Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Go to War...Lose Your Child?


A Guest Commentary by

Mark Davis

I read in today’s TimesDaily the House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a bill that would prohibit a judge from altering custody in a divorce case because a parent has been called for active duty in the National Guard or Reserves.

I found this with interest because the bill I wrote includes same.

I talked to the ALFRA State President Holly Wales, moments ago. She had no word from the legislators working with us to sponsor our bill.

I haven’t seen the bill to be considered in the morning and I haven’t seen a similar one pre-filed, but our bill has been promoted statewide. The military section has been a noted ‘hot topic’ in the political arena.

As for the shared parenting bill , the title of it has changed to, ‘No Parent Left Behind.'

This late in the session, ALFRA is now working toward getting it pre-filed for 2011 session. It wasn’t completed early enough to pre-file in 2010. We have a jr. legislator as co-sponsor but he is waiting for a sr. member to co-sponsor it.

We will have more on this from Mark in days to come.


Local theatre company presents Spiders & Gasoline: Your Childhood Fears Speak.

the end, Florence’s newest nonprofit theatre company, presents Spiders & Gasoline: Your Childhood Fears Speak, Feb. 25, 26 and 27 at midnight and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The Stranger, the Clown, the Monster in the Closet and more of your scariest childhood fears come alive in this series of monologues written and produced by local playwrights. Admission is $5 general admission, $10 luxury seating. Thursday, Feb. 25 is our Pay What You Can night. the end is located at 106 S. Pine Street in Florence. Come support local, underground theatre in the Shoals. For details, visit (that’s theatre with an “re”) or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Quote of the Day: Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison. ~ John Hardwick