Category Archives: David Sher posts

Nick Saban proves we in Birmingham are a bunch of suckers

I must be nuts. I’m actually writing an article that might be perceived as negative about the most popular and respected man in Alabama—maybe in Alabama history. This story broke January 9th; about the same time Nick Saban and the … Continue reading

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The fairy tale story of Ray Watts and UAB football

Don’t you love stories with  happy endings? Once upon a time in the sleepy village of Birmingham, Alabama, an evil UAB President Ray Watts (or his Trustee Roundtable) made the decision to terminate UAB football. The UAB students took up arms, … Continue reading

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No need for Birmingham to be a media laughingstock

I’ve agonized whether to publish this piece about our region’s propensity for humiliation. One of my best friends warned me, “Why bring it up?…move on and forget it.” I think we can be fairly certain, however, we are just around the corner from … Continue reading

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Birmingham NOT one of the most dangerous cities in America

Sometimes I feel invisible. No one seems to hear me when I insist that Birmingham is NOT one of the most dangerous cities in America. We hear that Birmingham has historically been a rough and tumble town.  Our media bombards us with … Continue reading

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Mountain Brook points fingers at Birmingham

I love to write about Mountain Brook. People are interested in Mountain Brook and I know a lot about the subject matter–since I’ve lived much of my life and raised my children there.  (I now live in Vestavia Hills) When … Continue reading

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5 Points South landlords are dumb

My wife and I and two other couples were going out to eat one evening. I suggested one of my favorite restaurants–Surin West in 5 Points South. One of the women said, “I don’t feel safe around some of the people … Continue reading

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Is it time for UAB to change its name?

It never would have crossed my mind. But when a friend suggested that UAB change its name, my first reaction was ‘what a great idea, why didn’t I think of that?” I’ve thought about it ever since.  The more I … Continue reading

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Even insiders screw Birmingham

I’ve written repeatedly how Birmingham’s always been dominated by outsiders. U.S Steel headquartered in Pittsburgh, once Birmingham’s largest employer, controlled our economy. Montgomery, our state capital, has historically treated Birmingham like a step child. The UA Board of Trustees in … Continue reading

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What folks in Mt. Brook and Vestavia are losing

I’m uniquely qualified to write about living in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. I grew up and raised my children in Mountain Brook and about ten years ago my wife and I moved to Vestavia. People in Birmingham– whether they live in … Continue reading

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Council pay increase may be good for Birmingham

I’m confident this opinion piece will make many of you crazy. But before you beat me up, please take a moment and read what I have to say.  If you still disagree, then feel free to respond. Our Birmingham City Council … Continue reading

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