The news is seldom good. In Afghanistan, an American soldier slaughtered 16 civilians for no discernible reason. That carnage included nine children. In Ohio, a 17-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage, in which he killed three of his fellow students and injured others. The victims were chosen at random. His motive remains unclear.
It will be sad to see this American icon disappear from the local landscape.
Three bills working their way through the Mississippi Senate offer encouraging news for Mississippi schools and school children.
I grew up hearing about the MS School for Mathematics and Science but I never really got the chance to experience it.
Sadly, Mark Twain's famous quote about the weather -- "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" -- too often applies to local litter control and beautification efforts.
The moon was full and barely tipped the canopy of the trees, its parchment-colored sphere overlaid by bare twigs. As we moved across the Prairie I strained to look back. There could be no prettier sight if I had paid millions to hike majestic mountains or cruise the South Seas, and all of this beauty right here, right where I live in the Prairie. It's true; happiness is found in your own backyard and the grass is not greener anywhere else.
When warm wet weather in early March is suddenly followed by storms and rapidly dropping temperatures, I can not help but think of the ill-fated Eliza Battle.
Roses and Thorns for 3-11-12
There is no one simple cure-all answer to the problem of welfare children.
As we wrote here two weeks ago in response to the third incident this year at Columbus High (the sixth in the county), bomb threats are a drag on the system.
Ever since I read about the legislative bills to require welfare recipients to be drug tested and do community service, I've been asking myself why people associate public assistance with laziness and drug use.
I find it disgusting that some think that racism still exists to the extent that when someone doesn't get their way, their opponent of another race must automatically be racist.
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote a well-known document, "The Declaration of Independence," in which he summarized the ideals of individual liberty that had been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. Jefferson set forth a list of grievances against the king in order to justify, before the world, the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.
The article and column in Sunday's paper about the fellows who got caught making moonshine was very interesting and further shows how economic development is stifled in our state.
Last week an acquaintance received in the mail a notice from the city about unpaid fines. In her case, it was $20 in parking tickets. The letter said she had until March 15 to pay the fine. We were encouraged to see the city moving aggressively to collect unpaid fines. No doubt it, like most municipalities, can use the money.
Every jaw hit the ground, and I felt I had suddenly been zapped naked. I knew I had asked the unthinkable when I had pointed to the charming brick building north of the library and asked, "What building is that?"
Two moonshiners were arrested on Thursday.
Roses and thorns for 3-4-12
This week Columbus Air Force Base will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. The base follows a 199 year tradition of military installations in the Columbus area.
It is very exciting that the presidential primary in Mississippi is important this year. Because the nomination has yet to be decided, we have an opportunity to help elect the next Republican nominee. Mississippi citizens should take this very seriously.
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