By Bill Crawford
“Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away-a-a-aay,” pleaded Paul Simon.
Well, mama Kodak took Kodachrome film away-a-a-aay last summer…gone the way of the floppy disk, the rotary dial telephone, and manual typewriters. Ha, my wife yells at me because I hit keys just as hard now I did on those old typewriters.
“The times, they are a-changing,” warned Bob Dylan.
Ever been to Kola, MS?
I spoke to the Covington County ‘Salute to Business and Industry’ gala there last year. Well, sort of. We were at a wonderful gathering place just past the tank farms at Collins in what used to be Kola. You see, Kola is an extinct town. When the Kola Lumber Company went away-a-a-aay in the early 1900s, so did the Town of Kola.
A marvelous anthology entitled Sense of Place: Mississippi published in 1979 includes an article by Howard G. Adkins, “The Historical Geography of Extinct Towns in Mississippi.” He describes the death of 265 Mississippi towns between 1830 and 1970...including Kola.
Another was Electric Mills north of Meridian. Wallace O’Neal recalled the following newspaper notice in the early 1940s: “The town of Electric Mills in Kemper County has been abolished by the proclamation of Gov. Paul Johnson.”
“To every thing there is a season,” taught the Preacher, describing the way of life.
All this brings to mind important public policy questions.
Will we…should we…allow more towns to fade away-a-a-aay? Katrina and ARRA funding shows government willing to provide towns life support when certain disasters occur.
What about when a town’s economic engine dies or its tax base dries up? Should mayors look to state government for life support?
From a policy perspective, is this “a time to keep” or “a time to cast away?”
By Bill Crawford
- Waiving testing requirements for city employees poor decision
Cutting counter-drug training facilities a mistake
We are all for streamlining federal programs and cutting wasteful programs to reduce the gluttonous national debt of $17.5 trillion.
- No excuse of inhumane treatment of animals
Officials on track with student recognition
Soon, area residents will see yard signs all over the city of Meridian that read, "My Child is an Honor Roll Student."
Teacher pay raises step in right direction
We were glad to see the Mississippi Legislature passed a much-needed pay raise for the state's teachers.
- Mayor needs to lay chief controversy to rest
Collaboration key to moving area forward
Mike McGrevey, the city of Meridian's new chief administrative officer, has said he wants to develop a good working relationship with Lauderdale County officials.
- State controlled schools not the answer
- Profile 2014 submission deadline fast approaching
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