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Rant: What are the political beliefs of Christians?

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it possible to know the political beliefs of Christians as a whole? On Monday,  NAnewsweb.com posted Steve Patterson’s column in which he argues that the Democratic Party follows Christian beliefs more closely than the Republican Party. He’s a deep thinker and a good friend, learned, funny, generous [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]

Steve Patterson: Donald Trump and Lonesome Rhodes-Déjà vu?

September 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

 “Donald trump is a fraud and a phony ….. Donald trump has had several foreign wives. It turns out there really are jobs Americans won’t do.”     Mitt Romney, Republican Party Presidential nominee 2012   “Donald Trump is a pathological liar . He doesn’t know the difference between truth and [Continue Reading]

Democratic U. S. Senate runoff election Tuesday, June 26th

June 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Although Union County voters have seen little campaigning, the runoff election for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate will be Tuesday, June 26th. The runoff is between David Baria of Bay St. Louis and Howard Sherman, recently of Meridian. David Baria, Democratic candidate for US Senate. In the first [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]

Federal employees: the unconstitutional fourth branch of government?

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever the merits or outcome of the most recent battle, Trump/GOP Congress vs. FBI, it is merely the latest skirmish in a long war. It is a conflict that pits elected officials against career federal employees, entrenched, unaccountable, and generally un-fireable. The most notable early such fight came when Andrew [Continue Reading]

Flashlights and brown water, solving problems in New Albany

October 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

“You don’t have flashlights? You must be new here.” It was a late summer day in 2000. We were, indeed, new to New Albany, and our daughter was newly enrolled in the city schools. We’d arrived early at the high school auditorium, with perhaps 50 other sets of parents, for a band concert. Without so [Continue Reading]

City budget approval meeting chaotic, contentious, confusing

September 16, 2017 // 2 Comments

After months of tedious budget approval work and a sometimes contentious debate, New Albany aldermen approved a budget which increases spending in the coming fiscal year by $44,237. The New Albany Board of Aldermen approved the FY 2017-18 budget in a public meeting Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2017. State law requires [Continue Reading]

Political decisions: The stock and trade of government officials

September 11, 2017 // 1 Comment

The city board considered much routine business in its indecisive, four-hour meeting last week, but the sign ordinance and “speed bumps” were the memorable features. Two citizens appeared before the board asking that speed bumps be installed in their neighborhoods to slow down illegal, high-speed traffic. [Continue Reading]
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