Black voter participation in GOP primary is not a step backward

Sid Salter

Back in 1995 in the film “The American President,” Michael Douglas delivered a speech answering a rival that for many defined the cynical, hardball nature of politics in our country when he said that his opponent was “interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

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Nobody likes a sore loser

Joel McNeece

I don’t know what it’s going to take for U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel to get the message this race is over.

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Bruce Sawmill Festival was most successful ever; enjoyed short trip to Hot Springs

Lisa McNeece

Bruce’s Sawmill Festival had the biggest crowd in its history on Friday night and Saturday. The square was full of vendors and visitors with quite a festive atmosphere throughout. In addition to the local crowd, there were Calhoun County natives and a lot of out-of towners.

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Immigration issue illustrates broader partisan divide in USA

Sid Salter

The border crisis that brought President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the table earlier this week is one that graphically illustrates the partisan and philosophic divide that is grinding our American government into the quagmire of gridlock.

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The Best of Mississippi

Joel McNeece

While driving to Philadelphia last Saturday morning to do some prep work on our family’s Neshoba County Fair cabin, my wife Lisa, as she often does, was reading a magazine article to me.

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County failing to completely empty garbage bins an ongoing problem

Lisa McNeece

An on-going problem that complaining doesn’t seem to get permanently fixed– garbage left in your garbage bin after pickup.

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GOP standoff: State law clear in election certification procedures

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If one bases their perception of what happens next in the political circus that the Mississippi Republican Senate Primary election has become on what is being shoved out on social media, it would seem that the ultimate resolution of this conflict will come as a result of which group can shout the loudest.

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Community college system is a key to Calhoun County success

Joel McNeece

While the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and the handful of us Southern Miss fans around Calhoun are most vocal when it comes to supporting our respective athletic teams, it’s Mississippi’s community college system that is of greatest importance to this county.

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Family beach trip cut short, but still memory making

Lisa McNeece

Our family beach trip was abbreviated last week due to visitation and funeral of Kerry Heinz. We normally leave Wednesday afternoon and return home Sunday, but this year, we left Wednesday morning and came home early Friday morning.

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Online gaming results suggest more bad news for state casinos

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With Mississippi’s gaming revenues declining – particularly in the Tunica/Mississippi River markets – the potential national impact of online gaming is a particularly relevant topic of public policy debate.

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