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Wyatt Emmerich: Roasted for a good cause

Posted 2/17/2020 in Local Columns

Over the last 30 years as a member of the Mississippi Press Association (MPA), I have attended dozens of "roasts." It is MPA's main fundraiser for its education foundation, which supports journalism internships for Mississippi college students.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: C Spire wisely proposes law requiring computer education

Posted 2/6/2020 in National Columns

Home-grown C Spire, one of the last big locally owned cellular phone companies in the country, has been a great corporate citizen for Mississippi. From their roots in southwest Mississippi, Jimmy and Wade Creekmore have built the company into a tech powerhouse. Hu Meena and other family members are carrying on the next generation.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Section 230 has destabilized our country

Posted 2/2/2020 in National Columns

Professional journalism is struggling, giving way to fake news. This is bad for the country. One bad clause in the Communications Act of 1996 is the cause. In Section 230, the U. S. Congress exempted Google, Facebook and other Internet platforms from our libel laws.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Lack of funding is choking state-run parks system

Posted 1/16/2020 in Local Columns

Mississippi has a lot of wonderful people. One of them is Sam Polles, 27-year executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Open primary initiative underway

Posted 1/13/2020 in National Columns

Back in the '80s, the Mississippi legislature passed an open primary law just like the one in Louisiana. For reasons no one understood, the U.S. Justice Department would not approve Mississippi's law but did approve Louisiana's.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Nothing material can compare to God's gifts

Posted 12/24/2019 in National Columns

In chapter Five of the book of Acts in the Bible, there is a story that all Christians should hold dear to their hearts and non-believers should ponder carefully.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Mandatory sentencing keeping thousands of addicts in prison

Posted 12/14/2019 in National Columns

When the crack cocaine epidemic hit the nation and Jackson in the early 1990s, it was a shock to our society. Gangs increased. Property crimes increased. Addiction increased. Violent crimes increased. The attitude was lock 'em up, and I was among those leading the charge.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Medical marijuana initiative could help curb opioid problem

Posted 12/7/2019 in National Columns

Joel Bomgar, successful tech entrepreneur and state representative from Madison, is leading the charge to bring medical marijuana to Mississippi.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Be thankful

Posted 11/25/2019 in National Columns

Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that "states that thoughts, feelings and behavior are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behavior, and distressing emotional responses," according to Wikipedia.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State election season is over

Posted 11/13/2019 in National Columns

Mississippi's local and state elections are done for another four years. The Republican Party stays in power.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: State elections will be held Nov. 5

Posted 11/1/2019 in National Columns

State general elections will be held this Tuesday, November 5. Because Mississippi has so many electoral districts where one party dominates, most elections were effectively decided in the primary.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Erosion of the nuclear family affects education

Posted 10/11/2019 in National Columns

One of the great pleasures of being in the news business is getting to know some of the great leaders in the community. Jackson's Leland Speed is right up there on my list.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi facing same issues as other southern states

Posted 9/15/2019 in National Columns

Our neighboring states are dealing with many of the same issues that Mississippi is facing.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Statistics aren't always so simple

Posted 8/29/2019 in Local Columns

Tate Reeves' victory in the Republican runoff came as no surprise. Bill Waller Jr. gave Reeves a run for his money in a gentlemanly, issues-based campaign.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: For governor, it's deja vu all over again

Posted 8/20/2019 in National Columns

It's deja vu all over again. Attorney Bill Waller squeaks into a run off with a well-financed sitting lieutenant governor running on the issues of education, roads and health care.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Democratic candidates for governor speak at convention

Posted 7/26/2019 in National Columns

It's a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi. This week, I'm highlighting the two main candidates for the Democratic primary for governor.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Waller and Reeves make their pitch at Press Convention

Posted 7/10/2019 in Local Columns

It's a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Press Association conference gives opportunity to hear from Lt. Gov. candidates

Posted 7/3/2019 in Local Columns

Wyatt Emmerich: Reeves' republicanism isn't what Mississippi needs

Posted 6/26/2019 in Local Columns

When my son Lawrence was about 13, he had a T-shirt with the words "I make it look easy" printed on it. That's the way I feel about gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves. He makes it look easy.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Billions in bonds issued without any competitive bids

Posted 6/18/2019 in Local Columns

Billions of dollars in local and state bonds are being issued without competitive bidding. Many of the leading state experts in Mississippi bidding laws are wondering why. It used to not be this way. There's no telling how much taxpayer money is being left on the table. It's probably in the millions of dollars.

 

 

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