A few times I've been asked where the Prairie is, so I'll share how I found out and how you can find out for yourself.
In Friday's Opinion, Other Editors column, someone with the McComb, MS, Enterprise Journal weighed in proposing "middle ground" on the issue of "gun control." They want a resurgence of the "assault weapons" ban and the high capacity magazine ban as a compromise. Neither would have made any difference in the theater massacre in Colo. a couple of weeks ago.
Our country is in mourning over the deaths in Aurora, Colorado. As I write this, 12 people have died there. Several more are hospitalized in serious condition. By the time you read this, the death count may be higher.
I am not picking on Starkville Alderman Roy A. Perkins. I use him merely as an example of something that seems more and more prevalent these days, and not just among officials and politicians.
The recent massacre in a movie theater in Aurora, CO, has all the Liberals and anti-gun nut crowd slobbering with joy because they have new "ammunition" to use in railing against privately owned firearms.
Imagine three couples and a film crew crowded into a garage in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during a March rainstorm. In the garage six Chinese-American cooks are tending four sizzling woks.
Selvain McQueen has yet to reach his one-year anniversary as the Columbus Police Department's chief. In any organization, gaining a full understanding of your environment, personnel, relationships takes time.
The text message came over my cellphone at about 4 p.m. Monday. It was from Jeff Clark, one of our reporters, who was out covering the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau's month board meeting.
Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.
Picking up the phone, I dialed the 800 number. I knew, even as I did it, I was headed down that slippery slope.
There are always two sides to every story in Caledonia. The policy for water technician certification has been in place for several years. The water department technician had to take the exam within a certain amount of time. Once the technician passed the exam, a one dollar per hour raise would be added to his pay. Once the technician became certified, another dollar per hour would be added.
The longer I am around public officials, the more convinced I am of one simple truth: Sixty-percent of the truth is worse than 100 percent of a lie.
With regards to the article entitled "Judge Kitchens frustrated with state sentencing laws" which ran in your paper on June 9, 2012, 1 would like to offer additional information and facts that were not covered in the story. The task before MDOC daily is to provide quality security, custody, control and care to 22,000 offenders currently locked up and an additional 38,503 offenders under the supervision of community corrections.
The advantage leading has over pushing is that you are a lot less likely to get kicked when you lead. Over the past few months, it has sometimes been hard to determine where the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been in front of the issues or behind them.
1. Lynn Spruill: A city Halloween policy? LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Voice of the people: Gerald and Alice Scallions LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
3. Thomas Sowell: Predatory journalism NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Roses and thorns: 10/26/14 ROSES & THORNS
5. Ask Rufus: Ghosts of the Tombigbee LOCAL COLUMNS