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Wyatt Emmerich

10/17/2014 - 5:32am

Every October something interferes with that perfect Saturday mid-afternoon sail on the reservoir. This year I was glued to the TV watching the State-Auburn game.

As much as I detest trading an indoor activity for an outdoor activity,...

10/07/2014 - 10:47am

From time to time, I get the urge to briefly comment on a wide variety of issues, so here goes:

Giving rappers the keys to the city. Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis recently feted hip-...

10/02/2014 - 2:05pm

The misguided effort to expand the port of Gulfport is about to come crashing to a halt and it could cost Mississippi hundreds of millions.

After Katrina, former Gov. Haley Barbour diverted $600 million in disaster aid money to expand...

09/28/2014 - 7:40am

Mississippians are the most passionate football fans in the country, or so I remember reading in a survey a few years ago. I have no reason to doubt its accuracy.

Certainly, Mississippi has produced far more than its share of football...

09/16/2014 - 8:35am

Ronnie musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.

“It’s obvious y’all aren’t interested in the substantive facts. You’re just...

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....

09/04/2014 - 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...

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...

08/13/2014 - 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...

08/05/2014 - 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...

07/30/2014 - 8:04am

For the first time ever, I went to Europe and had a place to stay. My sister and brother-in-law now live in The Hague, which is the capital city of the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Melanie and Steve (Stringfellow) have lived in...

07/22/2014 - 12:47pm

MARK TWAIN complained that there were lies, damn lies and statistics. I’ve also heard that 90 percent of statistics are wrong.

This comes to mind when thinking about a recent study published in Forbes magazine that rates...

07/15/2014 - 12:48pm

A recent hinds County Chancery Court ruling has put the quietus on drilling just off the coast of Mississippi and that’s a good thing.

Mississippi doesn’t have much coastline to begin with and what coast we do have is in...

07/11/2014 - 3:29pm

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) keeps track of electricity costs. Their April statistics show that Mississippi homeowners paid 11.87 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. This is lower than the U.S. average of 12.31...

07/01/2014 - 2:45pm

At the Mississippi Press Association, a panel was convened to discuss the long hot summer of 1964, when civil rights tension was at a peak 50 years ago.

Has it really been 50 years? I am getting old. It seems like yesterday. I was a...

06/26/2014 - 5:49am

BILL MANDUCA, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

These wells were drilled within 50 kilometers of Mzuzu in northern...

06/18/2014 - 3:07pm

The biggest challenge Jackson city government faces is the cost of upgrading its water and sewer system. One of my goals is to learn enough about this subject to write intelligently about it.

To that effect, I am one of the handful of...

06/15/2014 - 5:37am

Now that the Cochran-McDaniel race has gone to a runoff, I feel regretfully compelled to write again on the subject.

As I said in my previous column, this is a choice of ideology or money. McDaniel is the purist and would refuse...

05/27/2014 - 8:22am

When hurricane Katrina hit the coast nine years ago, the federal government gave Mississippi six billion in aid. Then governor Haley Barbour decided to use $600 million of that money to expand the port of Gulfport. So far, little has come of...

05/09/2014 - 12:25pm

Mississippi is virtually tied with Louisiana for the wettest state in North America. Add heat to this and you get bugs. Lots of them.

Most recently the Jackson area has been plagued by black flies, also known as buffalo gnats. The...

03/08/2014 - 7:39am

The Race Between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran for U.S. senator is crystallizing Mississippi’s great political irony.

Mississippi is one of the most conservative states in the nation, yet it receives the most federal aid. We...

02/20/2014 - 3:52pm

With MORE THAN a million pages of local, state and federal laws and regulations in this country, I’m not sure it’s a good thing our Legislature is busy passing new laws.

My favorite politician is Calvin Coolidge who liked...

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...

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...

12/05/2013 - 10:40am

On a sunny day this past summer, Germany produced a world record of 24 gigawatts of electricity per hour. That’s equal to 20 nuclear power stations. At its peak that day, solar panels produced a quarter of the entire electricity consumed...