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    Want to reply or make an editorial suggestion? Email Collin R. Gaston, V.P. & G.M. of FOX6 WBRC.More >>
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  • Editorial: New owners

    Editorial: New owners

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 4:45 PM EDT2018-07-03 20:45:21 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network

    You have always counted on us to help keep you safe during severe weather, bring you breaking news reports and make sure to keep you and your family informed. Even though our company is growing, WBRC FOX6 News will remain committed to communities we serve across Alabama.

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    You have always counted on us to help keep you safe during severe weather, bring you breaking news reports and make sure to keep you and your family informed. Even though our company is growing, WBRC FOX6 News will remain committed to communities we serve across Alabama.

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  • Editorial: Immigration

    Editorial: Immigration

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-06-26 20:31:29 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    There are laws and regulations that allow for legal entry into our country. If someone tries to enter the United States illegally, there are consequences. Just like breaking any other law.

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    There are laws and regulations that allow for legal entry into our country. If someone tries to enter the United States illegally, there are consequences. Just like breaking any other law.

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  • Editorial: A hug

    Editorial: A hug

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-06-19 21:16:57 GMT
    Source: APSource: AP
    Source: APSource: AP

    They say those with integrity do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Last week a high school baseball player in Minnesota put integrity on display with thousands watching live, and now hundreds of thousands watching online.

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    They say those with integrity do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Last week a high school baseball player in Minnesota put integrity on display with thousands watching live, and now hundreds of thousands watching online.

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  • Editorial: Silent agony

    Editorial: Silent agony

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-06-13 00:12:25 GMT
    Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, both died by suicide. (Source: ZUMA Press)Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, both died by suicide. (Source: ZUMA Press)

    According to a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control, suicide rates have increased in all but one state over the past two decades, with half the states showing increases at over 30%.

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    According to a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control, suicide rates have increased in all but one state over the past two decades, with half the states showing increases at over 30%.

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  • Editorial: Treating with respect

    Editorial: Treating with respect

    Thursday, June 7 2018 4:42 PM EDT2018-06-07 20:42:42 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    Please do your part to make sure our nation’s stars and stripes are treated with the respect they so duly deserve.

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    Please do your part to make sure our nation’s stars and stripes are treated with the respect they so duly deserve.

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  • Editorial: Checks, balances and Twitter

    Editorial: Checks, balances and Twitter

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 6:32 PM EDT2018-06-05 22:32:17 GMT
    Source: WBRC graphicsSource: WBRC graphics

    There’s been some talk that the cancellation of Roseanne was an impediment to the First Amendment, but it’s important to understand exactly what freedom of speech grants us.

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    There’s been some talk that the cancellation of Roseanne was an impediment to the First Amendment, but it’s important to understand exactly what freedom of speech grants us.

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  • Editorial: Heroes Among Us

    Editorial: Heroes Among Us

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 6:40 PM EDT2018-05-29 22:40:48 GMT
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)

    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

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    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

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  • Editorial: Determination

    Editorial: Determination

    Thursday, May 24 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-05-24 20:53:06 GMT
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    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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  • Editorial: This JUUL is no precious gem

    Editorial: This JUUL is no precious gem

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:36 PM EDT2018-05-22 20:36:18 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    As e-cigarettes and vapes become more popular with adult smokers trying to quit cigarettes, young people are also starting to use these devices. One device, that you may not be aware of, is becoming more and more popular with kids. It’s called a JUUL. If you’re a parent, you need to educate yourself.

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    As e-cigarettes and vapes become more popular with adult smokers trying to quit cigarettes, young people are also starting to use these devices. One device, that you may not be aware of, is becoming more and more popular with kids. It’s called a JUUL. If you’re a parent, you need to educate yourself.

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  • Editorial: United we stand, divided we fall

    Editorial: United we stand, divided we fall

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 4:55 PM EDT2018-05-15 20:55:21 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    United we stand, divided we fall: This phrase has permeated my thought after hearing about a local Birmingham African-American pastor showcasing divisive messages on each side of his church sign that read: “Black folks need to stay out of white churches” and “White folks refused to be our neighbors.”

