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Steve Patterson: The day the music died

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

“I can’t remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride Something touched me deep inside The day the music died” — “American Pie,” Don McLean   Mama cried. I fought. Friday November 22, 1963. How the nation’s music went silent Steve Patterson An assassin’s bullet [Continue Reading]

Steve Patterson: A Christian Democrat Speaks

October 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

  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]

“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]

“Situation hopeless, but not impossible!”

February 13, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Steve Patterson   Dear Mr. President,   Steve Patterson, December 2015 I am a man of straightforward candor, so let me go ahead and clear the deck. I don’t like you. I have voiced my dislike for your bravado and otherwise distinctive “style,” both in writing and to any and all who sought [Continue Reading]
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