Rescue the perishing

By CHARLIE SMITH,
Brother Tom Thurman has heard at night as he tried to sleep the cries of the starving pleading for food. He has seen men with pitchforks every morning load up the dead from the streets — 1,200 a week — to dump the corpses outside the city.




Court upholds parole ruling

By CHARLIE SMITH,

A state appeals court says a convicted murderer from Marion County is not entitled to a parole hearing every year.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled on Herman Barnes’ case Tuesday. It said a 2014 law requiring annual parole review does not apply to people convicted before that law was passed.




Light bulbs suddenly complex

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Am I the only person so dumb that I can’t buy a light bulb anymore without a good 15 minutes of pacing back and forth down the aisle at Walmart, Google searches and head scratching?

The old joke could be changed to say, “How many newspaper editors does it take to find a light bulb?” rather than change one.



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