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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.

Lynn Spruill: Moving the goal posts (again)

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Just when we thought we had a workable plan. We were so close. And yet there seems to be no end to the Police Department building saga.

 

Bill Crawford: 2016 puts Tate Reeves' fiscal credibility at risk

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.

 

Slimantics: Jeff Smith, professional pragmatist

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

At the annual Mississippi Press Association convention on the Coast in late June, a pair of Coast legislators -- Democrat Dave Baria of Bay St. Louis and Republican Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula -- were part of a panel discussion on the controversial 2016 legislative session.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Well-run towns usually have well-run newspapers

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

It's just true. And time hasn't changed it: Find a well-run, stable or progressive community and it will be served by a well-run local newspaper.

 

Shannon Bardwell: May God bless America

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

"It was the song of an immigrant boy made good." Mary Ellin Berlin Barrett, daughter of Irving Berlin

 

Local Voices: Ali funeral evokes memories of another fight in an earlier time

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

Recently, I watched, mesmerized as those black cars eased through the streets of Louisville. Though by no means a boxing fan, I was feeling the loss of the sassy, classy, gentle presence of "The Greatest," and his unique sense of timing both in the ring and before a microphone. Yes, felt it, though our lives were as separate as hopscotch is from Olympic gold.

 

Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

When we think of the Fourth of July, all too many people think of a holiday with family gatherings, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Somehow over the years we have lost much of the sense of gratitude for our country's forefathers, what they accomplished and the timeless documents they created.

Lynn Spruill: Pat

Posted 7/1/2016 in Local Columns

Long before Claudia and I were together, she had been a graduate assistant basketball coach for Pat at Tennessee. For a time she had been her roommate but more importantly she had been and remained her friend throughout the intervening years.

Slimantics: Guice edges Oliver to claim Mississippi's Public Servant of the Year honors

Posted 6/30/2016 in Local Columns

Every year at the end of the sports season, it is common for teams and leagues to hand out awards to recognize exceptional performance. Today, marks the end of Mississippi's fiscal year, but somehow there are no awards to commemorate the moment as we pause to consider the work of our Legislature.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism

Posted 6/30/2016 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Press Association celebrated its 150th anniversary last week at the Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: It's OK for kids to sit around and wonder

Posted 6/29/2016 in Local Columns

Quiz: Parent One has little kids who often complain of being bored. Parent Two has little kids who are active, involved in everything, have a schedule tighter than Hillary or Donald. Who is the better parent?

 

Possumhaw: The clock is ticking

Posted 6/27/2016 in Local Columns

Kathleen Norris recounts her introduction to computers in the 1970s in David Steindl-Rast and Sharon Lebell's "Music of Silence." Computers were a marvel, and she was thrilled her work time was reduced remarkably.

Ask Rufus: The origin of 'Mississippi'

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

With Mississippi celebrating its bicentennial next year, it's interesting to look at the origin of the word "Mississippi."

Partial to Home: Bluegrass in the heart of the county

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

As Troy Clyde Eaves lay dying, his seven children gathered round to do what they had done with their father all their lives, play music. Bluegrass and gospel music. Around midnight, a curious thing happened.

Lynn Spruill: Another charrette

Posted 6/24/2016 in Local Columns

Starkville served up a city-wide open invitation to participate in yet another community project. This one is to facilitate a vision for arguably our most downtrodden through street, Highway 182.

 

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