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November 28, 2012

Rarely will you read a column of mine that advocates 1. An expansion of federal government power and 2. A tax increase. This one, however, does advocate these.
The Constitution grants Congress and the federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce. The vast majority of Internet purchases fit into the category of interstate commerce.

November 16, 2012

Ole Miss alumni in the northeastern United States have continued to extend hope to their surrounding communities two weeks after the devastation from Hurricane Sandy.
A couple Ole Miss graduates currently live in the Northeast and experienced the effects of Hurricane Sandy firsthand but wanted to help others.

Ole Miss alumni in the northeastern United States have continued to extend hope to their surrounding communities two weeks after the devastation from Hurricane Sandy.
A couple Ole Miss graduates currently live in the Northeast and experienced the effects of Hurricane Sandy firsthand but wanted to help others.

November 15, 2012

Dear Editor,

I would like to say that the events of last week with the race riots and racial slurs spoken in response to the re-election of President Barack Obama were a painful reminder of one thing: Racism still exist.  I know, being a native Mississippian, that racism still exist there, but for it to happen at Ole Miss is just downright sickening.

November 12, 2012

The tone of the “political” get-together on campus Tuesday night was far too serious for my taste — we all should have been dancing.

November 12, 2012

I understand that it’s been a little while since the smoking ban has been in the news, but let us revisit it once more. I find it critical to point out a few more things that have failed to be addressed in this newspaper, and I’m going to start from square one: health.

November 12, 2012

 
Some perspective is required when thinking about where the 2012 Ole Miss team realistically is in the aftermath of Saturday’s 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt that clinched bowl eligibility for the Commodores and put the Rebels’ bowl hopes on hold for at least another week. 

 
Some perspective is required when thinking about where the 2012 Ole Miss team realistically is in the aftermath of Saturday’s 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt that clinched bowl eligibility for the Commodores and put the Rebels’ bowl hopes on hold for at least another week. 
 
Ole Miss has made significant progress under head coach Hugh Freeze, but there are some things that are beyond a coach’s control. 
 
Depth, for example, is one of them. 
 

November 11, 2012

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) and the Black Law Student Association will be volunteering at the Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford for its annual Veterans Day ceremony today from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) and the Black Law Student Association will be volunteering at the Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford for its annual Veterans Day ceremony today from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Katelyn Harrell, LSSB chair of community service and third-year law student, said the idea for the law students to serve the veterans came from a friend.

“One of my friends, Rebecca Wilks, had just said ‘Hey, I’d really like to see us do something with the Veterans,’” she said.

November 8, 2012

Dear Editor,

There will be lots to say about the events on campus on election night over the coming days... and years. As the University of Mississippi seemingly proves that it is indeed the backwards and racist place the rest of the nation believes it to be, I am ashamed and disgusted. That this incident should fall on the 50th anniversary of integration and the 1962 riot only makes it worse. This will not soon be forgiven or forgotten. And it’s a crying shame.

November 8, 2012

In one word, I was shocked.
Shocked like so many other members of the Ole Miss family — students, alumni, faculty and staff — when I woke up Wednesday morning to the news that protests had occurred on campus in the wake of President Obama’s re-election. But as I read articles, Facebook posts and Twitter feeds documenting the blatant use of racial slurs towards not only the president, but other Ole Miss students, my shock turned into anger. And my anger turned into shame.

November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

November 7, 2012

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

“It’s an exciting night for all our supporters, and it appears I’ll be going back to Washington,” Nunnelee said last night after the election.

November 6, 2012

Election Day has arrived, and while the polls are open for voting, the work for the employees at the County Circuit Clerk's Office is far from over.

Election Day has arrived, and while the polls are open for voting, the work for the employees at the County Circuit Clerk's Office is far from over.

Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Baretta Mosley believes that voter turnout for this year's election will be high.

“Usually our absentee ballots are an indicator for the number of voters and our absentee numbers are up a couple of hundred from four years ago,” Mosley said.

November 5, 2012

Presidential Candidates Barack Obama, Joe Biden: http://www.barackobama.com/ Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan: http://www.mittromney.com/ Virgil Goode, Jim Clymer: http://www.goodeforpresident2012.com Gary Johnson, James P. Gray: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala: http://www.jillstein.org Barbara Dale Washer, Cathy Toole: NO WEBSITE FOUND United States Senate candidates Albert N. Gore, Jr.: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Albert_N._Gore,_Jr. Roger F.

