Do we trust locals to make the best decisions for themselves?

For Mississippi’s first 155 years, the power to tax was jealously guarded by the Legislature. It still is, but there was a lapse. Counties could collect property taxes, subject to state limits. Cities could collect those, too, and for about 90 years cities have shared in general sales tax revenue collected within their municipal limits.

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And the road goes on…

ROLLING FORK— Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. A third of the average lifetime. That qualifies as a milestone, I think.

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Love of art offers endless inspiration

I left last year’s Skuna River Art Festival on the Bruce Square with a small, beautiful painting of The Journal by Suzanne Talbert of Oxford. Suzanne is among the Plein Air painters who will be returning this Saturday for the fourth edition of the festival.

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Celia’s lizard in wreath is now loose in house

I’m not the only one who finds creatures in wreaths. My sister Celia brought her summer wreath in from the front door a couple of weeks ago to put it in a closet in the house where she stores it.

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After Kavanaugh fight, what next for high court

STARKVILLE – After the national fabric was almost rent in twain during the bitter fight over the confirmation of now Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, what next for the U.S. Supreme Court?

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Thriving community must have dedicated newspaper

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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Just a little tolerance, please

ROLLING FORK— In the great affairs of nation states, perspective derived from individual members of their societies can often be instructive.
A woman prone to the consideration of the philosophical, my late mother once had a friend, a master jeweler friend in Clarksdale, who just happened to be Jewish.
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I will miss Gayle Bullard; Calhoun a softball or football county?

To paraphrase a line from my late father-in-law Gale Denley, here’s some random thoughts on this and that.

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Stomach virus makes way through all grandchildren and back again

The stomach virus hit three grandchildren this past week and then started over.

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Reeves, Hood matchup is old school street brawl

STARKVILLE – A 2019 gubernatorial battle between incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Rankin County and incumbent Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County stacks up as an instant classic old school political street brawl – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Mississippi since Republican Haley Barbour squared off against Democrat Ronnie Musgrove in 2003.

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