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Opinion

09/10/2014 - 6:35am

As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent, followed by Georgia at 7.8 and Michigan and Rhode Island both at 7.7.

Alabama is 7.0. Louisiana is 5.4. Tennessee is 7.1 and Arkansas is 6.2....

09/10/2014 - 6:31am

The law of unintended consequences

The U.S. Supreme Court will be considering a case out of Alabama that could have implications for Mississippi and other states where a trade-off between black and...

09/10/2014 - 6:29am

As I research for this column, there are 119,363 people waiting for an organ in the U.S. Each day, about 79 patients receive organs; however, 18 people die daily waiting for a transplant that can’t take place due to a shortage of donated...

09/10/2014 - 6:27am

When I came to work as a cub reporter at the Commonwealth in 1982, my starting salary was $200 per week.

That doesn’t sound like much today, but it was enough to live on. Converted to today’s dollars, it would come to a...

09/10/2014 - 6:25am

Ordinarily, when a senior citizen announces that his stool is today’s discussion topic, the room empties faster than a split grocery bag. So stay where you are; the stool we’re going to examine is metal, and it illustrates what a...

09/04/2014 - 12:54pm

Last week was a sad week around the Emmerich household. Many tears were shed. Many “I love you”s were spoken.

Like any parent, I cannot comprehend the pain and grief suffered by David and Sheila Wilbanks. It is the worst...

09/04/2014 - 12:52pm

JPS won’t have a prayer

 

Political correctness has forced God out of yet another venue within Jackson Public Schools. This time it’s the district’s...

09/04/2014 - 12:49pm

John Lewis, a man with a most talented background – and certainly a man with a versatile and accomplished military and professional career - was guest speaker at the Walter Scott Coffee Club that meets each Saturday morning.

As a...

09/04/2014 - 12:47pm

A myth is a widely held false belief. An ancient Chinese myth says the world is flat and rests on the back of a great turtle which in turn rests on a greater turtle, and so on. It's turtles all the way down. Today this means endless...

09/04/2014 - 12:46pm

As I write on this mid-August morning, the temperature in the low 60s is delightful. We are experiencing the fifth cool front of this summer. The weatherman says this is highly unusual. More than half the days this summer have been below...

08/31/2014 - 10:26am

Jackson’s new mayor Tony Yarber gave the city a much-needed dose of reality when he cut the proposed city budget $110 million over the previous year.

Even then, Yarber’s proposed $392 million...

08/31/2014 - 10:22am

Former governors have a right to make a living, but there’s much that doesn’t feel right about Ronnie Musgrove’s effort to profit off of Mississippi’s repeated inability to live up to an education funding formula he...

08/31/2014 - 10:20am

In the United States, we look at mosquitoes as a nuisance – that irritating, high-pitched whine that invades our peaceful sleep. But, worldwide, mosquitoes transmit disease to more than 700 million persons annually. Mosquitoes transmit...

08/31/2014 - 10:19am

Recently The Northside Sun graciously ran a series of columns in which we discussed various aspects of House Bill 585, a sweeping act of our Legislature that revolutionized, to a certain extent, the criminal justice system of our state by...

08/31/2014 - 10:05am

YEAH THRICE YEAH! Excellent articles on Kemper County Coal Plant Boondoggle, Chris McDaniel's Latest Quixotic Last Stand and the University of Mississippi versus Ole Miss in the August 14 edition of the Sun. 

 Regarding...

08/13/2014 - 10:04am

Sometimes I wonder, “What in the world were they thinking?”

Naming thousands of voters in a lawsuit is not good politics, so I wonder what Chris McDaniel was thinking would come of his massive effort to roll back his recent...

08/13/2014 - 10:03am

The Southern Co. was dealt a huge — and deserved — blow this week when Mississippi’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to delay prudency hearings on the controversial “clean coal” plant the utility giant...

08/13/2014 - 10:01am

Could the forest be named for me?

Thoughts and speculations dawned on me that I was all lined up and was ready for the good news about an inheritance. Big or small, I was anxiously waiting. This daydream turned out to be an exciting...

08/13/2014 - 10:00am

The possibility of bankruptcy for Mississippi Power came up in a discussion last month with reporters and editors who follow the company's Kemper County lignite project. One reporter said its Southern Company parent should pay the $5...

08/13/2014 - 9:58am

In the previous parts of this series, we've covered a very broad overview of House Bill 585, discussing (admittedly out of context) select issues in order to highlight some of the facets of the legislation that have not heretofore received...

08/05/2014 - 2:14pm

Just turned 56, so it’s that time of year for a bit of reflection. I’ve been thinking about 25 years of column writing. That’s a quarter of a century. A long time.

One thousand three hundred columns. At a thousand...

08/05/2014 - 2:11pm

Ron Dickey didn’t have much of a chance to begin with at unseating incumbent Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.

But the Democratic challenger has torpedoed his own campaign by apparently puffing up...

08/05/2014 - 2:09pm

The torturous election fight between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea-Party challenger Chris McDaniel has suddenly gotten more complicated.

According to an attorney for the Mississippi Republican Party, crossover voting - the key point...

08/05/2014 - 2:05pm

There's always someone in your life that you take for granted. You know that person. They're always there. They're always dependable.

They're behind the scenes. They're just making sure everything gets done and they...

08/05/2014 - 2:03pm

Dear Editor:

The cheating scandal in the Mississippi public schools made the headline of the Clarion-Ledger Sunday edition June  29, 2014. This problem is a disgrace and leads to shame. Blame the cheating problem on poverty - that...