Editorial-Opinion

Honoree missed his surprise birthday for good reason

Honoree missed his surprise birthday for good reason It seemed likely to me that a plan by Mark Heafner and several co-conspirators to catch Ricky Swindle in a surprise birthday party was, well, not likely to succeed. The affable host of the Local Yokels radio program just knows too many people who know people who…

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Neighbor promises one last Mardi Gras surprise

Neighbor promises one last Mardi Gras surprise I am going to try to get back to New Orleans for the final Mardi Gras weekend. Getting back is no problem. Getting to our house in Uptown takes good timing and luck. Four krewes will be staging and starting their parades Uptown on Friday night, including my…

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Blind ideology of no new taxes hides shell game

Blind ideology of no new taxes hides shell game I hope you will find time to read Wyatt Emmerich’s column that starts on this page about the dysfunctional system of awarding government contracts at the state, county and municipal levels in Mississippi. It seems as though the leaders who are constantly promoting legislation to make…

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Weather, raccoons and local hospitality combine for success of Winter Classic

Weather, raccoons and local hospitality combine for success of Winter Classic Batesville, Panola County—we got this one right. I’m talking about the past weekend’s United Kennel Club Winter Classic Raccoon Hunt. Hunters from literally across the country drove to Batesville, Mississippi to participate in the largest competitive coon hunt sponsored by UKC. They hunted in…

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Now it’s up to Senate to extend city’s tourism tax

Now it’s up to Senate to extend city’s tourism tax When I received the letter to the editor from J. W. Willis (published on the facing page) about the litter problem on Pope-Crowder Road where he lives, I wrote back that I hoped his generation would figure out how to curb the paper, trash and…

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High cost of dying spares Skunky the damncat

High cost of dying spares Skunky the damncat Now to really serious matters: We had to say goodbye to the old General, reigning and favorite of the household damncats. That’s the way it goes; the most affectionate and beautiful of the cadre loses his health while the outside feral scruffs, who recognize the hand that…

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Three common sense tax sources could help state

Three common sense tax sources could help state While the Mississippi Legislature mulls over legislation and how to fund a state budget, a couple of things seem, in my humble opinion, to be obvious First is the internet tax. Amazon has already agreed to pay the state the seven percent sales tax required, but almost…

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‘Roasting’ cooked both ways, ended with handshakes

‘Roasting’ cooked both ways, ended with handshakes What a week we just finished and looks like another humdinger is beginning. Our new president is getting blasted by many media outlets while he blasts back calling the media the opposition party. The word media is defined as “one of the means or channels of general communication…

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Taxes shifted not same as taxes saved — bait and switch

Taxes shifted not same as taxes saved — bait and switch Though Representative Jay Hughes’ District 12 lies in Lafayette County, I have increasingly come to look forward to his missives as the one of the few voices questioning the policies and actions of the super-majority that controls the Mississippi Legislature. The tone of Hughes’…

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Lack of signage hampers efforts of first responders

Lack of signage hampers efforts of first responders First responders in Panola County are often delayed in their responses because people don’t place their E911 address — their “street” address where it is visible from the road. We often hear exchanges between a deputy sheriff who is attempting to respond to an emergency and the…

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