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Slimantics: The elusive 'spirit' of Christmas

Posted 12/2/2014 in Local Columns

I've come to believe that Christmas is state of mind and, therefore, pretty much a matter of timing.


Thomas Sowell: Opinions vs. facts

Posted 12/2/2014 in National Columns

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri.


Possumhaw: A basket full of blessings to boot

Posted 12/1/2014 in Local Columns

It had been 10 days and Sam was sick and tired of being sick and tired. He had only been out of the house for a trip to Robert's Apothecary for vitamins, nasal spray and a B-12 shot. He pinned his hopes on Robert's elixirs, supplemented with Dayquil and Nyquil.


Charlie Mitchell: Fast disclosure in Missouri was a wise decision

Posted 12/1/2014 in National Columns

Whether grand jurors in Missouri did the right thing will be debated for years. Beyond debate is the wisdom of the decision to go public -- instantly -- with reports, photos, drawings and testimony transcripts related to the death of Michael Brown.



Froma Harrop: In Ferguson, as elsewhere, voting Is what matters

Posted 12/1/2014 in National Columns

In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there: Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six City Council members and nearly the entire police force are white.


Birney Imes: 50 years on the campaign trail

Posted 11/29/2014 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon Adrine Younger welcomed me into her tidy kitchen and offered me a glass of tea and a piece of Italian cream cake. The grandmother and widowed mother of five lives in a pleasant one-story farmhouse about a mile down a gravel road that bears the family name. I had come to talk politics.

Dana Milbank: Obama has his Rumsfeld moment

Posted 11/29/2014 in National Columns

WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush.

Kathleen Parker: From Bill Cosby to Ferguson, a reminder of our rule of law

Posted 11/29/2014 in National Columns

By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.

Lynn Spruill: Thanksgiving for every day

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

This Thanksgiving marks an anniversary for a particularly difficult time, probably one of my most traumatic days. I have the gift of not remembering the bad things so when something stands out, it is for a reason.

Slimantics: My favorite Egg Bowl: 'Rebels Get Turkey Day Stuffing'

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

In the 1960s, Tupelo was an Ole Miss town. This was especially true in east Tupelo, my part of town, and Lawhon Elementary school, where I attended first through eighth grade.


Voice of the people: Robert Gillis

When does the voice of the people no longer matter? Is it when the voice of the governed is silenced?



Voice of the people: Margie Canon

The voters have spoken. My white kitten, Chuck Younger, is named after Mississippi's most recently elected state senator.



Voice of the people: Johann Christoph Arnold

As predicted, the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. And as expected, chaos erupted and violence swept through the streets.



Leonard Pitts: Blacks and whites need to wake up to racial injustice

Posted 11/26/2014 in National Columns

In September, I received an email that should have left me feeling vindicated.



Other Editors: Solid panel looking at prison contracts

Posted 11/26/2014 in National Columns

As we previously have noted, Gov. Phil Bryant should have known more about Chris Epps before reappointing him prison commissioner in 2012.



William Browning: A hero's passing

Posted 11/25/2014 in Local Columns

I heard the news recently of John Doar's passing.



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