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Columns

12/27/2013 - 11:45am

I received an e-mail this week from a colleague. It was titled “Why Santa is Evil.”

I was a bit shocked. I am kind of fond of the jolly old fellow myself. It made me aware for the first time just how many people deeply...

12/18/2013 - 2:16pm
Many Mississippians can scarcely identify the origin of their town or city’s name, whether it be Kosciusko (named for the only Polish commander in the American Revolution), Carrollton (named for a signer of the Declaration of American...
12/18/2013 - 2:13pm
Oh for some good old global warming.
The late fall weather in the U.S. has been unusually cold. As I write two-thirds of the country is covered with snow. Daily cold records have been set in many places. Even in the Antarctic...
12/18/2013 - 2:11pm
The market returned, PERS got more money, and yet the funding level for PERS still dropped. PERS released the annual actuarial report for several retirement systems it manages last month. PERS enjoyed a 13.4 percent return on investments but...
12/18/2013 - 2:09pm
“We’re confronted with a problem with roads. We need $20 million to $29 million a year. We’re confronted with a water delivery system that needs to be corrected, which, we’re told will cost $500 million. We have a...
12/05/2013 - 12:28pm

There has been much written and debated about the 35th president of the United Sates, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and his untimely death, his legacy, but little about his witty and humorous side, and his adroit political personality.

Case...

12/05/2013 - 12:27pm

My generation, who entered the workforce during and after the Great Recession, has a unique perspective on American government, especially when we cannot find work or fear layoffs.  Our greatest hindrance now is not the private sector....

12/05/2013 - 10:40am

On a sunny day this past summer, Germany produced a world record of 24 gigawatts of electricity per hour. That’s equal to 20 nuclear power stations. At its peak that day, solar panels produced a quarter of the entire electricity consumed...

11/14/2013 - 12:32pm
Joel Bomgar spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. He drew the biggest crowd I have ever seen at my club.
Joel Bomgar — thin, tall and homeschooled —  is a classic entrepreneur. He founded his computer...
11/14/2013 - 12:30pm
A million bucks is a million bucks and that is how much money attorney Precious Martin made when Hinds County decided to sue Motorola a few years ago. Hinds County decided to retain Mr. Martin to sue Motorola after it alleged the company...
11/14/2013 - 12:28pm
Some folks just don’t get it, or they do get it and are willing to mislead the public about the dangers and proven disasters associated with the most dangerous substance on the planet, high level nuclear waste and the pipedream of a...
11/08/2013 - 10:54am
During Mississippi Economic Council’s annual fall “hobnob” at the Jackson coliseum, our state leaders waxed eloquently about our state’s economic health.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi had the 17th...
11/08/2013 - 10:51am
My theatrical career may be over. “The Grapes of Wrath” closed at New Stage Theatre on  November 3 after a 13-day run that reawakened memories of my international theatrical career, particularly those involving New Stage....
11/08/2013 - 10:49am
Looking for a needle in a haystack is an immense search. Driving from Jackson to Tampa is also a huge search. This trek is not your usual run to the grocery store. Tampa is more than 700 miles away and, at my age and stage, the journey must...
11/08/2013 - 10:47am
SOMEWHERE near Bass, Ark., Dad pulled up to a gate at the end of a gravel road. My brother, Austin, got out and started to open the gate. 
“Whoa, what are you doing? We passed a balloon!”
We were on...
10/16/2013 - 11:57am
As some readers may have noticed, I have been a big fan of C Spire. This is not just because my brother-in-law Terrell Knight works there. Or that my father-in-law Bob Knight and the Creekmores were college buddies. Nor is it because they run...
10/16/2013 - 11:54am
Over the last four weeks, I’ve volunteered at We Will Go Ministries, a ministry to the Midtown neighborhood in Jackson. I’ve helped them provide clothes for jobless, migrant workers. I’ve helped them feed impoverished people...
10/16/2013 - 11:52am
Standing in a tiny parking lot in front of an especially busy beauty salon is an excellent place to catch up on the local news.
A taxi-cab pulled up next to me with a female driver behind the wheel.  She got out of the cab,...
10/16/2013 - 11:49am
The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on September 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. entitled “A Matter of Life and Death: Examining Preventable Deaths, Patient-Safety Issues, and Bonuses for VA Execs Who Oversaw Them....
10/11/2013 - 9:43am
In 1977, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named five sites to be characterized for the potential use as the world’s largest, and possibly only, high level nuclear waste repository (dump). Richton Salt Dome in Perry County,...
10/11/2013 - 9:41am
I am not a lawyer, but I have read and consulted with many about the recent legal controversies between Blue Cross of Mississippi and Health Management Associates.  There are three salient issues.
The first is the legal...
10/02/2013 - 10:26am

The Kemper power plant is 20 times more expensive per kilowatt than five natural gas plants recently acquired by Entergy and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Imagine being forced to pay $70 for a gallon of gas from a government-...

10/02/2013 - 10:22am

 A literary walkabout is what I am about today. The walkabout was originally an Australian Aborigine rite of passage. The young participant would just walk away from his native village and wander the countryside without a timeline or...

10/02/2013 - 10:17am

August marks the 47th anniversary of the end of prohibition in Mississippi. Because I like to stay a drink or two ahead of other Mississippi writers, I’m not waiting for legal whiskey’s golden anniversary.

From 1908 until...

09/25/2013 - 11:37am

Having just returned from Kenya last week, I was riveted by the attack by Somali Islamic terrorists at an upscale shopping center in Nairobi.

At first, I thought it was the same mall at which our church mission group had lunch one...