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The week the music died

April 24, 2015

“Almost cut my hair. It happened just the other day.”—Quoted material by David Crosby

Once a week for 38 years, right at 60 percent of my life, I have sat, as now, in front of some sort of device upon which one might type, in order to craft an opinion column.

Constitution is the best defense

April 23, 2015

Did you read about the boatload of Americans fleeing the U.S. to go to ... well, name a country, any country. America is one of the few nations in the world no one is fleeing. America is one of the few nations in the world people would literally risk their lives and lives of loved ones to enter. Why? Because our Constitution establishes a republic guaranteeing “liberty and freedom for all.” 

Deck is stacked to favor incumbents

April 22, 2015

It’s April. Mississippi’s general election is in November. Want to be on a ballot? To be part of the “change” people are always talking about? Sorry. Two months too late. Qualifying for any county or state office (except school boards) ended Feb. 27.
Back in the 1990s, a major shift to earlier candidate deadlines was enacted. Lawmakers themselves called it the “Incumbency Protection Act.”

Ring in the olde? How do you sell tomorrow on yesterday?

April 21, 2015

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.
This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn’t matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present -- or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke -- we gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the screen door latch, and find little worthy of regard in yesterday.

Let the games begin

April 20, 2015

“Politicians sit yourselves down; there’s nothing for you here...”
—Graham Nash

Well, the American democratic republic’s every four-year exercise in what is all too often futility is now officiallyunderway, and like it or not, we might as well resign ourselves to the chirping from the political class that will make up in volume what it might lack in tone from now until Nov. 2016.

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.

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