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Darrio Melton, Author at The Selma Times‑Journal

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MELTON: An open letter to the council

For nearly two centuries, Selma’s elected officials have worked tirelessly to deliver best government practices, services, and solutions to local residents. This hard work must ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Saturday, February 17, 2018 8:28 pm

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MAYOR: New LED lights are step in right direction

Each day, I go to work in City Hall and do my best to make Selma better than it was the day before. Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, July 10, 2017 10:00 pm

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I will demand what’s best for our city

Growing up in Selma, I never thought I would have the opportunity to be elected mayor. I always had a passion for this city, and ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:41 pm

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Our work isn’t done, so be part of the change

On the anniversary of his death and the eve of the California primary, I can’t help but think about the legacy “Bobby” left, summarized succinctly ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, June 6, 2016 10:19 pm

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Practice what you preach

As a member of the clergy, “practice what you preach” has a very literal meaning in my life. Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, May 23, 2016 10:11 pm

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We have no choice but session for Medicaid

The 2016 regular session is in the books, but for many politicos on Goat Hill, session seemed more like a rush to get out of ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, May 16, 2016 10:00 pm

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We can still find common ground and solutions

I would start this piece by talking about how the Legislature finally adjourned for 2016, but the past few years have shown that adjourning from ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, May 9, 2016 9:53 pm

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Gov. Bentley believes prisons are the future

Last week, the legislature voted to issue a bond for $800 million to build new, super-max style prisons in Alabama. When it’s all said and ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, May 2, 2016 9:06 pm

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Prison bill would be bad investment

As elected officials, looking for solutions to our state’s problems is often a delicate balancing act. We have to determine the best way to use ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, April 25, 2016 11:02 pm

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Republicans are blind to problems facing state

Each year when the Legislature starts discussing the budget, the first items on the chopping block are always social services for our neediest neighbors. While ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, April 18, 2016 10:09 pm

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Rare political win-win for Governor Bentley

With all the chaos coming out of the Governor’s Mansion in the past month, it’s been easy to overlook the chaos coming out of the ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, April 11, 2016 10:01 pm

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Uncertainty is killing job growth, hurt communities

Over the past 5 years, Alabama has invested millions to bring businesses to our state. We have sent representatives around the world to declare Alabama ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, April 4, 2016 10:55 pm

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Gov. Bentley drama not about affair, about trust

As news of Governor Bentley’s inappropriate relationship with a senior advisor rocked Montgomery last week, it seemed that the major issues in this story took ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:35 pm

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What’s really busting our budget?

Last week, a bill came through the Legislature that I thought had to be a mistake. Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, March 21, 2016 5:42 pm

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It’s time for state to expand Medicaid

When Governor Robert Bentley took office, I had high hopes that a doctor in the Governor’s Mansion would mean improvements for Alabama’s health care. He ... Read more

by Darrio Melton, Monday, March 14, 2016 11:26 pm

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