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Honoring Mr. Gault

Bobby Gault has been elected president of the Mississippi School Boards Association, capping a  areer in education that began with his election to the New Albany Schools Board of Trustees in 1976. His taking the helm of the state association brings recognition and honor, not only to Mr. Gault, but also to the New Albany […]

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The Wonder of youth gone

It’s another sign that our youth is gone. No, I haven’t acquired some new malady, or if I have, I don’t know it yet. No, I’m talking about the empty shelves where the Wonder Bread is supposed to be. And the Hostess Cup Cakes and the Twinkies. The demise of Hostess Brands was the result […]

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Sharing at Christmas

Thanksgiving is here, for many of us a time for family gatherings, turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. We hope at this time you will be thankful for what you have and also take a moment to share with others as we enter the holiday season. We are talking about the Gazette’s Sharing at […]

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Chaney pro-active

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has become something of an expert on an unlikely topic – creating a state health insurance exchange as outlined under the federal Affordable Care Act. The fact that a Republican elected official in Mississippi is among the national leaders in developing a plan to implement one of the key parts […]

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Thanksgiving ritual goes awry

Every year at Thanksgiving time we drive to the suburbs of Kansas City to spend the holiday with my sister, Donna, and her husband, Homer. It’s sort of a ritual. We do the same things every year. We arrive on Tuesday in time to get a late dinner at Houlihan’s, near where Donna and Homer […]

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Cleaning up our city

Another proposal designed to improve the look of New Albany is under consideration by the Board of Aldermen. Scott Dunnam, alderman at large, has asked the board to approve an ordinance to make it illegal to have upholstered furniture or mattresses sitting around on outdoor porches or patios. The ordinance would apply to furniture not […]

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Broadening horizons

We’re proud of the University of Mississippi and the way the Ole Miss administration and the great majority of its students have adopted the progressive views of a modern Mississippi and rejected the narrow, repressive ways of the past. That’s what makes the ugly incident on the campus election night so unfortunate. A group of […]

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Two magazines highlight week

It’s a big week here at the Gazette. We’re all a little tired, but a bit excited, too. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the election. After 45 years in the newspaper business, I don’t get too worked up about elections. Sometimes my choice of a candidate wins, sometimes he or she loses. […]

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Vigilance on schools

The 2013 Mississippi legislative session will not get under way until January, but already the state’s Republican leadership is beating the drum for raiding the public education treasury to create so-called charter schools. According to an Associated Press report, Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Republican legislative leaders appeared before hundreds of business […]

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Vote on Tuesday

Tuesday is election day across the country, but because Mississippi is not a “swing” state, we have missed (or been spared depending on your point of view) most of the national television ads in the presidential race. Mississippi, like most of the South, was penciled into the Republican column long before any nominee was selected. […]

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