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Opinion

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...

04/10/2014 - 3:13pm

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a “cultural retail attraction,” or CRA, incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.

The bill aided Yates Construction and...

04/10/2014 - 2:58pm

If you know who Fibber McGee, Margot Lane, and Mortimer Snerd are, please continue reading. If you’re acquainted with Ma Perkins, Stella Dallas, and Mary Noble, who married an actor, you may also join us. Why? Because you remember radio...

04/10/2014 - 2:51pm

My brother, William D. Mounger, with input and contributions from Jim Furrh’s close cadre of friends, has written a new book entitled, “The Unforgettable Jim Furrh.”  The inside jacket of the book states that it “...

04/03/2014 - 2:19pm

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.

“Recently I’ve been reading that some people believe that tax cuts are...

04/03/2014 - 2:17pm

Jackson residents will head to the polls on April 8 to vote for the next man or woman to lead the capital city.

The candidate selected will fill the remainder of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s first term. Lumumba died in...

04/03/2014 - 2:12pm

In the last two weeks, the House and Senate put the finishing touches on House Bill 585, aimed at reforming Mississippi’s criminal justice and corrections system. It brings forward a number of recommendations following a year of study on...

04/03/2014 - 1:03pm

Statewide unemployment fell to 7.4 percent in February 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Time for celebration? No.

Economic development and job growth go hand-in-hand (well, reasonable people would agree).

...

04/03/2014 - 12:50pm

I was the speaker at a recent meeting of an old Jackson club founded in 1923.

I had been warned that members threw rolls at speakers who talked too long. It made me think about how to explain a complex subject to short attention span...

03/26/2014 - 1:43pm

One of the few nice things about growing old is historical perspective. It’s one thing to read about history. It’s another to live through it.

I vividly remember the skyrocketing crime of the early 1990s and the huge debate...

03/26/2014 - 1:33pm

As the song goes:  “Travel my way, take the highway, that’s the best.”  Going south on I-55 through the metro, then converging with I-20 west, all the while watching for the overhead sign that reads:  “New...

03/26/2014 - 1:27pm

Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted to go to conference with House Bill 504, known to many as simply the “Teacher Pay Raise Bill.” This followed the Senate passing its version of HB 504 last week. Here are the...

03/26/2014 - 1:20pm

THIS IS THE STORY of why we don’t need a net around our new trampoline but I might need a football helmet instead.

As my mother predicted, I got hurt, and I did it within hours of the trampoline being assembled and jumpable....

03/11/2014 - 3:21pm

Marie Osmond tells me on television that she lost 50 pounds eating pre-packaged meals sent to her home. That reminded me of childhood mealtimes and my grandmother’s nutritional malfeasance.

Until well after World War II ended in...

03/11/2014 - 3:17pm

Last year around this time, Mississippi announced that it would be giving Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire Corporation an estimated $135 million in state and local incentives to build a plant in West Point.

At the time, we...

03/11/2014 - 3:06pm

There is no question the Mississippi Delta has played an important role in the American story. It gave our country the blues and blues music gave birth to rock and roll, R&B, and contributed greatly to jazz and country along the way. The...

03/11/2014 - 3:04pm

A better economic development policy

I recently wrote about Mississippi's efforts to create jobs by backing new technology failures such as Kior which received a $75 million interest free loan from the state. It was supposed to...

03/08/2014 - 7:39am

The Race Between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi’s great political irony.

Mississippi is one of the most conservative states in the nation, yet it receives the most federal aid. We...