Education, health care still not priorities for Gov. Bryant

Joel McNeece

Gov. Phil Bryant doesn’t want to “adequately” fund education, is opposed to expanding Medicaid to help provide health insurance for Mississippians who can’t afford it, but is willing to give those in most need in our state a tax credit.

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Bruce and Calhoun City one more time

Joel McNeece

Bruce and Calhoun City will meet for the 66th time overall, but only the third time in postseason play when they clash helmets this Friday at “The Boneyard.”

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Need some actual political debate in 2015; Byers’ record full of red flags

Joel McNeece

Most people I’ve talked to over the past week seem genuinely delighted to have last week’s elections behind us. That’s an indication of how brutal some of the campaigning was, combined with the frustration and indifference many people feel regarding modern day politics.

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World War I Museum highlights trip to Kansas City

Joel McNeece

The highlights have been varied over the past 10 years as Dr. Bruce Longest and I have continued our quest to check off visits to every NFL city, and it hasn’t always been the Sunday afternoon game.

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Talking politics with the “Good Ole Boys and Gals”

Joel McNeece

A comfortably cool evening, a stunning sunset and plenty of political surmising highlighted the most recent gathering of the “Good Ole’ Boys and Gals” at Johnny Morgan’s metal barn off Hwy. 7 just north of Oxford last Thursday night.

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Get out of their way and let teachers teach

Joel McNeece

Accreditation grades for schools and school districts around the state were released last week by the Mississippi Department of Education with less fanfare than in previous years.

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One of those Mondays

Joel McNeece

Monday was one of those days my late father-in-law Gale Denley would have written a whale of a column about – a power outage, a broken bone, flooding in The Journal, and a night in the ER, ultimately prompting a hospital stay and surgery.

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I will forever “Remember the Alamo”

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“Ya’ll can go to hell, I’m goin’ to Texas!” – That is the famous quote from one of my childhood heroes, Davy Crockett, upon his election loss in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Great feeling to be back in Harley saddle

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Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. At least that’s how I felt Saturday afternoon when I was reunited with my Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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George Thomas honor more than deserved

Joel McNeece

When you need a little pick-me-up, Becky Thomas of Vardaman is better than a strong cup of coffee. I was reminded of that last week when I was honored to take part in a ceremony naming the drive outside Vardaman Elementary in memory of her late husband George Thomas – a renowned educator in this area.

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