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Bill Minor, R.I.P.

More than 30 years ago, I was editor and publisher of a weekly newspaper on the Gulf Coast that was owned by Gannett. A prominent citizen and former mayor, who had lost his re-election bid, died. I had to write the customary obituary editorial for the late mayor. I was never his fan. He was often nasty and mostly rude to the city aldermen that served with him. I decided not to be a hypocrite and the best I could say in my editorial was that he was a man who very much cared for the city of Ocean Springs. Earlier this week I recalled the mayor when I learned Bill Minor had passed at the age of 93. I was sad to hear of his death, and there is no question Minor made many contributions to Mississippi during his long career. After someone texted me Tuesday morning about Minor’s death, I went to the Clarion-Ledger online edition where I saw the headline on reporter Jerry Mitchell’s story. The headline was, “Bill Minor remembered as a model for journalists.” From my perspective, I would never consider Minor as a “model for journalists.” His left-wing politics was one thing, but I objected far more to his liberal bias and his frequent carelessness with the facts. During my days as an editor and syndicated political columnist, I was once on a panel at Ole Miss with Minor, the late Norma Fields of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, and a TV anchor from Jackson. Every member of the panel was asked who they were supporting in the race for governor that was taking place at the time. I went last, but Minor and the two other journalists righteously wrapped themselves in a self-serving cloak of objective journalism. They refused to tell the students who they would vote for in the upcoming election. When it was my time to answer, I told the students not only would I tell them the name of the candidate for whom I would vote, I proceeded to tell them, correctly, who each of the other journalists supported. An outraged Minor then chased me across campus after the panel ended and demanded to know why I answered how I did.

A bitter man

Following another speaking appearance before a large group of students at Ole Miss, I was approached by a young black student. She told me she had heard Minor speak a few weeks

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Special Election in Mississippi’s First Congressional District Entering Homestretch

The special election in Mississippi’s First Congressional to fill the vacancy left by the death of Republican Alan Nunnelee heads into the homestretch. The election will be held May 12 with the expected runoff to be held three weeks later on June 2. There are no party labels because it is a special election, but 12 of the 13 candidates bill themselves as Republicans. With no incumbent it will be wide open race. This contest often reminds me of the 1972 election in the Second Congressional District when Tom Abernethy retired after serving in the U.S. House for 30 years. Carl Butler would be the Republican candidate in the general election, but the race was decided in the Democrat Primary. There was a large field of would-be successors to Abernethy. David Bowen eventually won the primary and later defeated Butler. What is similar to this year is that in the first primary Bowen was in second place with only 15 percent of the vote. Bowen defeated the sheriff of Oktibbeha County in the runoff.

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