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Wyatt Emmerich: The true costs of corporate subsidies

Posted 7/27/2016 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) recently released a study touting all the jobs and money produced for Mississippi by the Nissan plant in Canton.

 

 

Home Base: Dinner table debate, a family tradition

Posted 7/26/2016 in Local Columns

Back home in Arkansas on Saturday evening, everything was as it should've been: dinner on the table and lively political banter roaring back and forth across the dining room.

 

Possumhaw: Summertime, the living is easy

Posted 7/25/2016 in Local Columns

Work in the garden during the early morning to avoid heat stress, and wear a hat and loose clothes. Felder Rushing.

Ask Rufus: A sister for the Little Sisters of Liberty

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Columns

In 1950, the Boy Scouts of America instituted a project called Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty, which aimed to place replicas of the Statue of Liberty across the country.

Partial to Home: As pools proliferate, swimming holes nearing extinction

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Columns

Nedra Mitchell has a lot of pictures on her cellphone. So many, it took her several minutes Thursday to dig up two images of swimming holes in the Caledonia area, one she took Memorial Day, the other about 40 years ago.

Lynn Spruill: Wynn-dy City Blues

Posted 7/22/2016 in Local Columns

As a frequent recipient of Alderman Wynn's unwavering disapproval, I am inclined to pay closer attention than most to her comments at the board table on any given Tuesday.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Two hopefuls just looking for a bit of advice

Posted 7/19/2016 in Local Columns

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren ..

 

Possumhaw: Things that matter

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Columns

Just inside the door of the Missionary Baptist Church I saw a white man to the far left, so I turned right. I didn't want us to "clump up," so I asked a beautiful young woman with long eyelashes if anyone was sitting next to her.

Ask Rufus: 'A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse'

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes the stories behind stories can be more interesting than the story itself. Such is the case with the children's nursery rhyme/song "Frog Went A-Courtin." My story of the song begins in the middle.

Slimantics: Losing my head over a dream

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

I was not happy, not at all. For starters, I was dead. You know how it can be with dreams.

Lynn Spruill: Bulldog Bash exits stage east

Posted 7/15/2016 in Local Columns

MSU must have a vibrant Starkville for recruitment of professors, administrators and students. That requires continued commitment from all players on both sides of the city limit signs.

Slimantics: Welcome home, soldiers

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

This week, in the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers, coverage of the memorial and funeral services for the fallen men have reminded us of the sacrifices law enforcement is sometimes called to make in protecting our nation.

 

Rheta Johnson: Kris' birthday coming down

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as the heat dropped below 90 degrees one recent late afternoon -- about 7 o'clock, really -- I moved the CD player to the front porch, adjusted the fan just so and put my feet up on a coffee table. I played "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "The Pilgrim" and "The Captive."

 

Slimantics: Pokemon Go: Our new national nightmare has begun

Posted 7/13/2016 in Local Columns

Those who fail to learn from Pokemon history are destined to repeat it. Over the past week, a new, even more disturbing reincarnation of the Japanese trading card game -- Pokemon Go -- is sweeping the nation.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Telemarkerters and cell phones

Posted 7/12/2016 in Local Columns

Some say "leapfrog." Tennis terms are better. Technology serves an update. The return can be a lob, or it could be a rocket. But there is always a return. No aces. Then another serve, then another return.

 

Possumhaw: Dunnarts, bandicoots and wombats

Posted 7/11/2016 in Local Columns

Signs pointed to raccoons having returned to the Prairie house. There was the day a small, empty, well-washed plastic container of crab salad had been lifted from the recycle bin and left on the porch under an Adirondack chair. Disappointing for sure for the raccoon.

 

Birney Imes: An apology

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Political cartoonists often take extreme positions to make their point. Even so, the cartoon that ran in Friday's paper advances a perception that is insensitive, hurtful and unfair to the many caring public servants who work in law enforcement. For this we apologize.

 

 

Roses and thorns: 7/10/16

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

A rose to organizers, volunteers and supporters of Camp With a Mission, a day camp for people with special needs.

 

Ask Rufus: Bottle trees, silver coins and fly-speck blue

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Our culture abounds in folk beliefs whose physical presence survive even after their meanings have been forgotten. Things we use for decoration or wear as jewelry often have their roots in olden beliefs in magic and evil spirits.

Slimantics: A sickness in our society

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

This morning, it was the first thing I saw when I went on the Internet: Five Dallas police officers had been shot to death Thursday night as they provided security during a march against the police shooting deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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