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Wyatt Emmerich: Opinions vary on what makes a better business climate

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

With the new legislative session upon us, our state leaders are listing their priorities.

 

Possumhaw: Hillbilly speed bumps and Hoover hogs

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Sam likes to see how high the water is down at the spillway, if it has any "color," and who's fishing -- so we took a drive.

 

Charlie Mitchell: White working class in a corner, and it's getting lonely

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Republicans who want to stay in office in Mississippi this election year have no worries -- if they are conservative enough.

 

Birney Imes: Hello, 2015

Posted 1/3/2015 in Local Columns

Whew, that was quick. Another year gone. Resolved for '15: to be kinder and more patient. As we age, we trend toward kindness. So says the writer George Saunders. Here's an excerpt from a convocation speech he gave to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches:

Lynn Spruill: Cadence building a white elephant for Starkville taxpayers

Posted 1/2/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Will 'law and order' believers adhere to the law?

Posted 12/30/2014 in Local Columns

It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?

 

Possumhaw: Pursuing tranquility in 2015

Posted 12/29/2014 in Local Columns

Born in 1899, Gladys Tabor was a writer and a columnist for Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle. If Gladys were alive today I'm sure she'd be my best friend. Taken from "Stillmeadow Sampler," published in 1957 Gladys' words speak to the coming year ...

Ask Rufus: A Columbus New Years 175 years ago

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.

Lynn Spruill: Credit where credit is due

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Starkville and Oktibbeha County seem to have difficulty with plaques and historical markers. Oktibbeha County has been struggling with the Unity Park designations so long the blue tarps covering the markers have faded.

Birney Imes: Magnolia Bowl on Christmas morning

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

The presents had been opened and the grown-ups were sitting around talking in the easy afterglow of a Christmas morning. An uncle was absorbed by a modern-day version of a Tinkertoy set and an aunt was helping a niece come to grips with a pair of sparkly gloves that can freeze people. A couple of us stepped outside with one of the kids, who wanted to show off the scooter Santa had brought.

Slimantics: A visit with Santa

Posted 12/23/2014 in Local Columns

I am not as familiar with Santa Claus as most people, for he was a sporadic visitor to my home during my incorrigible childhood.

Possumhaw: Saint Nicholas of Myra

Posted 12/22/2014 in Local Columns

While Sam watched the MSU girls' basketball game, I wandered through thoughts of Christmases past settling comfortably on Saint Nicholas.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Forget about Santa Claus; Amazon has a patent

Posted 12/22/2014 in Local Columns

Forget about Santa Claus.

 

Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.

Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

While dining out with friends Friday evening, the husband let it be known he would like to have a Corvette. We're about the same age, well past the mid-life crisis marker. It's not a crisis if it's something you've always wanted, I suppose.

Lynn Spruill: Universal language

Posted 12/19/2014 in Local Columns

For those who have had some biblical background, the tower of Babel is a well-known account in Genesis about the efforts of man to construct a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

 

Charlie Mitchell: If teaching is a profession, let professionals do it

Posted 12/18/2014 in Local Columns

I know what Mississippi teachers want for Christmas.

 

Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

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