First Amendment under assault

It’s true you know: If you repeat something enough times people will start to believe it, whether true or not. It is propaganda 101 and there are just a slew of recent public opinion polls that prove that, once again.
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Please don’t deny our children

“I’m not understanding really, what the big controversy is.” —Biloxi School District Supt. Arthur McMillan. Well, let me educate a superintendent of education.
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Truly the eye of the beholder

Give or take a month or two, I have now been writing this column for almost exactly 40 years, which is a long time for anything, much less spouting off one’s opinions in writing.
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When memories are triggered

On the first official day of fall (technically the autumnal equinox) this year, it was 93 degrees and as sultry as Lauren Bacall’s voice in Rolling Fork.
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Freedom is most sacred

“Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.” —Neil Gaiman

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Meeting a real life monster

ROLLING FORK—Along with my co-worker and friend Natalie Perkins, I had the honor last Friday to sit on a symposium at Millsaps College with the other respective recipients of the Bill Minor awards for investigative reporting and general news writing. Considering the exalted company, that experience gave me all new insight into George Gobel’s famous line: “Have you ever felt like the whole world is a tuxedo and you are a pair of brown shoes?”
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We are a changed people

What was on that Monday now 16 years ago, a handful of fanatical thugs flew hijacked American airplanes into American buildings and what both we and rest of the world had always thought of as America almost immediately changed.
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Think man’s higher species?

As I write this, I am not in the loftiest of moods, so to expect a lot is probably setting yourself up for disappointment.
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What in the world is the matter with us?

I seem to spend a lot of time these days screaming at screens. I realize that is not a good indication of mental health, but be they computer screens or TV screens, what I see on both is so self-defeating, so infuriating, so frustrating, that I can’t help (not unlike good ole Howard Beal in “Network,”) blurting it out: “What’s the matter with you people?”
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Before the end of innocence

It was many and many a year ago in a wonderland by a tree. A six-year-old white boy was making good use of the tire swing his grandfather had put up for him in a stately old tree in the front yard when a black girl, aged eight or nine, wandered down the sidewalk on her way to and from nowhere in particular.
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