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Opinion

10/29/2014 - 3:58pm

MEMBERS OF the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation will probably fall out into seizures if they read this passage, taken from a 1789 issue of the New York Daily Advisor:

“…the people may go up to the house of God...

10/28/2014 - 10:19am

As I sat in “Death Valley” watching Ole Miss lose an exciting defensive football game, I said a silent prayer to my paternal grandfather, John Oliver Emmerich Sr.

On either side of me and my son John were two very large and...

10/28/2014 - 10:17am

The reason many Americans distrust the government is because it can do some of the craziest things — sometimes so crazy that its own divisions can’t understand the reasoning.

So it is with the revelation this week, turned...

10/28/2014 - 10:16am

Tree-stand accidents are the greatest cripplers and killers in our sport of hunting. I have seen figures as high as 300-500 dying and 5,000-7,000 incurring permanent disability annually as a result of tree-stand accidents. The majority of these...

10/28/2014 - 10:14am

Dear Editor:

For years, I've had a jaded opinion of how the average citizens viewed the military.

It comes, I'm sure, from my 20 years in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. As a child of WWII it was exciting to...

10/24/2014 - 3:30pm

I avoid endorsements for political races. In most races there are several qualified candidates. Endorse one candidate and make the other three or four enemies for life. That’s a good recipe for running a community newspaper into the...

10/24/2014 - 3:29pm

Data released Friday by the Mississippi Department of Education reiterate the need for Mississippi to mandate pre-kindergarten. Two-thirds of the public school kindergarten students tested failed to measure up. The benchmark for readiness on a...

10/24/2014 - 3:28pm

Dear Editor:

Special thanks to your region's public school superintendents, teachers, district staff, parents and community friends for their splendid support and help with gathering more than 200,000 signatures for the Better...

10/24/2014 - 3:26pm

The washing machine and the dryer are located next to the back door. As you go out to the carport, the two laundry items are very permanent. They have been located in the same spot for 50 plus years.

One day I was rushing out the back...

10/24/2014 - 3:24pm

There are good reasons to be concerned that the Kemper County Lignite Plant under construction by Mississippi Power could explode if started up. So, will it ever start up? Probably not. Here's why.

Construction of the experimental...

10/24/2014 - 3:23pm

The Rebels’ 34-3 Saturday night home win against the Volunteers didn’t engender the fervor (or sales tax revenues) of the Bama victory. Still, Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC) is now ranked No. 1 in the SEC West and No. 3 in the nation....

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,...

10/17/2014 - 5:29am

With temperatures cooling and hunting seasons picking up, remember to watch out for deer along the roadsides.

According to data compiled by State Farm insurance agency, Mississippi is in the Top 10 when it comes to vehicle-deer...

10/17/2014 - 5:28am

FOR Mississippi State University supporters, good things occasionally come in bunches. Two landmark events happened in the month just past: an epic whip-up job on the LSU Tigers and the public debut of the Cowbelt, a holster designed to keep...

10/17/2014 - 5:22am

Ardent Bulldog fans may recall the even-then specious Bleacher Report article in 2011 when pseudo sportswriter Brad Taylor penned an article entitled “Mississippi State Wastes $10.6 Million on Overrated, Unproven Dan Mullen.” The...

10/17/2014 - 5:20am

Having been an admirer of stop motion animation beginning with the “Wallace and Gromit” shorts and the movie “Chicken Run” (both produced by Aardman Animations studios) as a kid, I enjoy no less watching the latest stop-...

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-...

10/07/2014 - 10:43am

One of the bedrock reforms that has brought some reasonableness to Mississippi’s civil justice system has survived its latest threat.

The state Supreme Court, which had been asked to decide whether it was constitutional to put a...

10/07/2014 - 10:42am

This all started because of a long, loose shoelace that was dangling on the floor.  I did not trip on the shoelace, but came close.  My balance is poor, but I did not fall.  Falling, at my age, can be dangerous.  Trying to...

10/07/2014 - 10:39am

This month marks the start of creating a 2016 state budget that funds priorities like education, job growth and public safety while eliminating waste and inefficiencies. 

Speaker Philip Gunn and I, joined by six senators and six...

10/07/2014 - 10:32am

Most snakebites result from attempts to handle, provoke or kill them - can you believe that? My greatest springtime fear was to unknowingly sit on “old Mr. No-Shoulders” when, while still dark, I would plop down at the base of a...

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...

10/02/2014 - 2:04pm

Drunken driving is an issue of significant public concern. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver,...

10/02/2014 - 2:03pm

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation lies 10,000 to 15,000 feet below the surface of the southwest corner of Mississippi and extends west and south into  Louisiana. It contains billions of barrels of crude oil. Its existence has been...

10/02/2014 - 2:01pm

A funny thing happened on the way to The Orpheum. And it happened in the parking lot. As my wife and another couple exited the Beale Street parking lot in Memphis, we were approached by a conservatively attired young woman. Sister Bradford, a...