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Columns

07/06/2012 - 2:50pm

July Fourth may be one of the most laid back of the Mississippi holidays. After all, with the steaming heat, who can do much but cook up some ribs and hang by the pool?

Of course, today we have air conditioning - thank the good Lord -...

06/27/2012 - 12:09pm

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Local headlines blare the problem. Recent samples: “Teen pregnancy an epidemic;” and “5-part MPB series to explore teen pregnancy.” And our problem really is...

06/27/2012 - 12:05pm

People t hear the puerile rantings of People today hear the puerile rantings of Jackson’s city council members, as well as the vitriol spewed across the aisles in our Legislature, and wonder how much worse it can possibly get. The answer...

06/27/2012 - 11:56am

The $2.8 billion lignite gassification plant in Kemper County is in trouble. It’s $366 million over budget but only 22 percent completed.

Public pressure is increasing. Last week the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC)...

06/20/2012 - 12:56pm

As simple as that sounds, it never ceases to amaze me how often people fail to recognize that. Many times people make statements or rules with the best intentions but lack the authority or means to enforce the changes. How often have you heard...

06/20/2012 - 12:54pm

Mississippi and Mississippians have a way of finding themselves on “lists,” some of national recognition whose intent is to cast negative aura.         

There may be unsettling...

06/20/2012 - 12:50pm

I read Lee Paris' moving article in the Sun with tears in my eyes, though I am not a weeper. His paean on the love of a father for his daughter was outstanding, and made one believe in the enduring power of family love across generations....

06/12/2012 - 12:17pm

Sunday, June 3, was a big day in my life. I was the guest speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Hederman Cancer Clinic at Baptist Hospital.

There were several hundred people who were invited to attend the 10th year celebration of the...

06/12/2012 - 12:16pm

the economic story of our generation has been greatly affected by the rise of China as a great industrial power.

With more than a billion educated people desperate for work, China has devastated American manufacturing. For the first...

06/11/2012 - 6:50am

While awaiting the much anticipated (by Marvel fans) “The Avengers,” starring Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Widow and Thor, I must admit to intense excitement on my part and on the part of my two-year-old son, Paul...

06/11/2012 - 6:47am

As a fairly typical middle-aged family man, I occasionally gripe about the pressures and hassles of family life. Sometimes it seems like the members of my family view me as an ATM, but more annoying than the bank kind because I complain when...

05/29/2012 - 1:03pm

Ever since high schools and colleges had athletic teams, they all had names, or nicknames, as was said in earlier days. And as professional athletics evolved, they too had “nicknames.”

The names provided a source of pride,...

05/29/2012 - 1:01pm

My high school friend, Tom Lisenby, has introduced me to a homespun master of the short personal essay, Leon Hale.  Mr. Hale writes a column of personal commentary three times a week for the Houston Chronicle.  The New York Times, in...

05/29/2012 - 12:59pm

Apollo 13 was launched at 1:13 p.m. CST April 17, 1970. NASA selected Navy Capt. James Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert on the fifth space shot to the moon. Early on the third day and some 200,000 miles from home, Apollo 13 was rocked by a...

05/29/2012 - 12:55pm

I fought the law and the law won. Alas, my 37-year perfect driving streak has come to an end.

I didn’t go down without a fight. My “move over” violation had a gray area, but in the end, the judge sided with the police...

05/22/2012 - 9:37am

Reading Lottie Boggan's column on customer service sans politesse (as in "unstudied rudeness"), I must admit it struck a familiar chord. Both she and I grew up in a period of gentler times and manners, when mega chain stores were...

05/22/2012 - 9:33am

On May Third and fourth the Central High School Class of 1952 had its 60th class reunion. I should have put an exclamation point after that last sentence – 60 years ago we graduated – my oh my. On May 3 we met at Brent’s Drugs...

05/22/2012 - 9:30am

Since the 1630s, when America’s colonies needed militia protection from hostile forces of two different continents, the National Guard has remained prepared to protect the homefront from would-be invaders and nature’s unpredictable...

05/22/2012 - 9:26am

THE PHOTO of Billy Elmore has always haunted me. It pops up every now and then as my computer screen rotates through thousands of stored photos.

He is a handsome lad, far younger than I am today. His appearance reminds me of my oldest...

05/15/2012 - 3:20pm

THE 13TH CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL occurred from April 13 to April 15, 2012. It showed me that Mississippi has a film industry of  its own. The film festival showed features, short subjects, biographical films, cartoons, computerized...

05/15/2012 - 3:18pm

I don't really know how to relax. I'm guilty of always needing something to do. If I take a nap, you can assume I'm sick. With that said, I'm so jealous of those people that can grab a book, sit back  and just chill. I...

05/15/2012 - 3:14pm

Our lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, and governor, Phil Bryant, are doing a disservice to Northsider Dr. Carl Reddix. Reeves and Bryant are holding up the appointment of Reddix to the state Board of Health because of an insignificant link to a...

05/10/2012 - 7:00am

Relieving the best criminal judge of all his criminal cases is not the way to exercise responsibility as senior circuit judge. What on earth is Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green doing?

Green has averaged one criminal trial...

05/09/2012 - 12:49pm

Someone close to me once said he thought Mother's Day was probably started by Hallmark, as a stunt to sell more cards. It would have been a great marketing ploy, and Hallmark probably wishes they had thought of it. But my friend is kind of...

05/08/2012 - 3:30pm


This story is about my dad – a good man.  “Bud” was his nickname.  The only person I ever heard call him Walter was his friend, Mr. Walter Sillers of Rosedale.

Dad was born in 1892.  He was...