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Poll: Gun control or ‘right to bear arms’

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Fourteen killed in Aurora, Colo.

Three in Portland.

Now 20 young children and six adults at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn., and just this morning in Birmingham,’s Jeremy Gray and Mia Watkins reported a gunman shot three people on the fifth floor of St. Vincent’s Hospital before he was killed.

The weapons in all four mass, public killings? Guns.

Our founding fathers wrote in The Bill of Rights that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

But, as everyone who has ever argued over gun control knows, U.S. residents have debated ever since on whether it’s only the military, all citizens or a group “somewhere in between” who has a right to own a gun.

……. the rest of my column and a poll here: Tell me, Alabama: Gun control or “right to bear arms?” (Janita Poe, Poll)


Frustrated, post-election mood among Montgomery Republicans: Remember, it goes both ways

My column today (and 82 interesting comments and counting) in

— Janita Poe is Hub Director for The Alabama Media Group’s website in Montgomery. She periodically writes “Poe in the Gump,” a column about her life as a journalist in Montgomery. Follow Janita and her team on Twitter @alcomMontgomery  and like their Facebook fan page, in Montgomery.

I’m Montgomery Hub Director, ‘Poe in the Gump’ columnist for The Alabama Media Group

I’m Montgomery Hub Director, ‘Poe in the Gump’ columnist for The Alabama Media Group.

I’m Montgomery Hub Director, ‘Poe in the Gump’ columnist for The Alabama Media Group


I’ve made a move to Montgomery and I love it–the town and the job. Above is a picture, outside Cafe Louisa in the hip Cloverdale neighborhood, of me with my talented team.

I wear many hats as the Montgomery Hub Director for The Alabama Media Group but the one I probably enjoy the most is sharing my opinions and connecting with the River Region community in my ‘Poe in the Gump’ column.

Come check out our site, ( and my columns, when you have a chance! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow me @PoeCommunicate and our site @alcomMontgomery on Twitter. Thanks, everyone!


All Poe in the Gump columns and images: Poe in the Gump for

Individual columns here:

Meet our River Region Alabama Media Group team (Janita Poe)

My ties to Alabama’s new Freedom Riders Park, groundbreaking at 9 a.m. today (Janita Poe)

National Merit Semifinalists instill pride in Montgomery (Janita Poe)

Montgomery Half, 5k, 1-miler offer way to counter Alabama’s obesity problem (Janita Poe)

We’re the Alabama Media Group in Montgomery (Poe in the Gump)

Zombie Walk: Montgomery’s Mardi Gras? (Poe in the Gump)

Lynyrd Skynyrd rebel flag flap has me thinking: How do you define racism? (Poe in the Gump)

Hey Governor! Early retirement for state workers, teachers then what? (Poe in the Gump)

Will closing of Jubilee Cityfest leave a void? (Poe in the Gump)

Not your typical Montgomery newsperson (Poe in the Gump)

Stop Blocking Move Towards Equality Under Obama

No, I have NOT read all of this (yet) but in response to what I have read I will say that I have a completely different view of Obama as our first black president: Please, folks, we just overcame what we thought was impossible–a black president–and he hasn’t been assassinated yet. I’m being very serious here!

The first black president, if it was ever to happen, was to be a Republican, probably married to a white woman (guys, I’m just saying…) who would never speak the way this president does about race, democracy and moving beyond partisan politics. Folks, let’s put this in perspective.

To sustain a relatively free (in contrast to most of the world) society, you have to have moderation. Please study history; revolutions do not work; the demonstrators simply become the oppressors. Can you say Liberia??!!!? Did you read Animal Farm? Know your history and celebration the slow, positive transition we are experiencing with the historic transformation of racial power and a move towards equality. Get real folks and stop talking about what Prez Obama does not say, do or deliver to Black America.

Just by getting elected and leading the way he does is more than we were ever dreaming of having; President Obama is laying the foundation for a more racially-balanced society. This is as good as it gets so please stop fighting the good!!!!!

This is in response to (the very well-written) piece today in The Atlantic by TA-NEHISI COATES Fear of a Black President.

What Makes Someone “World’s Greatest Athlete?”

Olympics 2012 is over but a debate is still raging around real and social media water coolers about who is the world’s greatest athlete.

Personally? I don’t think one person can hold the title because there are many sports and, within them, many different disciplines.

That said, nothing wrong with dialoguing about the skills, techniques and natural talents that impress us the most.
Doping questions aside, I certainly became fans of many athletes over the last two weeks and, from my view, all are among the “world’s greatest.”

They include but are not limited to Carmelita Jeter, the world’s fastest living 100-meter female sprinter on record; 200-meter swimming phenom Ye Shiwen; 6-mile women’s marathon force; and, of course, the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps, and the fastest short distance human on the planet, the new Ali, sprinter Usain Bolt.

So, what about Ashton Eaton, the decathlon winner? According to Olympic tradition, the gold medalist in this event is to be dubbed “world’s greatest.”

But is that really the case? To me, the decathlon is a track-and-field event much like a triathlon: you have be good at several sports but master of none. Nice, but I’m more awed by a swimmer who can freestyle six fast miles in open water than a chap who throws a javelin, pole vaults and jogs sorta fast around a track.

Well, that’s my view. Now I’d love to read yours.

Is one person from Olympics 2012 the world’s greatest athlete? Do you believe we can narrow it down to one? Do tell!

Misty May and her Olympic 2012 Shout Outs! LOL!!

I’m going to miss Beach Volleyball star Misty May getting WAAAYYY up in camera to say: “Hi Bob, Aunt Em, Pop Corn, Karen ‘dem, Big Grannie. BYE.”

Love the Olympics 2012 athletes. Thanks for the memories!

Black Women NOT Beautiful? 2012 Olympics Track Shows World That is NOT the Case

Considering all the negative rhetoric questioning black female beauty (Satashi Kanazawa’s “Psychology Today” article comes to mind), I want to point out the amazing beauty of women of black African descent in the 2012 Olympics track and in other track and field competitions.

To those who say these athletes “have other races in them,” well, what are black Americans and black Caribbeans then? People of black African descent who, for the most part, have some degree of white and Native blood.

With that backdrop in mind, here is my tribute to my strong, pretty, accomplished sisters of track and field. Please visit my photo gallery on Pinterest “Like” the page if you agree that these women are strong, driven and very beautiful:

Go ladies!!!!

Who is Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect James Holmes?









My Storify report on recent University of CO neuroscience Ph.D. candidate James Holmes, 24, the shooting suspect in the Aurora theater shooting, since early Friday morning:

Benji’s Blog sums up the emergence of the newspaper producer job!

Benji's Blog

When I started out as a journalist seven years ago, I had no idea what a developer was – columnists and editors were the rock stars of the business, the computer guys were “the IT department” who could upgrade your Photoshop or give Quark a kick when it froze.

Sadly, I’m fairly sure that the majority of journalists still think this way. It’s a real problem. But it’s also an inevitability of industrial change. Journalism is a centuries old business in which the core skills didn’t change until very, very recently – thoughts and words and layouts at the creative end, ink and presses at the production end.

When the digital age kicked in, developers were bundled into the latter camp, as they had to be – the new digital means of production needed to be built, swiftly. It wasn’t necessary for journalists to understand what was going on in…

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