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Lynn Spruill: Paying for the future now

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

A down payment on our future.

Home Base: Take time to remember before it's too late

Posted 9/1/2016 in Local Columns

A soldier stood alone among headstones in a south Arkansas cemetery playing "Taps" on Saturday, while another waited by an American flag-draped casket that sat in front of a mourning family.

 

Local voices: A Muslim friend goes through rough times

Posted 8/30/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as I heard the news, I called Oda. I could tell he was shaken up, and I asked him what happened. Oda told me FBI agents knocked on his door and asked him if he knew where his son Muhammad was.

 

Possumhaw: Out of sight, out of mind

Posted 8/29/2016 in Local Columns

The surgeon said, "There's a small surgical risk that you will lose your sight in your left eye. Without the surgery, it's a certainty."

 

Charlie Mitchell: National parks a freebie for Mississippi economy

Posted 8/29/2016 in Local Columns

A century ago, Congress created the National Park Service to maintain and enhance America's natural and historic preserves.

 

Partial to Home: A night on the river

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

Beth and I went kayaking Wednesday afternoon. We launched at DeWayne Hayes Park out near Columbus Air Force Base. It's lovely out there.

Ask Rufus: The blues heritage of the Black Prairie

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

The old Black Prairie of Mississippi and Alabama, named after its fertile soil, has deep roots in the history of blues music.

Lynn Spruill: My front door

Posted 8/26/2016 in Local Columns

I have lots of stickers on the front door of my office. Probably too many. I have the typical "We're Open" sign that reverses to "We'll be back at" with a clock face and moving clock hands so we can approximate our return from wherever.

Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted 8/24/2016 in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.

Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Doctors' advice: It's time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

During the past two and a half years, dozens of factual studies and reports have accumulated from states that expanded Medicaid as part of Obamacare.

 

Possumhaw: The poached egg patch

Posted 8/22/2016 in Local Columns

Making my way slowly down the stairway I placed my right hand on the wall while my left hand covered my eye.

Partial to Home: Prankster fails to get Harper's goat

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

OK, let's get one thing straight before we go any further: Bobby Harper has no more goats for sale. Fact is, he never had any to begin with. Throughout most of August, though, he's had a pleasant, though not always easy, time trying to convince readers of the Mississippi Market Bulletin of that.

 

Home Base: Ignorance is bliss

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

Facebook scrolling can be a sobering experience. If I hadn't learned that before, I knew it Sunday night.

 

Lynn Spruill: Going crackers over Troy's latest

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Columns

There are multiple legitimate forms of economic development.

Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time for your de-worming?

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Posted 8/17/2016 in Local Columns

A bit of advice for people in a total tizzy over the presidential election: Get a soda and some popcorn, turn off CNN and Fox for an hour or two and watch the 2015 movie, "Our Brand is Crisis."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: My old man and lesser writers

Posted 8/16/2016 in Local Columns

I'm scheduled this month to show up at a writer's fair in Mississippi's Jackson, a town where I've only ever distinguished myself by not being hired by the local newspaper, being evicted from an apartment for parking a rotten sailboat in the side yard and working briefly for United Press International after that news organization stopped issuing regular paychecks.

 

Possumhaw: Down comes rain; up goes grass

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of years back Sam signed up to cut the grass at the church.

 

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