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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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Do legislators really know better than voters?

Last week, a majority of the Mississippi Legislature – 94 representatives and senators – turned their backs on the needs of their local schools and the students who attend these schools and the communities who depend on these schools. How did they do that? Simple, they put politics before children and their future. At issue […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Looking forward to sunny days

Mississippi summers deserve their vicious reputation, but Mississippi winters can really be beautiful. No bugs, no poison ivy, the kids stay inside and there is not a lot going on as event organizers worry about a change in the weather. But if we could predict with accuracy the kind of weather we had this past […]

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BILLY MCCORD: As I see it

Greetings, two weeks ago while seeking a treatment for shortness of breath and what I thought was pleurisy, it was discovered that I have lung cancer. We know nothing about malignancy, what type it is or anything about its treatment. This week we are the process of collecting data, opinions, and plans of treatment. We […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Pen is mightier than the sword

He was the Oktibbeha County Attorney and he was up to his neck fighting drug dealers, bootleggers and what some said were the remnants of the “Dixie Mafia.” We talked about the details of a recent arrest and this courageous attorney’s effort to clean up his county in the 1980s. I was a cub reporter […]

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MALCOLM WHITE: Sharing the Mississippi story

Just over one year ago, Gov. Phil Bryant declared 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy. The announcement was made during a press conference at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, which featured a special performance by renowned concert pianist and Mississippi native Bruce Levingston. This was music to my ears, both […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Throw your hat into the ring

This is the first week to decide if you want to run for political office in Chickasaw County this summer. And I do hope those who are still pondering a race for public office will realize if you haven’t made up your mind by now, you will probably only slow things down as an elected […]

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Safety is job No. 1

Safety is the first priority of any individual or institution. Whether it is building chairs at a local furniture factory or stocking the shelves of a local store, safety is job one. The same holds true for local schools. In a business or industry, an accident stops production and costs that business money. In a […]

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EDITORIAL: The Good Newspaper

The good newspaper should be a catalyst in its community, oiling the efforts of widely varying groups to achieve a reasonably smooth, balanced flow of progress. It seeks to provide coherence to scattered and sometimes conflicting objectives, enabling its community to get a better view of priorities and ways in which joint efforts may prove […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Steve Coker

Dear Editor, Most of you know that I try to use my column to bring school news to you surrounded by funny stories and humorous parables. Today, however, I need to go straight to the point of state academic ranking for our school district because of confusion and misinformation. The most recent evaluation of Houston […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lamar Beaty

Dear Editor, There is something inherently wrong with a system that allows five people, three of whom are not even elected by the people, to go into hiding behind closed doors and make a decision that affects the entire population of the community and surrounding area and not have to explain their actions. Of course, […]

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