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Wyatt Emmerich: State should lean on open source software to save money, reduce brain drain

Posted 2/10/2017 in Local Columns

Oxford Entrepreneur Harley Garrett has an intriguing idea that deserves consideration by our state leaders: Use a portion of Mississippi's technology budget to promote university-based start-ups using open source code.


Slimantics: The hero across the street

Posted 2/8/2017 in Local Columns

I moved two weeks ago.


Charlie Mitchell: Perhaps it's time to think about what motivates bullies

Posted 2/6/2017 in Local Columns

The whole world keeps trying to figure out what makes this Trump person tick. Fans and foes alike probe this person's every word -- his decisions, his orders, his announcements, his tweets -- on the sincere belief there must be more than meets the eye.


Possumhaw: Oh, for the love of cats

Posted 2/4/2017 in Local Columns

Roy walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse and said he'd been reading about my animals, the cats, ducks and rabbits. Said he wasn't much of a cat person though. Then he started telling me about his cat.

Ask Rufus: Follow the Drinking Gourd, A Pathway to Freedom

Posted 2/4/2017 in Local Columns

Within the narratives of the Underground Railroad as a pathway to freedom for slaves in the antebellum South, one story merges into local history.


Slimantics: Iranian students show what it means to be an American

Posted 1/31/2017 in Local Columns

Nobody who grows up in Iran decides to study in the United States on a whim.


Possumhaw: A world gone crass

Posted 1/30/2017 in Local Columns

Sometimes the world is too much with me, making me forever grateful for things that bring me joy.

Ask Rufus: Lafayette and the Sons of the Forest

Posted 1/28/2017 in Local Columns

Back in November, my cousin Chip Billups and I were examining an old glass medallion with a cameo sulfide bust of George Washington.

Partial to Home: A roadside visit with the Can Man

Posted 1/28/2017 in Local Columns

In 2011, Joel Johnson stomped flat 280,000 aluminum cans.


Wyatt Emmerich: Time to face the music on road repair

Posted 1/26/2017 in Local Columns

State legislative leaders like to look down their noses at Jackson city government, but they are on the verge of replicating the same mistakes by neglecting road maintenance.



Charlie Mitchell: Master of managed messages has earned a chance

Posted 1/25/2017 in Local Columns

Remember this one? Two people are standing on the shore looking at the vast ocean. One says, "Man, that's a lot of water." The other replies, "Yes, and that's just the top of it."


Possumhaw: A couple of lucky dogs

Posted 1/23/2017 in Local Columns

It's not easy being a cat person in a canine world. Sitting on the porch while studying and occasionally letting my eyes and thoughts wander over to the lake or into the woods, I noticed the cats pouncing on butterflies.


Marc Dion: Trump's turn to write the check

Posted 1/23/2017 in Local Columns

To get it out of the way, I live in a poverty stricken mid-sized city in Massachusetts. We used to have a textile and garment industry, and now we do not. We're a heroin overdose city, a wear-pajama-pants-to-Wal-Mart city. State and federal money props up our schools, our police force and our fire department. About 75 percent of kids in local schools get lunch for free.



Other Editors: 'Fed up with 50th'

Posted 1/23/2017 in Local Columns

A group of Mississippi parents and teachers who are lobbying for predictable and equitable education funding may not get their way with the Legislature, but they win the award for the best name: Fed Up With 50th.


Partial to Home: Unclaimed baggage

Posted 1/21/2017 in Local Columns

I suppose I should thank the person who threw out the plastic bag from Unclaimed Baggage while driving through the soccer park last week.

Slimantics: Legislature's shell game not worth playing

Posted 1/18/2017 in Local Columns

Seasoned tourists know the games. It's the rubes who are the easy marks.


Jiben Roy: Social media and misinformation

Posted 1/18/2017 in Local Columns

We all are familiar with the word "rumor." Rumor runs faster than anything else.


Possumhaw: Wintering well in the Prairie

Posted 1/16/2017 in Local Columns

Stepping off the front porch, I saw the season's first blooming dandelion.

Partial to Home: Our Mother Goose

Posted 1/14/2017 in Local Columns

There was something rare and ineffably sweet about the gathering at the Trotter Center Saturday evening a week ago. "Goose's Grand Gala" it was called, a party for Edwina Williams, known by many as simply, "Mother Goose."

Ask Rufus: The Minister's Duel

Posted 1/14/2017 in Local Columns

It's always surprising how finding an interesting story can lead down a trail to even far more interesting stories.


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