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    United we stand, divided we fall: This phrase has permeated my thought after hearing about a local Birmingham African-American pastor showcasing divisive messages on each side of his church sign that read: “Black folks need to stay out of white churches” and “White folks refused to be our neighbors.”

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  • Editorial Feedback: We have your back

    Editorial Feedback: We have your back

    Thursday, May 10 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-05-10 20:59:30 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    Our editorial earlier this week, commenting on the bullying experienced by our own WBRC FOX6 News reporter Melanie Posey on social media, prompted thousands of comments and shares on Facebook and numerous emails to me.

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    Our editorial earlier this week, commenting on the bullying experienced by our own WBRC FOX6 News reporter Melanie Posey on social media, prompted thousands of comments and shares on Facebook and numerous emails to me.

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  • Editorial: We have your back

    Editorial: We have your back

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-05-08 21:27:06 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    Recently it came to light that one of our own, WBRC FOX6 News reporter Melanie Posey, was targeted with mean and malicious comments in a Facebook post that was shared and commented on hundreds of times. I want Melanie to know that not only are we on her side, but we have her back!

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    Recently it came to light that one of our own, WBRC FOX6 News reporter Melanie Posey, was targeted with mean and malicious comments in a Facebook post that was shared and commented on hundreds of times. I want Melanie to know that not only are we on her side, but we have her back!

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  • Editorial: Compromise

    Editorial: Compromise

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-05-02 21:15:13 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    Now, when you visit the Jefferson County courthouse, you’ll see a black and white Lady Justice and bald eagles. These figures hover over black and white judges. There’s an American flag along with the county’s logo. Far more welcoming imagery that reflects a new South and our diversity.

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    Now, when you visit the Jefferson County courthouse, you’ll see a black and white Lady Justice and bald eagles. These figures hover over black and white judges. There’s an American flag along with the county’s logo. Far more welcoming imagery that reflects a new South and our diversity.

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  • Editorial: Selfish choice

    Editorial: Selfish choice

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:25:12 GMT
    Source: EndDD.orgSource: EndDD.org

    More people than willing to admit, based on my unscientific observation, are reading and typing on their cellphones while driving. A selfish choice that can and has resulted in the unnecessary death and injury of others.

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    More people than willing to admit, based on my unscientific observation, are reading and typing on their cellphones while driving. A selfish choice that can and has resulted in the unnecessary death and injury of others.

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  • Editorial Feedback: Actions speak louder than words

    Editorial Feedback: Actions speak louder than words

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:26:26 GMT
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    Our editorial earlier this week, commenting on Governor Ivey’s unwillingness to date to participate in debates with her political opponents, prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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    Our editorial earlier this week, commenting on Governor Ivey’s unwillingness to date to participate in debates with her political opponents, prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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  • Editorial: Actions speak louder than words

    Editorial: Actions speak louder than words

    Monday, April 16 2018 5:48 PM EDT2018-04-16 21:48:43 GMT
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    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    Governor Kay Ivey has made it clear that during this gubernatorial campaign, she is just too busy to debate her competitors. 

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    Governor Kay Ivey has made it clear that during this gubernatorial campaign, she is just too busy to debate her competitors. 

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  • Editorial: Nothing fake here

    Editorial: Nothing fake here

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:24:55 GMT
    Source: Raycom imagesSource: Raycom images
    Source: Raycom imagesSource: Raycom images

    Here at WBRC FOX6 News we want our anchors focused on facts. Not opinions. That's how we battle fake news. Because you want news to be reported right down the middle. WBRC FOX6 News and Raycom Media take pride in the work we do for you. On Your Side is more than our slogan, it's our mission and promise to you. Nothing fake about that.

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    Here at WBRC FOX6 News we want our anchors focused on facts. Not opinions. That's how we battle fake news. Because you want news to be reported right down the middle. WBRC FOX6 News and Raycom Media take pride in the work we do for you. On Your Side is more than our slogan, it's our mission and promise to you. Nothing fake about that.

