Sawmill Festival provides political appetizer

Last weekend’s Sawmill Festival provided me with an early taste, whether I wanted it or not, of the political talk I can expect at the Neshoba County Fair later this month.
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Good Sawmill Festival despite losing McCarty piece

My biggest complaint from the Sawmill Festival was that I didn’t win the hanging McCarty planter given away by the Bruce 20th Century Club. Paula Monaghan did.
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Neshoba stump speeches will focus on two key races

STARKVILLE – A weekend visit to the Neshoba County Fairgrounds demonstrates that for the politicians and their supporters, the buildup to “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty” is long since underway. Political signs and placards already dot trees, fence posts and power poles along the seven-mile stretch of Highway 21 running south from Philadelphia to the historic fairgrounds.
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Barbour wants solution to immigration question

When Governor Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature, he defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor who tried to thwart their wishes.
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The dilemma of the dying dumb

ROLLING FORK — Sometimes you might really be surprised by the kinds of things that cause consternation to newspaper folk.

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Listening for stories from ‘witness trees’

I read a story Sunday from CBS News of still living witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg – one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history. It occurred in July of 1863, so “living witnesses” has a slight catch. They were referring to trees.
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Almond is the mystery ingredient

Pontotoc Electric Power Association’s Today in Mississippi featured a Gen. Fox Conner book in their summer reading list in a recent issue.
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Unlike Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh faces firestorm

STARKVILLE – After much prime time buildup, Trump announced Monday night his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court to succeed the retiring Presiding Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people – those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases – are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year. Imagine you get the money to spend as you wish, but your purity is intact. They can’t blame you in the slightest.

Open your eyes. It isn’t a dream. It’s real. And, for lawmakers, it’s better than an ice cold slice of Smith County watermelon plus a bowl of homemade peach ice cream on a July afternoon.

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I’ve had some good years

COAHOMA—I think it was easier being a kid when I was one. Oh, there weren’t any hand-held computers we call cell phones or 200-plus-channel TV and “steaming” packages to entertain us, but neither were there any drugs or child predators or gangs or many other of the things which threaten kids today — at least not here, in the then wonderful little northern Coahoma County hamlet of my rearing.
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