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Freedom of Conscience bill is being misrepresented

Forest Thigpen, guest columnist If all the things being said by the opponents of HB 1523 were true, I would be against it as well. But they are not. Some opponents of the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” including Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Sam Hall, make the outlandish assertion that this bill would allow […]

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Jim Crow days are here again

By Rheta Grimsley Johnson Jim Crow days are here again, in Mississippi, this time segregating gays and lesbians from fine, God-and-diversity-fearing citizens. But this latest mossback move to keep business at bay and our poor image intact might not stand. Why? Because some employers with big payrolls don’t like it. To paraphrase the Bible, a […]

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Read the entire ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act’ here

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE 2016 Regular Session To: Judiciary B By: Representatives Gunn, Arnold, Bounds, Carpenter, Gipson, Shirley, Boyd, Eubanks House Bill 1523 (As Sent to Governor) AN ACT TO CREATE THE “PROTECTING FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE FROM GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATION ACT”; TO PROVIDE CERTAIN PROTECTIONS REGARDING A SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION FOR PERSONS, RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS […]

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Garden show helps community ‘grow’

The New Albany Home and Garden Show this past Saturday benefitted from the cool, sunny weather early but it was likely the two dozen or so individual events that drew visitors. The comprehensive array of speakers covered flowers, vegetables, ways to raise them, how to deal with pests and even new ways to display (or […]

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Blessed to have two excellent role-model moms

By Lisa Brant I have been blessed in my life with two great role models of what a Christian woman, wife and mother should be and they were very different women. My mother was a strong, progressive, vibrant woman who died at age 69. She taught me how to stand on my own, to think […]

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Where in the world is Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Regular readers of this page know this space is usually occupied by a Rheta Grimsley Johnson column. She has been a favorite writer of ours since her days at the Memphis Commercial Appeal, with her unique Southern, sometimes romantic, perspective. Occasionally she will tackle a tough subject but this week she took a particularly hard […]

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Give ‘green thumbs up’ to NA garden show

New Albany is host to several public events during the year, most of them entertainment-oriented. One of the most successful, however, is different. For the past eight years the Union County Master Gardeners, with the Union County Extension Service, have held a spring home and garden show. While there are entertainment events during the show, […]

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UNITE and United Way are good pair for improving community

This past week we touted the value the UNITE Foundation has for Union County. Thursday night the organization handed out more than $20,000 to local agencies who work to improve the quality of our lives here. We noted that UNITE exists on the contributions of civic-minded individuals who have the best interests of Union County […]

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Garden show has useful information for novice and pro alike

By Lisa Bryant In today’s paper you will find the Green Magazine. In the front pages of the magazine you will find the calendar of events for the Garden Show. If you have never attended a Garden Show, you are missing a treat. Yes, it is put on by Master Gardeners, but don’t let that […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding Another year!! How is it possible? I hear the steady, routine click of my cuckoo clock, and the seconds sound deliberate but not rushed. Yet I observe the days and months – even years and they are oiled and greased with a time-sensitive WD-40. Now a year’s planning ahead is not extreme […]

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