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Woman dies in Corinth house fire
by Mark Boehler
Jul 27, 2017 | 573 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The state fire marshall’s office is investigating a Wednesday night fire which claimed the life of a Corinth woman. Corinth Fire Department Training Officer Jerry Whirley told the Daily Corinthian the victim was 79-year-old Jeanine Davidson of 2212 Walnut Drive. She was found in the living room of her home on Walnut Drive in north Corinth shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene after a neighbor reported the fire at 7:19 p.m., said Whirley. The fire began in the living room area. When fireman arrived on the scene, fire was coming out of the home’s two front doors, he said. Cause of death was not known. “It is still under investigation,” said Whirley. The house was described as a single story, single family, 3,000-square-foot house. Five units and 13 firefighters responded to the fire.
Changing world brings changing views
by Wyatt Emmerich
Jul 27, 2017 | 87 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I find it amusing that a few people have commented on my political views, believing I have become less conservative.

Change is good. My mother used to say, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” But in fact, I have changed little in my views.

What has changed is the political leadership in the state. For decades, the Democratic Party dominated, making numerous bad decisions which I criticized. That made me appear pro-Republican.

Now the Republican Party is dominating the state, making numerous bad decisions, which I have criticized, making me appear pro-Democrat.

It’s not me that’s changed. I am doing the same thing I have always done – my job as a journalist, exposing bad policy and corruption. The only thing that has changed is the political party in power.

What I’d like to see in this state is competition. Competition is good. It drives excellence. Having one party dominate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, is not good. We need two competitive mainstream political parties that can serve as a check and balance on each other.

Unfortunately, race is standing in the way of this. We have devolved into essentially a black Democratic Party and a white Republican Party. This is about the worst possible result that could have happened.

Since African Americans make up only about 35 percent of the vote, such race/party affiliation will lead to a permanent domination by the Republican Party and all the corruption absolute power entails. Can you say “Kemper power plant?”

Meanwhile the African American Democratic Party will remain in a state of essential disenfranchisement, powerlessness, leading to alienation and eventual unrest.

It will take some charismatic leaders in the Democratic Party and some colossal failures in the Republican Party to turn this situation around. As voters, we need to be less ideological and more practical about our politics.

I don’t watch TV news. The blurting heads bore me. I’ve heard it all before.

I suppose I am lucky not to be a fanatic. Fanatics scare me. Fierce ideological adherence to any viewpoint typically leads to disaster, violence and tragedy. Just look at ISIS and the communists.

I felt sorry for the Obama haters and now I feel sorry for the Trump haters. It must be miserable to be so angry all the time.

Libertarians also scare me. I appreciate their faith in the free market, but their pursuit of ideological consistency can lead to some monumentally bad decisions.

My political ideology goes right back to the founding fathers of the United States. They were like the Beatles of political philosophy. The perfect group at the perfect time. There will never be another. The greatness of our country goes directly back to them.

Like George Washington, I am skeptical of political parties. I have always been registered as independent.

Balance of power, reliance on personal initiative, primacy of liberty, respect for the free market, appreciation of original sin, faith in God, international neutrality, decentralization of government . . . these were the cornerstones of the founding father’ political philosophy and they are likewise the cornerstones of my political philosophy.

There is a role for government, but when possible, the first solution should be to harness the power of the free market and personal initiative to achieve the objective.

For instance, I am glad we have a government for roads, law enforcement and national security. I am glad we have an anti-trust division to keep a huge corporate monopoly from capturing markets and stifling competition. Unfortunately, these days, Google and Facebook don’t have to worry much about that.

Just because I am for charter schools doesn’t mean I am anti-public schools. I am for competition and letting the best system prevail.

Same with the Kemper power plant. The problem there was no competition. We need to dismantle our archaic power grid monopoly and let competition prevail.

Where government has a legitimate role, it needs to do it well. Allowing our roads to crumble is a dereliction of governmental leadership. What a shame. It will end up costing five times more.

The government ought to focus on performing excellently the functions it has legitimate reason for undertaking. Likewise, the government should abstain completely from interfering in the parts of life in which it has no business being involved.

There is no monopoly on political insight. As a world, we are engaged in international on-the-job training. As the communists proved, rigid, centralized governments don’t work. But the moderate welfare states of Europe do, even though they may be too socialized for many Americans.

One has to be pragmatic. That’s my biggest criticism of the current state Republican leadership. By being one of 16 states that did not expand Medicaid, Mississippi has turned down a billion dollars a year for seven years running.

I don’t like socialized medicine, but it is the law of the land. In 1913 our country ratified the Sixteenth Amendment giving Washington D.C. the right to take our money. We are foolish not to accept it when they offer to give it back. The Republicans are putting ideology above their loyalty to Mississippi.

Unlike corporate subsidies, which hurt existing employers struggling to retain a limited number of skilled workers, federal Medicaid dollars are strictly upside, allowing our small-town hospitals, typically the town’s biggest employer, to grow.

The expanded Medicaid would have helped 300,000 Mississippians who work but struggle to make ends meet. These are the very people we need to keep in Mississippi. Now they are moving to other states where they can get better health care. For the first time in 50 years, our state has quit growing. Bad decisions do lead to bad results.

There is one position on which I am ideologically fervent: Liberty. When I see the thugs and dictators in China, Russia, Cuba, Zimbabwe and Venezuela, it makes my blood boil. Politics is one thing, freedom is another.

Did Trump make concessions to Putin?
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Jul 27, 2017 | 57 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print

At the recent G-20 meeting in Hamburg this month, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin met on the side with President Donald Trump for what they called an "informal" 15-minute session. Press reports indicate that they discussed "adoptions."

