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Wyatt Emmerich: Advice for Jackson's new mayor (and not bad advice for all mayors)

Posted 5/13/2017 in Local Columns

So now Jackson will have yet another mayor. Let's pray he's a good one.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: An 'old gray-headed nark' speaks his mind

Posted 4/28/2017 in Local Columns

Marshall Fisher, the new head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is about as true blue a law enforcement professional as you will ever find.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Megadeals are damaging state's economy

Posted 4/22/2017 in National Columns

Wouldn't you love to sell something for $50 million and only be required to pay back $5 million if you failed to deliver? What a deal.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Homage to an old pilot

Posted 4/6/2017 in Local Columns

There's an old pilot saying: There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots. And then there is my father-in-law Bob Knight.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi: The stats do not paint a rosy picture

Posted 3/10/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi's population has almost stopped growing for the first time in 50 years. Mississippi has grown less than .7 percent since the year 2000.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The Kemper County fiasco

Posted 2/28/2017 in Local Columns

Southern Company chief executive officer Tom Fanning now says it may be less expensive to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas than gasified lignite (low grade coal). That means the $6.2 billion cost of the gasifier is down the drain.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The debate over tax and spend

Posted 2/24/2017 in Local Columns

Money is always tight. That is the nature of money. There is never enough.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State should lean on open source software to save money, reduce brain drain

Posted 2/10/2017 in Local Columns

Oxford Entrepreneur Harley Garrett has an intriguing idea that deserves consideration by our state leaders: Use a portion of Mississippi's technology budget to promote university-based start-ups using open source code.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time to face the music on road repair

Posted 1/26/2017 in Local Columns

State legislative leaders like to look down their noses at Jackson city government, but they are on the verge of replicating the same mistakes by neglecting road maintenance.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper operating costs are the final blow

Posted 10/28/2016 in Local Columns

In a state like Mississippi, which limits and regulates power companies, your electric bill is effectively a tax over which you have little control. As a result, it is incumbent upon the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to act responsibly to protect consumers. We call on the PSC commissioners to do their jobs and shoot down any more rate increases relating to the ill-fated Kemper power plant.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The true costs of corporate subsidies

Posted 7/27/2016 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) recently released a study touting all the jobs and money produced for Mississippi by the Nissan plant in Canton.

 

In Mississippi and in Malawi, corruption equals poverty

Posted 6/23/2016 in Local Columns

One nice thing about being a publisher is getting to meet interesting people. One of these people is Lazarus Chakwera, opposition leader of Malawi, a country of 16 million people in southeast Africa.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism

Posted 5/25/2016 in Local Columns

I received a nice letter from Donna Barksdale asking me to contribute to a new online Mississippi news service called Mississippi Today.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: One level of separation from The Beatles

Posted 5/16/2016 in National Columns

The Delta, home of the blues, can capitalize on music tourism. The new Grammy Museum in Cleveland is a big step in that direction.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Some things the Legislature got right

Posted 4/28/2016 in Local Columns

I commend our state Legislature for several things: Finally ending the election of school supervisors, balancing the budget, expanding charter schools, and repealing the franchise tax.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Back-to-back public relations blunders

Posted 4/18/2016 in National Columns

Our new Republican leaders are so desperate for new jobs, they'll fork over billions in taxpayers' money to bribe big foreign companies to come to Mississippi.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State should be more competitive on solar

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi has some of the worst laws in the nation on solar energy. That's too bad because solar is becoming competitive and Mississippi has lots of sunshine.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The most corrupt state in the nation?

Posted 3/9/2016 in Local Columns

After pressure from traditional newspaper watchdogs, including the Northside Sun, the Legislature is finally considering a bit of ethics reform.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: 'Foolish at best, deceptive at worst'

Posted 2/22/2016 in National Columns

State leaders are claiming the new Continental Tire plant will be cash flow positive to the Mississippi general fund. I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how the numbers work.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Smaller newspapers, more corruption

Posted 1/25/2016 in National Columns

A pre-sentencing investigation by the U.S. Probation Office claims Mississippians lost $300 million because prison head Chris Epps steered contracts to high bidders.

 

 

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