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Freedom Fest took teamwork

By LORI WATTS,

Monday morning, following the success of Freedom Fest on Saturday, I read an article by Quint Studer, author of “Building A Vibrant Community.” Entitled “Freedom Takes Teamwork,” he applied lessons from the way the founding fathers of the United States worked together toward independence and the formation of our country to how communities today



Civil forfeiture too flawed

By BRETT KITTREDGE,

Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to confiscate property on the grounds that it is connected to a crime — without ever convicting someone of the crime. In court, a lower burden of proof applies in these civil cases than in criminal cases, even when valuable property such as the vehicle you drive to work is at stake.



No easy fix to border woes

By SID SALTER,

STARKVILLE — The haunting photo of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, on the banks of the Rio Grande at Matamoros, Mexico has now — for good or ill — become the face of the immigration debate in America.


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Biden’s remarks practical

By SID SALTER,

STARKVILLE — Among most of his supposed 2020 Democratic presidential primary opponents — particularly those hitching their political wagons to the New Left — Joe Biden’s recent comments on the days when those with significant differences within their own parties and certainly with those in the opposing parties could reach out and work together



Planning to beat cancer

By CHARLES CORDER,

MADISON – A year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. Not an anniversary worth celebrating. Next month, I hope to reach an anniversary worth celebrating.

My health has been in decline the last few years, although it wasn’t always obvious, even to me. I was having problems walking at times. I had vision problems, too.


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