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Slimantics: Girls in Scouts BSA won't ruin the world

Posted 5/3/2018 in Local Columns

The end of Western Civilization arrived Wednesday, when the Boys Scouts of America announced it was dropping "boy" from its name and will now be known simply as "Scouts BSA."

 

Other Editors: Why restrict inmate books?

Posted 5/3/2018 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Healing power of planting

Posted 4/30/2018 in Local Columns

In the last few days I've been speechless, and I can only blame it on the profusion of beautiful flowers in and around the yard.

 

Mississippi voices: Counting our heads is easier said than done

Posted 4/30/2018 in Local Columns

Americans, it's time to stand up and be counted ... or not. The year 2020 looms and the U.S. Bureau of the Census is gearing up to do as the Constitution commands.

 

Partial to Home: Bayou sojourn in Cancer Alley

Posted 4/28/2018 in Local Columns

At 5:30 in the morning it sounds as if the motel I'm staying in has been transported during the night to trackside at Talladega where time trials are going on. Outside on Airline Highway, pickup trucks, bumper-to-bumper, are roaring east in the dark toward the refineries at Norco and Destrehan.

Possumhaw: The only good snake

Posted 4/23/2018 in Local Columns

"Brumation" describes the hibernation of reptiles and amphibians; it's not exactly deep sleep.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Slot machines, taxes have much in common

Posted 4/23/2018 in Local Columns

Income tax season is over for another year, meaning most people are no longer thinking about how much Mississippi and Uncle Sam claim from their wages -- which, of course, is just how Mississippi and Uncle Sam like it.

 

Partial to Home: Revisiting Highway 61

Posted 4/21/2018 in Local Columns

I'd seen lots of country churches, though none with such lovely proportions or so beautifully sited. So it was on a clear spring day in 1986 I happened to be standing on the banks of Deer Creek, my head under a dark cloth, scrutinizing on the ground glass of my 4x5 view camera a reversed image of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Estill, Mississippi.

Ask Rufus: By the flow of the inland river

Posted 4/21/2018 in Local Columns

By the flow of the inland river, Whence the fleets of iron have fled, Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver, Asleep are the ranks of the dead

Slimantics: Katherine the Tate is the most interesting choice for Congress

Posted 4/20/2018 in Local Columns

Monday in Starkville, the Oktibbeha County Republicans hosted a forum for the six GOP candidates who have thrown their hats -- tin-foil or otherwise -- into the race to replace Gregg Harper in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Despite pending federal lawsuit, outlook remains bleak for state's mentally ill prisoners

Posted 4/18/2018 in Local Columns

Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, the Federalists were having trouble getting the states to ratify the new Constitution of the United States. The anti-Federalists, led by Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Patrick Henry, feared the proposed constitution did not adequately protect the individual rights of the common man.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Sad to hear Wicker singing praises of Trump

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.

 

 

Mississippi Issues: A lot at stake for C Spire, AT&T in state telecom contract

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

 

 

Mississippi Voices: Sad to hear Wicker singing praises of Trump

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.

 

Ask Rufus: The Victory Flying Circus of 1919

Posted 4/14/2018 in Local Columns

A couple of months ago I wrote about Payne Field, a historic World War I air field four miles north of West Point, and the centennial of military aviation in the Golden Triangle.

Slimantics: The orange cone business, a growth industry in Mississippi

Posted 4/12/2018 in Local Columns

I hate to be the one to mention it, but our state is pretty much falling apart.

Possumhaw: A bird, a bee, a butterfly

Posted 4/7/2018 in Local Columns

My neighbor Joe stopped and asked if I had my hummingbird feeders out.

Ask Rufus: A cultural crossroads of architecture

Posted 4/7/2018 in Local Columns

The site where Columbus now sits has for hundreds of years been a cultural crossroads.

Slimantics: Shelton's Senate bid illustrates lack of Democratic organization

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

American humorist, essayist and entertainer Will Rogers is long dead, but his words, in some cases, remain as relevant today as they were when he first uttered them more than 80 years ago.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Competitive bidding to save state $32 million

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

Competition is the lifeblood of success, so it's good news to finally see some competition in the bidding for statewide landline telecommunication services to state agencies, schools, libraries, universities and other governmental entities.

 

 

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