Commentary

Yes, it is that serious

Please take time to read the editorial piece at right.  I’ve never met the writer, Susan Rowell, but I’ve had plenty of experience with the National Newspaper Association.  Believe me, when they send out an editorial release like this, a critical point has been reached. As if we don’t already have enough mountains to climb…

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Railroad ties us together

In the interesting article on the next page, you’ll find some little-known facts about the railroad that runs through Copiah County.  For over 150 years the rail line has tied our communities together in this county and with many others along the way. Rail travel made industrialization possible and served as the lynchpin in our…

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Oh so close

The Hazlehurst Lady Indian basketball team’s near miss against Independence in the state 3A tournament semifinals in Jackson last week ended a breathtaking run that captivated Copiah County. Reaching that far in the state tournament may not have been on many folks’ radars in the past few weeks, and we learned as time went on…

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They’ve done what so many couldn’t

Thirty years ago this month I stepped off the basketball court for the final time as a Copiah Colonel, unable to get out of the first round of the south state AAA playoffs for the third year in a row.  Many times I’ve wondered that if we could’ve gotten past that first round at all,…

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Print remains most trusted media

I came across an article the other day that pitted print advertising versus digital advertising and included several noteworthy statistics about which is more trustworthy.  (www.insights4print.ceo/2017/02/reality-check-on-digital-advertising-vs-print/).  Surveys continue to show that ads in printed newspapers and magazines overwhelmingly are more trusted than ads on websites and social media, 54 percent to 16 percent, and draw…

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What shall we decide now?

So, the Copiah County Courthouse, which was renovated in the last decade, is enduring another round of water leaks caused by rain.  The third floor was said to have been “a lake” by one courthouse worker during the rainy morning of November 10, when the Chamber hosted Veterans Day ceremony in the courtroom upstairs.  All…

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Legal notices should remain in the paper

HB 1131, the bill to allow local governments to choose whether they continue publishing public notices in local newspapers or instead post to a “free, publicly accessible” website, should die an immediate death in the state legislature. First of all, this newspaper, like dozens of others around the state, uploads all legal to a site…

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I’m not sold on it

An article on Britain’s Daily Star news website claims that driverless cars–and artificial intelligence (AI)–will wreak havoc on employment and leave up to a third of the population without jobs in the near future (https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/675693/artificial-intelligence-self-driving-cars-unemployment-jobs-subhash-kak).  AI is a burgeoning technology that seeks to create machines that think and act like humans.  In some line factories…

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Why do it?

I had a good conversation with Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley on Monday morning.  Chief Swilley called me about a misdemeanor crime that is plaguing Hazlehurst–and truly Copiah County.  Though I could not see him through the phone line, I could tell by the tone and tenor of his voice that he was just about…

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Make this one your top priority in ‘18

So, everyone is beginning to think about resolutions for the new year, things we want to change about ourselves or things we might can do better. One resolution we all need to make and stick to for 2018 is to keep our money in our own communities by strengthening our shopping effort with local merchants,…

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