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We all agree welfare should be reserved for the truly needy and recognize the injustice of fraud and waste that steals resources intended for the poor.  It’s the same outrage we feel over the widow robbed at gunpoint or the foster child bullied out of his favorite toy. It is this sense of fair play that inspired me to introduce legislation this session aimed at assuring our welfare programs are not being taken advantage of by fraudsters and con artists.  
  • LOWRY/A 140-character flaw
    The Trump administration is in the throes of one of the greatest self-inflicted distractions of the modern presidency.

    The latest chapter comes from James Comey in his highly anticipated congressional testimony. The FBI director said that he has no information to support President Donald Trump’s infamous weekend tweets alleging he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama during the campaign. This was treated as a bombshell, although what would have been truly surprising is if he said Trump’s allegations had a sound factual basis.
  • MARCH 26, 1937

    Mr. Lewis Wilson, formerly with Moser Lumber Co. of Memphis, is now connected with the Henderson- Molpus Lumber Co. of this city as sales manager.

  • “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.                                                                                    —Jeremiah 17:7-8
    The text we are looking at this week reads: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” The Christian is to be deep in thought about the Lord. Watchmen were those who guarded a city at night. They longed for the morning light. The psalmist is not content to compare his longing after the Lord with one figure. He repeats it to show his hunger and thirst for the Lord was earnest.
  • BROOKS/Secular purism vs. religious
    Faith seems to come in two personalities, the purist and the ironist. Purists believe that everything in the world is part of a harmonious whole. All questions point ultimately to a single answer. If we orient our lives toward this pure ideal, and get everybody else to, we will move gradually toward perfection.
    The occasion of this psalm is a believer in distress. David’s prayer is that the Lord will give him relief from his distress (verse 1).  The word for distressed is to feel squeezed or compressed, like struggling to catch your breath. It is a significant trouble that has caused such distress. Some think the circumstance was Absalom’s rebellion against David. Whatever it was, as believers, we are given direction for the relief of distress, regardless of the circumstance.
  • LOWRY/The worst argument for Trumpcare
    Yet this is a Trump administration talking point. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters last week, “When we get asked the question, ‘How many people are going to get covered?’ that’s not the question that should be asked.” Pressed on the merits of the bill by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney shot back, “You’re worried about getting people covered.” As if that’s a woeful mistake.
  • MARCH 19, 1937

    Mr. F. L. Grubbs, county chairman of the Democratic Campaign Fund, states that he is in receipt of a communication from Mr. Everett Dix of the National Headquarters at Washington, D. C., thanking the people of this county for their splendid contributions in the campaign last summer and fall.
  • PERRY/Municipal elections
    The municipal elections most cities and towns in Mississippi hold this year can be as contentious as statewide races, and when it comes to everyday life, more important. An exhaustive look at all municipalities would be too extensive, but here is a snapshot of several of the races.
  • LOWRY/Battle for the free exchange of ideas
    At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally.

    In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car.
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