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Rant: What are the political beliefs of Christians?

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it possible to know the political beliefs of Christians as a whole? On Monday, posted Steve Patterson’s column in which he argues that the Democratic Party follows Christian beliefs more closely than the Republican Party. He’s a deep thinker and a good friend, learned, funny, generous [More]

Rant: Where are the thinking adults in the Ed Meek judgement contest?

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

It would have been hard to be in north Mississippi during the past week without being aware of the shameful mess at the University of Mississippi. It has been a wild, volcanic spew of words, accusations, and a rush to judgment regarding two photographs and a few words posted on that apocalyptic beast known as [More]

RANT: Presley’s Union County Task Force, some hope at last

August 8, 2018 // 1 Comment

People in New Albany and Union County have long suffered over-priced and under-performing internet and cell phone service. Now they have an opportunity to start doing something about it. Mississippi Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley will host a meeting focused on solutions to those problems at Union [More]

Rant: Does New Albany need a sign ordinance at all?

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

According to its agenda, the New Albany Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tomorrow evening, June 5, 2018, for its proposed new sign ordinance. Anyone with comments on the new rules governing signs in New Albany will be able to speak briefly. We have ranted so much during the last three years about the badly [More]

The Reason: Why an extra day for filing federal income taxes this year?

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Americans got an extra day to file their federal income taxes this year, but few people know why tax day is April 17. Normal deadline is April 15th, except when the 15th falls on a weekend, which means that this year’s tax deadline should have been yesterday, Monday, April 16, 2018. Yet the IRS gave taxpayers [More]

RANT: Doing public business in secret meetings

April 11, 2018 // 1 Comment

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”                                         — Patrick Henry,  June 9, 1788 Too much public business in New Albany is conducted in secret meetings. Invariably, [More] blogger discusses New Albany signs

March 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

It is expected that a new ordinance governing signs in New Albany will be proposed soon to the city’s Board of Aldermen. Work on the new ordinance started more than six months ago when the current sign ordinance, enacted in 2006, was the source of still another silly situation regarding a new commercial sign in [More]

Hopeful signs for the future times of New Albany signs

February 22, 2018 // 1 Comment

About ten days ago the New Albany Board of Aldermen finally gave permission for a new sign in front of the almost new IMPC medical clinic building. The IMPC doctors submitted a permit application seven months ago, hoping to put up a new sign in front of their new building. They started seeing patients in the new [More]

Federal employees: the unconstitutional fourth branch of government?

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever the merits or outcome of the most recent battle, Trump/GOP Congress vs. FBI, it is merely the latest skirmish in a long war. It is a conflict that pits elected officials against career federal employees, entrenched, unaccountable, and generally un-fireable. The most notable early such fight came when Andrew [More]

Maybe it’s just easier to open a can…or hire a lawyer

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Went down to the Christmas tree lighting event Thursday evening, Nov. 30, at Cooper Park. Nice, well-attended, family-type party. Among those present were two ladies I’ve known for several years. Fortunately, I had my lawyer with me, and each woman had her own legal adviser in tow. My lawyer and each of [More]
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