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Columns

07/24/2012 - 11:45am

People are gradually coming back to home vegetable gardening, partly the younger generation but also old-timers who would like to taste really good vegetables of just the variety they remember. Of course this is on record as the most difficult...

07/18/2012 - 1:58pm

A few random thoughts to share with my fellow Northsiders:

 First, I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Lacy. Jack was the consummate professional, and a man with whom...

07/18/2012 - 1:55pm

AS WE FLOATED off the grassy field, the man in the basket with me feigned surprise and said, “Uh oh! What do we do now?”

I’d met the hot-air balloon pilot - a tall, thin man from Waynesboro named Dean Durr - a little...

07/18/2012 - 1:35pm

You know you’re getting old when your friends are judges.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill is my fellow Pearl River kayaker, Bible study colleague and family man commisserator. It’s rare to find a judge who drives an...

07/10/2012 - 12:08pm

JUST AFTER EASTER, I took a trip to Arkansas to see family and friends.

I got to visit with my grandma for a few days, and I even saw my 20-year-old cousin Jake, whom I typically only see at Easter. Jake and Garrett, Aunt Margaret...

07/10/2012 - 12:05pm

The Smithsonian Channel’s engrossing Aerial America series recently aired its episode on Mississippi. It’s not a perfect or complete look at Mississippi, but it’s clear-eyed enough and worth an hour of your time.

Like...

07/10/2012 - 12:03pm

Right after the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obamacare came down, Holly Dean, an ad rep for the Northside Sun, walked into my office. As a wife and mother of three young children, she wanted to know what this meant for her and her family....

07/06/2012 - 3:01pm

This weekend marked the beginning of a new fiscal year, and Mississippians will see many new laws take effect to reduce government spending, cut taxes on job creators, improve education and protect families. The Mississippi Legislature...

07/06/2012 - 2:58pm

Part II. Unwed pregnancies: Time for a new approach?”

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. And our problem really is a nationwide problem. Indeed the cascade of social and cultural issues is huge. The...

07/06/2012 - 2:53pm

Leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement of its decision in the challenge to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (The Orwellian name for the gargantuan health-care statute popularly known as...

07/06/2012 - 2:50pm

July Fourth may be one of the most laid back of the Mississippi holidays. After all, with the steaming heat, who can do much but cook up some ribs and hang by the pool?

Of course, today we have air conditioning - thank the good Lord -...

06/27/2012 - 12:09pm

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Local headlines blare the problem. Recent samples: “Teen pregnancy an epidemic;” and “5-part MPB series to explore teen pregnancy.” And our problem really is...

06/27/2012 - 12:05pm

People t hear the puerile rantings of People today hear the puerile rantings of Jackson’s city council members, as well as the vitriol spewed across the aisles in our Legislature, and wonder how much worse it can possibly get. The answer...

06/27/2012 - 11:56am

The $2.8 billion lignite gassification plant in Kemper County is in trouble. It’s $366 million over budget but only 22 percent completed.

Public pressure is increasing. Last week the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC)...

06/20/2012 - 12:56pm

As simple as that sounds, it never ceases to amaze me how often people fail to recognize that. Many times people make statements or rules with the best intentions but lack the authority or means to enforce the changes. How often have you heard...

06/20/2012 - 12:54pm

Mississippi and Mississippians have a way of finding themselves on “lists,” some of national recognition whose intent is to cast negative aura.         

There may be unsettling...

06/20/2012 - 12:50pm

I read Lee Paris' moving article in the Sun with tears in my eyes, though I am not a weeper. His paean on the love of a father for his daughter was outstanding, and made one believe in the enduring power of family love across generations....

06/12/2012 - 12:17pm

Sunday, June 3, was a big day in my life. I was the guest speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Hederman Cancer Clinic at Baptist Hospital.

There were several hundred people who were invited to attend the 10th year celebration of the...

06/12/2012 - 12:16pm

the economic story of our generation has been greatly affected by the rise of China as a great industrial power.

With more than a billion educated people desperate for work, China has devastated American manufacturing. For the first...

06/11/2012 - 6:50am

While awaiting the much anticipated (by Marvel fans) “The Avengers,” starring Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Widow and Thor, I must admit to intense excitement on my part and on the part of my two-year-old son, Paul...

06/11/2012 - 6:47am

As a fairly typical middle-aged family man, I occasionally gripe about the pressures and hassles of family life. Sometimes it seems like the members of my family view me as an ATM, but more annoying than the bank kind because I complain when...

05/29/2012 - 1:03pm

Ever since high schools and colleges had athletic teams, they all had names, or nicknames, as was said in earlier days. And as professional athletics evolved, they too had “nicknames.”

The names provided a source of pride,...

05/29/2012 - 1:01pm

My high school friend, Tom Lisenby, has introduced me to a homespun master of the short personal essay, Leon Hale.  Mr. Hale writes a column of personal commentary three times a week for the Houston Chronicle.  The New York Times, in...

05/29/2012 - 12:59pm

Apollo 13 was launched at 1:13 p.m. CST April 17, 1970. NASA selected Navy Capt. James Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert on the fifth space shot to the moon. Early on the third day and some 200,000 miles from home, Apollo 13 was rocked by a...

05/29/2012 - 12:55pm

I fought the law and the law won. Alas, my 37-year perfect driving streak has come to an end.

I didn’t go down without a fight. My “move over” violation had a gray area, but in the end, the judge sided with the police...