has questioned the millions of dollars in "pork" money Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, has sent to agencies in his district which are run by his family members.
I had the pleasure of serving in the Brewer Cabinet with Al. In fact, he was Adjutant General in the Cabinets of three governors–George and Lurleen Wallace as well as Albert Brewer.

News

Christmas in the Park enjoyed in Falkville despite rain

News

Somerville woman arrested after threat made in Priceville

News

Officials: Escaped Morgan inmate apparently caused his own death

News

Majority leader Stadthagen sees strength in election of 26 republican legislators

News

Lacey’s Spring community fighting proposed rock quarry

News

Hartselle students participate in character expo

News

Authorities: Gifts in unlocked cars a tempting target so take preventive measures

At a Glance

Three arrested for theft of vehicle in Hartselle

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Annual Christmas parade to be held Thursday  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Some concerned over new Hartselle superintendent hire  

At a Glance

Town of Falkville to hold Christmas in the Park Sunday

At a Glance

Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

At a Glance

‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

At a Glance

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Winter window wonderland  

At a Glance

Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  

Hartselle

Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals

News

HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 

News

Lovely landscape

x