Presumably, this refers to the Russian ban on American adoptions of Russian infants that was enacted in 2012 to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions imposed by the Congress on Russians. The sanctions, called the Magnitsky Act, were voted to punish individual Russians who were complicit in the jailhouse murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who was arrested after exposing hundreds of millions of dollars of corruption by Putin.

At the time of the adoption ban, Russia was the third-most popular country for infant adoptions with almost 1,000 adoptions each year. Putin wants the Magnitsky Act repealed by Congress.

To say that Putin and Trump discussed "adoptions" is a euphemism for the fact that they likely talked about repealing the Magnitsky Act. Because Magnitsky's charges of corruption were personally leveled at Putin and perhaps because he might have been involved in the murder, the Russian leader has pushed hard for it repeal.

The push to weaken the Magnitsky Act interfaces with the charges that Trump and Putin conspired to fix the U.S. election. The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and her countryman, lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, both were hired as lobbyists for a foundation pushing for repeal of the Magnitsky Act. And they were also both present at the now famous meeting with Trump's son and also raised the issue of "adoptions" with him.

To add to the mix, Fusion GPS, the research and strategic intelligence firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump, also worked to lobby against the Magnitsky Act.

So we are driven to ask the question: Did Trump promise Putin to weaken -- or at least not expand -- the Magnitsky Act?

The fact that Putin's lobbyists raised the Magnitsky Act with Trump Jr., and that the dictator himself brought it up with the president, shows how important the question is to Putin personally. If Trump relented and gave in to Putin on the issue, it is a very big deal indeed.

The media, so far, has not penetrated beyond the description of the meeting as being about "adoptions" to get at the real issue beneath.

Bowen returns as board attorney
Jul 26, 2017 | 209 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Prentiss County School Board members welcomed a familiar face to the board table at the first meeting for their new board attorney. Richard Bowen of Iuka returned as board attorney at Monday’s regular meeting, taking the seat previously held by Bill Smith of Booneville. Bowen served as attorney for the board for several years until stepping down in June 2012 to take a position as an assistant district attorney. He has since returned to private practice. The board voted Monday to create a policy allowing principals to recommend to the superintendent a qualified instructor on their campus to serve as assistant principal. The superintendent would then make a formal recommendation to the board which must approve the appointment. Board member Sheila Johnson said she believes the procedure is necessary because only the superintendent is legally allowed to make a recommendation for a promotion or change in job requirements. The board agreed naming an assistant principal on each campus is needed in order to have a designated person to lead the school if an emergency were to arise while the principal is absent as well as to assist the principal with their regular duties as needed. The board accepted a Perkins Reserve Fund grant award of $19,300 for the Prentiss County Vocational School. Vo-Tech Director Kim English said the funds will be used to purchase several large and expensive pieces of equipment for the automotive program to allow students to work toward earning the nationally recognized ASE certification.
Booneville's McGrew wins Mississippi Miss Hospitality
Jul 26, 2017 | 38 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Hospitality is now home to the state’s Miss Hospitality. Booneville Miss Hospitality Emma Grace McGrew was crowned Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality Saturday night during the annual pageant in Hattiesburg, becoming the first from Booneville to win the state crown. McGrew, an 18-year-old Booneville High School graduate who begins school this fall at Northeast Mississippi Community College, won the crown over a field of 24 other contestants. She’ll spend the next year traveling the Magnolia State as goodwill ambassador sharing the state’s rich tradition of Southern hospitality. McGrew, the daughter of Paul and Rebecca Wood and the late Jeff McGrew, said she’s still absorbing the win and is excited about what the coming year holds. She’s been amazed and touched by the outpouring of support she’s experienced from the community. “I was so shocked at how many people from Booneville and the surrounding areas watched the pageant and whenever I finally got to my phone late that night I had hundreds and hundreds of people contacting me. It was absolutely crazy and I was so touched by how many people in Booneville have supported me so much,” she said. The newly crowned winner, who represented the Booneville Lions Club in the local pageant, said she became interested in Miss Hospitality locally because she wanted to be more involved with her community and her state. She’s loved her time as Booneville’s Miss Hospitality. “It was such a fun experience to be able to do ribbon cuttings and that sort of thing. I really just wanted to be able to serve and get involved,” she said. An accomplished student, McGrew is a Girl Scout Gold Award honoree, a Hall of Fame student at BHS, a 4-H club president and local advisory board member and has received numerous other honors and awards through an active academic and extracurricular career. She has her sights set on a career in dentistry as she begins working toward a degree in biology at NEMCC before she plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She said she hopes to be a role model for others, especially young girls, to look up to. “I want to be able to be an example that people could look up to. I think it’s really important to have role models in your life and I’ve had a lot of role models in my life that have taught me lots of great things,” said McGrew. The state pageant experience was more exciting and more fun than she had expected. It was the first time she had ever competed in this type of pageant and she didn’t know what it would be like, but the opportunity to meet the other contestants and take part in the pageant and all the activities leading up to it is one she won’t soon forget. “Everyone there was so sweet and so genuine. Even if I hadn’t won, it would still have been one of the best experiences of my life,” she said. “It was honestly the time of my life and I did not expect at all to walk away with the crown. That was just the icing on the cake.” After a brief vacation with her family, she’s ready to hit the ground running as one of the state’s most recognizable and active ambassadors. Up next are photo shoots, and a busy travel schedule that will take her to the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in September and Washington, D.C. in the spring along with numerous events throughout the state. “I cannot wait. I’ve set a goal that I want to go to all 82 counties during my year reigning,” she said. A meet and greet reception and autograph signing for McGrew is set for August 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the old Booneville Hardware building. McGrew will greet supporters from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by delivering her speech from the state pageant and a question and answer session.
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