“Blowtorch” Mason delivered most memorable political speech at Fair

Sid Salter

PHILADELPHIA – From heated races to choose county supervisors or local justices of the peace to the White House, the Neshoba County Fair remains Mississippi’s premier political stump. That fact was underscored this week with the appearance of the son of newly-minted Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump at Neshoba on Tuesday.
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Two presidential hopefuls looking for a little advice

Charlie Mitchell

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren…
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Hard working Mississippians will pay for the budget ‘mess’

cecil.brown

The Mississippi state budget is a mess.  For the state budget year that began on July 1, the legislature authorized spending millions more dollars than the state can expect to collect.
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Good papers are honest information brokers

Charlie Mitchell

It’s just true. And time hasn’t changed it: Find a well-run, stable or progressive community and it will be served by a well-run local newspaper.

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HB 1523: Post-decision blame game, political posturing solves nothing

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The actual judicial decision written by U.S. District Carlton Reeves in striking down Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 was eloquent, persuasive, and powerful – and at the same time, the ruling itself was entirely predictable and in keeping with the prevailing federal judicial winds.
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Move forward from ‘64 Klan murder case, but learn from it

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After 52 years, the announcement of the closing of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was in many ways anti-climactic.
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Gun control discussions are rifled with myths

Charlie Mitchell

Today’s National Rifle Association is a trade association — protecting manufacturers — yet masquerades as a grassroots citizen rights movement.

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Orlando terrorist attack puts HB 1523 more deeply into national debate

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The shocking terrorist attack by an American-born Muslim fanatic with what investigators believe was a deadly embrace of the world view of the Islamic State (ISIS) and concomitant objections to LGBTQ lifestyles in Orlando early Sunday left 50 dead, 53 wounded, and the national debate over so-called “religious freedom” legislation in states like North Carolina and Mississippi at a new and uncharted crossroads.
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Like the armadillo, Louisiana’s latest legislative stunt may cross the Mississippi

Sid Salter

The ubiquitous nine-banded armadillo - dasypus novemcinctus to smart folks and “Texas speed bumps” or “opossum on the half-shell” to the rest of us – is said to have made the journey from its native South America to North America across the Panamanian land bridge about 2.5 million years ago.
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McCain continues his battle against U.S. catfish producers

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Politics is about nothing if not timing, and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, saw his opportunity and seized upon it while President Barack Obama was on a state visit to Vietnam in recent days.
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