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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
“Vote fraud is an equal opportunity election stealer. A fraud free election process would benefit black candidates as well as white candidates,” said Gov. Kirk Fordice, responding to the idea that voter ID was insensitive to African-American voters. The Republican Fordice had won reelection in 1995 against Democratic Secretary of State Dick Molpus who was soft on voter-ID. Nearing the end of his second term, Fordice continued to push for the ballot security measure and was willing to sign the federal “Motor Voter” (National Voter Registration Act) bill – which he had long opposed - into law if the legislature attached voter-ID to it. The Democratic controlled legislature refused. He vetoed the bill.
  • LOWRY/No one owns science
    Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe.

    Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and in the spirit of the Women’s March opposing President Donald Trump back in January.
  • APRIL?3, 1937

    Mrs. H. T. Key of Philadelphia has been appointed to serve as State Chairman of the Mississippi Better Homes Committee. Mrs. Key’s appointment to this important post was made from the National Offices of Better Homes in America at Purdue University.
  • BROOKS/How to leave a mark
    Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy.

    Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.”
  • LOWRY/No, Trump is not a neocon
    With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy?

    His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, and his interventionist critics shouldn’t get too excited. What has been on offer so far is broadly consistent with the Jacksonian worldview that is the core of Trump’s posture toward the world.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:32-56
    In this passage Matthew gives us an account of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to see Christ’s glory in this. The foundation of the Christian religion, the ground of all our hopes in salvation, is the revelation of God by Christ. We must not forget Jesus on the cross did not cease to be God when he became man. By taking upon himself human nature, Christ reveals infinite humility and love.
  • BROOKS/This age of wonkery
    If you were a certain sort of ideas-oriented young person coming of age in the 20th century, it was very likely you would give yourself a label and join some movement. You would call yourself a Marxist, a neoconservative, a Freudian, an existentialist or a New Deal liberal.

    There would be certain sacred writers who would explain the world to you — from Jung to Camus, Dewey or Chesterton. There would probably be a small magazine where the doctrines of your sect would be hammered out.
  • LOWRY/The Russian stooge
    The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.  

    How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geopolitical foe? Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels?
  • APRIL 16, 1937

    Mr. E. V. Tidwell announces that constructions has begun this week on the bulk wholesale plant being established in this city by the Lion Oil Refining Co. of Eldorado, Arkansas.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:11-31
    Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the grave this week. Every Lord’s Day is a celebration of our Lord’s victory over death, but we especially have the death and resurrection of Christ in view this week. Someone once said that the fact of the resurrection is the “center of the center, the real heart of Christianity.” The truth of it stands or falls with the resurrection.  The principles we find in this passage about Jesus on trial before his death are weighty because the resurrection proves their verity.
  • BROOKS/Go for a win on opioids
    The health care bill failed. The odds of successful tax reform are remote, and in any case an actual proposal is months away. If we lived in a normal country our president would use the current moment to try to get a win — to try to pass something that would help people, demonstrate that Washington can function and rebuild his brand.
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