In any health care setting, it is wise to listen to the nurses, who see all. Their reports from Dallas about the initial procedures used in treating Thomas Eric Duncan are appalling. Safety suits with exposed necklines left nurses to cover skin with tape. When tape is removed, it abrades the skin. One health expert […]

National polling on the Nov. 4 midterm elections confirms a doleful trend that’s been firming up all year: Voters aren’t enthusiastic about their choices – on either side. A Gallup Poll last week found that only 32 percent of voters said they felt “extremely motivated” to go to the polls this year, down sharply from […]

In little more than two weeks, Mississippians will decide who will represent them in the United States Senate for a new six-year term, choosing between six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and former 1st District Congressman Travis Childers, the Democratic nominee. The contrast between this quiet general election contest and the acrimonious, high-decibel Republican primary […]

Let’s step back a bit from normal prognostication in what has now supplanted the 1983 Mississippi gubernatorial campaign as the strangest political campaign in the state’s long and bewildering political history. The 1983 campaign merely generated still legally unproven and still legally unchallenged allegations of sexual misconduct. It set off media fistfights, a small parade […]

Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin. “I started to feel giddy,” Preston wrote in “Panic in Level 4,” a 2008 collection of essays. “It was an […]

‘Agent orange’ danger seen in new proposals While watching TV a few days ago I became aware that DOW Chemical was in the process of introducing an additional additive into their herbicide dusting crop mixture branded as 2,4d in order to eradicate a new type of super-weed which the farmers have indicated has invaded the […]

As I move toward retirement early in the new year, one of my goals has been to purge a lot of my “stuff.” When I moved back to Mississippi more than 20 years ago, I brought with me an accumulation of things gathered in more than 25 years away. My sister passed away, and when […]

Before this past week, which one of the following did you think was more likely to happen first? 1. Pigs fly. 2. Bigfoot is captured. 3. Elvis records comeback album. 4. Hell freezes over. 5. Mississippi State is ranked No. 1 in football. Well? Why are you pausing? My cousin, who is a huge Ole […]