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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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    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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      Letters to the Editor

      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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          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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                Letters to the Editor

                Patti C. Harris writes to say that, now with the budget crisis averted, it’s time to focus on excessive government regulations. (August 5, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  It’s not just the heat, it’s the apprehension

                  Is, as T.S. Eliot wrote, April the cruelest month. News Editor Jonathan Scott suggests it might actually be August because of all involved with starting school again. He takes a look at the concerns that parents have to help their children from pre-K through seniors in high school deal with this month every year. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Glynna McKendree writes to thank all involved for helping the “Stand Behind Those Who Stood In Front of Us” campaign reach its goal much earlier than expected, and to remind everyone that the project and others to honor veterans is still ongoing. (August 4, 2011, Page 4)

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