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DANIEL GARDNER: The “Good News” in Russia

DANIEL GARDNER: The “Good News” in Russia What did I miss while traveling in Russia the past two weeks? The Supreme Court passed a law making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states; Obama celebrated by decorating the White House with a rainbow; media attention shifted quickly from Christians in Charlotte miraculously forgiving a murderer […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Love and Hate

DANIEL GARDNER: Love and Hate Love and hate: we’ve seen extreme examples of both in Charleston, and both have evoked responses of nearly unanimous incredulity. The hatred of the young white man who murdered nine innocent black believers who had joined together to pray and study the Bible was perhaps more shocking than other mass […]

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MINNIE JO HILL: Clean up the park

MINNIE JO HILL: Clean up the park Dear Editor, I haven’t been able to keep the great-grands lately but was feeling well and kept them Wednesday. I decided to get them some lunch and go to the park to eat and play. They were so excited, and so was I until we got there. I […]

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Houlka struggles to rebuild school

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Houlka School District is moving closer to cleaning the site of a fire that destroyed part of Houlka Attendance Center – the district’s only school — in July, 2014, but it’s been a process mired in red tape, Superintendent Betsy Collums said recently. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Three big decisions this summer

I do like politics, but 25-plus years of watching it with a pen in my hand has taught me not to get too close or too involved. My father said something once about you can’t stir that pot without getting some of it on you. As usual, he was right. We’ve watched the campaigns this […]

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SONNY SCOTT: Winning the culture war

Let’s try a thought experiment. Let’s imagine a group of people who endured hundreds of years of social upheaval: war, dispossession, impressments into the service of foreign armies, transport to strange and hostile climes where they were forced into service of a class of people inimical to their interests and prejudicial toward them as a […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: The folly of fighting symbols

Many are jumping on the bandwagon of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from public because it represents “hate, ignorance, bigotry, racism, is offensive, and serves no purpose in today’s America regardless of what it may have represented way back when.” Please be careful if you believe you have a lock on “what it may have […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Ready, Aim, Fireworks!

This nation was shaped by gunpowder. That daring American spirit that fostered this country’s independence is the same one that prompts most of us to own a firearm and shoot fireworks. Shooting fireworks inside the city limits of Houston on July 4 is the only form of civil disobedience tolerated at the Ingram household and […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Truth inside the culture war

Winners, or at least survivors of wars write the history of those wars. The same is true of culture wars, and the winners of America’s culture battles are the progressives. Besides winners, losers and survivors, we also see victims. Many fear truth has become a victim if not a villain in our culture wars. Consider […]

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EDITORIAL: Let’s go to work!

Chickasaw County’s unemployment statistics released last week offer an encouraging statement about the area’s economy, perhaps the strongest affirmation so far of a comeback after the Great Recession late in the first decade of the century. After more than eight years of averaging a double digit jobless rate, it looks like folks are going back […]

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SONNY SCOTT: Do the POTUS and FLOTUS have sisters?

  Whoever coined the term, “brutally honest,” may have had a sister in mind. From time immemorial, sisters have served a vital social role by keeping their brothers grounded. The first inkling that most guys get that they’re nothing special and that their behavior is gross probably came from a sister. Mothers and grandmas dote […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Supreme Court vs. religious values

The First Amendment begins: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” The first part is called the “establishment clause,” and the second part is called the “free exercise clause.” They are two separate and independent rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Progressives are so anti-religion they vilify […]

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Reader success stories

By Jill Cataldo CTW Features Last week, I gave readers a glimpse inside some of the more difficult emails I receive from readers. Many request personalized help in cutting their grocery bills. Others have taken the knowledge I continue to share in this column and via other channels and implemented it, sharing impressive stories of […]

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The ‘Extreme’ Left and Right

We’re living in ‘extreme’ times. The media remind us daily of how extreme this group or that group is, and the TEA Party has become the movement everybody loves to denigrate and vilify. Peter Wehner wrote a column in the New York Times asking, “Have Democrats pulled too far left?” Wehner contrasts President Clinton’s policies […]

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