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Community support pours in for doctor making house calls

April 16, 2015

I was raised by a small town doctor who made his hospital rounds at 7 a.m. then saw patients from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. After seeing his last patient in the office, he drove all over the county seeing folks too sick or infirm to get to his office or the hospital. I never heard him complain, and invariably he came home with a bag of squash, a pound cake and some homegrown tomatoes.

Presidential politics ramping up and it’s all about the money

April 15, 2015

We have at least 14 more months of presidential political campaigns and primaries in the Republican Party. How many will run for the GOP nomination? Nobody knows. Democrats don’t really care. They’ll enjoy watching GOP candidates tearing down and maligning fellow Republicans until the RNC selects a survivor to run against Hillary.

Just a touch of culture

April 14, 2015

“This writing of plays is a great matter, forming as it does the minds and affections of men in such so that whatsoever they see done in show on the stage, they will presently be doing in earnest in the world, which is but a larger stage.”—George Bernard Shaw

Call this my attempt at improving the culture. I am under no illusion that it might succeed.

Fight courageously for your beliefs - but do it with civility

April 13, 2015

April is under way and it’s a good time to live in Mississippi. The temperature is perfect and it’s inspiring to see nature’s annual renewal.
My week started with a call from David Jordan, longtime state senator from Greenwood. He was planning to honor veteran journalist Bill Minor at the Capitol and wanted me to be there because of the long association of the Emmerichs and Bill Minor.

Judge Kidd adds fire to Initiative 42 debate

April 9, 2015

On the issue of the language of a legislative alternative to Initiative 42, one Hinds County judge chosen by the voters of one judicial district rejected the will of the majority of state legislators elected in in 174 legislative districts statewide.

Breaking through the class ceiling

April 8, 2015

Starkville’s Jack Vaughn was an outstanding football official, so proficient he officiated three Super Bowls and more playoffs games than he could count.
Jack died last December of a heart attack. A funny, smart guy with so many stories, he will be missed.

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Fly the fearful skies of the unhinged

April 7, 2015

The apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot has us riveted, as commercial plane crashes usually do.
In each terrible instance, we put ourselves in the cabin, imagining what our last thoughts or actions would be. Would we close our eyes and pray? Would we scream? Would we seize the person next to us, desperately grasping at one last human connection?

Governor reviews 2015 legislative session

April 3, 2015

Lawmakers this session responded to Gov. Phil Bryant’s call for increased government accountability by sending him a measure to tighten controls on state contracting procedures.

Facts aren’t negotiable

April 2, 2015

“Most people don’t know what they are doing, and a lot of them are really good at it.”—George Carlin

ROLLING FORK—This just in: Facts are facts.
You can dispute that. You can argue with that. You can absolutely, flat out hate that. But the one thing you cannot do is change that. Facts are facts.

Man’s progress or God’s deliverance

April 1, 2015

“And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8
This chapter unveils the four horsemen of the Apocalypse and the beginning of the troubling end times.

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