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Partial to Home: A day in the woods

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

To say you spent a day in the woods with a woodcutter sounds like the opening lines of a folk tale.

Ask Rufus: The Face in a Photograph

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

It is a rare and very poignant image. A lady photographed as a slave in Columbus circa 1860.


Brandon Presley: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick "yes" but, that isn't what current state policy says.



Brett Kittredge: Real debate is lacking on college campuses

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Colleges and universities are supposed to be places where curiosity is developed and intellectual debate in encouraged. But with each passing day, it appears that the debate part of the equation is limited in favor of indoctrination, or at a minimum, silence.



Charlie Mitchell: Trump v. Acosta: It's about the fame not the journalism

Posted 11/27/2018 in Local Columns

Tension between the press and public officials is a good thing. The greater worry for this public is if reporters and politicians are too buddy-buddy.


Possumhaw: The season of giving

Posted 11/26/2018 in Local Columns

There he sat on the sidewalk, next to the big ice chest. He had a duffle bag and an empty two-gallon water jug. On the side of the water jug, written in magic marker, were the words, "need work." He held in his hands a book. At first, I thought it was the Bible.


Other Editors: 11/26/18

Posted 11/26/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi needs more teachers. It's not a new problem, and neither are the attempted solutions. Programs like Teach for America, alternate route certification, and the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University all aim to attract more people with a diversity of skill sets and experiences into the field of education.


Ask Rufus: Steamboats and Holiday Fare

Posted 11/24/2018 in Local Columns

Last week was the Thanksgiving holiday and soon Christmas will be upon us.


Partial to Home: Poetry from the boy king

Posted 11/24/2018 in Local Columns

The setting for Bill Boling's childhood in Aliceville, Alabama, was a cotton mill house across the road from the German prisoner of war camp.



Wyatt Emmerich: More reasons to be grateful

Posted 11/23/2018 in Local Columns

I LOVE writing my annual Thanksgiving column. As an American living in the 21st century, there is an overwhelming amount to be thankful for.



Charlie Mitchell: Thanks? How about a list of aggravations instead?

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

Long-time readers (for whom I am grateful) may recall Thanksgiving columns have often been homilies on how choosing an attitude of gratitude lessens stress, enhances enjoyment of life.


Slimantics: Dr. Heckle, Missus Hide

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

We might as well call her Cindy "Hide" Smith.

Possumhaw: The way it was

Posted 11/19/2018 in Local Columns

Over coffee one morning Sam and I were discussing shoes; maybe I was more discussing and he was listening. I expressed my concern there were so few shoe stores.


Wyatt Emmerich: War on drugs taking too much collateral damage

Posted 11/19/2018 in Local Columns

Two more states voted to legalize marijuana in the recent mid-term elections. Ten states now allow recreational marijuana. Thirty states allow medical marijuana. The latest polls show 66 percent of American adults now favor legalization.


Partial to Home: Resisting the cell phone's Siren call

Posted 11/17/2018 in Local Columns

The other day I was in Office Depot getting some river maps laminated. The Army Corps of Engineers has wonderful navigation maps available online of the Tenn-Tom and the Mississippi, two rivers I've been exploring in a kayak.

Ask Rufus: 'An Irreparable Loss'

Posted 11/17/2018 in Local Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost. Just during my lifetime, far too many historic and irreplaceable buildings have been destroyed.

Slimantics: The Timex Quarterback

Posted 11/17/2018 in Local Columns

The most dramatic -- or you might say traumatic -- play in Mississippi State's 52-6 romp over Arkansas Saturday came on a 16-yard run about a minute into the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs already leading by four touchdowns.

Slimantics: The two words Cindy Hyde-Smith won't say

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

It was not long after I had made the 2,500-mile move from Biloxi to Santa Rosa, California, that two important working relationships were put to the test.


Wyatt Emmerich: Social media posting can have dire consequences

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

Here's some free advice: Be careful what you post on social media platforms. When you post, it can go all over the world and last forever. That's one very scary aspect to the Internet.



Charlie Mitchell: One way or the other, voters to make electoral history

Posted 11/13/2018 in Local Columns

For weeks if not months, there is media and coffee club speculation about the hearts and minds of American voters. Then election day comes, and we find out. The answer in Mississippi was, "We're pretty much where we were two years ago, four years ago, six years ago ..."



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