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Opinion

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 - 2:55pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that limits what states can do about immigration control vindicates Mississippi  Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Reeves, to his credit, bucked Gov. Phil Bryant and the tea party folks who wanted...

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 - 12:02pm

The sad case of the Madison couple now facing 30 years in prison for growing marijuana highlights the schizophrenia of our nation’s marijuana laws. Seventeen states now allow medical marijuana to be grown in the home. In Mississippi and...

06/27/2012 - 11:59am

Building a brand new Hinds County jail just because some locks don’t work has got to be the worst idea we’ve heard in a long time. Has anybody told the Hinds County Board of Supervisors there’s a Great Recession going on? Has...

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....

06/20/2012 - 12:47pm

Mississippi may be making some progress in addressing its obesity epidemic — at least among children, according to figures released this week.

Unfortunately, the improvement is not across the board. Younger kids are slimming up...

06/20/2012 - 12:44pm

Protecting free and competitive markets is a legitimate role of the government. Banks that are “too big to fail” are too big.

Back in the old days, this country had an active anti-trust division. Its role was to prevent...

06/12/2012 - 12:22pm

Admittedly many of the current laws regulating personal choices serve a good purpose and, as a general rule, are worth supporting.

Wearing seatbelts, for example, has been shown to save lives. So does wearing a helmet while riding a...

06/12/2012 - 12:20pm

Dear Editor:

This is in response to a recent article by Mr. Mac Gordon regarding the recently deceased visiting pastor from South Africa who led Galloway United Methodist Church and how his presence in Mississippi made the state a...

06/12/2012 - 12:19pm

The music reaches a crescendo, the wedding dress is fluffed one last time, the doors swing open and the eyes of our awaiting friends and family are turned to us in eager anticipation. The rays from the setting sun shine straight through the...

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 - 7:03am

The Mississippi Public Service Commission’s support of Mississippi Power Company's Kemper County Power Plant is indefensible and ridiculous. Clearly Commissioner Brandon Presley has this one right and Commissioners Leonard Bentz and...

06/11/2012 - 6:59am

The wags enjoy telling it to you straight: "What's that y'r ask'n, son? Wh'r do th' names f'r Mi'ssippi towns come from? Why right off them wat'r tow'rs, that's wh'r." Pause. Guffaw.

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06/11/2012 - 6:52am

The Sierra Club, which once supported the use of natural gas as a bridge to its hope for total reliance on “green energy,” has now come out against it.

Apparently the powerful environmental group is worried the glut of...

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...