Opinion



State senator Polk leading the charge for bidding reform

By WYATT EMMERICH,

MISSISSIPPI state senator John Polk is one of the good guys helping to improve our state.

As a young boy, he saw the potential in his parents’ retirement project of preparing hickory smoked meats. Today, you can see the modern Polk Meats facility on the south side of Highway 49 in Magee. They distribute all over the country.


Good Supreme Court rulings

Unless you’re a fan of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants; or of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week probably didn’t catch your attention. But there’s a second story to the ruling that’s important.


Set realistic education goals

Goal-setting is a delicate business if you are trying to use it to motivate a person, or lots of persons.

Set the goal too high and people get discouraged when they can’t get anywhere close to it. Set the goal too low and they don’t push themselves, since they can reach the goal without much effort.



The PSC and MRC

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

What do the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) have in common? Both have presided over multi-billion-dollar project failures. The PSC’s is the Southern Company’s unworkable Kemper County Lignite plant. The MRC’s is the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project (MR&TP).


Craft breweries take us back to the future

By ASHBY FOOTE,

Those intrigued by the ongoing reinvention of old bombed out spaces in cities across the country would do well to read “Masters of Craft – Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy.” The author, Richard Ocejo, is a professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City and he has immersed himself in these once industrial but now gentrifying urban


Chaos en route to the church

By ROBERT STEDMAN,

Is it me, or do the most chaotic moments in life seem to be on the way to church? At a recent Sunday service, I had finally, frantically landed in a pew. My parents had patiently saved a seat for me and my son. Of course, within five minutes, I had impatiently hushed my mom for "whispering" too loud and given my dad a look for not hearing.



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