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Wyatt Emmerich

09/19/2013 - 2:30pm

I just returned from a mission trip to Kenya. It was a great experience.

Mission trips are a great way to see the world: You do some good. You get better acquainted with members of your church. You break through the tourist traps and...

09/04/2013 - 12:16pm

We hear so much bad news, but Mission Mississippi’s march through every county in the state is great news.

The statewide organization has arranged students in each of our 82 Mississippi counties to carry a lighted wooden cross...

08/22/2013 - 10:52am

It’s been a long, slow slog, but it looks like John McGowan is going to prevail after all in his vision for turning Jackson into a lakeside city.

This is a testament to McGowan’s endurance. He has relentlessly pursued his...

08/15/2013 - 10:46am

A decade ago, Charlott King, Bill Manduca and I could not have imagined doing what we were now doing.

Charlott was building fiberglass storm shelters. Bill was working for a Fortune 500 defense contractor and I was a newspaper...

06/26/2013 - 11:00am

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.

Many Americans, including me, argued against Obamacare. We wanted free market reform of the health care industry, not more government intervention.

We lost. We lost in the U.S. Senate. We...

05/30/2013 - 11:12am

The election of Chokwe Lumumba as the Democratic nominee for Jackson mayor has got everybody talking about race. That’s not a good thing.

If I’m not mistaken, white Republican northeast Jackson voted overwhelmingly for the...

05/16/2013 - 10:34am

Much to everyone’s surprise, three-time Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson failed to even make the runoff.

That’s what happens when you don’t fill the potholes. Potholes affect everybody and they are hard to hide. There are...

04/26/2013 - 1:19pm

It’s hard to beat April in Mississippi, especially when the azaleas bloom late.

It’s been a rainy year so far, but sooner or later that perfect weekend comes with 68 degrees, crystal blue skies and flowers everywhere.

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03/20/2013 - 2:22pm

The first day of spring! My favorite month, April, is just around the corner. Now we just need one big gullywasher to get rid of the pine pollen.

Normally, spring gives me a strong sense of rebirth and renewal, but this spring I seem...

01/30/2013 - 12:59pm

A recent Boy Scout camping trip took me to the Sipsey Wilderness Area in north Alabama. It was beautiful. A hidden gem.

The area is about a four-hour drive from Jackson, but well worth the drive. The Sipsey River is emerald green and...

01/24/2013 - 1:39pm

Both my grandfather and father were huge supporters of education in Mississippi. My grandfather, Oliver Emmerich, served for years on the state board of higher education. My father, John Emmerich, worked closely with Gov. William Winter to help...

01/02/2013 - 12:10pm

 James Meredith stopped by my office a few weeks ago and gave me his new book, “A Mission from God.”

When he visited me about 20 years ago, he seemed a bit kooky. It’s amazing how much he’s learned since...

12/07/2012 - 11:18am

It’s been a tough road for the Delta, but high commodity prices are giving the region a healthy boost.

I recently saw Sykes Sturdivant in Greenwood, and asked him how the crop turned out. “Good,” was his answer. I...

11/29/2012 - 12:07pm

The holiday Season is upon us again. My how time flies.

I am thankful for Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday, much more relaxed than Christmas. The leaves are beautiful. It always occurs on a Thursday, so the four-day respite is...

11/08/2012 - 11:31am

As The Gleaming white eight-foot-long African bull elephant tusks neared Bill Boykin’s body, he had an overwhelming desire to run, a desire which would have been fatal. Boykin stood between the raging bull and two defenseless women. If he...

11/02/2012 - 10:30am

You get some strange moments when a group of people from the richest country in the world hang out with people from the poorest country.

Like the moment our driver stopped en route at his native village, introducing us to his charming...

10/17/2012 - 12:43pm

Mississippi voters need to return Bill Waller and Michael Randolph to the Supreme Court. If either one of these men loses, the 5-4 conservative vote will become a 5-4 plaintiffs vote. We don’t need a return to the tort wars of yesteryear...

10/12/2012 - 11:04am

THE LITTLE GIRL couldn’t have weighed more than 70 pounds. She was dressed in a silk oriental robe. As she hugged me with all her might, she whispered in my ear, “I love you. I will pray for you.”

After a rough day, I...

09/26/2012 - 11:44am

The irony was heavy at the Capital Club’s penthouse suite as journalists and legislators ate, drank, relaxed and discussed the great issues of the day.

The big issue was Medicaid, possibly a billion dollars extra a year in money...

09/20/2012 - 1:01pm

“I think It’s the worst we’ve ever faced in my lifetime. It’s out of control. You’ve got a president with a different set of values than everybody. Obama is the most liberal president we’ve ever had.”...

09/13/2012 - 11:53am

Ok, i have been officially scared out of my mind. I am teaching my 15-year-old John how to drive.

There is nothing quite like the fear felt by a doting parent in the passenger seat as his young son approaches a busy intersection. If he...

08/29/2012 - 11:04am

Crash! Rattle! Roll! Welcome to a Sunday afternoon drive in the Bold New City.

I mean, what’s going on with the roads in Jackson? This is getting ridiculous. I understand our city has the misfortune of sitting on top of some...

08/22/2012 - 11:25am

I recently returned to Ireland after a 32-year absence. Apparently, nobody missed me much.

Thirty-two years ago, Ireland was the poorest country in Europe and I was a backpacker with a scraggly orange beard.

Today, Ireland is...

08/15/2012 - 10:08am

The last time I crossed the border into Northern Ireland, I came face to face with an English soldier with a machine gun over his shoulder. It was July - marching season. Not a good time to visit, the soldier informed me. Sure enough, I...

08/08/2012 - 12:43pm

You can tell Jackson’s Precinct Four Commander James McGowan loves his job. From the time he was a child, he wanted to be a policeman. He loves the job so much he would do it for free.

With a wife and family, that might be a bit...