The elections are over and as always we have winners and losers. To those who won and will serve our community for the next four years I congratulate you on your victory and wish you well. To those who were defeated I want to thank you for your willingness to serve and hope that this will not discourage you from seeking public office in the future.
What if there were four guests invited to this party, and three of them had to travel long distances at their own expense? Not to run this analogy into the ground, but what if only one of the guests can be assured of having a good time at this party?
Her eyes were nothing like the sun. The roses had faded from her cheeks. But for time and place, two years ago, Mississippi University for Women could have been the not-so-fair maiden of a Shakespearean sonnet.
Over the past several months, dark clouds have loomed over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. We've taken the board to task on multiple occasions, questioning their transparency, the manner in which they selected their director and the lack of a clearly articulated mission.
It was what every parent would want a school to be.
The Democrat Party's historical defeat in Tuesday's election was a long time coming. It started in 1964 when Sen. Barry Goldwater became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Mississippi since Reconstruction. Then, in 1978, Senator Thad Cochran became the first Republican elected statewide in over a century. It took another 13 years for Kirk Fordice to become the first Republican elected Governor.
The only thing missing from Tuesday night's Columbus City Council meeting was the girl in sequins with the elephants.
On Nov. 7, an American hero died. In the heyday of The Greatest Generation, we knew what heroes were. We knew what service was. Priorities were different. Times were simpler. Choices were clear.
Gwen Gouveia's earliest childhood memories are of light bulbs darkened with shoe polish, lowered green window shades and the cold dampness of the dirt floor of a bomb shelter. Gouveia -- the name is Portuguese -- was 15 months old and in her high chair when the Japanese surprised her hometown on that Sunday morning in 1941.
On the second floor of the Lowndes courthouse, there is a room where on election night candidates gather with their family and supporters, media and political junkies to watch returns as they come in.
This Tuesday I witnessed the best evidence for early voting.
People have often asked me where I find some of the little known events of history that I have written about. The answer is easy: The newspaper. Accounts of the settlement of what is now Mississippi have been published since articles on the French colony at Biloxi first appeared in French and English papers in 1699.
If Rita Jones ever invites you for dinner, don't even bother checking your calendar; just say yes. In a minute I'll tell you why.
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