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Ask Rufus: Was it America's first pro ball team?

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

This is a ballgame weekend. Professional baseball has just cranked up, basketball's Final Four started Saturday and college baseball is in full swing. But long forgotten is the story of how what may have been America's first professional ball team assemble at Columbus in 1829.

Slim Smith: Missing Mike

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

Monday morning, the news came of the sudden, stunning death of Mike Ritter. He had entered the hospital for surgery to repair a heart problem and died before the procedure could be performed. Mike, a brilliant editorial cartoonist, was 48 years old. These kinds of deaths, including the sudden passing of Columbus Police Department investigator Don English at age 58, are a not-so-subtle reminder of my own mortality. I am 54.

Lynn Spruill: Litter begets litter

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Columns

I confess that I do not understand littering. It is inconceivable to me that anyone thinks that it is quite acceptable to leave their garbage behind in locations that are clearly not garbage sites, such as parking lots, streets, sidewalks, and any other areas not intended to be a resting place for garbage.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Corporate welfare, a losing game for taxpayers

Posted 4/3/2014 in Local Columns

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.

 

 

Paul Mack: Hear that mockingbird sing

Posted 4/2/2014 in Local Columns

It's spring -- plants and animals going nuts. Songbirds' hormones increase with day length, and most of the noise you hear is coming from males intent on finding a mate. In these parts a lot of that singing is from that storied species, the mockingbird.

 

Possumhaw: Made in the U.S.A., or not

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

The jean jacket label said Bangladesh. Prairie skirt made in the U.S.A. Old Navy jacket made in China, as was the Longleaf camo jacket, as was the Ralph Lauren skirt. Really? Ralph Lauren made in China? Ann Taylor -- Hong Kong; MSU baseball hat -- Taiwan R.O. C. Shoes were a mix of Brazil, Mexico and China.

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi marijuana laws already pretty loose

Posted 3/31/2014 in Local Columns

After two states -- Washington and Colorado -- legalized recreational use of marijuana, people were heard saying, "That will never happen in Mississippi" or "Mississippi will be the last state to do that." Well, maybe. Maybe not.

Ask Rufus: Roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage run deep within our community. In 1939, T.C. Billups decided to act on the success of Natchez and other Southern towns in using a spring pilgrimage to attract tourists and promote community development.

Birney Imes: Sweetness and light on a Friday afternoon

Posted 3/29/2014 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon at 6:30 I was standing in front of Shattuck Hall on The W campus watching honeybees fly in and out of a Corinthian column.

Lynn Spruill: Lessons from law school

Posted 3/28/2014 in Local Columns

Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Frances Hairston: Life lessons learned in a greenhouse

Posted 3/25/2014 in Local Columns

Parents should take a page from Mary Tuggle's book on how to instill in children a work ethic. Two weeks ago, I, along with other members of the Noxubee Garden Club, sat mesmerized listening to Mary and Katherine Hewlett tell the story of Palmer Home.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Corrections reforms not easy, but not optional either

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

Oops. Sheriffs read the bill. So did some prosecutors. Together, they took the wind out of the sails of corrections legislation as it reached Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.

 

Possumhaw: Bunny in the bathroom

Posted 3/24/2014 in Local Columns

The caller said, "I read in the paper that you wanted a rabbit."

Ask Rufus: The homeland

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

This past week has been a most interesting one. I had the pleasure of having four houseguests who are working on a historic sites study for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma.

Birney Imes: Spring arrives

Posted 3/22/2014 in Local Columns

Kenny Lang, who pedals his bicycle around Southside relentlessly and who could do voice-overs for Disney's "Song of the South," was watering his garden on Thursday, the first day of spring. Kenny is cultivating a sliver of earth near the intersection of South Fifth Street and 16th Avenue. He was using two plastic soft drink bottles to sprinkle his Georgia collards, kale and onions.

Lynn Spruill: Last minute agenda changes not in public's interest

Posted 3/21/2014 in Local Columns

What do we mean by Sunshine Week, anyway? Sunshine is refers to lighting up the inner workings of government. Who knew?

Slimantics: Gibbs case is about abortion, not murder

Posted 3/20/2014 in Local Columns

It has been 41 years since the landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that barred states from outlawing abortion.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Privacy, jobs and tax breaks to businesses

Posted 3/20/2014 in Local Columns

The rise of the Internet is eroding our expectations of privacy. Like a lobster in a big stove pot of water, we are about to get boiled.

 

 

Public's right to know improves accountability

Posted 3/19/2014 in Local Columns

Sunshine Week is an opportunity to remind people of the principle of the public's right to know about government decisions and actions that affect their lives.

 

 

Layne Bruce: A little more sunshine

Posted 3/18/2014 in Local Columns

Well, that's more like it. The Legislature last week passed two important bills on to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. Both S.B. 2507 and H.B. 928 make significant needed improvements to Mississippi's so-called "Sunshine laws." They're known that way here and across the nation because of their purpose to increase transparency in government.

 

 

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