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Slimantics: Good intentions, empty words

Posted 4/14/2016 in Local Columns

At noon Wednesday, a half hour into a student sit-in on the front steps of Lee Hall, a small group of reporters were led through a side entrance and up to the fourth floor of the beautifully-renovated old building where the office of Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum is located.


Local voices: Libraries, now more than ever

Posted 4/13/2016 in Local Columns

I have an ongoing argument with a family member who claims that since the invention of the Internet, libraries have become obsolete.


Slimantics: Starkville Snake raise questions about pets

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

We do not know its name or even its gender, yet for the past two weeks the biggest celebrity in these parts has been a red-tailed boa constrictor that somehow escaped from its Starkville home on March 18.


Michael F. Smith: Mississippi: Another crooked letter for us all

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

This is what I'd like to know. I'd like to know how many times Gov. Phil Bryant, or any of his blind legislative followers, have been blocked from praying to their God, or attending the church of their choice, or reading their Bible, or going on a mission trip, by a person of another race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.


Possumhaw: Bioluminescence

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

Our prairie grass grew tall, until Sam retrieved his 1994 Dixon lawnmower from the shed. All across the Prairie lawnmowers and tractors with bush hogs came to life.


Charlie Mitchell: Mississippians will suffer from legislative hissy fit

Posted 4/11/2016 in Local Columns

How much courage does it take to do nothing? Seriously.


Ask Rufus: The mint juleps of Columbus

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Spring has arrived in all its floral glory and it is time to again ponder that traditional Southern libation, the Mint Julep.


Wyatt Emmerich: State should be more competitive on solar

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi has some of the worst laws in the nation on solar energy. That's too bad because solar is becoming competitive and Mississippi has lots of sunshine.


Lynn Spruill: A community rainbow

Posted 4/8/2016 in Local Columns

After this week in Mississippi I have been desperately seeking something positive to offset the legislature and the Governor's collective decision on HB 1523.

Possumhaw: Sunday afternoon at the spillway

Posted 4/4/2016 in Local Columns

Looking across the Tenn-Tom Waterway from the West Bank, we saw young men playing basketball. Farther down a small boy twirled a smaller girl on a swing. Sam and I reminisced about when we'd twirl ourselves dizzy and tumble to the ground while everyone fell out laughing.


Charlie Mitchell: Who could think filtered funds might be a bribe?

Posted 4/4/2016 in Local Columns

Let's try screenwriting:


Slimantics: Like it or not, our state is becoming more diverse

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Columns

I don't remember much about the day I became a United States citizen. Most likely, I was preoccupied with other things, like the concept of light, for example. My parents made a big deal of it, though. There was a little announcement published in the newspaper a few days later.


Partial to Home: An evening in Wonderland

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Columns

Late Friday afternoon, an old friend from New Mexico called, and I stayed too long on the phone. I'd scheduled an interview at 4:30 with a tomato grower of some repute, who lives near Caledonia. I was running late.


Jamie Stiehm: A political heart to heart: Hillary and Bernie

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Columns

Under the cherry blossoms that hang on the bough, a woman and a man are taking a long walk. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are full of bottled up feelings for this conversation about their future together.

Slimantics: Time to celebrate Confederate Heritage Month

Posted 4/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today is April Fool's Day. Perhaps by coincidence, it is also the first day of "Confederate Heritage Month" in Mississippi.

Lynn Spruill: The new normal

Posted 4/1/2016 in Local Columns

In an effort to stay more informed, I have started listening to the audio version of the Economist magazine on my iPad while getting ready for work.

Slimantics: Hosemann's leadership is a rare commodity

Posted 3/30/2016 in Local Columns

Nine years ago, during Delbert Hosemann's first campaign for Mississippi Secretary of State, the only thing that stuck with most Mississippians outside of Hosemann's hometown of Vicksburg was his unusual name.


Charlie Mitchell: Law no match for bad attitude

Posted 3/29/2016 in Local Columns

It's hard for journalists (or citizens for that matter) to overcome the bad attitudes often on display by officious officials who inhabit many Mississippi "service" offices. Seriously.



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