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Columns

04/16/2014 - 4:02pm

When did you learn to read? How did you learn to read? Was learning to read a big mystery? Can the time and the place be remembered of our early childhood reading habits? Within the huge umbrella of reading, what is a good, solid definition of...

04/16/2014 - 3:53pm

Despite all of the negative press about the demise of newspapers, we have some good news to share. The future of newspapers, particularly those in Mississippi, continues to be bright, and in some cases Mississippi is having record-setting years...

04/10/2014 - 3:13pm

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a “cultural retail attraction,” or CRA, incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.

The bill aided Yates Construction and...

04/10/2014 - 2:58pm

If you know who Fibber McGee, Margot Lane, and Mortimer Snerd are, please continue reading. If you’re acquainted with Ma Perkins, Stella Dallas, and Mary Noble, who married an actor, you may also join us. Why? Because you remember radio...

04/10/2014 - 2:51pm

My brother, William D. Mounger, with input and contributions from Jim Furrh’s close cadre of friends, has written a new book entitled, “The Unforgettable Jim Furrh.”  The inside jacket of the book states that it “...

04/03/2014 - 2:17pm

Jackson residents will head to the polls on April 8 to vote for the next man or woman to lead the capital city.

The candidate selected will fill the remainder of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s first term. Lumumba died in...

04/03/2014 - 2:12pm

In the last two weeks, the House and Senate put the finishing touches on House Bill 585, aimed at reforming Mississippi’s criminal justice and corrections system. It brings forward a number of recommendations following a year of study on...

04/03/2014 - 1:03pm

Statewide unemployment fell to 7.4 percent in February 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Time for celebration? No.

Economic development and job growth go hand-in-hand (well, reasonable people would agree).

...

04/03/2014 - 12:50pm

I was the speaker at a recent meeting of an old Jackson club founded in 1923.

I had been warned that members threw rolls at speakers who talked too long. It made me think about how to explain a complex subject to short attention span...

03/26/2014 - 1:43pm

One of the few nice things about growing old is historical perspective. It’s one thing to read about history. It’s another to live through it.

I vividly remember the skyrocketing crime of the early 1990s and the huge debate...

03/26/2014 - 1:33pm

As the song goes:  “Travel my way, take the highway, that’s the best.”  Going south on I-55 through the metro, then converging with I-20 west, all the while watching for the overhead sign that reads:  “New...

03/26/2014 - 1:27pm

Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted to go to conference with House Bill 504, known to many as simply the “Teacher Pay Raise Bill.” This followed the Senate passing its version of HB 504 last week. Here are the...

03/26/2014 - 1:20pm

THIS IS THE STORY of why we don’t need a net around our new trampoline but I might need a football helmet instead.

As my mother predicted, I got hurt, and I did it within hours of the trampoline being assembled and jumpable....

03/11/2014 - 3:21pm

Marie Osmond tells me on television that she lost 50 pounds eating pre-packaged meals sent to her home. That reminded me of childhood mealtimes and my grandmother’s nutritional malfeasance.

Until well after World War II ended in...

03/11/2014 - 3:06pm

There is no question the Mississippi Delta has played an important role in the American story. It gave our country the blues and blues music gave birth to rock and roll, R&B, and contributed greatly to jazz and country along the way. The...

03/11/2014 - 3:04pm

A better economic development policy

I recently wrote about Mississippi's efforts to create jobs by backing new technology failures such as Kior which received a $75 million interest free loan from the state. It was supposed to...

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...

03/07/2014 - 8:08am

My friend, John Allison Clark, is a 33rd degree Mason, the highest honor given to a Scottish Rite Mason. A few weeks ago,  Clark received a surprise invitation to attend and to be a candidate for the ancient and accepted Scottish Rite 33rd...

03/04/2014 - 2:50pm

“Winds in the east, there’s a mist comin' in like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin. Can't put me finger on what lies in store, but I feel what's to happen all happened before.”  -From the...

02/28/2014 - 1:20pm

I am starting to suffer from social media overload.

Admittedly, I am a gizmo geek. But the proliferation of multiple social media platforms is becoming hard for even a geek to handle.

After reading somewhere that five percent...

02/28/2014 - 1:00pm

Sixty years ago I learned the two things you say to a police officer: “Yes” and “Yes, sir.” I still live by that rule and am a confirmed supporter of law and order. 

A recent incident, however, may indicate...

02/28/2014 - 12:46pm

One can only wonder what Professor Barack Obama’s students learned in his Constitutional Law course. Given the later utterances of professor-turned-presidential-candidate Obama (“The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties,...

02/28/2014 - 7:57am

Hi y’all. Yockanookany Ned here.

There is a code in the South about genealogy, a code deciphering Southern aristocracy, long-lineage Southern aristocracy, and it applies mostly, if not only, to those who adhere to and use such a...

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...

02/20/2014 - 3:36pm

On Monday, February 10, 2014 my friend and I volunteered at Mustard Seed. Mustard Seed is an association that helps mentally challenged adults.

When I walked into the Mustard Seed store it was filled with pottery that you could buy and...