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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:00 PM
The following editorial appeared in The Neshoba Democrat on Sept. 19:

The three women sentenced to 25 years in prison after they confessed to stealing at least $1.3 million from Neshoba County taxpayers in an elaborate overtime scheme will serve the remainder of their time in the comfort of their own homes, a special judge initially appointed in the case has ruled.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 5:2-3
    In our passage we see Pharaoh’s response to the command of the Lord to “Let my people go.” This is an offensive thing to Pharaoh for several reasons. This would set Israel’s God as a rival to the Egyptian gods beginning with Pharaoh himself who was regarded as a god. Pharaoh did not want any other gods before him.
  • BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE/Remember Me: Part 1
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. In the last passage that we read in Luke, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” In this passage, Jesus forgives a criminal and assures him of everlasting life. Even on the cross, Jesus is ministering His saving work. Even as He dies for the sins of the world, He is concerned about the heart of a convicted criminal who is dying the same awful death that He is dying. And in this wonderful exchange, this unique exchange recorded for us only by Luke, I want us to see three things. We will look at two of them this week, and we’ll look at the last one next week.
  • LOWRY/Trump ‘won’ the Emmys
    Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards.

    The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” won eight Emmys on Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal America that the show tells us something about the Trump era.
  • EDITORIAL/Fair warning at the U.N.
    The Washington Times said in an editorial on Sept. 20:

    No more globaloney. That was the enduring message President Trump had Tuesday for the United Nations. He gave it to the delegates with the bark on, but tempered with just enough of the butter they’re accustomed to hearing from their indulgent betters.
  • BUCHANAN/Who truly imperils our free society?
    “The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.”

    Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed.
  • DUNCAN/Father, forgive them
    Turn to Luke 23:32-38. This brief section describes the beginning of the crucifixion itself, and it's very interesting that, as to the details of what Jesus underwent physically on the cross, Luke tells us this in three words: “They crucified Him.” We know something of the physical torment that people went through who were crucified, but Luke doesn't draw our attention to that. He does draw our attention to other things, and I want you to be on the lookout for them.
  • LOWRY/Dems alluring to Trump for now
    President Donald Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer.

    Trump sided with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last week on an agreement to extend the debt ceiling for three months. The Republican leadership in Congress wanted a longer extension,
  • BUCHANAN/Tribalism marches on!
    Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play.

    Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991.
  • EDITORIALS/The price of minimum wage
    The Washington Times said in an editorial recently:

    It’s easy to be generous with someone else’s money. Politicians get away with it because the average American does not understand fundamental economics. Raising the minimum wage by law is popular because many people think no one has to pay the costs. When someone posts a reminder of how the world works, the ignorant scream.
    Many years ago I recall watching the Disney cartoon Robin Hood. The character Alan-a-Dale was a minstrel whose voice was Roger Miller. I can still remember the words in the song of lament he sung over the dismal conditions at one point in Nottingham: “Every town has its ups and downs; sometimes the ups outweigh the downs; but not in Nottingham.”
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