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Opinion

09/13/2012 - 11:51am

My sister, who lives in Arizona, called a few days ago to remind me of Dad’s birthday in late August.  If Dad were living, he would be 120 years old.  He was born in rural Bolivar County in 1892.

In my mind, as a pre-...

09/13/2012 - 11:48am

Politicians. Predictable as always and the Madison County Board of Supervisors are no different in that respect. You know the formula. Spend, spend, spend. Give sweet deals to the friends. Ignore anyone who questions the divine right of...

08/29/2012 - 11:44am

According to recent estimates, approximately 10 million men in the U.S. have testosterone deficiency but very few are receiving treatment. Men are living longer and are interested in maintaining their quality of life. Testosterone replacement...

08/29/2012 - 11:04am

Crash! Rattle! Roll! Welcome to a Sunday afternoon drive in the Bold New City.

I mean, what’s going on with the roads in Jackson? This is getting ridiculous. I understand our city has the misfortune of sitting on top of some...

08/23/2012 - 3:45pm

August was still in single digits when digital school bells announced the start of another year. How can it be?

Back in the day we had the school year and we had summer; two distinct seasons that did not overlap. Each held the other at...

08/23/2012 - 3:43pm

Over the years, as a gardener, a garden writer, and a garden traveler, I’ve first and last subscribed at least for a while to all of the garden magazines available. From the slick pages and high-end landscaping of Garden Design to the...

08/22/2012 - 11:25am

I recently returned to Ireland after a 32-year absence. Apparently, nobody missed me much.

Thirty-two years ago, Ireland was the poorest country in Europe and I was a backpacker with a scraggly orange beard.

Today, Ireland is...

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...