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Possumhaw: A season of serpents

Posted 6/15/2015 in Local Columns

Looks like we're into snake season. I've seen more snakes in the past few weeks than I've seen in the last decade, or maybe ever.

 

Other Editors: Honesty always the best path

Posted 6/15/2015 in Local Columns

Decades ago, when there were obvious, well-constructed barriers to prevent minorities from improving their lives, there was the occasional story of light-skinned blacks who passed themselves off as white in order to get ahead.

 

Birney Imes: Picture stories

Posted 6/13/2015 in Local Columns

At a family gathering last week, someone suggested we take a group picture. It was a momentous occasion; there were a lot of us there; and everyone thought it a good idea. But the light was fading. Anyone have a camera?

Lynn Spruill: Lawmaking without attribution

Posted 6/12/2015 in Local Columns

Not too long ago if you looked at a Starkville Board meeting electronic packet you would be able to tell which alderman of the seven had asked for any particular item to be placed on the agenda.

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's plan to 'help druggies' has abysmal results

Posted 6/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.

 

Possumhaw: It's all in the moments

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.

 

Bill Crawford: Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.

 

 

Birney Imes: Upward mobility

Posted 6/6/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent gray, rainy afternoon a friend and I were in a trailer on a gravel road in one of the small towns scattered across southern Lowndes County. The woman who owns the trailer is related to a musician I photographed years ago. She greeted us warmly and invited us in.

 

Lynn Spruill: Our fast approaching (and inevitable) E-democracy

Posted 6/5/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.

Slimantics: It's exploitive. It's miserable. It's must-watch TV!

Posted 6/3/2015 in Local Columns

The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Look! Up in the sky! -- Something new to regulate

Posted 6/2/2015 in Local Columns

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... something to regulate! It's a story as old as the nation. Fear of misuse tracks technology like a bloodhound. Got to have some new rules!

 

Possumhaw: Food for thought

Posted 6/1/2015 in Local Columns

Just the holiday leftovers included three bags of Scoops, a 46-ounce container of cashews, a bag of Skinny Popcorn, a half-indulged container of coffee and cookies ice cream and half a bag of empty Coke cans.

Ask Rufus: The Birdmen and their buzz wagons

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Columns

Just 10 years after the Wright brothers had delivered the first airplane to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service, aircraft were playing an important role in World War I.

Birney Imes: A night at the theater

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Columns

The other night at the theater (no kidding) I happened to be sitting by a woman who, before the curtain went up, was telling a story about a mouse, an English mouse.

Lynn Spruill: Term limits

Posted 5/29/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past 30 years or so I have had many a discussion about the pros and cons of term limits.

Slimantics: Stennis biography brings legend to life

Posted 5/28/2015 in Local Columns

John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.

Slimantics: Rage against the machine

Posted 5/27/2015 in Local Columns

After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.

Possumhaw: Mystery of the Mississippi kite

Posted 5/26/2015 in Local Columns

Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.

Policing isn't always as easy as the good guys versus the bad guys

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.

Remember

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

 

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