Monthly Archives: December 2015

What America Wants in Our Next President (Abigail Mathis)

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This past August I had the opportunity to go to the Alabama RedState event, which is a gathering of many Republican supporters in one of the southern or “red” states. What made this particular event especially exciting, though, was that many of the Republican presidential candidates gave a speech. As I sat through many of the speeches, I felt I learned much about what the people at this event felt were necessary qualities in our next president. Generally, everyone cheered when the candidate spoke on how much of a conservative, pro-life, Christian Republican they were. The cheers were louder when the candidate would claim that they were best equipped to balance the budget of our country. But what I found most effective in a speech was optimism.

When a candidate would stand up on the platform and passionately speak about how America can still be fixed, the crowd would go insane. Once the possibility of greatness was brought up, the effect on the crowd was more than just the regular excitement, the energy became electric. So based on the most applause and cheers from the audience, confidence in America is the most important quality in our future president. But confidence is not just something that conservatives want in the future president, it is something that all Americans crave. Americans need something to hold onto, and the next president should be someone who can invoke confidence into this country.

Tough Love (Camilla Lemons)

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Have you ever been chastised by the traffic cop during carpool and wondered if he missed out on doughnuts at the station that morning? Nothing could be further from the truth. What you are witnessing is love. Tough love.

Although he was born in Detroit, Michigan, Deputy Alan Miller has lived most of his life in Shelby County. Directing traffic into the Westminster School at Oak Mountain is only a small part of his job. With a daily schedule that constantly changes and a job full of action, Deputy Miller will have many stories to tell his grandchildren. What he enjoys most about his job is getting to be a positive influence in someone’s life everyday. When he is not working, Deputy Miller is a Southern man at heart. He enjoys shooting sporting clays, fishing, and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

He would advise teenage drivers to remember that driving is a privilege not a right. If students abuse the privilege, not only could it harm themselves and result in a loss of the privilege, but it could harm others as well.

When asked if he had anything he desired to communicate to the Westminster community, Deputy Miller responded, “When approaching the intersection, if you are making a right turn AND it’s clear, you don’t have to wait on me to turn right. People going straight or making left turns still need to wait, however.”

Deputy Miller, the Westminster School at Oak Mountain thanks you for serving our school, and helping keep our community safe.