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Tracy A Stephens (Tracy's Thoughts)
Attended Arab High School
Lives in Anniston, AL
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As an "outsider" looking in I see many problems with the leadership in the city of Anniston.

My family and I moved to this area back in 2002 but it wasn't until 2008 that I started paying close attention to the politics of Anniston. And that was due to the antics of the then Mayor and City Council Members.

With the election of 2012 brought a small glimmer of hope that the city of Anniston may once again become the "Model City" as it was named so long ago.

At some point I heard the phrase "One City, One Vision" being exclaimed by city officials. Yet today the city is still divided and I'm not sure the vision is so clear to the citizens of Anniston.

With the election of 2016 over and done with there will have been a new Mayor put into office, depending upon the upcoming run-off election we'll have to wait to see who that may be, but I'm sure most anyone can guess what the final outcome will be. Perhaps that one city has only one vision to keep doing the same things over and over again.

Is this helpful to the citizens of Anniston? Not hardly!

In more recent news it has been reported that the Chief of Police was suspended for a day with no pay because he spoke about an incident involving the Police Department. While it may be true that this violated a City Policy, a policy written by the City Manager, this has caused more negativity to be shown upon the city of Anniston.

With what has been happening over the last several years in the city of Anniston is it any wonder why families and businesses are moving away and others are not willing to relocate here?

"One City, One Vision"...

City leaders, what is the one vision you wish to have for everyone to see?
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For those who are faced with problems in this life, there is hope.
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I met the author of this book, Bob Kern, through Facebook. Our time in service was about the same time frame. He in the United States Army stationed overseas, me in the United States Air Force stationed stateside.

Many years ago I was having a conversation with a Vietnam War Veteran. I causally mentioned that I felt uncomfortable calling myself a "Veteran". I thought that better described the Men and Women who have fought and those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this Nation. He quickly told me to never be ashamed of who I was or what I did while in service. This coming from a Vietnam Veteran really made a point to me personally. Growing up during the later years of the Vietnam War I had read a lot about how those who served during that war were treated when they returned home.

I have read Bob's book. I highly encourage anyone interested in history, especially other Cold War Veterans, to read "our" story he has written about the Cold War.

Today I can hold my head high and proudly claim that I am a Cold War Veteran!
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I see where Hillary is claiming to have misspoken again...

She, and many other politicians, seems to have a natural habit of doing that quiet often!
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Just took another one of those internet quizzes that will match you more closely to one of the presidential candidate.

My results showed me at 80% with Chris Keniston with the Veterans Party of America.

I think that is a good match!

http://www.opencampaign.com/quiz
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Letter to the Editor I wrote about local elected officials needing to work together. 
The cities and the county must work together for the sake of everyone living or working in Calhoun County. As the Aug. 23 elections may be on people’s minds, it
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As I approach my 53rd year of life I seem to find myself "waxing nostalgic" a lot more.
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If you weren't armed yourself, either open carry or concealed, would you feel safer in a place of business that allowed it's employees to be armed?
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Three years ago this month, August 2013, my family and I were faced with some very trying and difficult times. I had to have surgery on my right shoulder and was out of work for 3 months.

I know that if it had not been for the grace of God, caring family members and friends that we may not have made it through all of that.

These past few days I've seen where a friend of mine lost a young granddaughter to leukemia. Now I see that some friends I've known since my high school days are expecting the loss of their Step-Dad due to some medical complications.

I know that there are others too that are facing some difficult times. It is my hope and prayer that God will guide and comfort the each of you that are in this time of need.

Amen.
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With much Honor and Respect to any Family that may be displaying either one of these banners. #bluestar #goldstar
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I am a USAF Veteran, former Law Enforcement Officer, proud Patriotic American and a very concerned Citizen. I believe in God and the Constitution of the United States. God bless the USA and all those who serve and defend her!
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I am the youngest of 5 children, two brothers and two sisters. I was born in Enterprise, AL on August 28, 1963, the very day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C. I've spent most of my life growing up in various parts of Alabama but have lived in Cantonment, FL (near Pensacola), Cedartown, GA, Walled Lake MI (near Detroit), and Sandusky OH also. From 1st to 12th grade I changed schools around 13 times! We moved around a lot due to my Father's jobs, he was a Southern Baptist Preacher and a Radio Announcer.

My parents were divorced in 1976, both of my Grandfathers died that same year too. From 1976 to 1979 we went from a 7 member family, Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, to just my Mom and myself as both my brothers and both my sisters left the house in what I call "under other than pleasant conditions". I lost my Mother to pancreatic cancer in 2000, just a few short days prior to my oldest son's first birthday.

In 1982 I graduated from Arab High School in Arab, AL and while in school I worked at Pizza Hut there. After graduation I went into the US Air Force and served for 6 years (1982-1988). I had my Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX and also attended Security Police Technical School there. My first and only Duty Station was at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD where I was assigned to the 44th Missile Security Squadron. About a year after being Honorably Discharged I went to work with the Dothan Airport Police Department in Dothan, AL where I worked for 6 1/2 years (1989-1995). While working with DAPD I also became a certified Basic Emergency Medical Technician and I also had a Part-Time job, for a short period of time, as a Bank Courier. Prior to going to work at the Dothan Airport I worked, for a few months, as a Security Guard at the Sony plant in Dothan, AL. After 12 1/2 years of Security/Law Enforcement work I decided to make a change. I worked about four years for Wal-Mart, first in Sylacauga, AL, then Prattville, AL, then Oxford, AL and finally Valley, AL. After leaving Wal-Mart I worked a short time with Sears Termite And Pest Control in Opelika, AL, and then about two years with Sherwin-Williams in Valley, AL. It was a small store and it was located in a "bad part of town", they had been talking about closing the store ever since I first started and I found out not long after I left they finally did. I am now working at a "BIG BOX" home improvement retail store, been here since 2002. I'm married to a great wife and we have two wonderful sons and currently live near DeArmanville, AL in Calhoun County.

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  • Arab High School
    1979 - 1982
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