Rianna Gibbs Wilson
It was a quiet afternoon in the office as we prepared to put out the Christmas edition of The Columbian-Progress that day. What happened not long after lunch on Dec. 23, 2014, changed Columbia and me forever.
At 2:22 p.m., moments after tornado warnings had been issued, an EF-3 tornado touched down in the heart of our community.
Now into my third month in town, I feel like I’m officially a Columbian: I had my first documented encounter with a white squirrel.
My wife and I had spotted one scampering alongside our driveway several times when we arrived home, but we didn’t know the story and thought it was just an albino.
Several weeks ago I came upon a copy of a letter to the editor I submitted to The Columbian-Progress several years ago. Its text reflected my thanks and appreciation to the citizens of Marion County and the surrounding area for 25 years of support and confidence.
During the last few years, I have noticed an ever increasing amount of double-standard views on an also ever-increasing number of topics. The topic for my soapbox rant is the use of double standards in our tax system. There are a number of large corporations in our state that wish to announce their support for an increase in fuel tax.
The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared House Speaker Philip Gunn’s chief of staff to leave his full-time job but continue working for the state as a $10,000 per month contract worker while running a consulting business related to energy efficiency.
The devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused all over south Texas brings me to a dark place. Twelve years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit, I was living in Slidell, La., and I was one of the lucky ones. While the majority of the houses and businesses in Slidell were destroyed and flooded, my family’s home was untouched.