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Wyatt Emmerich: Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

Posted 11/2/2018 in Local Columns

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.


Wyatt Emmerich: We don't realize how much better the world is getting

Posted 9/26/2018 in Local Columns

We are living in the midst of extraordinary human progress - the greatest progress in the history of humanity. And we're just getting started.


Wyatt Emmerich: Criminal justice reform gains momentum

Posted 9/19/2018 in Local Columns

One of the most disturbing statistics for our country is the sky-high incarceration rate. America has by far the highest incarceration rates in the world.


Wyatt Emmerich: Electricity resists being subject to free market

Posted 9/8/2018 in National Columns

Like buzzards picking the dead meat off a carcass, the salvage dealers are having a hey day carving up the defunct Kemper lignite gasification plant.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi unemployment at record low

Posted 8/25/2018 in National Columns

Our nation is going through a period of record low unemployment rates. Unemployment in July was 3.9 percent nationwide and 4.8 percent in Mississippi.


Wyatt Emmerich: And now, the big 60 is here

Posted 8/8/2018 in Local Columns

August 2 is my birthday. The big 60 is finally here. Old age awaits.


Wyatt Emmerich: State legislature more autocratic under Republicans

Posted 7/28/2018 in National Columns

Since the Republicans replaced the Democrats as the dominant party in Mississippi a lot has changed in our state. The Republicans have been good at cutting but not so good at governing.


Wyatt Emmerich: Study shows good journalism reduces waste

Posted 7/20/2018 in Local Columns

Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi isn't a state, it's a club

Posted 7/16/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi is the fourth most rural state in America. Only Maine, West Virginia and Vermont are more so.


Wyatt Emmerich: Tariffs have real world consequences

Posted 6/28/2018 in Local Columns

It's one thing to talk theoretically about the impact of a trade war. It's another thing to be caught in the crossfire.


Wyatt Emmerich: Field is crowded in race for Harper's seat

Posted 5/25/2018 in Local Columns

The primary for Mississippi's Third Congressional District will be held Tuesday June 5. It's a hotly contested race, typical of Congressional open seats, now that nine-year incumbent Greg Harper decided not to run.


Wyatt Emmerich: Memphis in May Music Festival quite a scene

Posted 5/21/2018 in Local Columns

Every Time I go to a music festival, I figure it's my last one, but somehow I ended up at the Memphis in May music festival two weeks ago.


Wyatt Emmerich: Leslie Lampton's life showed value of free enterprise

Posted 5/12/2018 in Local Columns

Within the span of a couple of weeks, the Mississippi lost the patriarch and matriarch of one of our most prominent families, the Lamptons.


Wyatt Emmerich: Genetic testing could save millions and improve care

Posted 5/5/2018 in National Columns

Mississippi Spends about $350 million dollars a year on prescription drugs through its Medicaid program. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of that money is wasted because the drugs don't work.


Wyatt Emmerich: Decrepit roads illustrate weakness with democracy

Posted 4/28/2018 in National Columns

When the state legislature voted 30 years ago to vastly improve Mississippi's highways, they passed an 18 cent gas tax. It was the most logical way to fund the program.


Wyatt Emmerich: Despite pending federal lawsuit, outlook remains bleak for state's mentally ill prisoners

Posted 4/18/2018 in Local Columns

Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, the Federalists were having trouble getting the states to ratify the new Constitution of the United States. The anti-Federalists, led by Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Patrick Henry, feared the proposed constitution did not adequately protect the individual rights of the common man.


Wyatt Emmerich: Competitive bidding to save state $32 million

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

Competition is the lifeblood of success, so it's good news to finally see some competition in the bidding for statewide landline telecommunication services to state agencies, schools, libraries, universities and other governmental entities.


Wyatt Emmerich: Trial highlights atrocities in mental health care

Posted 4/5/2018 in Local Columns

The United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson is a gleaming testament to the power of our federal government.


Wyatt Emmerich: State mental health solution in limbo as lawsuit proceeds

Posted 3/21/2018 in Local Columns

At one end of Jackson's Congress Street sits the modern Federal Courthouse. At the other end sits our traditional State Capitol. They face each other at opposite ends of the street.


Wyatt Emmerich: Lawsuit exposes harsh reality of mental health care

Posted 3/14/2018 in Local Columns

At the federal courthouse in Jackson, East Mississippi Correctional Facility is defending itself against a lawsuit claiming atrocious conditions for its inmates.



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