The other night at the theater (no kidding) I happened to be sitting by a woman who, before the curtain went up, was telling a story about a mouse, an English mouse.
To whom shall I address this? To Rufus Ward? Robert Snow? Bunky Williams? Or to Birney Imes himself, there in the middle and running the show, because I feel I've known you all for ages and that you've just dropped by.
On Tuesday, north Mississippi voters will go to the polls to select the person who will represent District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Trent Kelly and Democrat Walter Zinn, Jr., meet in the run-off.
I have made a long career out of writing about good people who are not celebrities, who typically appear in news pages a prescribed three times: when they are born, when they get married and when they die, and then only if someone cares enough to pay for an obituary. I have liked it that way. I always wanted to grow up to be Charles Kuralt, not Barbara Walters.
This story is not new. On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.
"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi.
Few things have been under greater attack in the age of the personal computer and social media than the craft/art/discipline of spelling.
Over the past 30 years or so I have had many a discussion about the pros and cons of term limits.
John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.
Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.
After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.
Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.
"This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.
Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.
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