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Lynn Spruill: Political signs: the medium and its message

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

The Canadian futurist Marshall McLuhan was famous for the phrase, "the medium is the message." Nowhere is this more true when it comes to political signs in local races.

Slimantics: Does 'History' show us the need for Common Core?

Posted 7/7/2015 in Local Columns

It was once little more than an afterthought and what opinions there were of it were generally favorable. Now, it has become a pariah, an object of disgust and scorn.

Kayaking the Buttahatchee

Posted 7/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2b

 

Top sheriff's career began, ended with motorcycles

Posted 7/6/2015 in Local Columns

It has been a year since one of Mississippi's longest-serving sheriffs died, but people in Warren County remember. Everybody has a Paul Barrett story. Most are about how he stepped up when they needed it most.

 

Birney Imes: Sonny Strickland's labor of love

Posted 7/4/2015 in Local Columns

ACKERMAN -- By five o'clock Friday afternoon, the cars had begun piling up in the gravel lot in front of two small buildings made of rough-cut timber. Smoke could be seen billowing from an open shed behind the buildings. The air was thick with the heavy fragrance of meat cooking.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: America the beautiful

Posted 7/3/2015 in Local Columns

It had been 40 years since I first attended the Black Hawk political rally in Carroll County, Mississippi.

 

Lynn Spruill: Journey's end

Posted 7/3/2015 in Local Columns

It took me three weeks to even begin to write this and a lot longer to complete it.

Possumhaw: The importance of duck oil

Posted 6/30/2015 in Local Columns

There's no reason under the sun the ducks should have survived this long, but there they are, waddling as fast as they can toward the house.

Photo: 6/29/15

Posted 6/29/2015 in Local Columns

Partial to Home: Now is the time

Posted 6/29/2015 in Local Columns

We should seize the moment. As the only state in the union that incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its state flag, we signal to the rest of the world allegiance to a cause a large portion of our population associates with enslavement and oppression.

Ask Rufus: A historic flag for Mississippi

Posted 6/27/2015 in Local Columns

Once again the question of Mississippi's flag has reared an ugly head.

Lynn Spruill: A change long overdue

Posted 6/26/2015 in Local Columns

Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.

Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.

 

Local voices: A Northern perspective

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

No one talked about the Civil War where I grew up. Not outside of class, anyway.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Student loan debt shows no hint of a slowdown

Posted 6/24/2015 in Local Columns

In two years, Mississippi has moved from 29th place to 19th, but it isn't good news. The ranking is for average debt of people who leave college with a bachelor's degree and student loans to repay.

 

 

Local voices: Bearing arms: Militias and individuals

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

The gun control debate hit a fever pitch after the tragedy of Newtown and now, once again this country finds itself with another tragedy involving guns in Charleston, S.C.

 

Lynn Spruill: Starkville's Citizens Police Academy

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

To Chief Nichols credit, he has recently begun several community outreach efforts.

Possumhaw: For the men in our lives

Posted 6/22/2015 in Local Columns

For Father's Day I gave Sam four white buckets and some blue cargo shorts. When I bought the buckets, a lady in the parking lot rolled her window down and hollered, "Those are fishing buckets! Wish I was fishing!"

Ask Rufus: The Chickasaw Expedition

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Almost 475 years ago Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition arrived in what is now the Columbus, Starkville and West Point, Mississippi area, exploring the land and encountering the Chickasaw.

Slimantics: A graceful exit? Not a chance

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Thursday, I spent a couple hours with Uncle Bunky watching him work his wonders at Camp Rising Sun.

 

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