One Trump over the line

Ray Mosby

On a stage in Iowa last week, Donald Trump told a group of gathered conservatives that John McCain was not really a war hero. Donald Trump said that about John McCain.

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Lessons on official symbolism beckon from across Miss. River

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – From Washington to Charleston, South Carolina and across the states that comprised the old Confederacy, debates continue to rage over vestiges and symbols of the Civil War. The debate is at once emotional, irrational, passionate and picayunish.
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New book will offer a look behind Haley Barbour’s political mystique

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Slated for an August 15 release, the new book by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is called “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 243 pages) and - with an able assist from writer Jere Nash and a moving foreword by former Biloxi newspaper publisher Ricky Mathews – it tells a remarkable tale of resilience, determination, hardball politics and perseverance by the most able politician I’ve ever known.

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High court marriage ruling faces procedural roadblock in Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that same-sex couples can marry nationwide isn’t immediately applicable in Mississippi based on a prior ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that granted a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s past ban on same-sex marriages.

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New Orleans in the rear view mirror

Ray Mosby

NEW ORLEANS—Ah, those best laid plans.... “Riding on the City of New Orleans,” that’s what we thought we were going to do. I mean, that’s a pretty neat idea, right?

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Charleston church shooting highlights intersection of mental illness, guns

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In the wake of the stunningly senseless murders of nine worshipers at one of the nation’s most historically significant black churches in Charleston, South Carolina, the debate again rages over the cause of this tragic crime.
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Universities still battling global food insecurity

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Hunger and food insecurity are problems that are at once global and local. To be sure, relatively affluent nations like the U.S. face far less dire circumstances than to regions of the world like Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Prisoner work program cuts are “trickle down” economics

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I’m not particularly surprised that Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher is stepping on the toes of local and county government leaders as he attempts to clean up the mess in operating the state’s prison system left behind by the corruption-riddled regime of former Commissioner Chris Epps.

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Delta Council sees 80 years of progress

Sid Salter

CLEVELAND – The 80th Annual Meeting of the Delta Council on May 29 on the campus of Delta State University presented a tableau of modern Mississippi that will likely never make network television or the national newspapers.

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Pew study: The church and politics

Time was when it was rare that folks would dare engage in partisan political discussions within the confines of a Christian church.

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