More than 63,000 Mississippi health insurance clients of the federal Affordable Care Act could be hit with premiums as much as 95 percent higher if the Tuesday ruling of a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is upheld in full on an apparently certain appeal. The District of […]

For years – literally decades – Thad Cochran has been one of Mississippi’s most favored, if not favorite, politician. Hardly any Mississippian – regardless of race, political affiliation, socioeconomic condition, religion or residency – had anything bad to say about Cochran, who was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and to the U.S. Senate […]

Calendars are human constructs and, as such, are naturally flawed. We invented them in an attempt to mark astronomical time, specifically the amount of time it takes the Earth to revolve once around the sun, a year. Early man (and presumably woman) needed them in order to know when to plant, when to harvest and […]

GOP primary’s racial overtones tainted all As the country took great interest in the chaotic Cochran/McDaniel slugfest, one thing was obvious – racial overtones of the contest tainted us all. The election turned Republicans against Republicans, Democrats against Democrats, and worst of all, communities against communities. In the end we learned valuable lessons. We learned […]

Should the Legislature and statewide leaders work to prevent Mississippians who legally signed up for subsidized health insurance coverage seek to prevent their losing coverage if a federal court ultimately rules the subsidy illegal in some instances?

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Democratic senatorial nominee Travis Childers will speak in succession on July 31 at the Neshoba County Fair, the state’s premier political event. It will serve as a good jumping off point for the fall Senate campaign. But it also will underscore the fact that so far, Cochran has not responded […]

Want privacy? Get a typewriter. Came across an article last week saying that’s what higher-ups in Germany are considering in the wake of reports that America’s National Security Agency is a bit too frisky in its “monitoring” of internal German government communications. Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German parliament’s investigation into American spying, made the […]

When is a promise not a promise? And when do we get to pick and choose which promise we keep? Seventeen years ago, the Mississippi Legislature promised to fund a basic, adequate education for all our school children so that every school district could offer a respectable educational program, no matter whether it was a […]

Noble can take solace in doing the right thing Your July 20 article regarding Sonny Noble’s story as a whistle-blower has an all too familiar ending. Having spent 25 years working in the government contracting industry, I have had the chance to see a number of whistleblower actions, with all coming to the same end. […]