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Steve Patterson: Hanging out with some very old Jews

September 25, 2019 // 3 Comments

“America’s public policies of the last 6 decades have not only ignored poverty, but criminalized it!” –Steve Patterson I have been spending a lot of time with friends lately, a motley crew of old Jews. Not high school or college buddies, or bird hunting or fishing pals, nor even my old political [More]

Steve Patterson: The Evil in us all

September 13, 2019 // 2 Comments

Have you seen Evil lately? Do you know where it lives? How big it is? Is it educated or illiterate, rich or poor, gregarious or bashful? Is it Muslin, Christian, or Jew? Is it hideously ugly or stunningly beautiful? What color is Evil? Is evil something we are, or something we do, or something we do not do? Isolated [More]

MS Hospital Association’s “Mississippi Cares”

August 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Timothy H. Moore President/Chief Executive Officer Mississippi Hospital Association (MADISON, MS – August 16, 2019) Vice President Pence, when he was Governor of Indiana, enacted a conservative brand of Medicaid reform for his state. The Mississippi Hospital Association, at the request of Governor Bryant last fall, [More]

Steve Patterson: Sundays on Grandma’s porch

August 9, 2019 // 1 Comment

With a nod to William Faulkner and O. Henry, guest author Steve Patterson recalls poignant lessons learned on Grandma’s porch.   I well remember my grandmother getting up so early Sunday mornings the sun was not even up, so the horizon was just awakening with the slightest glimmer of red, a dash of orange [More]

Steve Patterson: “Who’d a thunk it?”

August 2, 2019 // 1 Comment

  “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics will not take an interest in you.” –Pericles   Back in the day, when someone stated the obvious, a frequent response was “who’d a thought it” or, even more likely, “Who’d a thunk it?” That old phrase [More]

Steve Patterson: Truth and setting the record straight

July 18, 2019 // 3 Comments

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.” –William Faulkner Truth is elusive. Truth is increasingly rare and, therefore, extremely valuable. Truth is scarce and never simple. It is not ours to choose, nor is it dependent on our own [More]

Steve Patterson: Soul-stirring voices in the Delta

July 2, 2019 // 2 Comments

“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]

Trees along city roadways: Guest Opinion by Johnny Anderson

March 7, 2019 // 4 Comments

TREES, TREES, TREES Please allow me to explain my position on trees along roadways within the city limits of New Albany. I was born in the country, am a country boy at heart and love trees. I have climbed, cut, sawed, split, cleared, burned and anything else you can imagine related to trees and tree limbs. I am not [More]
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