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David Smith writes to take note of the ongoing conflicts between politicians with one side seeming to oppose the other regardless of the issue, and he urges all to drop their rigid ideology and work for the good of all. (August 12, 2011, Page 4A)

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    ‘The Help’ shouldn’t sell us warm, fuzzy nostalgia

    Local columnist Deidra Jackson is a little suspect about the book and movie, “The Help,” after reading some of the reviews, and she talks with someone – her mother – who lived the life as a housekeeper decades ago for a different perspective. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Jan H. Robertson writes to remind readers of another election going on, one where they can vote with their dollars for Marti Stark in the “Dance Like the Stars” event that will help raise funds for the local Boys & Girls Club. (August 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Interstate barriers – the best answer for safety

        Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at a new system designed to make highways safer – barriers in the median that include posts and cable. He looks into the cost and wonders if there might not be better ways to spend money or to make traveling safer. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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          Jim Reeves writes to ask if golf can be subsidized in the same way that tennis supporters are requesting the city, county and university to build more tennis courts. (August 10, 2011, Page 4)

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            What Angels Eat

            Mark Twain said the Southern watermelon is king of all fruits, and local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the delicious melon – including a lesson he learned about picking the best ones out at the Farmers’ Market. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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              Cal Bowen writes to say that the real cost of public debt is the interest that has to be paid more so than reckless spending. (August 9, 2011, Page 4)

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                For variety and good eatin’, consider Mr. Catfish

                Perhaps you recall Bubba Blue telling Forrest Gump all the ways shrimp could be cooked and served. Shrimp has nothing on one of our local products – Mississippi pond-raised catfish – as Editor Don Whitten writes in a column about catching and eating the fish that’s being honored this month. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Scores up in state, future promising

                  With school back in session, Mississippi Department of Education board chairman Charles McClelland writes a guest column to note the improvement in test scores from last year and to say that even better things are expected this year in Mississippi. (August 8, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Movies are movies – but Cruise as Reacher?

                    Loyal readers of best-selling author Lee Child’s series featuring tough guy Jack Reacher must be a bit surprised to hear that Tom Cruise has been picked to play the character in an upcoming movie based on one of the books. Editor Don Whitten says he can’t picture the 5-foot-7 Cruise as the 6-5, 250-pound Reacher he’s been following in Child’s books. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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