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Opinion

02/20/2014 - 3:01pm

Problem with electing school superintendents

Bingham Moncrief has apparently been bad news for the Scott County School District. He has been good, however, for proponents of requiring all school superintendents to be...

02/20/2014 - 2:47pm

Kior, a state-funded green energy project, recently announced the shutdown of its Columbus, Miss. plant. It was supposed to produce gasoline and diesel from pine trees. This is the sixth state-funded technology startup that has failed.

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02/13/2014 - 3:50pm

It has been 11 years since the Emmerichs moved into 1447 Rebel Drive in Jackson’s Loho neighborhood. Our daughter Ruth has lived there all her life.

We bought the home from Charlie and Sylvia Hall who purchased it from the family...

02/13/2014 - 3:16pm

Everybody loves Hollywood and nobody as much as the star-struck Mississippi House of Representatives, which recently voted 116 to 3 to subsidize movies made in Mississippi.

Film subsidies have been around for years. It is so easy to...

02/13/2014 - 3:13pm

I decided to venture out and do the house laundry. I did not know what was about to happen. I made a super goof.

Annette was not feeling well, so I volunteered for the laundry job. It became a difficult strain. I collected all the...

02/13/2014 - 2:57pm

Dear Editor:

As a family physician long involved in the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians tobacco cessation efforts (Tar Wars, Tobacco Quitline), I offer my congratulations to Ginny Dyess, recently pictured in the Sun as the...

02/13/2014 - 2:55pm

The streams, Oakohay and Okatoma, gathered strength from the creeks to become wider and deeper while wandering their steady way southward through the future Smith County of Mississippi. It was a network of generous waterways, one to be named...

02/05/2014 - 3:34pm

Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson on stage together talking to each other about faith and race was quite interesting to watch.

As it turns out, they are both Methodists. Both are lifelong churchgoers and professed...

02/04/2014 - 3:18pm

Every now and then there comes a moment to brag about former Jacksonians. This is one of those times. There are some former Northsiders who have really made it big. One I want to mention right now is George Lawrence.

He was a "PK...

02/04/2014 - 3:09pm

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, tried to play to his environmentalist lobby by trumpeting alternative energy, especially solar.

He also advocated more use of natural gas, which although it does burn cleaner than...

02/04/2014 - 2:55pm

For more than a half-century, when you motored north on I-55, you saw a group of squat, buff-colored two-story buildings on your right just before the Meadowbrook Road exit. Built in the 1950s, these were the “new’” homes of...

02/04/2014 - 2:46pm

The Mission Mississippi annual governor’s prayer luncheon was both more moving and more political than I expected.

The lunch was divided into two parts: prayer for Mississippi’s state and federal officials, and a...

01/30/2014 - 12:58pm

Again this week, Mississippi legislators were discussing the problem and cost of remediation in higher education.

Trying to teach students at junior and senior colleges the material and skills they should have mastered in high school...

01/30/2014 - 12:56pm

Dear Neil, Ed and Steve,

Sunday, February 2, 2014 is Boy Scout Sunday and I'd like to take a few moments to thank you all for serving as Scoutmasters of Troop 302 at Covenant Presbyterian Church for so many years.

We dads...

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 - 9:33am

Last week’s overwhelming approval of adding another 1 percent to the sales tax in Jackson sent a couple of messages.

First, the situation with the crumbling infrastructure in the capital city — potholed streets, ruptured...

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 - 3:42pm

The city of Jackson’s hasty decision to implement a five-dollar surcharge on ticket sales at Thalia Mara Hall is, simply put, a bad idea.

In November, the city council approved placing a $5 fee on all tickets sold at the hall...

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...