Financing disasters

The horrific wildfires in California that have wiped out thousands of homes and killed scores of people in recent weeks has prompted a similar question as one raised in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Should areas prone to natural disaster be rebuilt?

A better playoff

Here’s a great idea from Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel: Since some of last weekend’s college football conference championship games essentially are the first round of the playoffs, how about replacing these games by bringing four more schools into the chase for the national title?

American values

Donald Trump is faced with the same dilemma all U.S. presidents face in dealing with U.S. allies who don’t live up to  American values. Do you stick by principle and reduce ties with an economic or security partner who violates our nation’s norms? Or do you gloss over the ally’s transgression and conduct business as usual?

Grady Howell on writing and history

Grady Howell is a Northside author and retired historian from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). Howell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He and his wife Gail reside in Northeast Jackson.