Marijuana could get legs in 2020

STARKVILLE – Almost 40 years of covering Mississippi government and politics suggests to me that an election year isn’t the best time to enact something as controversial as legalizing medical marijuana.
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Reconnecting with some Clinton Arrows

The Arrows blew their opening chance and then got a tough call from the refs. Things went downhill from there, but “Migi” Vazquez, “Chepe” Guerrero and myself enjoyed it nonetheless.
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A dreaded whistle; time to go forward

It was a sound I knew was coming sooner or later, but despite my best efforts I just couldn’t prepare for it.
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Thompson statements noteworthy on border debate with Trump

Mississippi 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson has been an unapologetic liberal on social issues for the whole of his long congressional career and that stance has certainly applied to issues surrounding immigration.
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Good friends, a nice honor for Lisa, CCJ

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” That quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is taken somewhat out of context in terms of my current state with the recent loss of my wife Lisa, but it captured the moment for me after last Saturday’s annual MLK banquet in Pittsboro.
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Perry was a jovial, loyal force

STARKVILLE – State Rep. Felix Edwin “Stump” Perry was one of the most effective legislators in the long history of the Mississippi House, but it was the style with which Ed carried out his legislative duties that made Ed’s passing last week at age 76 statewide news.
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Ellie and Cirque du Soleil a unique combination

Sandwiched between a couple of birthday parties over the weekend, my granddaughters Addi Claire, Ellie Kathryn and I took in the Cirque Du Soleil show “Crystal” in Tupelo Saturday evening.
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New book provides accurate account of integration

STARKVILLE – School desegregation in Mississippi was a tough, messy and often a very dangerous business.
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Grandkids, dogs happily shrink bed

I was clinging to the very edge of the bed, so much so that a sneeze would drop me to the floor, but I was content. That’s because granddaughter Addi Claire was squeezed in tightly on my other side. Granddaughter Ellie Kathryn was stretched out beside her and on her left was step-daughter Jo Ellen’s long and lanky dog Sir. Across all our feet was my big, yellow Lab Charlie, who tends to roll back and forth on his back as he sleeps.
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Relevant realities with my 60th

STARKVILLE – Longevity runs in my family on both sides. My father lived to a few weeks shy of 76 years. My mom made it 82 years. My grandmothers lived to be 93 and 101 respectively. One grandfather died at 76 and the other at 81.
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