The New Year has not yet arrived, although we can see it poking its head up just beyond the horizon.
One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists.
Tomorrow will be the last day of 2014. How you view the year depends largely on what happened on a personal level.
It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?
Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then almost uncountable women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.
Born in 1899, Gladys Tabor was a writer and a columnist for Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle. If Gladys were alive today I'm sure she'd be my best friend. Taken from "Stillmeadow Sampler," published in 1957 Gladys' words speak to the coming year ...
With so many negative views of young men in the community, I think this is worthy of mention.
A young dove of peace with dreams in her eyes almost got shot down. A schoolgirl named Malala has lessons for us all. She's just joined the rare company of female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai, a champion for girls' education, was shot and almost slain for speaking out in her country, Pakistan.
Considering Marshall Fisher's credentials, Gov. Phil Bryant probably couldn't have made a better appointment to lead the scandal-ridden Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.
PASS CHRISTIAN -- This is Christmas week. And as Irving Berlin wrote: The orange and the palm trees sway. Cat Island looks so close across the sparkling Mississippi Sound, I could touch it with a feather duster. Live oaks remain green and disguise the season.
Starkville and Oktibbeha County seem to have difficulty with plaques and historical markers. Oktibbeha County has been struggling with the Unity Park designations so long the blue tarps covering the markers have faded.
Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice. It's hidden until it explodes.
The presents had been opened and the grown-ups were sitting around talking in the easy afterglow of a Christmas morning. An uncle was absorbed by a modern-day version of a Tinkertoy set and an aunt was helping a niece come to grips with a pair of sparkly gloves that can freeze people. A couple of us stepped outside with one of the kids, who wanted to show off the scooter Santa had brought.
How the mighty have fallen. Consider the inglorious fate of the poor Christmas Tree.
The movie "The Imitation Game" has revived deserved interest in Alan Turing.
While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom.
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