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RANT: Political infrastructure games take actual human tolls

August 26, 2019 // 1 Comment

Three young Mississippians, two of them just 16 years old, died Friday from injuries sustained in a car wreck just inside the New Albany city limits. The two 16-year-old boys were heading south on Davis Road. Witnesses said the teenage driver was traveling at a high speed, dangerously passed another vehicle, lost [More]

Rant: After embarrassing himself in primary, will Reeves’ millions yet prevail

August 13, 2019 // 1 Comment

Although he spent millions more dollars and is better known than his opponent, Tate Reeves could not muster a majority to win the Republican nomination for governor. Reeves won 48.9 percent of the vote. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr. won 33.3 percent. Robert Foster, a freshman state legislator [More]

Rants & Reasons blog: Primary election picks

August 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

New Albany MS- NAnewsweb blogger gives a few election picks. In 1955 James Plemon Coleman, a former Mississippi Supreme Court justice, then serving as state attorney-general, ran for governor. The conventional wisdom then was that a gubernatorial candidate had to have the endorsement of his home town newspaper to [More]

Rant: Why the “Anybody but Tate” movement has a path to victory in MS

July 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

New Albany MS- Rant: An “Anybody but Tate” general election? Only a week from now, Mississippians will choose candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the state’s governor. Who is Reeves’ Democratic opponent? Four term Attorney Jim Hood will be the Democrats’ candidate [More]

Rant: Feds must fix their own 2020 census mess

July 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The 2020 Census mess: For years state and local government officials have complained about “unfunded mandates” coming down from the federal government. What they mean is that the feds establish a program or practice, but do not supply the money to implement it. The Union County Board of Supervisors dodged [More]

Bobbie Gentry “It’s the third of June…”

June 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Whatever happened to Bobbie Gentry? It’s the third of June. Seems like a good day to ask that question for the millionth time. Perhaps no other American writer in the past hundred years has so quickly and completely captured the country’s imagination, enjoyed huge success and fame, and then disappeared [More]

Passing the buck in Mississippi – whenever the bucks go missing

April 26, 2019 // 1 Comment

The art of Passing the Buck   Passing the buck: At last, Mississippi’s state government is among the nation’s best at something. It knows how to bask in the limelight, be it real or imagined. It also adept at passing the buck when daylight shines on its problems. The legislature recently passed, and [More]

RANT: Mattox a great choice for parade Grand Marshall

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bill Mattox, the director of New Albany Lights, Gas, and Water (NALGW), has been named Grand Marshall of this year’s New Albany Christmas parade. The decision was made and announced by the New Albany Community Development Department a couple of days ago. In two words: Terrific choice! I agree with all the good [More]

Rant: Why Mississippi needs younger candidates for political office

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

For the first time ever, both of Mississippi’s seats in the United States Senate will be decided in the same election cycle. For a state that receives about three dollars ($3.00) in federal revenue for each one dollar ($1.00) it pays in federal taxes, it’s a potentially momentous decision. The main reason [More]

RANT: The arrogance of AT&T and other monopoly communications “providers”

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Posted a short time ago on is Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley’s article about the arrogance of AT&T, suppressing any competition in wireless and other communications. I remember very keenly the excitement in 1974 when Richard Nixon’s Attorney-General, William Saxbe, filed the [More]
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