Don’t let politicians shut you out of your business

Joel McNeece

The greatest threat to this country, our democracy and the life of freedom we cherish isn’t the Democrats, the Republicans, or their extreme partisan battles over any and every issue. The greatest threat is the apathy of the American people.

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Andrew Bryant plays Oxford Thursday; South Newberger undergoing revitalization

Lisa McNeece

Bruce native Andrew Bryant has a new solo album “This is The Life” that came out yesterday, and he is getting a lot of publicity on it.

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Judge Lee modernized state appellate court system

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi.

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Learning about Bruce from “The Endcatcher”

Joel McNeece

The past few weeks I’ve been visiting folks in Houlka, Algoma, Houston and Pontotoc as part of research on the Tanglefoot Trail – the old rail line from Houston to New Albany that was transformed more than a year ago into a recreational trail.

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No luck getting rid of Rapunzel hair at our house

Lisa McNeece

Our youngest granddaughter, sweet Ellie Kathryn, will be 3 years old this Friday. Her birthday is easy to remember January 23– 1-2-3.

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This time, Rapunzel was going to spin kudzu into black gold

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I like to think of it as the day that Mississippi taxpayers were told that with a little faith and an investment in new technology, we could turn kudzu into gold. Black gold, Texas Tea, you know the rest of the song.

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Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest

Joel McNeece

Curtis Wilkie’s latest book has a little of everything, as its title – Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest – describes.

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Can still taste Mrs. Tula’s butter rolls from the Trojan Restaurant

Lisa McNeece

It’s been at least 30 years since I’ve had one of Tula Vance’s butter rolls, but I can taste it today.
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MAEP battle will be fought on two fronts with numbers and language

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The brewing battle over what the Mississippi Legislature does with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) conflict will be defined both by numbers and by language.
Proponents of the Better Schools, Better Jobs group are pushing a ballot initiative to amend Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state provide and the Legislature fully fund an “adequate and efficient” public school system.

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Politicians have to get out of the way

Joel McNeece

State leaders convened this week in Jackson to begin deliberating on 2015 business, which is a scary proposition to many, especially those concerned about public education in this state.

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