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Opinion

12/18/2014 - 11:47am

My apologies to Dr. Dick Blount, who will be upset at the attention.

I have known Dick, a retired opthalmologist, for many years as an elder in our church and a great conversationalist.

Only last year did a member of our...

12/18/2014 - 11:45am

One easy way to help your neighbor during this Christmas season is to patronize locally owned independent businesses and stores. By shopping locally, you allow these business to thrive and create jobs. This makes the local economy more vibrant...

12/18/2014 - 11:43am

My first remembrance of pecan pie was my paternal grandmother’s homemade delicacy. And when I say homemade, I mean homemade. As the saying goes, it was from scratch – including the homegrown pecans. And, to this day, whether real or...

12/18/2014 - 11:41am

Dear Editor:

The mystery of dyslexia causing problems in our schools. First, the condition in our children is difficult to diagnose and second our teachers and administrators are not trained in preparing classwork for those affected...

12/18/2014 - 11:39am

"Ain't gonna be no rematch," Apollo Creed. "Don't want one," Rocky Balboa.  These lines and characters are from the movie "Rocky." Its brutal iconic fight is a metaphor for Mississippi Power's...

12/18/2014 - 11:38am

Christmas (or, as the ACLU calls it, End of Year Non-Religious Time of Feasting, Shopping, and Diversity Celebrations) is a time of giving.

Because of budgetary considerations brought on by higher prices and increased shipping costs, I...

12/15/2014 - 5:00pm

The Economy seems to be picking up steam. Nationally, 330,000 new jobs were created last month – the most since 1999.

Mississippi has not fared as well. Depending on which employment report you use – the one that polls...

12/15/2014 - 4:58pm

Wyatt, I read, with keen interest, your column on the birth of the Republican Party in Mississippi.  I certainly “take my hat off” in solid and sound congratulations to Wirt Yerger and many others who did not flinch from all...

12/15/2014 - 4:28pm

Airport study done in secret

PROPONENTS OF Madison County’s airport site study say the study was done in secret in order to eliminate “outside influence.”

...
12/15/2014 - 4:18pm

Dear Editor:

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future...

12/15/2014 - 4:16pm

The last seventy years or so have been trying times for “progressives,” as the political left has returned to calling itself after a number of decades of being “liberals,” a sobriquet that became associated with such...

12/15/2014 - 4:14pm

What a year for Mississippians, right? We have a right to be proud of our state. Mississippi proud! So many times we are on the bottom of whatever list. Over the years I have said, "Well, the Bible says the last shall be first and the...

12/10/2014 - 3:18pm

PROPONENTS OF Madison County’s airport site study say the study was done in secret in order to eliminate “outside influence.”

Tim Coursey, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA...

12/04/2014 - 7:58am

One of the best organizations in our state is called PEER. It stands for Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. It is a creation of our state Legislature. It consists of 23 professionals – attorneys, CPAs, MBAs...

12/04/2014 - 7:54am

Given the buildup, it is disappointing but hardly surprising that Ferguson, Mo., responded last week in gunfire, arson and looting when prosecutors announced that a grand jury had opted to not indict Darren Wilson.

What is perhaps most...

12/04/2014 - 7:53am

In 2010, bedbugs (Cimex lectularis) topped the list of issues faced by U.S. exterminators for the first time, reportedly more problematic than roaches and termites. These parasitic insects were mentioned in ancient...

12/04/2014 - 7:51am

About once a month, I get a phone call from a parent – usually a mom.  She is frustrated.  She’s past tears.  She’s angry, desperate and out of options.  Her son has dyslexia.  She knows he’s not...

12/04/2014 - 7:49am

“Two Mississippians – one a Reform Jew and the other a Recovering Protestant - went to Israel” sounds like the opening line of a politically-incorrect joke.  Admittedly, we were an odd pair for a pilgrimage.  Though...

11/27/2014 - 7:41am

Often the ward one race for the Jackson City Council is lucky to field one or two good candidates. This year we have a bunch. The election is Tuesday, December 2.

I personally know four of the candidates: Ashby Foote, Dorsey Carson,...

11/27/2014 - 7:39am

Here’s an easy, no-cost solution to improving the quality of life in Jackson: expand the city ordinance allowing public access gates.

No doubt whoever is elected on December 2 (or in the December 16 runoff) to the Jackson City...

11/27/2014 - 7:36am

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans the number of homeless veterans has somewhat decreased. But there are still a number of our military soldiers homeless and in need of jobs and shelter. We need our government to get more...

11/19/2014 - 7:08am

It’s been 50 years since Ronald Reagan made his national political debut. The recent Republican congressional victories prove that Reagan’s cherished ideals of liberty and small government still resonate.

In the wake of...

11/19/2014 - 7:06am

Most of the reaction to Chris Epps’ indictment last week on corruption charges has been that of disbelief.

The three Mississippi governors who made him the longest-serving corrections commissioner in the country, as well as most...

11/19/2014 - 7:05am

Good mysteries follow a certain formula: a lead character who drives the story/solves the mystery, supporting characters who provide clues, a familiar setting readers may envision, a plot with clear beginning, middle and end, a murder or crime...

11/19/2014 - 7:02am

Hi y’all.

Yockanookany Ned here.

Let’s talk about metaphors, canine metaphors, and more specifically… Southern canine metaphors.

As everyone knows, and to bore you with a definition, a metaphor is a...