There has been more than one postmortem written about Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings over the past few weeks. Without question employee-paid insurance has created a division between some residents in our community. It is a cautionary tale that deserves a few more words.
This is a tale of two countries. The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and most meager circumstances to climb to the pinnacle of prosperity and achievement. It helped save the world in a great global conflagration, fed and rebuilt the devastated nations of Europe, planted the first footprints on another world.
WASHINGTON -- The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On the sidewalk nearest the White House, tourists were taking photos of the Executive Mansion through the ornamental fence. In the pedestrian section of Pennsylvania Avenue, the usual suspects presented their causes: anti-China, anti-nuclear, anti-gun, anti-same-sex-marriage. Jehovah's Witnesses offered pamphlets. A man held a picket sign asking, "What Is Terrorism?"
The chase is on. Columbus Police Department Chief Tony Carleton has established a new policy that applies to police pursuits of fleeing suspects. It is more accurate to say Carleton is actually implementing the department's existing policy rather than establishing a new one.
The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them.
It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.
It is the most important development so far in the 2016 presidential race, at least on the Republican side: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is evidently not a total meathead.
Tuesday evening marked the end of a battle that should never have been fought. Among the casualties were the credibility of a few Starkville aldermen and lots and lots of hurt feelings on both sides of this minor, irrelevant and unnecessary skirmish of The Culture Wars.
Monday night I attended a "Men of Color" community meeting at Sim Scott Community Center not because white is a color, too, but because I was invited by the organizer of the event, Lowndes County supervisor Leroy Brooks, who felt it proper that the media be included.
Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.
So far, so very good. Although it hardly rates as "breaking news," Mississippi State's 34-29 win over eighth-ranked LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge is certain to remain a hot topic in these parts for at least another week.
Ten-year-old Moriah Carpenter was outside playing with Mikaela, Gabriel and Nate, three of her six siblings, when her hand brushed a tree. Instantly she felt an intense, stinging pain. Her mother, Dawn, soothed the child and doctored the sting as any mother would do.
As a Baptist pastor, I am saddened by the decision of the Board of Aldermen to go back on its initial "Plus-One" insurance option.
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