Nothing like that first day on the Harley

Joel McNeece

It’s always a day of celebration for me – the first time my Harley is awakened from its winter hibernation.

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Thaddeus Stevens among history’s greatest unknown characters

Joel McNeece

Last weekend I saw Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” for possibly the hundredth time. It has become one of my all-time favorites and part of my greatest fascination with the movie is Thaddeus Stevens – the fiery tongued Republican played by Tommy Lee Jones in the movie.

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Executive sessions only hide the truth

Joel McNeece

My friend Scott Boyd, a fellow Southern Miss alum and longtime publisher of the Macon Beacon, has always called them “secret meetings.” I’ve always considered executive sessions government playing politics with the public’s business. And there’s no lack of politic playing in Calhoun County.

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A beautiful day at the ole ballpark

Joel McNeece

Chicago Cub great Ernie Banks always wanted to play two. The weather last Saturday was so wonderful I took in five and two more if you count Friday night.

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SEC trip less about basketball, more about my friends

Joel McNeece

As the years fly by seemingly faster and faster these days, opportunities to get together with friends become more valuable.

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The Delta’s newspapers tell region’s unique story

Joel McNeece

You can’t get more Southern than Mississippi, and no place in the Magnolia State evokes more Southern heritage and culture than the Delta. It is that most uniquely Southern place with a history like no other, and the best source of that history is its newspapers.

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Education funding must be a priority

Joel McNeece

Over the past several years we’ve seen the leaders of this state, in words and in action, call for dramatic improvements in our education system.

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Shining a light on ignorance

Joel McNeece

It’s been a week since the news first broke and it remains incomprehensible to me how anyone could be so motivated, whether by hate or stupidity, if there’s a difference, to throw a noose and an “old style Georgia state flag, that includes the Confederate banner,” around the neck of the statue of James Meredith – the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss.

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If only I knew then what I know now

Joel McNeece

I remember a time as a small child when I would sit at the kitchen table for hours staring at my plate refusing to eat something because I thought it had onions in it. In my house growing up, you ate what was on your plate or you didn’t leave the dinner table. That resulted in some long nights for yours truly.

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I’ll pass on the bread and milk

Joel McNeece

By 10 a.m. Monday morning, the bread and milk aisles at local stores were emptier than a politician’s promises.

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