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Columns

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...

09/19/2013 - 2:28pm

In Northeast Jackson, in one of its many residential neighborhoods, there are a few streets that have potential to become beautiful walking streets with sidewalks.

At the north corner of Northeast Drive and Douglas, one can clearly see...

09/19/2013 - 2:27pm

Dear Commissioner Renfroe:

Congratulations on your appointment to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and thanks for your willingness to serve. This line comes to mind: All in the Valley of Death rode the six hundred.

...
09/19/2013 - 2:24pm
Mississippi’s economy continues long-term sideways movement, as reflected by total monthly employment since January 1998:
In fact, July 2013’s statewide employment remains below August 1998’s level. Must it be...
09/19/2013 - 2:23pm

The Natchez Food and Wine Festival is very special for us. Annette and I have attended it for 10 consecutive years and each year is better than the last. The festival is the last weekend in July. The weather was perfect.

A great place...

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...

09/04/2013 - 12:11pm

“And a little child shall lead them,” said the prophet, and I can testify that he knew whereof he spoke. Years ago my then-elementary-school-age daughter, Mary Adelyn, responded to my assertion that I planned to write an article in...

09/04/2013 - 12:08pm

Bet you've had a jaw-dropping experience when you watched an event unfold and thought, "I see it but I don't believe it."

That's the way I felt when I pulled out of our Northbay neighborhood onto St. Augustine...

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...

08/22/2013 - 10:50am
"Exercise and eat healthy food." We hear that all the time but it means different things to different people.
When Uncle Pervie plowed the corn in Sontag, or got the grass out of the peas with a hoe, he was getting...
08/22/2013 - 10:47am
FAQ’s about attacks on BiggerPieForum and its chair and president by Alabama’s JobKeeper Alliance organization.   
1. What is JobKeeper?  It is an Alabama union front formed to protect and promote jobs...
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...

08/15/2013 - 10:43am

Do you enjoy art? Most people do.

Want to see some paintings by Monet? You can book a flight to Paris and make reservations for a place to stay. Then you can take a bus out to Monet’s home, being sure to arrange to catch a bus...

08/15/2013 - 10:41am

In America, if a family included a wealthy, celebrity husband who publicly abandoned his wife for his longtime mistress, a socialite mother who dies in an alcohol-fueled car crash with her boyfriend leaving behind two young children, one of...

08/15/2013 - 10:38am

It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a column on clichés,  those timeworn expressions that set my teeth on edge. Strange as it may seem, my essay struck a responsive chord among more than a few of you. It never ceases to amaze...

08/15/2013 - 10:36am

In recent years some of our elected state leaders have touted their efforts to shrink the size of government, often painting government as the enemy in spite of the fact that they, by virtue of their offices, are a part of the government....

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...

06/26/2013 - 10:56am

You may have noticed that my recent columns have emphasized Republican greed and insensitivity to the less fortunate and Democrat hypocrisy and incompetence in government. While these allegations cover almost every political issue, they are...

06/26/2013 - 10:54am

Dignitaries generally are the ones who are invited to give the commencement address for Harvard University graduates. Our very own James Meredith was invited to speak on this prestigious stage, to the Harvard Graduate School of Education on May...

06/26/2013 - 10:51am

More than 41 other states in the U.S.A., Mississippi is composed of small towns. Though there are hundreds of places in Mississippi, 30 percent of its people (972,300) live in 59 rural towns (towns with less than 2,600 inhabitants).

...

05/30/2013 - 11:17am

In what cynics might term an effort to torpedo our marriage, my wife and I have taken up sailing on cruise ships.

Writing of ships, the English essayist and wordsmith, Samuel Johnson, said, “…being in a ship is being in a...

05/30/2013 - 11:14am

An American hero, Col. Ken Cordier, retired, was the guest speaker at the Saturday morning meeting of the Walter Scott Coffee Club.  Some 35 members were present.  Col. Cordier, a U.S. Air Force combat fighter pilot, was shot down...

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...

05/16/2013 - 10:31am

Recently I hosted a meet-and-greet at my home in Fondren for mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba.  I’d heard plenty of interesting stories about Mr. Lumumba and his role as minister of justice for the Republic of New Afrika, or “...