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Opinion

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....

07/15/2014 - 12:27pm

Most people want some sense of where exactly they may be. When they see a tall, Greek-looking, red-bricked, stepped portico of a century-old university building, they want to know who and what kind of person could have stepped down from that...

07/15/2014 - 12:22pm

One hundred years ago, at seven in the evening on the first day of August, a German officer named Feldmann led his infantry company into the idyllic Luxembourg hamlet of Troisvierges. In so doing, his unit violated that tiny country’s...

07/15/2014 - 12:21pm

Kemper is so irrational and unfair. How can it happen here? Is Mississippi just like Washington? Is everything political? Northside Sun readers are skeptical about Kemper. They know about Mississippi Power’s experimental...

07/11/2014 - 3:29pm

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) keeps track of electricity costs. Their April statistics show that Mississippi homeowners paid 11.87 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. This is lower than the U.S. average of 12.31...

07/11/2014 - 3:27pm

One of the dirty little practices of American politics is passing around cash during elections, especially in minority and low-income communities.

From contests for president to those for county supervisors, so-called grassroots...

07/11/2014 - 3:25pm

They are gone. I feel a sense of loss and remorse. I delivered my beautiful dancers to the airport and they will soon be on a plane. This time headed for Sicily and yet another competition. Their whirlwind lives never slow and mine seems just a...

07/11/2014 - 3:19pm

The majority of us living in the Deep South are used to heat, know how to deal with it, and recognize our limits relative to it.  If, however, one reader takes home one fact that allows him or her to prevent a heat-induced illness or help...

07/11/2014 - 3:17pm

As a subscriber to the Northside Sun, a Ridgeland resident, and an attorney who represents the owner of the Gables Apartments, I was stunned by the Sun’s article entitled “R’land studying fate of Gables apartments” in...

07/01/2014 - 2:45pm

At the Mississippi Press Association, a panel was convened to discuss the long hot summer of 1964, when civil rights tension was at a peak 50 years ago.

Has it really been 50 years? I am getting old. It seems like yesterday. I was a...

07/01/2014 - 2:43pm

Three weeks ago, Thad Cochran looked to be in serious trouble. The six-term U.S. senator finished second to his Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel, in the initial GOP primary. Cochran seemed unengaged in his own election, and all the momentum...

07/01/2014 - 2:41pm

I learned about eight years ago that I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is in the increasingly large class of maladies known as auto-immune disorders, in which one’s immune system misidentifies one or more parts of one’s own body as...

07/01/2014 - 2:39pm

By the time you read this, the infamous election for the Senate race will finally be over. Well, not quite, but the part of it that has gotten so nasty. Lots of mudslinging which is what I hate.

Do these politicos actually think the...

07/01/2014 - 2:31pm

I used to dismiss claims that the Tea Party was racist and extremist, and I still believe the majority of its members are good people who simply want the country to do better.

However, many of the candidates backed by the group portray...

06/26/2014 - 5:49am

BILL MANDUCA, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

These wells were drilled within 50 kilometers of Mzuzu in northern...

06/26/2014 - 5:42am

You got your mind right, Luke?  In 1616 the church told Italian astronomer Galileo not to teach that the Earth orbited the sun. (Established doctrine had the sun orbiting the Earth.)  He persisted and was called before the inquisition...

06/25/2014 - 3:11pm

Hosemann hits Voter ID out of the park

No matter who wins this month’s elections in Mississippi, one winner whose name does not appear anywhere on the ballot is Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

...

06/25/2014 - 3:04pm

Why worry about altitude sickness? Because fall is upon us, a time when hunters begin hearing voices whispering the oft-heard advice, “Go west, young man.” If you go west for elk, sheep, bear or cougar, you usually find yourself at...

06/18/2014 - 3:07pm

The biggest challenge Jackson city government faces is the cost of upgrading its water and sewer system. One of my goals is to learn enough about this subject to write intelligently about it.

To that effect, I am one of the handful of...