On almost any major economic development project the State considers, a cost-benefit analysis is customarily done to determine whether the proposal will create jobs and makes good economic sense.
Your comment about the Colorado shooting, (The only thing that would have made a big difference is if one or more patrons would have been allowed, by the theater management, to carry legally concealed handguns into the theater.") is absurd beyond belief.
A few times I've been asked where the Prairie is, so I'll share how I found out and how you can find out for yourself.
In Friday's Opinion, Other Editors column, someone with the McComb, MS, Enterprise Journal weighed in proposing "middle ground" on the issue of "gun control." They want a resurgence of the "assault weapons" ban and the high capacity magazine ban as a compromise. Neither would have made any difference in the theater massacre in Colo. a couple of weeks ago.
Our country is in mourning over the deaths in Aurora, Colorado. As I write this, 12 people have died there. Several more are hospitalized in serious condition. By the time you read this, the death count may be higher.
I am not picking on Starkville Alderman Roy A. Perkins. I use him merely as an example of something that seems more and more prevalent these days, and not just among officials and politicians.
The recent massacre in a movie theater in Aurora, CO, has all the Liberals and anti-gun nut crowd slobbering with joy because they have new "ammunition" to use in railing against privately owned firearms.
Imagine three couples and a film crew crowded into a garage in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during a March rainstorm. In the garage six Chinese-American cooks are tending four sizzling woks.
Selvain McQueen has yet to reach his one-year anniversary as the Columbus Police Department's chief. In any organization, gaining a full understanding of your environment, personnel, relationships takes time.
The text message came over my cellphone at about 4 p.m. Monday. It was from Jeff Clark, one of our reporters, who was out covering the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau's month board meeting.
Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.
Picking up the phone, I dialed the 800 number. I knew, even as I did it, I was headed down that slippery slope.
There are always two sides to every story in Caledonia. The policy for water technician certification has been in place for several years. The water department technician had to take the exam within a certain amount of time. Once the technician passed the exam, a one dollar per hour raise would be added to his pay. Once the technician became certified, another dollar per hour would be added.
The longer I am around public officials, the more convinced I am of one simple truth: Sixty-percent of the truth is worse than 100 percent of a lie.
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