Thomas Bedwell, 87... READ MORE
“Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.”
— Psalm 82:3
Our forefathers tried to carry out that command by implementing the Sixth Amendment. It requires, among other things, “the assistance of counsel” for people accused of crimes.
STARKVILLE – During a quiet dinner here at a usually packed downtown restaurant rendered nearly vacant by spring break, I had an opportunity to break bread with one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in American politics in the last half-century – Karl Rove.
Almost two years ago I visited my hometown of Kent, Ohio. One Sunday as I walked into church, there was an old familiar face. Time had dimmed the eyes and the man that I knew in junior high school more than 40 years ago. His hair was gray and he was a little stooped over; after all, he was in his 80s now.
If you like fresh tomatoes — not the mummified ones you get in the grocery store — you’d better pay attention. The feds are coming for your farm-fresh produce. And not only tomatoes, but cucumbers, watermelons, corn — you name it.
Multiple property owners have bemoaned a situation to me they consider “taxation without representation.” They have businesses or land within Columbia but don’t live inside the city limits. That means they pay property taxes but don’t get a choice in electing the aldermen who set those taxes.