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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.


Wyatt Emmerich: My music festival experience continues in Atlanta

Posted 5/31/2019 in Local Columns

This time last year I wrote about taking my wife and two teenage girls to the Memphis in May music festival. Ginny and I were about the oldest people there. I predicted that would be my last music festival. But I was wrong.


Wyatt Emmerich: Federal action on MS Dept. of Corrections may follow action in Ala.

Posted 5/21/2019 in Local Columns

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) just released a scathing report on Alabama's prisons. The same could be said of Mississippi's prisons.


Wyatt Emmerich: Multiple voices move state forward on criminal justice reform

Posted 4/23/2019 in Local Columns

The legislature has just passed another bill designed to tackle Mississippi's sky-high incarceration rate.


Wyatt Emmerich: Lack of Medicaid expansion is holding state back

Posted 4/16/2019 in Local Columns

With state Elections coming up, one of the hottest issues is expansion of Medicaid


Wyatt Emmerich: Canopy saving lives of thousands of young people

Posted 4/3/2019 in Local Columns

It's not often I am completely blown away by something I didn't know about, but that's exactly what happened when I spent an afternoon with leaders of Canopy Children's Solutions.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi government is shrinking

Posted 3/27/2019 in Local Columns

The legislature is in session and big money is on the line - $21 billion. This represents 18.3 percent of Mississippi's total GDP of $115 billion.


Wyatt Emmerich: Sacrificing privacy for free apps

Posted 3/23/2019 in National Columns

Like lobsters in the slowly heating pot, Americans are getting cooked without even knowing it. In exchange for free apps on our phones, we are giving up every smidgen of our privacy.



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