Thursday, March 9, 2006


Fielder’s Choice
By Barry Burleson

‘Special’ salute

Special editions should indeed be special.

I’ve worked at newspapers where we published one or two special sections a month. I began to wonder why we called them “special.”

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Close to Nowhere
By Linda Jones

Ah, the life...

When you live in the country and your daughter has horses; life is never dull.

Our “new” baby horse, who is actually around 7-months-old now, is being weaned from his mama and he is not a happy camper!

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The Preacher’s Corner
By Rev. Dr. Milton Winter

Sunday night church service in Spanish

I confess I am the one person out of a thousand that likes Sunday night church. I grew up in a congregation that had evening services and have always missed them. I also know that most people do not share my affection in this regard, so I have never suggested the idea for my Holly Springs congregation.

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Due South
By Mark Entwistle
The Southern Reporter
Selkirk, The Borders Scotland

Looking for the sun in Scotland, while enjoying birthday

It was a special weekend for me, being my 44th birthday.

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Letter to the Editor

Fairer tax system:
Dear Editor:

Right now Mississippi has a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our tax system fairer for all our citizens.

The Legislature has agreed on a bill that will cut in half taxes on groceries, currently the highest tax on food in the nation, and raise the tax on cigarettes, currently the second lowest in the nation. The final version of the bill also wisely holds the municipalities harmless. In other words, all the tax revenue from the sale of groceries that would go to the municipalities under our old law, will continue to go to the municipalities under this bill.

This is a pro-family, common sense proposal. This bill will save Mississippi families hundreds of dollars a year on their grocery taxes. Everybody has to eat! We have more than half a million children in our state. We ought not to levy taxes on their milk and bread higher than the taxes in 49 other states.

I believe that there are two profoundly important reasons to support this bill:

1. To cut grocery taxes for working and retired Mississippians and their families.

2. To save the lives of thousands of Mississippians who will die from smoking and to save our state hundreds of millions of dollars in cigarette-related health care costs.

I commend our legislative leaders and members for passing this historic bill, and I urge Governor Barbour to sign it.


Eric Clark, Secretary of State

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