With great power comes great responsibility

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The greatest job I will ever have is being a mom. I have three children including a 4 year old son. For months he has devoted himself increasingly to everything that has to do with superheroes. He’s a Spider-Man fan, but after about the third round with the Spider-Man 5 Minute Bedtime Book, I decided to broaden his horizons to The Avengers, X-Men, and the entire crew.

A constant refrain in every Spider-Man story is the wise advice Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben gave him: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

It’s been a while since I’ve written an editorial column, and for that I apologize. I and I alone are responsible for and own this website and all of its content in its entirety. I don’t reply to anyone about Alabama Today, which is a blessing and a curse. My editors and writers can only nag me enough to do what needs to be done, but alas, I’m back.

I am constantly reminded that life comes upon us quickly, and the same goes for me and my family. Since March 2020, when COVID turned the world upside down, it seems like time has proven the adage, “The days are long and the years fly by.”

Over the past year and a half I have had the privilege of joining the Bluewater Broadcasting team. What started out as a passing opportunity early last year has grown into a new job and hopefully a cornerstone of my career. You can find me as a talk radio host on News Talk 93.1 FM in Montgomery from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. central. I love my show, and if you’ve enjoyed my editorials over the years, you will too. Straight Talk with Apryl Marie gives me the opportunity to give my opinion on the day’s political news five days a week. We will soon be incorporating content from this into both news and editorial content. The job, which requires a 3-hour daily commute to a studio, has messed things up quite a bit.

However, that’s not what took the most time and energy. Sadly, I lost my father, my North Star, to COVID, which still feels surreal to me to say or type. Life was hard for a daddy’s girl who lost both of her beloved fathers unexpectedly and far too young.

I made the decision to move to Montgomery late last year. I decided to postpone this move earlier this year.

I have decided to sell this website. I have decided not to sell this website. Uncertainty reigned, but no more.

What’s next? With great power comes great responsibility. Alabama Today has the power to shape and drive conversation, to inform and, yes, even entertain. As we wrap up this year, we’re ready to make our team and our content stronger than ever into 2023.

This site gives me the opportunity not only to communicate my thoughts and opinions in editorial form, which I will do more, but also to bring you the opinions of others on a wide range of ideological and philosophical backgrounds, which we as a team will share as well make more.

While I frequently ridicule the left, well-grounded positions, even those with which I disagree, were welcome here on the editorial pages of Alabama Today, a practice we will continue. We have and will continue to cover their stories in hard news.

Alabama Today will also be bringing back its afternoon newsletters, which you can sign up for on the right side of our newsletter Home page.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that we will also be releasing regular video updates over the coming year, which you can find on our Facebook page. These will be crucial to follow what is happening in the legislature while we wait and see if the promises made during the campaign season are easily forgotten.

I was recently asked to think about why I started this site. I started because I was tired of reading editorial content disguised as news on the traditional and digital news sites that existed when I moved to Alabama. I’ve always been proud of what my friend Peter SchorschHe did that with his news site in Florida. Many have tried and failed to replicate it, myself included. I’m still confident that this site can be the best in the state, with an unwavering commitment to maintaining balance in our content.

For you, dear reader, what this means is: more of the incisive editorial content I’m known for, actively seeking additional editorial contributions from across the country, growth into a regional news medium with additional focus on local politics, video content, and more Interaction on social media. Speaking of which, you will find ours Facebook page heremy Facebook page hereour Twitter page hereand my Twitter page here.

This post is the first in a series on the state of the news in our great state. Stay tuned for the next one, in which I’ll address the recently announced changes to printed papers in this state and the impact they may have on digital media.