Cutbacks at the Alabama Archives

Due to state budget cuts, the Alabama Department of Archives and History has had to lay off staff and limit its operating hours. Beginning February 1, the archives will no longer be open on Saturdays. Six staff members will be laid off, and five more are leaving “through attrition.” The agency had already stopped new […]

Don Siegelman and dashed hopes

I may never forgive Don Siegelman. His election as Alabama governor in 1998 raised hopes for our demoralized state’s future — hopes that were plainly and movingly expressed in an essay that I’ve saved for nine years. It’s called “Selma, Alabama at 4 A.M.,” and it’s by a guy named Will Bevis from Gadsden. (I’m […]