November 26, 2009
Another football season is in the books at the local level.
I’ve been on the sidelines covering high school football for about 25 years. I’ve never really considered it work.
I’ve been there when players and coaches have hoisted state championship trophies. I’ve been there through winless seasons, still giving the young athletes the coverage they deserve, and trying to uplift them through the pages of the newspaper because of their tireless efforts on the field.
Close to Nowhere
...to look a lot like Christmas!
Driving through the square Tuesday morning, I watched the guys from HSUD in the lift trucks (aren’t those called cherry pickers?) hanging the Christmas lights around the square. Made me happy!
The week of Thanksgiving is a good one for me, normally, and this year promises to live up to my expectations.
The Preacher’s Corner
“Go natural” and let the leaves lie
Sorting through old family photos is always fun, and I’ve been at it for the past couple of weeks. There are many photos of my grandmother (mother’s mother), but not a single one showing her in the activities I remember best. These were at her cooking in the kitchen, tending her beloved roses, and reading her Bible just before bed.
Wicker and Harper defend “In God We Trust”
Senator Roger Wicker and Representative Gregg Harper today announced they have signed a legal brief opposing a lawsuit aimed at removing the phrase “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance from the wall of the newly built Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C.
The Mississippi lawmakers joined 42 other U.S. legislators and the American Center for Law and Justice in filing a “friend-of-the-court” amicus brief urging the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin-based atheist group has challenged the constitutionality of using the word “God” in the new visitor center, which is located underground between the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court.
Letters To The Editor
Thank you, farmers:
As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we are all reminded of the numerous menu choices we have in our nation. We are seeing different challenges this year and, as a nation, we are confronted with some tough decisions as it relates to our overall economic situation.
It is easy to become complacent and fail to count every blessing we enjoy. I speak for the farm community when I say this has been one of the most trying years ever for those individuals who depend on agriculture for their livelihood. We have seen every imaginable swing in the weather patterns throughout Mississippi during this growing season.
We saw cold, wet temperatures in the early spring, which delayed planting for many of the crops that are vital to our economy. Once we passed the cold, wet season and many of the crops were in the ground, we saw an extended period of dry weather, which certainly delayed maturity and cut yields of those crops that we are all so dependent upon.
While we thought the drought ended with the rainfall we received in July, we never imagined that the rainfall would continue through our normal harvest dates. As a result, we have seen many crops lose from 30 to 80 per cent of their value simply because they were mature in the field and unable to be harvested in a timely manner.
As we begin this Thanksgiving season, we all need to be aware of how delicate our food supply is. We are all dependent on the weather to produce the crops we need to carry forward the domestic food supply that ensures our nutritious diets and, more than that, ensures our national security.
It is my hope that throughout this Thanksgiving season we will be reminded of the fact that those family farms that produce the bountiful supply are being challenged by circumstances beyond their control.
As we sit down to enjoy a festive treat on this Thanksgiving Day, let us remember to lift every farmer up in a special way to our Creator in hopes that they will be able to continue to produce those products that are essential to life as we know it.
From the field to the processor to the grocery shelf, there is no better producer than the American farmer.
I trust that we will all be mindful of the fact that our farmers are especially challenged this season but are resilient and will continue to produce that bountiful food supply that we as Americans enjoy.
May God bless America.
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