Hoping for a return to school in fall

Granddaughter Addi Claire is ready to go back to school. I sure hope she can.
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Stennis legacy is challenged

The social and cultural ripples from the “Black Lives Matter” movement continue, from the amazing saga of the taking down of the Mississippi state flag to the ongoing debate over moving or removing monuments and changing building names on edifices named for individuals who don’t pass muster through the prism of racial justice.
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Path to flag change shows racial views evolve in life

Mississippi’s tense and emotional public debate of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the canton corner of the state flag evoked some of the more startling lessons of history regarding the evolution of racial views by individuals and by institutions.
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Proud of Sean and all our seniors

Standing on Carter Field in Vardaman listening to Sean Galloway give his valedictorian address at graduation last Thursday night was a rather proud moment. It was a night filled with them to be honest.
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Enjoyed weekend of hiking in the Ozarks

The foot-beaten path snaked up one side of the mountain, curving around giant rock formations and through towering white oaks and pines. With each step you could feel the elevation rising and occasionally catch a glimpse through the thick foliage of the distant landscape.
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State flag become an albatross around necks of our grands

It has been my experience over some 40 years of writing about public policy in Mississippi that we as a people are slow to change, even when embracing change would be to our certain benefit and obstinance about doing so is to our undeniable detriment.
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Bittersweet memories of the garden

Looking at the pictures of Bill Havens’ garden featured in this week’s CCJ evoked some bittersweet memories for myself.
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Canceled NCF is microcosm of COVID

Longtime readers of this column know of my deep and abiding affection for the Neshoba County Fair and the old-time political speaking under shade of the old oaks and the tin roof of the Founder’s Square Pavilion.
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Leadership at a premium in today’s world

“Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.”
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Unity March, rally felt different from past

At Saturday’s Starkville Unity March and subsequent rally on the campus of Mississippi State University, I watched and listened. I saw local white merchants bringing cases of bottled water and local white-owned restaurants dropping off food for organizers and the police. I saw many white business leaders, bankers, and civic club members participating in the march and staying for the rally.
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