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Columns

06/18/2014 - 2:58pm

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of...

06/18/2014 - 6:19am

As a businessman, lifelong Mississippian and member of the board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning for many years, I was dismayed when I read state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s assertion that, because the word ‘education...

06/15/2014 - 5:37am

Now that the Cochran-McDaniel race has gone to a runoff, I feel regretfully compelled to write again on the subject.

As I said in my previous column, this is a choice of ideology or money. McDaniel is the purist and would refuse...

06/15/2014 - 5:35am

June 2014 marks five years since the Great Recession officially ended and, despite the frenetic and sometimes imaginative (remember ‘Cash for Clunkers’) lever pulling by policy makers in Washington, the recovery has been anything...

06/15/2014 - 5:33am

For me, the U.S. Senate primary (and now runoff on June 24) are a referendum on spending, deficits, debt and earmarks. One side argues that most earmarks are wasteful and have created a culture in Washington of spending and debt (which I agree...

06/15/2014 - 5:27am

He showed up before the end of World War II - 1945 for you youngsters - and he lived almost 20 years. I don’t know where he came from, but for the first five or six years of his life, he was my dog - the first of only three I ever had....

06/15/2014 - 5:23am

One of the main duties of the Mississippi Legislature that does not receive as much attention is the consideration of the state budget.

Like any business, our state government’s budget is set according to fiscal years....

05/28/2014 - 12:03pm

IF YOU’RE a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson, you know the call, and you know who it comes from.

“Hey Leadership!”

That would be Shirley Tucker, our illustrious leader, and vice president of leadership...

05/27/2014 - 8:22am

When hurricane Katrina hit the coast nine years ago, the federal government gave Mississippi six billion in aid. Then governor Haley Barbour decided to use $600 million of that money to expand the port of Gulfport. So far, little has come of...

05/27/2014 - 8:17am

Hi y’all.

Yockanookany Ned here.

This is the age of specialization.  Almost everyone, and I mean almost everyone, is a “specialist” these days.  It doesn’t matter...

05/27/2014 - 8:07am

When you weigh the accomplishments during Haley Barbour’s two terms in office as Mississippi’s governor, a few stand out.

First was his swift, organized and effective response to Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural...

05/27/2014 - 7:50am

Best efforts notwithstanding, writers sometimes leave things out of a column that should have been included. If the omission is serious enough, you hear from readers.

Such was the case with my column about World War II eating habits at...

05/14/2014 - 4:18pm

Newly elected Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber spoke to a joint meeting of the North and West Jackson Rotary Clubs recently. I give his speech an A-plus. It was very inspirational. For the first time in a long while, I feel upbeat about the future of...

05/14/2014 - 3:54pm

Kemper is Mississippi Power's $5.8 billion experimental plant to produce electricity from lignite (low grade coal). It is under construction, behind schedule, and way over budget. It was supposed to start up in May.  Rates increased 18...

05/09/2014 - 12:25pm

Mississippi is virtually tied with Louisiana for the wettest state in North America. Add heat to this and you get bugs. Lots of them.

Most recently the Jackson area has been plagued by black flies, also known as buffalo gnats. The...

05/09/2014 - 11:59am

The struggle to find a cheap reliable form of energy has always been difficult. At the present time there is the conflict between the renewable energy and the carbon based energy. The decision on which is best is clouded by ideology and profit...

05/09/2014 - 11:57am

Mississippi College School of Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt is retiring from the post he has served so well during the past decade. While for many this will surely be a greatly mourned transition (to full-time teaching), for everyone associated with...

05/02/2014 - 3:40pm

April and May are tornado season in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fifth most tornadoes in the nation and is number one in tornado deaths with an average of 10 fatalities per year. The Mississippi coast also gets its fair share of hurricanes...

05/02/2014 - 3:25pm

MADISON COUNTY District 1 Supervisor John Bell Crosby apparently didn’t know much about the southern portion of Highland Colony Parkway until recently.

Maybe he’d never driven south of the roundabout.

Maybe he...

05/02/2014 - 3:15pm

Since our health is a bit on the shaky side, our private doctor suggested that we (Annette and I) consider home health.  This came as a suggestion and not as an arm-twisting thought.  The doctor quickly relieved us in saying the home...

05/02/2014 - 3:10pm

They say that the best defense is a strong offense. The global warming alarmists            have certainly applied this strategy in the last few weeks, and here's why.

We have...

04/24/2014 - 2:58pm

IF THERE COULD have been a more beautiful Easter weekend, I could not have imagined it.

April in Mississippi is my favorite month. The weather is mild and life is springing anew.

I attended three services in three days at...

04/24/2014 - 2:40pm

And the big fool said to push on.  Pete Seeger's 1967 song was a metaphor for Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War.  It is now shorthand for a blind escalating commitment to a lost cause. 

A good example of a blind...

04/16/2014 - 4:08pm

I did in fact write a column on the Jackson mayoral primary last week. Unfortunately, my proofreader, JoAnn Ward, pointed out the column would run after the election. I had confused the general election date with the primary date. I do believe...

04/16/2014 - 4:02pm

When did you learn to read? How did you learn to read? Was learning to read a big mystery? Can the time and the place be remembered of our early childhood reading habits? Within the huge umbrella of reading, what is a good, solid definition of...