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Opinion

08/13/2014 - 10:04am

Sometimes I wonder, “What in the world were they thinking?”

Naming thousands of voters in a lawsuit is not good politics, so I wonder what Chris McDaniel was thinking would come of his massive effort to roll back his recent...

08/13/2014 - 10:03am

The Southern Co. was dealt a huge — and deserved — blow this week when Mississippi’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to delay prudency hearings on the controversial “clean coal” plant the utility giant...

08/13/2014 - 10:01am

Could the forest be named for me?

Thoughts and speculations dawned on me that I was all lined up and was ready for the good news about an inheritance. Big or small, I was anxiously waiting. This daydream turned out to be an exciting...

08/13/2014 - 10:00am

The possibility of bankruptcy for Mississippi Power came up in a discussion last month with reporters and editors who follow the company's Kemper County lignite project. One reporter said its Southern Company parent should pay the $5...

08/13/2014 - 9:58am

In the previous parts of this series, we've covered a very broad overview of House Bill 585, discussing (admittedly out of context) select issues in order to highlight some of the facets of the legislation that have not heretofore received...

08/05/2014 - 2:14pm

Just turned 56, so it’s that time of year for a bit of reflection. I’ve been thinking about 25 years of column writing. That’s a quarter of a century. A long time.

One thousand three hundred columns. At a thousand...

08/05/2014 - 2:11pm

Ron Dickey didn’t have much of a chance to begin with at unseating incumbent Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.

But the Democratic challenger has torpedoed his own campaign by apparently puffing up...

08/05/2014 - 2:09pm

The torturous election fight between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea-Party challenger Chris McDaniel has suddenly gotten more complicated.

According to an attorney for the Mississippi Republican Party, crossover voting - the key point...

08/05/2014 - 2:05pm

There's always someone in your life that you take for granted. You know that person. They're always there. They're always dependable.

They're behind the scenes. They're just making sure everything gets done and they...

08/05/2014 - 2:03pm

Dear Editor:

The cheating scandal in the Mississippi public schools made the headline of the Clarion-Ledger Sunday edition June  29, 2014. This problem is a disgrace and leads to shame. Blame the cheating problem on poverty - that...

08/05/2014 - 2:01pm

Mississippians are just good people. My father said this all his life. It was the highest compliment in his eyes. I agree. My parents lived all over the United States but he always wanted to come back home. Mississippi is where he was raised;...

08/05/2014 - 1:58pm

In my previous column I touched upon a select few of the changes in the criminal code sections that address the substance of crimes themselves and the penalties for the commission of them. House Bill 585, however, did not end there. It also...

07/30/2014 - 8:04am

For the first time ever, I went to Europe and had a place to stay. My sister and brother-in-law now live in The Hague, which is the capital city of the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Melanie and Steve (Stringfellow) have lived in...

07/30/2014 - 8:02am

It has been a rough couple of summers for the legacy of Haley Barbour’s eight years as Mississippi governor.

There is the ongoing drama of Chris McDaniel’s allegation that Barbour and other influential supporters of Sen....

07/30/2014 - 6:47am

Vitriol and venom in political encounters?   You bet.   Sad to admit though;  it seems that whether long past, or in recent times, biting rhetoric and bitterness have been present to some degree in most races for public...

07/30/2014 - 6:44am

Technology is rapidly changing how we educate our children. From iPads and tablets to laptop computers, today’s classrooms look nothing like those from even a few years ago. To power this quantum change, teachers need access to the latest...

07/30/2014 - 6:40am

Hi y’all.Yockanookany Ned here.

Let’s talk about politics, Mississippi politics … primarily, but we can include the nation and the entire world.  But, first, a warning (mostly to self): If you want to risk...

07/29/2014 - 11:52am

On July 27, 1953, armistice was signed in Korea. Only a few years before that date, the city of Seoul was completely destroyed. The smoldering ashes, the plumes of smoke and the short edges of building remains still linger in my mind. The...

07/22/2014 - 12:47pm

MARK TWAIN complained that there were lies, damn lies and statistics. I’ve also heard that 90 percent of statistics are wrong.

This comes to mind when thinking about a recent study published in Forbes magazine that rates...

07/22/2014 - 12:46pm

There are many factors that can spell the difference between success in school and failure.

Some of these you can’t realistically control. The education level and economic condition of the parents, for example. Or the stability...

07/22/2014 - 12:41pm

PIDs, URDs, TIFs – Madison County is mired in three-letter words. 

Suffice it to say, PIDs issue bonds for infrastructure, and the local government might have to “step in and help” if...

07/22/2014 - 12:35pm

The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Time, and National Public Radio recently warned of a national shortage of clowns. Many in the elite media even used different adjectives to describe this looming disaster, which tells you just how...

07/22/2014 - 12:33pm

During the 2014 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, House Bill 585 emerged as one of the defining acts of the term. Its purpose, as far as the public knows based on news reports - primarily generated by the Clarion-Ledger, a Jackson...

07/15/2014 - 12:48pm

A recent hinds County Chancery Court ruling has put the quietus on drilling just off the coast of Mississippi and that’s a good thing.

Mississippi doesn’t have much coastline to begin with and what coast we do have is in...

07/15/2014 - 12:45pm

It has been a rough couple of summers for the legacy of Haley Barbour’s eight years as Mississippi governor.

There is the ongoing drama of Chris McDaniel’s allegation that Barbour and other influential supporters of Sen....