Columbus will never be the same again.
Among the family treasures my siblings and I divided up after my mother died, there was a sewing machine drawer full of postcards. She may have neglected to save one at some point over her nearly 90 years, but I doubt it.
"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" -- Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me" When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion and fear, would feel like cooperating with the monsters who killed him. It would make me an accomplice.
Here in the South hand-painted signs are among our most irresistible roadside attractions. The best of them exert a Siren-song pull on innocent motorists. Take for example the clutch of signs at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lone Oak Road just west of West Point.
The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today.
Active shooter. There is no phrase in our modern lexicon likely to produce more terror.
Recently the Starkville Board of Aldermen agenda included a proposal from none other than Alderman Lisa Wynn to severely restrict the citizens' ability to exercise free speech during board meetings.
Was James Holmes -- convicted of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre -- nuts?
Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum spoke at Tuesday's Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday at the Lion Hills Center. His 30-minute message could be compressed to a single phrase: "It's all good."
America is a nation of faith. So it is often said.
The fact that the death of Robert "Uncle Bunky" Williams was not unexpected does not diminish the sense of loss for the thousands who grew up watching his children's TV show and the young lives he would continue to touch long after it ended.
The civic club speech ended, the applause faded. Members formed a line to shake the speaker's hand, assure her how much they appreciated her words. She was inspiring. She was awesome. Everyone hoped she'd come back soon.
If you watch TV, you are bound to be aware of a marketing strategy TV producers use to attract viewers to new shows or, perhaps, new seasons of old shows. During commercial breaks, they broadcast clips from the shows.
Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety.
Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be?
It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.
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