November 1, 2012

I love it for many reasons. I love it because it helps me expand my knowledge of others’ opinions, I love it because it helps me understand the arguments for and against my own opinions, and I love it because it opens my mind to opinions different from my own and from those of my friends.
I am an avid reader of Reason magazine, an unabashedly libertarian magazine based out of D.C.

November 1, 2012

Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin is retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2013. Martin has held the chief position for almost six years, after replacing previous Chief Steve Bramlett in September of 2007. Martin was Bramlett’s assistant chief until Bramlett retired in June 2007.

Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin is retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2013. Martin has held the chief position for almost six years, after replacing previous Chief Steve Bramlett in September of 2007. Martin was Bramlett’s assistant chief until Bramlett retired in June 2007.

“I decided to retire back in April of this year,” Martin said. “OPD has some really good folks working for them. It is very family-oriented, and we are all like a family here at OPD.”

October 30, 2012

A lantern release tonight at 8:15 p.m. will allow University of Mississippi students to pay respects to and remember three students who were killed one year ago today, showing that the boys’ legacy at Ole Miss has not faded.

A lantern release tonight at 8:15 p.m. will allow University of Mississippi students to pay respects to and remember three students who were killed one year ago today, showing that the boys’ legacy at Ole Miss has not faded.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Sam Clayton Kelly, Walker Kelly and Mason Wilbanks were killed in a one-vehicle accident on their way back to Oxford after surprising their families with a weekend trip home to Madison.

October 30, 2012

 
Last year in my weekly opinion column, I frequently wrote in support of Gov. Mitt Romney. I truly believed he was the best candidate in the presidential race, but perspective changes, and I was wrong. Throughout his career, the GOP primary and the general election, Gov. Romney has consistently proven himself unfit to be president of the United States and incapable of – or unwilling to — unite our divided nation.

October 29, 2012

The Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce graduated 19 young leaders last week from its annual eight- month leadership development program, Leadership Lafayette.

The Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce graduated 19 young leaders last week from its annual eight- month leadership development program, Leadership Lafayette.

Denson Hollis of the The University of Mississippi Foundation recently graduated from Leadership Lafayette.

October 29, 2012

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of integration at Ole Miss this year. This anniversary happens to take place four years after the nation watched the man who would become the first black president debate his opponent right here in Oxford. We should all take a moment to appreciate just how far our nation and community have come.
We’ve evolved dramatically in the past several decades but the growth has not come without pains. This university had to endure riots, tens of thousands of National Guard soldiers and the loss of two lives before accepting integration.

October 29, 2012

Rebels for Christ (RFC) is a campus ministry organization at The University of Mississippi and has been an active participant in campus ministry life since 1961. Student involvement with RFC varies from year to year and has more than 100 members, 80 percent of whom are undergrads.

Rebels for Christ (RFC) is a campus ministry organization at The University of Mississippi and has been an active participant in campus ministry life since 1961. Student involvement with RFC varies from year to year and has more than 100 members, 80 percent of whom are undergrads.

October 29, 2012

By and large, Amnesty International does good work. They represent the downtrodden and oppressed all over the world and bring attention to otherwise unknown human rights violations. Having said that, in a case currently before the Supreme Court, Amnesty International may have unintentionally blocked future plaintiffs from bringing cases about the U.S. government’s use of warrantless wiretapping.

October 26, 2012

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee defended attacks on Congress and continued his campaign to repeal “Obamacare” Thursday in a debate with the Democratic challenger Brad Morris at The University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee defended attacks on Congress and continued his campaign to repeal “Obamacare” Thursday in a debate with the Democratic challenger Brad Morris at The University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.
The candidates were questioned by a panel of local journalists including Emily
Le Coz of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Jon Scott of the Oxford Eagle,
Sandra Knispel of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Jennifer Nassar of The Daily Mississippian.

October 24, 2012

A few weeks ago, I filled out my absentee ballot at the Madison County Courthouse. On the ballot was a race for Mississippi Supreme Court justice. In the weeks since then, I have noticed quite a bit of campaigning for that race.
The more that I think about this race, the more it concerns me. For starters, the incumbent, Bill Waller Jr., is the chief justice of Mississippi. This means it is possible for Mississippi’s top state judge to lose his seat this November.

October 24, 2012

Dear Editor,

Sometimes policy problems can be resolved at a low cost, sometimes installing a stop light could go far in making our lives safer. I’ve seen countless accidents at the intersection between Thacker Heights Drive and Highway 6, near Waller Funeral Home. The intersection is the only access to the city of four major neighborhoods, so heavy traffic enters the ramp into an equally heavily trafficked highway. People are distracted and don’t expect other motorists to stop at the yield sign, and thus rear-end.