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Columnist: Kevin Cooper

We need to aim to end violence

Last week’s horrible shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., brought America’s battle over firearms to the forefront again. Read more

Community needs effective investigations

Before the first day of an Adams County murder trial was in the books last week, anyone following the trial had to know it wasn’t ... Read more

Depot deal is troubling for public

The City of Natchez’s deal to declare the Broadway Street depot surplus and lease it out to a handpicked developer has apparently made a bunch ... Read more

Depot move is shameful, needs to be reconsidered

Three Natchez aldermen and the mayor are blatantly trying to game the system to get a pet project completed and, perhaps, help a friend out ... Read more

Hospital signals good things for the area’s future

Our 2-year-old is practically a professional sightseer. Anna is not all that big on travel, mind you, she simply likes seeing things — the more ... Read more

Looking forward to another 150 years of news

Inside today’s edition, The Natchez Democrat celebrates a recent and historical milestone — its 150th anniversary. Read more

Could crime be curbed with stop-and-frisk policy?

Any American citizen should be able to live their life without inordinate fear of being a victim of crime. Read more

Organizers make balloon race possible

Standing on the side of Louisiana 131, a few miles southwest of Vidalia, the 2015 Great Mississippi River Balloon Race became a reality Friday morning ... Read more

Tricentennial could set good course

Has the City of Natchez lost its swagger and its direction? Read more

Could recreation provide city needed boost?

Last week Natchez aldermen took a key step toward moving the long-discussed city-county recreation project forward a bit. Read more

Hiring freeze right move by aldermen

Natchez aldermen deserve a little extra credit this week for finally making a move to stop the apparent cash bleed from the city’s general fund. Read more

Lessons to be learned from lawsuit outcome

One news story last week thrilled and mortified me simultaneously. Read more

State leaders wrong on flag controversy

Mississippi’s general election is more than a month and a half away, but my mind is already made up on at least two men who ... Read more

Say ‘thanks’ to shelter at Bark in the Park

Clearly, based on their attitudes toward me, I’ve been ignoring the two women of the house recently. Work and other family pressures have caused life ... Read more

10 years later, we remember Katrina

During the latter part of last week, my mind drifted back 10 years and two vastly different questions raced to mind. Read more

Square on Carter unraveling into dramatic ordeal

Vidalia’s Square on Carter project keeps getting more and more intriguing. Read more

Isle’s closure is a sad, harsh reality to swallow

Rumored for months, the once proud Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez raised the white surrender flag this week. Read more

Election process could be improved

After last week’s party primary elections, a couple of things strike me as takeaways. Read more

County needs a new sheriff, Patten right fit

After months of political signs, mail-outs, candidates’ forums and push cards and a bit of mudslinging, most of the contested Adams County political races will ... Read more

County elections comparable to sporting event

My wife Julie loves the Olympics. I have never fully understood the fascination, but I appreciate and respect her excitement when another four years circles ... Read more

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