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DANIEL GARDNER: God given rights

One of the latest progressive strategies among the elite in politics, media, and academia is to deny the roles God and religion have played in our nation’s history. When I was growing up we honored George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as two of our nation’s best presidents. Their pictures hung in our elementary classrooms over […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Quality of life

We hear people talk about quality of life all the time. It’s one of those feel-good phrases that are loved by local, state and federal politicians when they want to say something good without really saying something at all. Think about it. What is quality of life? A person’s health is one factor when we […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Islam and the Crusades

On Fox News Sunday recently, Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret.), former Director of Defense Intelligence Agency, said the Obama administration has no strategy for fighting Islamic extremism. Current and former members of the intelligence community agree with Flynn who says White House officials reject intelligence provided to them and reject recommendations based on that intelligence. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The choice will be yours

Why someone wants to throw their hat in the ring and become a public servant has never made a lot of sense to me. Most public posts don’t really pay that well and the heartache and grief you take from John Q. Public and Jane Q. Citizen take their toll on a mind and body. […]

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SONNY SCOTT: The trouble with education . . .

It is comforting to have a cultural anchor giving a sense of continuity with the past. Give thanks, Dear Hearts, here in Mississippi we have our legislature. We may ridicule it, but perhaps we underestimate it. They have their moments—none more shining than the recent dispensation of the “Common Core” controversy. “You don’t like Common […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: This thing called love

Sara and I will exchange Valentine cards this weekend. I’ll put hers on the kitchen table propped up by a little something sweet, shiny or with the appropriate red bloom. She has always stuck mine on the mirror in our bathroom. We’ll find them and smile as we use sleepy fingers to tear it open. […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lawmakers go against the people’s will

Dear Editor, In the lives of politicians, many will articulate one thing and perform another, just to get elected to office. Many, when in office will do what they think is best but not the will of the citizens and to me the legislators in Jackson are doing the will of self and not the […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Helping children with special needs

Dear Editor, In response to the outcry from parents of children with special needs, we have proposed creating an Office of Education Special Needs Counsel (HB 649) to provide legal representation to families securing special education services. Over the last year, we have talked with and listened to parents explain the problems they face and […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: By the numbers

Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five second […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School board seeks community input

Dear Editor, As the Houston School District Board of Education begins the search for a new superintendent, we would love to encourage the input of the community, our district staff, and the families of our students. We have set up two ways to hear from you. First, we encourage everyone to fill out a survey […]

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SONNY SCOTT: Good art is self-justifying

Time and again, the thought has occurred to me – usually as some cannot-carry-a-tune-in-a-bucket singer with a repertoire of hackneyed journeyman tunes describes himself as an “artist” to a reporter: “When did singers become ‘artists’?” Well, usage and styles change. If Oxford American can accept anyone “who practices any of the various creative arts” as […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stephanie Norwood

Dear Editor, When I became an educator, I devoted my life to advocate on behalf of students. However, House Bill 449 seems to be an attempt to silence educators, to prevent us from actively participating in our American democracy as we advocate on behalf of our students. A proposed bill that Rep. John Moore, chair […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: James Meredith

Dear Editor, In 1960, after nine years in the desegregated military, I came back to Mississippi with a plan to destroy the system of white supremacy. Today, 55 years later, in Mississippi, we have a moral breakdown in the black family, in the black neighborhood, in the black community and especially in our public education […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The culture of the Super Bowl

It is the greatest reflection of our culture. The Super Bowl kicks off Sunday. I hope your team wins. There is no other game like football. I didn’t really like it as a teenager. It hurt. The men were vile and cruel and really didn’t care a lot about me unless I could take this […]

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