Two tough losses and lots of lobbyists

When Calhoun City Coach Daren Coffey told me his Wildcat basketball team was leaving a day early for the state tournament in Jackson to try to beat the icy weather, I began to think I might need to do the same.

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Sad time for all of Calhoun County

“Sorrow makes us all children again -- destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Coaches’ supplements, like the teachers’, well short of where they need to be

The numbers are startling when you begin to compare. South Delta’s football coach gets a supplement of $21,250. Eupora and East Webster pay their coaches an extra $18,050 on top of their base teaching salary. Okolona’s coach receives $17,750; Taylorsville $13,250; Baldwyn $12,550.

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Too much posturing and not enough qualifying from candidates

We have only eight days left of qualifying for the 2015 elections and frankly, I find the lack of candidates at both the local and state levels rather worrisome.

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Thankful for the many who have ink in their blood

James Arrington Goff & Joel McNeece

Woodville, Mississippi is one of those places you just don’t pass through. Tucked away in the southwest corner of the state, you have to be going there to get there.

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I support the Skuna Valley Trail and the landowners

Over the past two weeks, since publishing a front page story on the success of the Tanglefoot Trail and the interest it has sparked in Calhoun for the  potential Skuna Valley Trail – the approximate 23-mile stretch of old railroad line between Bruce and Coffeeville – I’ve received countless comments and questions from people from all corners of Calhoun County and beyond.
This is the perfect space to answer those questions. I believe the Skuna Valley Trail would be an overwhelming success for Calhoun County, but I also believe in landowners’ rights and that deeds must be honored.

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Don’t let politicians shut you out of your business

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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Learning about Bruce from “The Endcatcher”

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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Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest

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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Politicians have to get out of the way

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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