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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Canton Municipal Utilities may not seem like a big concern to Madison and Ridgeland residents, but if you flush a toilet west of Interstate 55, it probably will eventually — and trickle all the way down to County Line Road.

The political stink, to be sure, has the potential to be more foul than the stench of a sewage lagoon on a hot, humid August day in the Delta downwind.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 2:14-19
    John Bunyan’s classic work “Pilgrim’s Progress” is an allegory of the Christian journey by faith to the celestial city or heavenly city to be with God forever. Early in the story the pilgrim named Christian has a burden on his back that represents the weight of guilt and sin, but he loses it at the cross. He is subsequently greeted with peace, given new clothes, a scroll, and sets off on his journey that has many dangers, toils, and snares.
  • LOWRY/Is Trump a traitor, as Hillary says?
    Someone dares call it treason. Hillary Clinton used the occasion of the New York-area bombings to accuse Donald Trump of providing “aid and comfort” to ISIS.

    This speaks both to her desperation as polls show a tightening race and her foolish misunderstanding of what drives ISIS and other Islamic radicals.
  • TANNER/Much racial progress, more needed
    On September 24, the newest addition to the Smithsonian museum system will open on the Washington, D.C. mall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will tell a story that reminds us of both our failures as a nation and our unique promise and ability to rise above our baser instincts.
  • PERRY/The real puppeteer
    Political consultants Greg Brand and George Williams have pleaded no contest in the case of the anonymous mailer featuring caricatures of Madison’s mayor as a puppeteer during last year’s state election cycle.

    The duo last week entered no contest pleas to participating “in the authorship of and/or paying for and/or distribution of a printed campaign mailer” referencing elections “that did not bear upon the face thereof the name and the address of the author and of the printer and publisher thereof,” which is a misdemeanor under state law.
  • BROOKS/Dignity in working class
    A few weeks ago I met a guy in Kentucky who’d lived through every trend of deindustrializing America.

    He grew up about 65 years ago on a tobacco and cattle farm, but he always liked engines, so even while in high school he worked 40 hours a week in a garage. Then he went to work in a series of factories — making airplane parts, car seats, sheet metal and casings for those big air-conditioning fans you see on the top of buildings.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 2:11-13
    In this passage the apostle Paul issues a “trustworthy statement” which means words that are indubitable or certain. Many scholars think these words were stanzas of a hymn sung in the early Christian church. Paul gives them to us in the same way that Jesus would say “Truly, Truly I say to you.” These are words to pay very careful attention to.
  • DUNCAN/‘No Fear’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 12:4-7. The last time we looked at this book we were looking at verses 1 to 3 in which Jesus warns his disciples against the Pharisees’ hypocrisy. The subject of verses 4 to 7 is the fear of God versus the fear of man. But what does hypocrisy have to do with the fear of God?
  • With the Clintons, mistrust always pays.

    A couple of weeks ago, Hillary was yukking it up with Jimmy Kimmel over the absurdity of rumors that she was hiding something about her health. Look, she can open a pickle jar! That feels so long ago now that her campaign has admitted that she was indeed hiding something about her health — a pneumonia diagnosis late last week.
  • BROOKS/The avalanche of distrust
    I’m beginning to think this whole sordid campaign is being blown along by an acrid gust of distrust. The two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are remarkably distrustful. They have set the modern standards for withholding information — his not releasing tax and health records, her not holding regular news conferences or quickly disclosing her pneumonia diagnosis. Both have a problem with spontaneous, reciprocal communication with a hint of vulnerability.
  • PERRY/Options for President
    Three of the candidates for President or Vice President of the United States who qualified to be on the ballot in Mississippi are from Mississippi.

    All told, eight parties qualified: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for Democrats; Donald Trump and Mike Pence for Republicans; Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for Libertarians; Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka for the Greens; Jim Hedges and Bill Bayes for the Prohibition Party; Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley for the Constitution Party; Rocky De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg for the American Delta Party; and Barbara Dale Washer and Cathy Toole for the Reform Party of Mississippi. The State Board of Election Commissioners was scheduled to certify candidates for the ballot on September 14.
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