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Opinion

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 - 4:09pm

Corporate rate must be competitive

 

Former President George H.W. Bush recently received a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. These honors are presented annually, typically...

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...

05/14/2014 - 3:52pm

Dear Editor:

On March 26, 2014 a hearing was held by the Jackson Planning and Zoning Board. At this hearing Highland Village and their new owner, WS Development, asked that the two houses on the corner of Old Canton Road and Kimwood...

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 - 12:17pm

The race card

Calling recent media fixations Donald Sterling and Clive Bundy racist is a fair description. Their own words condemn them.

Overall, though, the accusation of racism gets thrown around too often...

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 - 3:18pm

Kudos to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors for getting it right.

Last week, the board voted to end its longstanding contract with Airwave LLC, the firm that was hired in 2008 to maintain the county’s emergency radio system....

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 - 2:48pm

Medicare dollars

Whether physicians like Medicare or not, there certainly are some startling numbers in the payments some of them have been receiving through the system.

The...

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...

04/16/2014 - 3:53pm

Despite all of the negative press about the demise of newspapers, we have some good news to share. The future of newspapers, particularly those in Mississippi, continues to be bright, and in some cases Mississippi is having record-setting years...