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Who are our friends in a chaotic world?

In an interview with the Huffington Post, President Obama said, “We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region.” Who is […]

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Are you a Republican or Democrat?

I’ve had the good fortune to work for several newspapers in several different parts of this great country. As I move into a community and make my rounds of city, county and state offices, one question always comes up. “Are you a Republican or Democrat?” It’s usually pretty easy to figure out the party of […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Help us “Save a Child”

Dear Editor, We are seniors in the Social Work program at the University of Mississippi. We were asked by our instructors to build an awareness project of a present issue, for a community of our choice. We have decided to host “Save a Child,” a child abuse awareness fair in Okolona. Unlike many other counties […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: We’d best pay attention

What we don’t know can hurt us. Most folks are busy living their lives and making ends meet. We’re concerned about family, friends, jobs, health, and just old-fashioned living. But, there are sinister forces willing to sacrifice ‘the rest of us’ for their own ideological goals. We’d best pay attention. Victor Frankl was a survivor […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Tis spring and a young man’s thoughts turn to . . . baseball

Pardon the twist on Bill Shakespeare’s famous line, but one of the joys of this business is bending the words of The Bard to fit my fancy. The other real joy of this business is getting to cover baseball in the spring. I’ve covered the Ole Miss Rebels in Memphis, the MSU Bulldogs in New […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Divide or unite

Have you noticed? Even though your relationships with friends, family, and colleagues remain the same, supportive, and cordial, something has changed in American society. This is particularly noticeable in the South, the home of hospitality. America has become a nation of ‘us’ and ‘them.’ The South is renown for courtesy and hospitality. We say “yes […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Drive time at the Ingram household

Not long after I moved to Houston I pulled up to the stoplight on the Courthouse Square on a summer night in my old truck and there was an elected official in his old truck. We all know what goes through the minds of two boys when they pull up to a stoplight in old […]

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SONNY SCOTT: Get out and enjoy the neighbors

“You need to get out more,” said Jamie Dailey at the Davis Event Center in Fulton on Feb. 28. By the end of the evening, I was in full agreement. I have long wanted to attend the spring concert at ICC, but something always came up. When this year’s card included Dailey and Vincent, Rhonda […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: All politics is local

A wise old politician once told me all politics is local. After watching campaigns, elections and political shenanigans for 25 years, I’ve come to the conclusion this is true. When you look at the national picture, you have to remember that it all filters down to a particular region or community heading to the polls […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: A sense of perspective

If you hadn’t heard by now, you haven’t been paying attention. The story is the lead and the rage. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” Giuliani continued, “He doesn’t […]

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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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