Drew and Carter Pack stood on the dock. Each, being boys of 7 and 4 years, had shed their shirts, shoes and socks. Drew, with fishing pole in hand, caught fish while Carter scooped minnows in a cup.
Paris, July 21 -- Everyone said the crowds would be horrendous. The woman at the front desk was unenthusiastic. Six cyclists from California who were drinking wine in the lobby of the hotel had been to the Champs-Elysees earlier in the day. They had seen the crowds and the giant flag draped from the Arc de Triomphe, and that was good enough for them. They would watch the finish on TV.
Since the Columbus City Council created a new position and handed it to mayor Robert Smith's campaign manager on July 2, there has been much discussion about The Dispatch's reporting on the subject. More accurately, there has been much discussion about The Dispatch's editorial position on the topic.
It is hardly "breaking news," but the state of Mississippi has never put much stock in education. Yes, the state continues to be the one place where you are like to hear the admonition, "Jest cause you got ye one of them fancy high school de-plomer don't mean your better'n us!"
Tuesday was a bad, bad day for the citizens of Columbus and Starkville. The difference is, only the people of Starkville seemed to care.
In our system of government, we sometimes are urged to remember that each citizen has a civic responsibility. We are also reminded that people generally get the kind of government they deserve. Most often, these reminders are confined to the election season as we choose our leaders on the national, state and local level.
Occasionally an easy breeze blows through the tree canopy, and it feels cool. Other times, the wind is as still as death, the air so thick it's like pushing against a wall.
It's not often that a testy exchange at a hearing, followed by a senator's statement that he would put a hold on the nomination until he got an adequate answer to his question, opens a window to a fundamental issue in our democracy. And a timely one.
"Welcome to the other Great Smoky Mountains," a friend in town said to me. She was right.
Sometimes, the directness of children is unsettling.
We all bleed blood when we go to the doctor.
Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi's award wining cartoonist, published a cartoon in the July 12 edition of The Clarion Ledger that adequately describes a similar situation in Starkville.
Tony had said he would give me a ride to the train station.
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