Two for ‘Bama and the world

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2003

There are only two things happening in the world these days as far as Alabamians are concerned.

The No. 1 event has to be the continuing sage of the Ten Commandments, involving the state’s top jurist and his defiant stance against federal edicts.

Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, of the Alabama Supreme Court has had all his associate justices and Attorney General Bill Pryor come out in favor of the federal ruling that ordered the Ten Commandments monument be removed from the judicial building.

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Moore persists in his stand in the courthouse door (so to speak, reminiscent of Wallace’s stand 40 years ago), affects not only Alabama, but his confrontation has captured the attention of the &uot;world at large.&uot;

Moore is adamant in his action and it is not a lone activity; he has a large following in this state that could change his title to governor or senator should he qualify for election at a future date.

On Wednesday of this week, Judge Moore’s monument was moved – out of the judicial building’s rotunda, and into a media room of the courthouse.

This caused much concern among Moore’s supporters.

What transpired after that time, until this date probably is know by now, thanks to the media.

The other thing that’s happening, not quite as immediate, is the wrangling over the governor’s $1.2 billion recovering tax plan, which will be voted on statewide, Sept.9.

A phone call at my residence on Wednesday indicated that the odds had made a move, improving Riley’s plan upward from &uot;no chance&uot; to &uot;possible.&uot;

In actuality, it would lower those taxes for the working poor, while increasing them for many high earning and large landowning Alabamians.

The proposal, at the same time, still would tax state residents at a lower rate than surrounding states and less than half of the national rate.

All this is for the &uot;pros&uot; side, while on the &uot;con&uot; side of the coin, the anti-Plan folks claim 85 percent of the public would pay fewer taxes at the expense of 15 percent who qualify as high earners.

They claim this is an unfair distribution of the total $1.2 billion plan, and therefore, the Riley project should be knocked out by marking &uot;no&uot; on the ballot.

We’ll wait, and abide by the final count.

Buster MacGuire is copy editor and columnist for the Greenville Advocate.

He may be reached by calling 334.382.3111.