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Slimantics: Maybe it's time for a state flag tax

Posted 8/29/2017 in Local Columns

It's been more than two years since Dylann Roof murdered nine church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of domestic terrorism that immediately focused attention on the Confederate symbols Roof closely identified with.

Possumhaw: A dark and scary night

Posted 8/28/2017 in Local Columns

Last week I stood outside the Lowndes County Courthouse with about 100 people waiting for the cosmic phenomenon, the solar eclipse.


Charlie Mitchell: 'Keep the flag' sentiment rests on shaky foundations

Posted 8/28/2017 in Local Columns

People opposed to changing Mississippi's flag are standing on at least five false premises.


Partial to Home: Dangerous words

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

In May 2014, James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, visited Columbus. Fallows and his wife, Deborah, also a correspondent for The Atlantic, were touring the country in their single-engine airplane.

Ask Rufus: The blues

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

I grew up claiming the Black Prairie as home. Named after its rich black or charcoal colored soil the Black Prairie stretches in a crescent shape from northeast Mississippi to south west Alabama.


Charlie Mitchell: Senate election may double as flag referendum

Posted 8/25/2017 in Local Columns

Next year's U.S. Senate election in Mississippi may double as a referendum on the state flag.


Possumhaw: What you don't know will kill you

Posted 8/21/2017 in Local Columns

"14 'Healthy' Foods That Are Actually Bad for You" caught my attention. The article's author was Jennifer Cohen and the website was Forbes. As a healthy vegetarian, I knew I'd ace the list. I was wrong

Ask Rufus: Lost churches of Columbus

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

Lately I have been asked about some of the old church buildings of Columbus that have been lost to so-called progress.

Being Beautiful: Turn up the radio and turn down Memory Lane

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

What has the magic power to transport us through space and time back to a moment, whether happy or sad?

Slimantics: If an eclipse can stop one war ...

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

On Monday, from about noon until 3 p.m. (local time), most of us are going to stop what we're doing to note a natural phenomenon -- a solar eclipse. When the eclipse is full, at approximately 1:28 p.m., the sun will look like a small orange crescent and the skies will be dark, but not entirely dark.


Wyatt Emmerich: Another Kemper power plant surprise

Posted 8/18/2017 in Local Columns

I thought nothing regarding the Kemper power plant could surprise me anymore, but I was wrong.


Slimantics: An experiment in the Delta

Posted 8/17/2017 in Local Columns

T.Mac Howard is not your typical civic club speaker, which probably accounts for his popularity.


Local voices: Streams of bliss flowing across the universe

Posted 8/17/2017 in Local Columns

Almost a century ago, Rabindranath Tagore -- Indian Noble Laureate for Literature in 1913 -- wrote a song beginning the line, "Streams of bliss are flowing across the universe."


Home Base: Truth and myths about American exceptionalism

Posted 8/16/2017 in Local Columns

Every time you flip on a light switch, you are literally unleashing evidence the idea of American exceptionalism, at least in its traditionally accepted form, is false.


Wyatt Emmerich: Reflections after making another lap around the sun

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

Another birthday. Time for my annual rumination about life.


Possumhaw: Professor Wordsmith

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

"God wove a web of loveliness, of clouds and stars and birds, but made not anything at all so beautiful as words." Anna Hempstead Branch, American poet (1875-1937) There was a professor at The W whose name was Smith. Professor David Smith put a great emphasis on words. In fact, he terrorized students with the promise of brutal punishments in the form of bad grades if one misspelled, or misused, or placed little value in vocabulary.

Ask Rufus: 'What brave noble fellows they were'

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.

Slimantics: Wicker determined to hew party line on health insurance

Posted 8/9/2017 in Local Columns

Roger Wicker is a pleasant fellow. Polite, earnest, quick to smile.


Charlie Mitchell: 'Certainties' include universal health care

Posted 8/9/2017 in Local Columns

There are certain certainties we accept: death and taxes.


Possumhaw: In the quiet of nighttime

Posted 8/7/2017 in Local Columns

The moon was at the half and glowed so bright its reflection on the truck's window shone like a flashlight. I was outside under the pear tree waiting for Harry, the cat, to zoom by so I could grab him. It's a game we play most nights. While waiting, I picked up pears dropped by the squirrels and tucked them in the hem of my shirt.


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