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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]

Rural Mississippians Deserve Internet Service the Same as Anyone Else

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes,” but that isn’t what current state policy says. Internet service has become a necessity for modern life, but far too many Mississippians live [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: A Christian Democrat Speaks

October 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

  If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. –Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”   It came out of nowhere, like a stealth bomber dropping its payload on my unsuspecting self. “Hello, Mr. Patterson how are you?” she said as I stood in a Jackson book store [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]
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