Dr. Sansing pushed his state forward

The death of retired University of Mississippi historian Dr. David Sansing is an event that should give all Mississippians pause, for we have lost one of the great, important voices urging our state to move forward.
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Let Ellie answer some questions for a change

Ellie Kathryn is a pro at asking questions. My 7-year-old granddaughter is a regular at my house and The Journal and a lot of our time together involves Q&A.
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Neshoba County Fair will have political heat

There will be just over seven hours of political speaking at the 2019 Neshoba County Fair, but most of the attention will focus on a half-hour on Thursday morning, a half-hour on Thursday afternoon, and a half-hour or so on Wednesday afternoon.
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David Sansing will be missed; Memphis 901 FC is quite the experience

Regretfully, I never had a class under Dr. David Sansing, at least not in the traditional classroom setting. I did, however, learn an awful lot from him as an avid reader of all his books and an eager listener every time I got to sit down with him.
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It’s about long line of refugees

The haunting photo of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, on the banks of the Rio Grande at Matamoros, Mexico has now – for good or ill – become the face of the immigration debate in America. Family members told officials that Ramirez and the child were trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexican border by swimming the river near Brownsville, Texas and had made it across. But when Ramirez left the child on the U.S. side to go back across to get his wife, the child jumped in the water after him.
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Celebrating Jaslyn, Cameron at Old Capitol

Gold - that was the color and it was everywhere and beautiful. It was tastefully incorporated into the humbling wedding invite I received and equally so in the ballroom of the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson last Saturday night where I celebrated with many others the wedding of Jaslyn (Langford) and Cameron Paschal.
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Political fallout aside, Biden’s ‘reach across the aisle’ premise is the pragmatic approach

Among most of his supposed 2020 Democratic presidential primary opponents – particularly those hitching their political wagons to the New Left – Joe Biden’s recent comments on the days when those with significant differences within their own parties and certainly with those in the opposing parties could reach out and work together for the common good have been denounced as political heresy and compared to “dog vomit.”
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A little politics, a lot of friends and family

“That’s not even enough for Tate to pave his driveway.” That was the line of the day, delivered by former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. who is running against Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican Primary for governor. Both were among the speakers at last week’s Mississippi Press Association (MPA) Convention in Biloxi.
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Fuel tax debate renewed with this year’s campaigns

Speaking to the Delta Council Annual Meeting in Cleveland recently, United Parcel Service chairman and chief executive officer David Abney – a Mississippi Delta native who leads the world’s largest package delivery company – strongly advocated increases in both federal and state fuel taxes to fund future highway construction and maintenance at a time when both national and state infrastructure stands in inarguable need to repair and improvement.
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Quiet time on the water, and with art I love

There weren’t a lot of words spoken, just as I like it. You could hear the water lapping the shore, an occasional duck in the distance, and feel the stare of a heron at the water’s edge. It seemed a million miles away and yet was just down the road.
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