Perfection Versus Excellence

September 24, 2015 M. Ray
As I write this opinion I am a few days removed from the final round of Alabama’s budgeting melee. It was a thorough and exhausting process and while I am not entirely satisfied with the result I recognize that there were some solid victories in the process. It calls to mind a quote I’ve retained
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Alabama Budgeting a la Oliver Twist

September 7, 2015 M. Ray
The Dickens classic Oliver Twist transcends time and some critics say it was a catalyst for social change in its day. As we enter the second special session of the Alabama Legislature to focus on the anemic and malnourished General Fund budget I am reminded of a specific iconic scene from Dickens novel. Young Oliver,
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Fix the Foundation

June 30, 2015 M. Ray
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 May 2015   ITS TIME TO FIX THE FOUNDATION   By now I’m sure that you’ve heard that Alabama has a budget problem. As the Chairman for the State Senate Committee for Fiscal Responsibility I firmly believe that the budget woes we face this year are able to be fixed without
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Giant Killers

March 25, 2015 M. Ray
IT’S TIME TO BE GIANT-KILLERS! The State of Alabama is facing a fiscal challenge right now unlike any that we have had in contemporary memory. Regardless of how big the hole in the General Fund budget really is….the fact is that there is a hole. The debate rages on how to fill it and there
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The Easter Conservative

April 24, 2014 M. Ray
Despite the fact that our children are grown the annual tradition in our house of coloring Easter eggs is still very much alive. This year was no different as our daughter came home from college and our son and his fiancé joined us for a couple of hours of dye-laden fun. And every year we laugh at some of the same Easter memories....including the preschool Easter egg hunt at which my son Josh became an avowed conservative!
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Don't be Fooled by the Cheshire Cat's Smile

March 28, 2014 M. Ray
We all remember the Cheshire Cat. He was that seemingly benign and somewhat philosophical ever-smiling character from Alice in Wonderland. He was elusive and offered misdirection in response to clear questions. In effect he offered whatever version of reality that was needed to fit his moment…..and all with a very creepy smile.....
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What Creed Do You Live By

January 20, 2014 M. Ray

My son told me once that you can tell a great deal about a person by the quotes he puts on his Facebook page. There’s some truth in that. People gravitate toward quotes, verses, and speeches that spark their imagination and inspire them to action. Such words often carry import far beyond their original utterance. At some point a compilation of words can gather meaning and become a force unto itself. Words, when backed by meaning, intent and emotion are able to shape events….and people. They become far more than mere words.

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Doing the Right Thing

January 2, 2014 Panik
Sometimes doing the right thing creates personal discomfort, or requires personal sacrifice. The old adage that “what’s right is not always popular and what’s popular is not always right” remains true. Whoever coined that phrase was a wordsmithing genius. An ardent liberal once tried to debate me with rhetoric and sound-bites.
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The Green Behind the Green

December 16, 2013 M. Ray
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”…..or in this case the money behind the green energy push that is advancing its way into Alabama. If you haven’t noticed there is a great deal of green behind the green. I consider myself a pragmatic optimist. I believe that we should always be searching for new energy sources. Every resource we have now was once the result of great study and discovery. But like President Reagan I am a fan of “Trust but verify”.......
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Alabama Exceptionalism

November 26, 2013 M. Ray
I have had opportunities in my lifetime to live and work abroad, and to see the inner workings of other states in this nation. I have no trouble extolling the virtues of these United States. We live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth, and arguably in the history of the world. But I want to make clear that in the midst of my national pride I also have a great appreciation for the State of Alabama.
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Phil Williams is an Attorney with his own firm of Williams & Associates, LLC in Gadsden, Alabama. His legal focus is largely in the areas of insurance, municipal and corporate defense. Phil has also served as the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for TaxBreak, which has its corporate offices in Gadsden, Alabama. TaxBreak is one of only a handful of Alabama based Inc-500 companies and has clients in all 50 States. His legal experience covers all levels including appellate, and he is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Alabama.

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