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  • Editorial: Child abuse prevention month

    Editorial: Child abuse prevention month

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-04-03 22:00:51 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

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    April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

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  • Editorial Feedback: Step by step

    Editorial Feedback: Step by step

    Thursday, March 29 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-03-29 20:51:29 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    Our editorial earlier this week commenting on the March For Our Lives marches last weekend and the young people leading them prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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    Our editorial earlier this week commenting on the March For Our Lives marches last weekend and the young people leading them prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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  • Editorial: Step by Step

    Editorial: Step by Step

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-03-27 22:26:07 GMT

    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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    The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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  • Editorial Feedback: Pivot Point

    Editorial Feedback: Pivot Point

    Thursday, March 22 2018 4:55 PM EDT2018-03-22 20:55:23 GMT
    Source: Richard Franklin, AFT PresidentSource: Richard Franklin, AFT President
    Source: Richard Franklin, AFT PresidentSource: Richard Franklin, AFT President

    Our editorial commenting on guns in schools following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida and here at home in Birmingham at Huffman High prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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    Our editorial commenting on guns in schools following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida and here at home in Birmingham at Huffman High prompted the following feedback posted on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page and emails sent directly to me.

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  • Editorial: Pivot point

    Editorial: Pivot point

    Thursday, March 8 2018 7:16 PM EST2018-03-09 00:16:21 GMT
    Source: Richard Franklin, AFT PresidentSource: Richard Franklin, AFT President

    In February, we all watched in horror as the scene unfolded in Parkland, Florida as the tally of those killed rose to 17 on the grounds of Stoneman Douglas High School. Parents and family of those killed have been vocal that their children will not die in vain, and Florida has since passed legislation that would impose new restrictions on firearm sales and allow some teachers and staff to carry guns in school. 

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    In February, we all watched in horror as the scene unfolded in Parkland, Florida as the tally of those killed rose to 17 on the grounds of Stoneman Douglas High School. Parents and family of those killed have been vocal that their children will not die in vain, and Florida has since passed legislation that would impose new restrictions on firearm sales and allow some teachers and staff to carry guns in school. 

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  • Editorial: History is watching

    Editorial: History is watching

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:15 PM EST2018-02-19 22:15:14 GMT

    The headlines last week were horrifying. Again, our country is dealing with another mass school shooting. It’s up to all of us to come up with sensible solutions that will keep us safe without violating our individual rights in a free society. There must be compromise. History is watching and so are our children.

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    The headlines last week were horrifying. Again, our country is dealing with another mass school shooting. It’s up to all of us to come up with sensible solutions that will keep us safe without violating our individual rights in a free society. There must be compromise. History is watching and so are our children.

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  • Editorial: To protect and serve

    Editorial: To protect and serve

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:04 PM EST2018-02-13 23:04:26 GMT
    Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video

    There are times when the words shared by another need not be edited or expounded upon in any way, because the feelings conveyed are heartfelt, pure, and deserve sharing unadulterated. The following is from a Facebook post shared on Sunday at 5:36 a.m. from someone on the Bangor Maine Police Department.

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    There are times when the words shared by another need not be edited or expounded upon in any way, because the feelings conveyed are heartfelt, pure, and deserve sharing unadulterated. The following is from a Facebook post shared on Sunday at 5:36 a.m. from someone on the Bangor Maine Police Department.

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  • Editorial: See something, say something

    Editorial: See something, say something

    Monday, February 5 2018 6:13 PM EST2018-02-05 23:13:28 GMT
    Source: File videoSource: File video

    Kudos to the Alabama State Senate for passing a bill last Tuesday that establishes stronger penalties for anyone found guilty of obstructing an investigation into human trafficking. 

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    Kudos to the Alabama State Senate for passing a bill last Tuesday that establishes stronger penalties for anyone found guilty of obstructing an investigation into human trafficking. 

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  • Editorial: What's next?

    Editorial: What's next?

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 5:49 PM EST2018-01-30 22:49:38 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    For the literally billions of us who are on Facebook, we do tend to wake up to a different world every day, as Facebook endlessly changes what happens on our feeds.

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    For the literally billions of us who are on Facebook, we do tend to wake up to a different world every day, as Facebook endlessly changes what happens on our feeds.

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    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-26 00:42:36 GMT

    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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