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Spring is all about renewal and unloading junk

March 24, 2015

Down South, most people consider March 1 to be the first day of spring. Sure enough, March 4th temperatures shot into the 80s. The next day, high temperatures were in the 30s – a fifty degree swing. Welcome to Mississippi weather.

Winning friends and influencing...

March 23, 2015

“If newsmen do not tell the truth as they see it because it might make waves, we have dishonored ourselves and we have lost the First Amendment by default.”—Richard Salant

People invariably say, when asked, that they want you to tell them the truth. It has been my experience that frequently changes when you actually do.

Public records and you

March 16, 2015

The annual nationwide Sunshine Week is celebrated this year from March 15 - 21.  USA newspapers publish stories about public records and the difficulty in obtaining some of them. “Public records” are generally defined as records regardless of their physical form (so email would be included) made or received in connection with the transaction of official business by any government agency.

Putting the Kemper power plan issue in perspective

March 9, 2015

“Why do you keep writing so much about the Kemper power plant, enough already. If I see one more anti-Kemper editorial I am going to cancel my subscription.”
Well, I guess that is one subscriber we will lose.

Homeland insecurity

March 6, 2015

“We are talking about maybe 40 or 50 people at most, out of a caucus of 247, out of a Congress of 436. We cannot allow such a small group to be dominating and controlling what happens in the United States Congress.”—Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

ROLLING FORK—What the congressman quoted above is saying is that we cannot allow the inmates to run the asylum. Except, of course, that they are.

Tim Ford guided Miss. House into the modern era

March 6, 2015

The House that freshman state Rep. Tim Ford joined in 1980 was one ruled by an all-powerful speaker who took care of his friends, ignored his enemies and marginalized the relatively small number of African American lawmakers – a group that had grown from four to 17 in the election that brought Ford to the Legislature.

Gunn: No money lost with slow tax phase-out

March 4, 2015

JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn used an analogy involving goats and church tithing Monday to make the point that Mississippi would never lose money under a long-term proposal to phase out the state personal income tax.

Be prepared for anything when climb family tree

March 3, 2015

When I was asked to be the speaker at the Noxubee County Historical Society’s monthly meeting, I was a bit fearful. People interested in history know their stuff. They expect their speakers to be up to speed.

A little tolerance goes a long way

March 2, 2015

“Moderation is a fatal thing: nothing succeeds like excess.” — Oscar Wilde

ROLLING FORK—In the great matters of nation-states, the perspective derived from their individuals is often instructive.

Rural America: It’s complicated, really complicated

February 27, 2015

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much of rural America.

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