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Columns

01/30/2014 - 11:14am

Yesterday our new dog (Fi Fi) greeted me with 20 percent of a stick of butter with partial wrapper on my couch. Shortly thereafter I saw her chewing on something that she had gathered from a lamp table. It was an opened...

01/30/2014 - 11:06am

As a journalist, the Kemper power plant is the gift that keeps on giving.

I would love to one day write a column saying I was completely wrong about Kemper. Unfortunately, I’m not likely to get that opportunity.

The...

01/30/2014 - 11:05am

When I pick up any sports section and see the word ‘Tigers,” I don’t always think of LSU, Jackson State or South Panola. Nostalgia being the opiate of choice for the elderly, I recall the Tigers of Central High School....

01/26/2014 - 9:36am

IN THE WEE morning hours of Saturday, January 11, I sent my friend Anna the following text message:

“I’M SO AMPED UP I’M GONNA POP.”

I had just found a parking spot on Pearl Street downtown; it was...

01/26/2014 - 9:31am

Occasionally I lose a matching black sock. Then a scavenger hunt occurs – simply because all my socks are black.  Recently, a sock was missing so I ran my hand deep in the dresser drawer, hoping to discover my missing sock, but...

01/26/2014 - 9:29am

I was pulling up to the Valero gas station in Ridgeland to get some non-ethanol gas for my lawnmower when I noticed a huge duck hunting rig blocking my way.

Standing next to the boat was a burly man with a big black beard in rugged...

01/16/2014 - 4:15pm

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.

The Stennis-Capitol Forum meets at the Capital Club on the...

01/16/2014 - 3:53pm

As of late, I have been in charge of buying groceries – not as a chef, but as a fellow member of the household.  This new assignment has been fun,  because I get a chance to visit with people as I go up and down the aisles of...

01/16/2014 - 3:17pm

I would like to chat with you about pets.  I’m a pet lover but I’ve developed a theory about pets, and it is this: Pets are fun for children to play with, but they teach adults responsibility.

Argument:  My...

01/08/2014 - 11:06am

A new year, but some things will always stay the same.

Government inefficiency is one of them. It’s always easy to waste someone else’s money.

Obamacare has been a disaster. By now, three million were projected to...

01/08/2014 - 10:56am

Every time I drive to the Sun’s office on Briarwood Drive, I’m reminded of the city’s road issues.

And every time I take a photograph of a pothole or a water main break or write a story about a sewer pump that’s...

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...