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My intent was to write a scathing column about an ongoing issue that’s been affecting the paper for a while now. It’s long overdue. But since I’m so far behind with it already, it can wait another week, and I can continue my clichéd, traditional Thanksgiving column and make some of our criti…

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A few weeks back, I decided to surprise my mother with a trip to Florida to see her. She turned 75 this year and I was long overdue for a visit. When Mom found out I was coming, she started planning a deep-sea fishing trip.  

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The final words my father spoke to me in 1992 as I descended the escalators at New York’s Penn Station were, “You are stuck there for one semester. At Christmas, if you hate it, we can talk about it. But don’t go calling in two weeks saying you want to come home.”

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STARKVILLE — As it happened on Nov. 6, the pollsters on both sides were uncannily accurate in their predictions that Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy would run a close first and second in the open primary and leave Republican challenger Chris McDaniel…

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OXFORD — For weeks if not months, there is media and coffee club speculation about the hearts and minds of American voters. Then election day comes, and we find out. The answer in Mississippi was, “We’re pretty much where we were two years ago, four years ago, six years ago …”

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Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse has written a book, “Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How To Heal.” Sasse explores the many reasons we hate each other, and suggests three points we can do to heal our divisions.

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What a week. Tuesday was election day and, even though it wasn’t a complete disaster for the nation, we certainly gave away some of the momentum that we had going on under the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency.    

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Many studies over the years have determined that the No. 1 fear for most people is public speaking. No argument here. But in 25 years of covering events for community newspapers, I’ve wished that even more people would fear it.

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Finding a decent radio station in South Mississippi — at least a dozen or so years ago — proved to be the most challenging part of my frequent trips to see family in Mobile.

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Few people would argue with the beauty of a California sunset. The bright lights of Times Square are tough to compete with. But there is one thing that can top the allure of California or Manhattan: your pocketbook. 

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OXFORD — Several candidates this election season chirped about immigration. In Mississippi, this was strange because while legions of foreigners may be coming to America, they’re not coming here.

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There are a lot of people who have a whole lot more pets than we do, but I don’t know of many who have a more complex ecosystem under one roof than we do.

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Thinking clearly, logically, morally, patriotically, domestically, geopolitically and panoramically, President Trump must actually practice “unity” and “nice” in the context of the USA as a global paradigm amongst spheres of influence and model leadership for young Americans as future leader…

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I truly hope that you will join me on Thursday night, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites (old Ramada). I’ve been invited to speak at the first Citizens Against Corruption pubic forum. If you don’t want to come hear me nervously stutter and stammer through my talk, then come…

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Many moons ago, when covering high school football was a highlight of my week, I would roam the sidelines, notebook in hand, chronicling every play, every yard, every incomplete pass — all while trying to keep from getting killed on the sidelines.

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There’s currently an excellent political joke making the rounds on social media and I found it a perfect illustration of the two U.S. Senate campaigns in Mississippi.

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OXFORD — We should have seen it coming in 2001. That’s when President George W. Bush selected U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Laurel for promotion to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pickering was met with a verbal assassination — and it has only become worse.

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Last week I wrote about George Washington’s warning that political parties would foment all kinds of problems for Americans. 

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Two years ago, a lot of fed up, disgusted and angry voters descended on the polls and shocked the world by electing a non-politician, businessman, disrupter and agitator to the highest office in the land. We did so because we were sick of lifelong politicians who made promise after promise t…

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My first 10 years in this business, my title was sports editor. But the first story I ever did for a newspaper was about international politics.

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Rhonda was a big girl. The biggest in my grade at old Woodside Elementary School in New York.

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STARKVILLE — As the Nov. 6 general election looms less than two weeks away in Mississippi, the fabled “stretch run” for the campaigns is under way. The campaign finance reports have revealed their last real secrets until after the campaigns are completed.

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George Washington was our first and, perhaps, best president. One of his primary goals for the new nation was unity and he worked tirelessly to arbitrate differences between and among political leaders, choosing not to join any political party.

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In 2009, rapper Kanye West jumped on the stage at the MTV video awards and interrupted Taylor Swift, who was giving her acceptance speech after having just won the award for “Best Female Video.” West took the microphone right out of Swift’s hand and said, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for yo…

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Back in high school, one of my friends who had a way with the ladies was close friends with one of the best-looking girls in her class. She kind of had a well-deserved reputation, too. 

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Whenever Donald Trump talks about fake news, there are howls of indignation from the Establishment media. We’re told that the very mention of “fake news” is a direct attack on our democracy, that the alternative is “darkness,” that it led to the dismemberment and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a…

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STARKVILLE — As of this year, nine states and the District of Columbia — including Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — have legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. Those same nine states plus 22 more have legalized …

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The gap between the polarized political left and right in America continues to grow larger and louder. We’re three weeks away from mid-term elections when the party in the White House historically loses congressional seats to the minority party. Everyone is searching for political solutions …

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On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 4, a few of us who work at the paper were meeting at the office to go over the final proofs of the pages of our annual football magazine, Kickoff. It was the last two minutes of the fourth quarter for us. There was no time to spare.

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Try imagining that it is the year 2008 and President Barack Obama has just been elected to his first term as the President of the United States. Soon after he is sworn in, we learn that the people at the top of the FBI had been doing everything they could to stop the Obama presidency from ha…

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It’s coming down to the wire. In little less than a month Mississippi will find out who will prevail in Round 1 of the US Senate special election. And I stress “Round 1” for a reason.

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For the past two weeks, I’ve written about Judge Kavanaugh’s defending himself, his wife, his little girls, his family and his friends from a long string of uncorroborated, unproven, malicious charges that he is a stumbling-down drunk who, along with his high school friends, have drugged and…

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OXFORD — Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.

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The recent announcement of the latest Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inductees brought back some special memories and offered a couple of important reminders for me: 1.) The words on these pages have power; 2.) I’m getting old.

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I know a lot of people who have walked into our downtown office are surprised to find that we keep a baby here. Not just any baby, but a royal office baby — Sir Kirby Prince. Kirby joined the staff a few months ago when his mother Lakyn came off of maternity leave and I, for one, couldn’t be…

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Patrick Henry’s speech, March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Episcopal Church comes to mind: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!…

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Donny* strode to the plate at the old Little League field in my hometown. It was a crisp Saturday morning with baseball games being played everywhere.

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OXFORD — Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi’s Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated. Yes, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and state Sen. Chris McDaniel hashed things out at the Tutwiler Civic and Social Club. No media was present, but here’s a…

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We still don’t know, though some on all sides say they “know.” Democrats and the media pleaded the past two weeks for the FBI to investigate the charges. The FBI is now investigating the charges. Now, some Democrats and the media are saying the FBI investigation will not be “fair,” and canno…

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I don’t believe that I ever had the pleasure of meeting Virginia Chandler. In 1981, while she was founding the first no-kill shelter in the state of Mississippi, I was busy finishing up my senior year at a high school in New Jersey.

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My sense of business is about as sharp as ... well, the sense of business that most newspapermen have. Words are our forté. Getting worth out of our words is the struggle.

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There are good columns. There are OK columns. There are not-so-good columns. There are bad columns, better known as clunkers. And there are great columns.

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There were several announcements that hap- pened last week and the first playoff race was last weekend, but I got busy with my photo sessions and dropped the ball on my column. So, let’s play catch-up.