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Ask Rufus: The Cotton Plant

Posted 2/26/2017 in Local Columns

A week from today, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, there will be a most interesting program open to the public at the Mississippi University for Women titled "Borderline Confusion: Culture and Conflict in the Making of Mississippi and Alabama."


Jiben Roy: Good things happen in America

Posted 2/25/2017 in Local Columns

That's what once was said by Srinivas to his beloved wife Sunayana in response to her concern about the new reality of America.



Wyatt Emmerich: The debate over tax and spend

Posted 2/24/2017 in Local Columns

Money is always tight. That is the nature of money. There is never enough.



Charlie Mitchell: Media errs allowing itself to become the story

Posted 2/22/2017 in Local Columns

Big mistake. To use an overused term, "Yuuge."


Possumhaw: Observations of a crappie fisherman

Posted 2/20/2017 in Local Columns

When the lakes, creeks and rivers fill up and when the flowers bloom and the grasses green Sam's out to find the first crappie "spawners." Every few days the big brown delivery truck leaves a package from "Monk's Crappie," Sam's favorite fishing supplier.

Ask Rufus: The Black Prairie of 1835

Posted 2/18/2017 in Local Columns

I have always considered myself to be a child of the prairie.

Partial to Home: Icebergs as big as houses

Posted 2/18/2017 in Local Columns

Sunday morning, two weeks ago, the parking lot of the Dollar General in Eastpoint, Florida, was jumping. Beth and I had stopped for bottled water. We were headed into the interior of the Florida Panhandle for a day of kayaking.

Slimantics: Civic clubs: Eat, pray, listen, but everybody goes home at 1

Posted 2/16/2017 in Local Columns

Lunch and a speaker. Today, it is the Exchange Club. Yesterday it was the Kiwanis. The day before that, Rotary.

Possumhaw: Harbingers of spring

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.


Charlie Mitchell: Discarded bills a treasure trove of interesting ideas

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all, it's school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.


Ask Rufus: A gift from the past

Posted 2/12/2017 in Local Columns

This week, what I grew up calling snowdrops began to bloom.

Partial to Home: Steve Castanis' long journey

Posted 2/11/2017 in Local Columns

In 1986, the late Mike Royko wrote a newspaper column titled "Shortage of short Greeks killing us." Royko, a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, began by relating a bad dining experience at a cafe managed by a college graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.


Michael Gerson: In a time of tragedy, could this president soothe the nation?

Posted 2/11/2017 in Local Columns

WASHINGTON -- Each day of the Trump era seems to bring strange new objects to the national punchbowl. The newly minted president publicly obsessed on his inaugural crowd size. He claimed pervasive voter fraud. He reviewed television shows. He attacked the independence of the judiciary. He has called into question the fairness and good faith of Nordstrom's, further deepening our class divide on tie selection.



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.


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