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Wyatt Emmerich: Trial highlights atrocities in mental health care

Posted 4/5/2018 in Local Columns

The United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson is a gleaming testament to the power of our federal government.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: MPB radio and TV told to prepare to go it alone

Posted 4/3/2018 in Local Columns

Let's hope not. Tucked into Section 12 of House Bill 1593 was a directive to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: "...Initiate a planning process to transition from receiving any state general funds beginning in Fiscal Year 2022."

 

Home Base: Thanks for the memories

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

Notre Dame is a second-half team. Everyone knew that, and the Irish's late comebacks had already become things of legend in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Ask Rufus: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

When researching a topic you don't always find what you are looking for, but sometimes you find something even better. Recently I was looking through spring of 1919 issues of Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper. I was searching for information on the Army Air Service's Victory Loan Flying Circus which was a military aerial acrobatic group traveling the U.S. in the spring of 1919 putting on air shows to promote the sell of U.S. bonds to pay World War I debt.

Possumhaw: Catkins, midges and galls

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

There are few things cuter than a bunny rabbit munching on a newly-sprouted dandelion. Between the days of rain and warm sunshine the yard has exploded with yellow dandelions, green clover and tiny white flowers, for which I have no name.

Partial to Home: Mr. Biddy exits stage left

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns

On a rainy morning last week, William "Peppy" Biddy stood in front of a computer next to his desk in Cromwell Hall talking via Skype with a student in Italy. The student's name is Tristan, and he and Biddy were going over a marked up version of the student's M.F.A. thesis discussing Biddy's suggestions for improvement.

 

Roses and thorns: 4/1/18

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: Supervisors suffering from a fiscal hiccup

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

For some time now, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has prided itself on its sound fiscal policy.

 

Shadrack White: Demanding reasonable opioid regulations from 'The Swamp'

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

There was a lot of talk about "The Swamp" of Washington, DC, during the 2016 presidential race.

 

Slimantics: Another 'successful' session

Posted 3/29/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislative session ended Wednesday not with a bang, but with a whimper, to borrow a line from T.S. Elliott.

Slimantics: Our community will pay a staggering price for Smith/Chism obstinance

Posted 3/28/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislature ends its 2018 session as soon as today and Rep. Jeff Smith and Rep. Gary Chism will come home to Columbus. They can stay home, as far as I am concerned.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 2018 lawmaking season coasts toward a ho-hum close

Posted 3/26/2018 in Local Columns

No spark. Another session fizzles toward adjournment. No great ideas. No bold initiatives. No coordinated strategies to make Mississippi better.

 

 

Steve Chapman: Will the Democrats blow it in 2020?

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

Donald Trump has lousy approval ratings. House Republicans are bracing for carnage in November.

 

Possumhaw: It's worth celebrating

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

We were sitting at the breakfast table lingering over bowls of oatmeal when Sam read out loud, "DeWitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer who has used his profession to celebrate what's right about the world."

Ask Rufus: A tornado's wrath

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

Last weekend we saw bad weather with the storms of north Mississippi turning into tornadoes in Alabama. Sometimes it seems tornadoes are one of the rites of spring. That led me to review old area newspapers for accounts of the tornadoes of long ago. I found in the late 1830s and early 1840s issues of the Macon Intelligencer several interesting accounts of tornadoes from around the country.

Being Beautiful: Memories, like flowers, seem to blossom in the springtime

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

The azaleas have returned to my neighborhood like old friends.

Slimantics: The news from Lake What-the-heck

Posted 3/23/2018 in Local Columns

It's been a quiet week here in Lake What-the-heck, also known as the Mississippi Capitol.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State mental health solution in limbo as lawsuit proceeds

Posted 3/21/2018 in Local Columns

At one end of Jackson's Congress Street sits the modern Federal Courthouse. At the other end sits our traditional State Capitol. They face each other at opposite ends of the street.

 

Possumhaw: Here today, gone tomorrow

Posted 3/19/2018 in Local Columns

I rather vowed I would not discuss closet organizing or capsule wardrobes or anything like that for my Lenten commitment. After only four days I realized it was a terrible commitment because we are right in the middle of a season change where one day it's a chilling 30 degrees and the next day it's a warm 70 degrees.

 

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