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Steve Patterson: A Christian Democrat Speaks

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

  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 [Continue Reading]

“Just another dumb Southerner!” Steve Patterson opinion

September 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

“Only southerners have taken horsewhips and pistols to editors about the treatment or maltreatment of their manuscript. This – the actual pistols – was in the old days, of course, we no longer succumb to the impulse. But it is still there, within us.”         William Faulkner, The Sound and the [Continue Reading]

Indoor dogs and 4% rain: glad we dodged the other 96%

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

At NAnewsweb.com, we have recently acquired a dog. Until then, we rarely noted the weather, unless the sirens were blasting. Prissy strayed up to our home a few months ago, caught our attention by eating out of our front porch bird feeder and hung around for the several weeks it took us to decide we wanted a dog. A [Continue Reading]

“A Declaration of Conscience” revisited, by Steve Patterson

May 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

“The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul” ~ John Calvin History is a great teacher. We should learn its valuable lessons, but sadly we all too frequently do not. The only reason we are “doomed,” as Santayana said, to repeat history’s mistakes is either because no one was listening the [Continue Reading]

Billy Brewer: A tribute to My Friend, by Steve Patterson

May 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

When Billy Brewer was fired as Ole Miss football coach in 1994, he needed only a few months of continued state service to collect his retirement. I was serving as State Auditor, so I called my old friend and said, “Coach, don’t worry. You can come to work for me and get the time you need.” There was a long pause [Continue Reading]

Kratom: balm for opioid addicts or bane of law enforcement?

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

The kratom tree, specifically its glossy green leaves, has been used for centuries by Asians to boost energy, treat coughing, diarrhea, chronic pain and opium addiction. Kratom leaves Kratom, known in the scientific world as Mitragyna speciosa, is a member of the Rubiaceae family, which also includes coffee plants. [Continue Reading]
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