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Opinion

08/22/2012 - 11:20am

Well, another four years has rolled around, it’s election season again, and thus I feel compelled to write my quadrennial letter to the editor at the Northside Sun. When I last wrote in 2008, I was appealing to the best in all of us as...

08/15/2012 - 10:21am

WE ARE OFF and running. We have suffered and have endured the extreme heat in July, cabin fever has set in. A break in the schedule is to attend the Natchez Food and Wine Festival. This festival is a regularly scheduled event the last weekend...

08/15/2012 - 10:18am

On some mornings my Clarion-Ledger makes me wish I lived in a country where I didn’t speak the language.  Last Saturday, for example, I learned that the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, responding to a handful of its members...

08/08/2012 - 12:46pm

On  July 13th  the USA  International Ballet Competition Organization, hereinafter referred to as IBC, conducted an honorary dinner for W.D. (Billy) Mounger at the Country Club of Jackson and on the following night a gala...

08/08/2012 - 12:43pm

You can tell Jackson’s Precinct Four Commander James McGowan loves his job. From the time he was a child, he wanted to be a policeman. He loves the job so much he would do it for free.

With a wife and family, that might be a bit...

08/02/2012 - 11:13am

It's important we all understand the term "debt service" as it applies to the federal government's borrowing to finance its operation. At this point in time 40 percent of our spending comes from debt. The Treasury Department...

08/02/2012 - 11:09am

The E911 fund for Hinds County will run out of money in March 2014 if contracts with Airwave LLC are not terminated in October when it is legal for the county to do so, according to a spreadsheet obtained by this columnist. County and municipal...

08/02/2012 - 11:06am

Assault weapons

 

Whenever there is a mass shooting in this country, the reaction from both extremes of the gun debate is predictable.

Gun-control advocates use the carnage as an excuse to argue for stricter...

08/02/2012 - 11:03am

when I changed the date on my editorial page, I realized this will publish on my birthday. Time for my annual column of personal retrospection. I will be 54.

It seems like yesterday, I was having to admit to middle age. Now I am having...

07/31/2012 - 2:36pm

What is that particle within that magnetically draws me closer to a screen door?

Perhaps it is the proximity to a porch with rocking chairs or a swing hanging low or a kitchen where tomatoes sit upside down on the counter.

...

07/31/2012 - 2:33pm

Did you ever plan a dinner party and consider inviting a new guest? Or a weekend trip - shopping excursion or hunting trip, with space for one more person? How did you decide whom to choose? And how did it turn out - amiably, with a prospect of...

07/25/2012 - 10:07am

THE GAMES of the gods place warriors from countries around the world into battle every fourth year. The ancient Olympic Games were said to have been founded by Hercules, son of Zeus. This year’s games may not be in the home of the gods...

07/25/2012 - 10:05am

What does the Hospitality State need to do to welcome more jobs?  

 Some answers might come from a recent CNBC ranking (“America’s Top States for Business 2012”). It tells an interesting story about us....

07/25/2012 - 10:02am

There is a great irony in a Mississippi lawsuit that’s still trying to block Obamacare from taking effect.

The lawsuit, to which Gov. Phil Bryant added his name as a private citizen after it was filed in 2010, claims that...

07/25/2012 - 10:00am

Brandon Presley, the northern district public service commissioner, is looking mighty smart right now.

Presley, 35, former mayor of the small town of Nettleton, has been clanging the alarm about the proposed Kemper lignite plant for...

07/24/2012 - 11:52am

“Gran Lottie, I want me a Happy Meal,” four-year-old granddaughter Peyton issued instructions from her carseat in the back.

“We can’t stop,” I answered.

“You got me a Happy Meal yesterday....

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...