Mark Hammontree

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Ode to the Capstone

If you drive into Tuscaloosa and look, You’ll come across a house made of Windows. It’s quite a large house, and beautiful, look; Every last bit of it’s covered in Windows.

Hope in the face of an Easter explosion

Sunday, as I got myself ready for church with my family, families in Lahore, Pakistan wept and grieved after an explosion shattered the peace in a local park and took at least 60 lives. I read the headlines in the car as we drove to Easter services, the vibrant splendor of spring in Mountain Brook, ...

Super Tuesday is upon us

Many UA students will have a chance Tuesday to really get their civic duty on. Two elections will invite students to participate in the political process: one is for our very of Student Government Association, and the other is Alabama’s primary election. While voting in the SGA election is relatively ...

RAISE Act: the wrong fix for the right problems

A great deal is wrong with Alabama’s public education system. Among the many problems are an inequitable and insufficient funding structure, a lack of flexibility and control at the local level, and a shortage of highly trained and motivated teachers. It seems everyone has different ideas about how ...

We need to look critically at how we respond to terrorist attacks

When just a small child watching news about tragedies, the man we all knew as Mr. Rogers was famously told by his mother to “look for the helpers.” Now, it has become a common refrain in our responses to acts heartbreaking violence and destruction: look for the helpers, watch and see how a community ...

It has everything to do with race

If you’ve spent enough time on facebook or if you have ever read comments on any news article or opinion pieces about poverty, or education, or police violence, or food insecurity, or political corruption, you’re probably familiar with some iteration of the following: “Why does it always have ...

Wilder deserves support from Tuscaloosa and UA

Deontay Wilder may just be Alabama’s proudest son. The world heavyweight titleholder defended his WBC belt for the second time in Birmingham, and both before and after this fight, as he has with every other bout, Wilder spread his love three ways: to his children, to God, and to his home state of ...