Mitt Romney is running ads explaining that he does not object to birth control. But no one questions his stance that women should have, as the ads say, "access" to contraception. They already do. They also have access to Coach handbags and flights to Acapulco. And that's where the Romney smokescreen, intended to close a gender gap favoring Democrats, needs clearing.
Given the record federal budget deficit, it is no surprise there is a growing sentiment for shrinking the government.
There is a lot about this election season that's easy to explain. Mitt Romney won the first debate by a lot, and President Obama won the second and third, but by smaller margins.
On Oct. 30, a national tolerance group will again encourage schools across the county to "mix it up at lunch." This is not an invitation to a food fight, as the campaign's name might indicate.
Dubach, La., was named "Dogtrot Capital of the World," and how cool is that? Very cool in the "small house" obsession embraced by urban hipsters. A dogtrot house is typically a modest home in which the cooking and living sections are divided by a breezeway (the dogtrot).
A month or so ago, hundreds of people packed into the Lyceum at East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus for the unveiling of what we now know as the Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority.
Outside the window it was raining leaves. From the kitchen window the leaves of the black cherry tree looked red, but up close they were the colors of leaping flames, red, yellow and orange. I gathered leaves and returned to the kitchen.
Elections supposedly prevent convulsions, serving as safety valves that vent social pressures and enable course corrections. November's election will either be a prelude to a convulsion or the beginning of a turn away from one.
The first structure built in Columbus was a log house erected in the late fall of 1817, but it was not until December 1819 that the new settlement was officially recognized as a town. In the Tombigbee River Valley 1818, the year that was in between, was a transitional year.
Who are these undecided voters? The one thing that seems clear is that there aren't many of them. The harder question is how anyone who really does plan to vote could still be struggling with whom to vote for.
Strother Martin's character in the movie, "Cool Hand Luke" said it best: "What we have here is failure to communicate.''
One of the universal criticism of a free press is that bad news seems to dominate its pages. Although that claim is more imagined than real, it is a charge that newspapers cannot dismiss out of hand.
It was a March afternoon in 2007. I was sitting in my bunk at Durango Jail, reading a year-old copy of TIME Magazine the crack staff of the Maricopa County Jail system had provided for the reading pleasure of the inmates they had stacked like cordwood into Building 4, A Pod.
Some would call it The Mississippi Paradox. One the one hand, we say we want the federal government off our backs, yet on the other we say want more dollars coming to Mississippi from Washington. The presidential election will dramatically have an effect on both these statements.
Hanging between the cedar post and the gardenia bush is the web of a garden spider.
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