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Lisa Long: Hopes for peace in a violent land

Posted 7/18/2014 in Local Columns

In 1991, one year after my college graduation, I flew into Tel Aviv and took a hot and dusty car ride to the Palestinian town of Ramallah, a historically Christian town located about six miles north of Jerusalem.

 

Slimantics: Losing an old friend

Posted 7/17/2014 in Local Columns

On of my Facebook friends died Wednesday. Maybe you've heard of him. His name was John Dawson Winter III. He was 70 and died while on a business trip in Zurich, Switzerland.

Slimantics: An unapologetic cross-over voter

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Columns

I'm one of the guys Chris McDaniel is upset about. Let's back up first. Until 2007 when I lost my voting privileges, I was a registered Republican.

Possumhaw: Just another day in paradise

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

Sam asked if I wanted to go on vacation anytime soon, and I said that I'd rather wait 'til fall when things cool off; besides, it's hard to imagine any place better than this "recreational paradise" I live in.

Lynn Spruill: City shouldn't bank on this bad idea

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

A late-developing plan to put the police department into the Cadence Bank building seems to be a fait accompli. Not only has this train left the station, it's so far down the line, it is almost out of sight. And most likely it won't be stalled no matter what counterproposals might be offered, but I can't help myself. I have to stand on the track and wave a red flag.

Ask Rufus: A mixing of cultures

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

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

Slim Smith: The accidental Klansman

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

Like so many things, it all depends on how you look at it. Quite literally, in this case. On the corner of Second Avenue North and Fifth Street in downtown Columbus, a monument dedicated to the memory of Lowndes County soldiers who fought for the Confederacy rests on the lawn of the Lowndes County Courthouse.

Slimantics: Allgood wrong on new sentencing guidelines

Posted 7/8/2014 in Local Columns

Lowndes County District Attorney Forrest Allgood does not make single moms. He just does his part in making sure they stay single moms.

Possumhaw: 'A time to embrace and a time to refrain'

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

If ever I felt like Mother Goose, it was that day. A duck was tucked against my chest; my arms were wrapped tightly around her. I wanted her to feel the beating of my heart. I whispered to her, "You're OK."

Lynn Spruill: Yes, the city is in the county

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

When I was a city employee it was always extremely frustrating to hear a resident complain about the high taxes that citizens of Starkville paid.

Birney Imes: Watermelons on Independence Day

Posted 7/5/2014 in Local Columns

Everywhere you go there is the South. The woman at the motel desk this morning in Effingham grew up in New Orleans. Her late husband was from Alabama. Her great granddad was governor of the state of Louisiana, Gov. Nicholls. Julia Street, where you find many of New Orleans' art galleries, was named after her grandmother. (There is a Gov. Nicholls Street -- and wharf -- at the downriver end of the French Quarter.)

 

Paul Mack: The reptile we love to hate

Posted 7/1/2014 in Local Columns

Trying to change people's attitudes about snakes is about as easy as convincing an Ole Miss fan to cheer for State -- nearly impossible. Seeing a man at the Riverwalk "subdue" a harmless (non-venomous) 5' rat snake with a large branch a few weeks back drove this point home.

 

Possumhaw: Indoor cats save wildlife

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

ack sat quietly at the porch rail overlooking the bird feeders. I imagined him recalling the day he would crouch under the fading irises and wait to spring on a cardinal, an indigo bunting, a Prothonotary warbler, perhaps a hummingbird.

 

Other Editors: Give Common Core a chance

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi's two key K-12 education leaders, Board of Education Chairman Wayne Gann and State Superintendent Carey Wright, rejected quickly and firmly on Friday Gov. Phil Bryant's claims that the Common Core school standards is a "failed program" run by the federal government to the harm of local schools and the state.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

Birney Imes: The constant gardener

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

When Melchie Koonce was growing up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, he worked summers with his brother-in-law opening and closing floodgates in rice patties. The mosquitoes were so thick the boys wore nets over their heads while they worked. To combat boredom one of them came up with the idea of seeing who could catch the most snakes. They would grab the snakes and throw them into croaker sacks.

 

Outtakes: Lost traveler yearns for home

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Columns

This woman in ill-fitting, soiled clothes sat beside a shuttered gas station in front of Leigh Mall. I would pass by in the middle of the day and see her. This went on for weeks. We all have places to go.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obama's political bogey

Posted 6/26/2014 in Local Columns

On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq -- and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

 

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