Editorial

  Editorial: Hurt by those you love

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, literally anyone. It is a crime and it is unacceptable. If you suspect someone is a victim of domestic violence, talk to the victim. You may have to try several times before they will confide in you. And remember, if you see something, say something.

  Editorial: Just Do-nate It

Instead of turning something you already spent your own money on into ash, turn it into something positive by donating all that Nike gear to those in need. Just another way that as Americans we can deeply disagree, but turn that disagreement into something positive along the way.

Editorial: Shame shame

There’s been quite an uproar this week following the posting of pictures of past "Cosby Show" cast member Geoffrey Owens bagging groceries. Please remember this before you speak ill of another: You never know, that friendly neighborhood grocer might just be the helping hand you need.

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Editorial: Respect

Whether you agreed with his policy or his person, he was a man who dedicated and devoted his entire adult life to our country with his service in the military and in public office. Both are deserving of high praise and respect. Rest in peace, sir.

Editorial: Road rage

What is it about being behind the wheel of a car that turns some people into raving lunatics? We all need to stay calm, take a breath and just let it go.

Editorial: Time to pay attention

Children are dying each year because a motorist didn't abide by a very simple law – come to a complete stop when children are entering or exiting a school bus. Absolutely nothing is so important to risk the life and well-being of a child, so I plead with you, keep that phone out of your hands, your eyes on the road, and when you see those bus lights flashing, do that unsuspecting child a favor – STOP.

Editorial: Hands off!

If you haven't seen this video yet, you're among a select minority who hasn't. It happens quickly, but it happens clearly. Ryan Cherwinski, a 31-year-old visitor from Florida, grabs the young woman in a way no one should ever grab anyone.

Editorial: New owners

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.

Editorial: Immigration

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.

Editorial: A hug

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.

  Editorial: Silent agony

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%.

Editorial: Treating with respect

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

Editorial: Checks, balances and Twitter

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.

Editorial: Heroes Among Us

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

Editorial: Determination

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

Editorial: This JUUL is no precious gem

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.

Editorial: United we stand, divided we fall

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."

Editorial Feedback: We have your back

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.

Editorial: We have your back

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!

Editorial: Compromise

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.

  Editorial: Shining brighter

I'm agreeing with our governor that if Birmingham continues its commitment to routing out corruption and those who perpetuate it, we will shine brighter and be more attractive to the business community looking to expand or begin operations in our area.

Editorial: Selfish choice

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.

Editorial Feedback: Actions speak louder than words

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.

Editorial: Actions speak louder than words

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

Editorial: Nothing fake here

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.

Editorial: Child abuse prevention month

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.

Editorial Feedback: Step by step

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.

Editorial: Step by Step

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

Editorial Feedback: Pivot Point

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.

Editorial: Pivot point

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.

Editorial: History is watching

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.

Editorial: To protect and serve

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.

Editorial: See something, say something

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.

Editorial: What's next?

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.

Editorial: Cowards behind keyboards

To all the "bullies" out there, your words hurt; your words can even kill. This is why I will continue to use this editorial platform at least once a year, every year to bring attention to the devastation wreaked by bullying.

Editorial: Changing the atmosphere

As you look at your list of 2018 resolutions (if that's your thing), might I suggest you add one more, and that is make any place where you are, a better place because you're there.

Editorial Feedback: A life well lived

Our editorial earlier this week commenting on the passing of legendary FOX6 newsman, Bill Bolen, and the soon-to-be dedication of our WBRC FOX6 Bill Bolen Studio, prompted an enormous amount of feedback on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page.

Editorial: A life well lived

"If you didn't like Bill Bolen, well - you probably couldn't like anybody." Those were the heartfelt words spoken by Mr. Bolen's longtime pastor at Brookwood Baptist on Saturday at his memorial, celebrating a life well lived.

Editorial: What a year it was

With 2017 now behind us, I wanted to reflect on the year that was and to remind myself of the "big events" that took place. Here's a ranking of the top U.S. searches for 2017.

Editorial: Losing with dignity

All of us lose sometimes. Even if we don't respect our opponent, we should show respect for how we as a society do things. There's no shame in losing, but there is in refusing to publicly accept it.