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Steve Patterson: Soul-stirring voices in the Delta

July 2, 2019 // 1 Comment

“Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, ‘and behold the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the Wind ;and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after [More]

Steve Patterson on Senator Fritz Hollings: The last of the Mohicans

April 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

“I’m the last of the Mohicans.”      —South Carolina Senator Ernest “Fritz “ Hollings,        Farewell address to the United States Senate   The roar of the last of the old Southern Democrat lions of the United States Senate has been silenced. My friend and role model, Senator [More]

Steve Patterson: The day the music died

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

“I can’t remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride Something touched me deep inside The day the music died” — “American Pie,” Don McLean   Mama cried. I fought. Friday November 22, 1963. How the nation’s music went silent Steve Patterson An assassin’s bullet [More]

Steve Patterson on Ed Meek: Political correctness or political cowardliness?

September 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

“Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say anything they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.” –Winston S. Churchill “An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the first amendment.” [More]

Steve Patterson: Donald Trump and Lonesome Rhodes-Déjà vu?

September 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

 “Donald trump is a fraud and a phony ….. Donald trump has had several foreign wives. It turns out there really are jobs Americans won’t do.”     Mitt Romney, Republican Party Presidential nominee 2012   “Donald Trump is a pathological liar . He doesn’t know the difference between truth and [More]

“Just another dumb Southerner!” Steve Patterson opinion

September 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

“Only southerners have taken horsewhips and pistols to editors about the treatment or maltreatment of their manuscript. This – the actual pistols – was in the old days, of course, we no longer succumb to the impulse. But it is still there, within us.”         William Faulkner, The Sound and the [More]

Does John McCain’s death signal the end of the old Republican Party?

August 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

“Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash. Your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.”  [More]

Steve Patterson: The way we were – Brad Dye and the end of an Era

July 3, 2018 // 2 Comments

“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.”        Me and Bobby McGee                                      -Kris kristofferson Funerals appear on my schedule with alarming frequency these days. I have reached the age where so many of my friends have grown tired and weary, [More]

Billy Brewer: A tribute to My Friend, by Steve Patterson

May 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

When Billy Brewer was fired as Ole Miss football coach in 1994, he needed only a few months of continued state service to collect his retirement. I was serving as State Auditor, so I called my old friend and said, “Coach, don’t worry. You can come to work for me and get the time you need.” There was a long pause [More]

“Situation hopeless, but not impossible!”

February 13, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Steve Patterson   Dear Mr. President,   Steve Patterson, December 2015 I am a man of straightforward candor, so let me go ahead and clear the deck. I don’t like you. I have voiced my dislike for your bravado and otherwise distinctive “style,” both in writing and to any and all who sought [More]
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