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Lynn Spruill: A change long overdue

Posted 6/26/2015 in Local Columns

Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.

Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.

 

Local voices: A Northern perspective

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

No one talked about the Civil War where I grew up. Not outside of class, anyway.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Student loan debt shows no hint of a slowdown

Posted 6/24/2015 in Local Columns

In two years, Mississippi has moved from 29th place to 19th, but it isn't good news. The ranking is for average debt of people who leave college with a bachelor's degree and student loans to repay.

 

 

Local voices: Bearing arms: Militias and individuals

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

The gun control debate hit a fever pitch after the tragedy of Newtown and now, once again this country finds itself with another tragedy involving guns in Charleston, S.C.

 

Lynn Spruill: Starkville's Citizens Police Academy

Posted 6/23/2015 in Local Columns

To Chief Nichols credit, he has recently begun several community outreach efforts.

Possumhaw: For the men in our lives

Posted 6/22/2015 in Local Columns

For Father's Day I gave Sam four white buckets and some blue cargo shorts. When I bought the buckets, a lady in the parking lot rolled her window down and hollered, "Those are fishing buckets! Wish I was fishing!"

Ask Rufus: The Chickasaw Expedition

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Almost 475 years ago Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition arrived in what is now the Columbus, Starkville and West Point, Mississippi area, exploring the land and encountering the Chickasaw.

Slimantics: A graceful exit? Not a chance

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Thursday, I spent a couple hours with Uncle Bunky watching him work his wonders at Camp Rising Sun.

Slimantics: Second chances and the Scarlet Letter

Posted 6/18/2015 in Local Columns

The email came from a woman who I will call "Anna" for the sake of protecting her identity and her current job.

 

Charlie Mitchell: White House rolls out the hard sell for Obamacare

Posted 6/17/2015 in Local Columns

The White House Council of Economic Advisers says Mississippi is leaving $1.38 billion cash money on the table. How so?

 

Slimantics: The misery of LLAs

Posted 6/16/2015 in Local Columns

They are Life's Little Annoyances, the inconveniences too small to be considered serious, yet big enough to make us temporarily insane.

Ask Rufus: Heroes all

Posted 6/16/2015 in Local Columns

They were a band of brothers, and 71 years ago on June 6, 1944, in the night time darkness, hours before the landing of the greatest invasion force in history, they parachuted behind enemy lines.

Possumhaw: A season of serpents

Posted 6/15/2015 in Local Columns

Looks like we're into snake season. I've seen more snakes in the past few weeks than I've seen in the last decade, or maybe ever.

 

Other Editors: Honesty always the best path

Posted 6/15/2015 in Local Columns

Decades ago, when there were obvious, well-constructed barriers to prevent minorities from improving their lives, there was the occasional story of light-skinned blacks who passed themselves off as white in order to get ahead.

 

Birney Imes: Picture stories

Posted 6/13/2015 in Local Columns

At a family gathering last week, someone suggested we take a group picture. It was a momentous occasion; there were a lot of us there; and everyone thought it a good idea. But the light was fading. Anyone have a camera?

Lynn Spruill: Lawmaking without attribution

Posted 6/12/2015 in Local Columns

Not too long ago if you looked at a Starkville Board meeting electronic packet you would be able to tell which alderman of the seven had asked for any particular item to be placed on the agenda.

 

Charlie Mitchell: State's plan to 'help druggies' has abysmal results

Posted 6/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.

 

Possumhaw: It's all in the moments

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.

 

Bill Crawford: Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

Posted 6/8/2015 in Local Columns

The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.

 

 

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