Flood controland insanity

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Albert Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” You could say the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) is insane. It built levees to control floods from 1879 to 1928. The great flood of 1927 showed that “levees only” didn’t work. So, Congress tried something different.





Tip of a mudberg

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Titanic ran into an iceberg, and sank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has run into a “Mudberg,” and its reputation is sinking. Mudberg is a 30-foot-high mound of sediments in the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that restricts its flow.



Peak idiocy

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Peak idiocy is an apt description of the Kemper County Lignite craze that possessed a former governor, the Mississippi Public Service Commission before the last election, and other notables.




The flood arms race

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The MS River – Winning

At the height of the nuclear arms race, the U.S. and the old USSR reached stalemate. Mutually Assured Destruction. Each side could destroy the other. So, neither launched the first missile.  Both eventually reduced their arsenals.  No nuclear disasters so far. (“Dr. Strangelove” was fiction.)


Flood control madness

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Mississippi River crested over nine feet above flood stage at Natchez on March 17 — higher than the epic 1927 flood which put the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the flood control business. The 2011 crest was even higher. Four of the five highest floods have happened since 2008.



Another stacked deck

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

What do Venezuela, Cuba, and the Kemper County Lignite Plant have in common? Answer: central planning. The first two are basket case countries that were once prosperous. They are victims of communism and socialism and centrally planned economies run by government experts.


The PSC versus the AG

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Mississippi Legislature is choosing sides in the fight between Mississippi’s attorney general and Public Service Commission. The fight is over $600 million of over-charges by Entergy Mississippi to its customers for high cost electricity from its sister companies in other states.


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